Luxury hotel holiday Villa La Massa Tuscany

Villa la Massa is a 5-star hotel in Candeli on the banks of the River Arno just outside Florence. Dating from 1525, this magnificent hotel has 22 acres of gardens of olives and lemons, 41 individually decorated and furnished rooms in a restrained but cosy Tuscan style, located in the Noble Villa, the Mill, the Villino and the Casa Colonica. Rooms have either park or river view. The Verrocchio restaurant has an indoor dining room with vaulted ceilings and a terrace overlooking the river and the Rufina hills. A shuttle service to the centre of Florence is provided.
Included in your Expressions holiday
  • Accommodation in a double or twin room on bed and breakfast
  • Scheduled flights with British Airways London to Pisa
  • Hire of a group A car for the duration of the holiday
  • Concierge service and Expressions Holidays regional helpful hints
  • Optional room, car and flight upgrades. Details on request

Luxury bespoke holidays and tours to Villa la Massa, near Florence

Villa la Massa is an enchanting 5-star Renaissance villa in the midst of glorious countryside, yet only fifteen minutes from Florence. Gourmet cuisine, stunning grounds and rustic, elegant accommodation afford guests a truly relaxing and restorative retreat.

Facts in brief

Official star rating 5

Location The hotel is 15-minutes' drive fom Florence city centre

Annual opening 25 March to 14 November

Closest airport Florence and Pisa

Distance from airport The hotel is 15-minutes' drive from Florence and about 60-minutes' from Pisa

Hotel facilities and services

Swimming Pool (May to September), Bar Service to the pool, Garden and Terraces, Restaurant, Bar, Lift (in central villa only), Fitness Centre, Spa, Massage, Cycle Hire, Private Parking, Babysitting, Room Service, Wine Cellar, Private Chapel, Tennis Courts (500m away). Yoga Classes and Painting or Drawing Lessons can be arranged upon request.

Complimentary

WiFi, Parking, Daily Shuttle Service to/from Florence city centre.

Land sports

Horse Riding, Tennis, Jogging, Mountain Biking.

Out and about nearby

Florence, San Gimignano (market on Thursdays), Chianti wine route, with markets at Castellina and Greve on Saturdays and Panzano on Sundays. Pistoia, Lucca, Siena, Arezzo, Volterra, Forte dei Marmi on the coast.

Sports nearby

Walking, Jogging Track, Horse Riding, Golf Course in Ugolino (6 miles away).

Special offers for this holiday>

Holiday price guide Sample prices are per person based on two people sharing a Double deluxe or twin room for 5 nights

From about

£1,860

Holiday Code IE251

The prices displayed here are a guide only. Each holiday price will be tailor-made at the time of booking to reflect all actual costs including up-to-date special offers.

Luxury bespoke holidays and tours to Villa la Massa, near Florence

Room descriptions

Villa La Massa has 51 rooms and suites with private bath and wc, air-conditioning, satellite television, telephone, radio, safe, mini-bar, free wi-fi and LCD TV.

Deluxe Double or Twin Room
Double Prestige Room
Junior Suite Top
Suite
Suite Exclusive
Parco Suite available on request
Arno Suite available on request
2 Bedroom Arno Presidential Suite available on request
Suites and Junior Suites are also available in the Casa Colonica, a Farmhouse building dating back to the 1800s. Which include air conditioning, flat screen television and wifi.
Suite Colonica

Special offers for this holiday>

Holiday price guide Sample prices are per person based on two people sharing a Double deluxe or twin room for 5 nights

From about

£1,860

Holiday Code IE251

The prices displayed here are a guide only. Each holiday price will be tailor-made at the time of booking to reflect all actual costs including up-to-date special offers.

Luxury bespoke holidays and tours to Villa la Massa, near Florence

The journey and how you get there

For a holiday to Villa la Massa in Tuscany, our clients usually fly to Pisa or Florence airport or arrive by train at Florence Santa Maria Novella railway station. We recommend the use of a hire-car for a stay at this hotel and we would include it in the price of holiday.

Additional information

Children: One child of up to 12 years of age is provided with an extra bed free of charge when staying in their parents' room.

Special offers

Honeymoon offer 2020 Book a honeymoon stay and receive a complimentary bottle of sparkling wine and flowers in room upon arrival.

Complimentary night offer summer 2020 Stay 3 nights or more between 12 July and 6 September 2020 and receive one complimentary night. Not combinable with other offers and not cumulative. Restrictions apply.

Complimentary night offer autumn 2020 Stay 3 nights or more between 27 September to 28 November 2020 and receive one complimentary night. Not combinable with other offers and not cumulative. Restrictions apply.

Complimentary night offer early summer 2020 Stay 4 nights or more between 4 May and 11 July 2020 and receive one complimentary night. Not combinable with other offers. Restrictions apply.

Complimentary night offer early autumn 2020 Stay 4 nights or more between 7 to 26 September 2020 and receive one complimentary night. Not combinable with other offers. Restrictions apply.

Holiday price guide Sample prices are per person based on two people sharing a Double deluxe or twin room for 5 nights

From about

£1,860

Holiday Code IE251

The prices displayed here are a guide only. Each holiday price will be tailor-made at the time of booking to reflect all actual costs including up-to-date special offers.

Luxury bespoke holidays and tours to Villa la Massa, near Florence

Highlights of Tuscany

Famous vineyards producing wines of Chianti Classico, Brunello di Montalcino, Vino Nobile di Montepulciano. Alabaster is produced in Volterra. Gold and silver are worked in Florence and the Ponte Vecchio is lined with jewellery shops. Marbled paper and stationery is a speciality of Florence. Ceramics and hand-painted majolica from raw terracotta from Impruneta to the glazed pottery of Siena are to be found throughout Tuscany. Lucca has traditionally produced silk and hand-woven fabrics. Leather goods including shoes, handbags and belts are to be found from market stalls to designer shops such as Gucci and Ferragamo. Interesting markets include the Mercato dell' Antiquariato which sells furniture from antiques to bric-a-brac in Arezzo on the first weekend of every month, in Pisa on the second weekend and in Lucca on the third weekend. The 'wild' Maremma is known for its long-horned white cattle and cowboys (butteri) and natural springs including Saturnia.

Cultural highlights of Tuscany

As birthplace of the Renaissance, Tuscany contains a wealth of treasures: Giotto`s Campanile and Brunelleschi`s Dome in Florence, the Tombs of Galileo and Michelangelo in Florence`s Santa Croce, Botticelli`s `Birth of Venus` and `Primavera` and the portraits of the Duke and Duchess of Urbino by Piero della Francesca in the Uffizi, Michelangelo`s `David` in the Accademia, the architecture of the Piazza della Signoria in Florence, `The Tuscan Maremma` painting by Giovanni Fattori in the Palazzo Pitti in Florence, the Piazza del Campo in Siena, `The Legend of the Cross` frescoes by Piero della Francesco in Arezzo, `The Creation` fresco by Bartolo di Fredi in the Collegiata in San Gimignano, Romanesque church of the Collegiata in San Quirico d`Orcia, 14th Century Fortezza of Montalcino, Renaissance masterpiece of the church of Madonna di San Biagio at Montepulciano, the abbey-church of Sant`Antimo, mediaeval Lucignano and the towers of San Gimignano, the Etruscan Museum in Cortona.  

Festivals in Tuscany

Many of Tuscany`s festivals resound with the flamboyance of the Renaissance and keep Tuscans and visitors alike in touch with the region`s rich history. Others are linked to Tuscany`s hearty traditions of eating and drinking. The most famous is Siena`s Palio which takes place on 2 July and 16 August each year. Others include the Sagra del Tordo (Festival of the Thrush) in Montalcino on the last Sunday in October when there is an archery contest and charcoal-grilled thrush are a delicacy. In Florence, Calcio in Costume (a football match played in mediaeval costume) takes place in June. Pisa has the Giocco del Ponte (Game of the Bridge), a mock battle in Renaissance dress also held in June. Viareggio celebrates Carnival on Shrove Tuesday with a huge display of flamboyant floats. In May and August Massa Marittima holds the Falcon Contest.  

Gastronomy in Tuscany

Simple country food is at the heart of Tuscan cooking. Regional dishes include Bruschetta (bread or ciabatta toasted and rubbed with garlic, olive oil and salt), Ribollita (bean, cabbage and bread soup), Pasta with hare or wild boar sauce, Porcini mushroom and truffle dishes, Bistecca all Fiorentina (thick cut of sirloin and fillet beef), Cantucci (almond and honey biscuits) served dipped in Vin Santo, Panforte (chocolate, nut and spice cake). Pecorino cheese made from sheep's milk. Local wines include the white Vernaccia di San Gimignano and the Bianco di Pitigliano. Famous reds include Chanti Classico, Brunello di Montalcino and the Vino Nobile di Montepulciano. Vin Santo made from semi-crushed grapes left for several months is an excellent dessert wine.

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