Somewhere among Tuscany’s rolling hills, speckled with vineyards stretching beyond the horizon, nestles a piece of history. A prominent pink structure, said to be designed by the great Michelangelo himself, Villa Machiavelli was once home to the diplomatic (you guessed it) Machiavelli family in the late 15th-century. And now, the unique 10-bedroom estate welcomes vacationers.
“In a country blessed with some of the world’s most fascinating historical significance and cultural heritage,” says the director of villas at Red Savannah, Nick Westwood, “Villa Machiavelli stands out as a masterpiece of the Renaissance.” Boasting a first-class historical pedigree, the villa is a relic of Florence’s Golden Age. In fact, it’s where political philosopher and statesman Niccolò Machiavalli wrote his political treatise, The Prince (Il Principe), an instruction guide for new royals, in 1513. Even the home’s design plans are considered somewhat sacred; they are secured in Florence’s Uffizi Gallery.
While its interiors are classically furnished, the villa features all of the amenities that modern travelers have come to expect. Think: WiFi, air conditioning, a jacuzzi, a steam room, and more. But it’s also full of hidden treasures. In the cellar, there’s an incredible barrique wine tasting room and dining area; in other areas, there’s an indoor pool as well as spa treatment rooms. Perhaps the most remarkable discovery was made by the present owner who, beneath under layers upon layers of paint in the main villa, found massive, original frescoes. After three years of restoration, fifteen works, primarily of hunting scenes, were revealed.
And while there’s little reason to leave the property—with its concierge and full staff of butlers, waiters, and housekeeping—it’s located a tempting 20-minute drive from Florence, where even more Renaissance-related discoveries await. And between, in the heart of Italy’s Chianti region, olive groves, vineyards, and ancient ruins are ripe for exploring.
Stays cost approximately $80,000 per week, depending on the season.