VILLA RIPOLI is a large Tuscan manor house, located in a splendid position, on the hills south of Florence overlooking the whole city. The center of Florence can be reached in 15 minutes. The Villa has a large garden with old cypress trees and a beautiful olive grove. Besides the main villa there are two smaller freestanding houses. The ancient watchtower, dating back to the 14th century and the mini-villa Violetta. The watchtower holds 2 apartments. TOSCA on the ground floor and MIMI on the first floor.
TOSCA, about 140 sq.m. has 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, a complete kitchen with dishwasher, a large living room with a sofa bed and color TV, a very nice dining room and an outdoor terrace with table, sun chairs and umbrella. All ceilings are made of medieval archways. Maximum 6 persons.
MIMI, 120 sq.m. has 1 bedroom, 2 bathrooms, one with a tub, a complete kitchen with dishwasher, a very nice living room with a splendid view and a sofa bed, color TV, and a cozy little terrace with table, sun chairs and umbrella. Both have an independent entrance. The furniture, as is the entire house, are first class. Selected antique items and artwork give this house its unique touch. Maximum 4 persons.
VIOLETTA, 100 sq.m. is a charming little house completely freestanding in between old olive trees. It has a private terrace with a wonderful view over Florence, the Arno river and the cupola of the cathedral. Violetta has 2 bedrooms which open directly into the garden through large glass doors. The living room has a fully equipped eat-in-kitchen and large windows with an amazing view. The house has air conditioning, SKY-TV and dishwasher. Maximum 4 persons.
The splendid pool 12x6 m. and the garden, both in a panoramic position with superb views, are perfectly maintained. Florence, which offers much to a visitor, can be reached with public transport within 15 min; medieval streets, squares and buildings, as well as modern stores, fashion boutiques, shoe shops and jewelry stores all at your finger tips. Arezzo, Cortona, Luca, Pisa, Siena, Montalcino and the Chianti area can be reached easily in daytrips.
A well known school in Florence offers language, art and cooking classes all year long. In small groups you will learn how to prepare famous Tuscan dishes. You prepare the meal together and at the end of the day share your home made meal with the entire group. The Italian language is taught at three different levels, from absolute beginners to experienced speakers. The drawing instructor shows step by step the techniques of painting and drawing.
VILLA RIPOLI is the right place to enjoy all the best of Tuscan tradition, culture and nature. Everything is done with taste and style, great attention was given to all details and the service is really outstanding.