Villa La Massa


Tuscany, Tuscany Countryside

5 * Bed and Breakfast Swimming Pool Spa Onsite Parking Traditional
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  • Courtesy shuttle bus to Florence, only a 15 minute drive away
  • Hotel restaurant overlooking the peaceful River Arno and Tuscan countryside

A fine example of 13th century Medicean architecture, this dignified villa now ranks as one of Italy's finest luxury hotels. Villa La Massa enjoys an enviable semi-rural location amidst enchanting Chianti and Rufina hills on the south bank of the River Arno, yet the centre of Florence is only a 15 minute drive away.

A member of 'The Leading Hotels of the World' collection, the villa has beautifully decorated lounges and guest rooms and is housed in six buildings; the Noble Villa, the Mill, the Villino, the Casa Calonica, the Limonaia and Villa Hombert. Guests have the opportunity to explore Florence on a regular basis using the hotel's courtesy shuttle to and from the Ponte Vecchio.

The hotel provides the exclusive Arno Spa which features cold water pools and sensory showers, a Turkish bath, sauna and a fitness room. Guests can also unwind with a classic Italian aperitivo at the Bar Mediceo before enjoying superb Tuscan specialities on the terrace of the elegant Restaurant Il Verrocchio, overlooking the peaceful River Arno and the gently sloping Tuscan hills, or in the private 15th century wine cellar. Neighbouring the recently restyled pool, L'Oliveto Bistrot is open for lunch. Named after the surrounding olive trees, which are used to produce the hotel’s own olive oil, the restaurant occupies a former barn.

The hotel has 54 rooms (official rating 5 star). Child prices apply to ages 2-12 years.


Bars & Restaurants

Il Verocchio

Included With: Bed & Breakfast

Dress Code: Gentlemen are required to wear long trousers and long-sleeved shirt in the evening.

Open 7.30am - 10.30am and 7.30pm - 10.30pm

One of Florence’s most romantic restaurants, Il Verrocchio deserves a special mention due to the elegant ambience with spellbinding views over the Arno and the Tuscan hills. Chef Stefano Ballarino serves a traditional Italian dinner menu with contemporary flourishes, which is centred on a selection of local produce and the estate’s organic extra-virgin olive oil.

The vegetarian and vegan dishes on the menu are based on the hotel’s kitchen garden, which is looked after by the chef and his team. What makes Il Verrocchio Restaurant unique is its scenic position along the River Arno and the surrounding views of the Tuscan hills, which can be evinced from the picturesque terrace and interior, where the large windows open out onto vistas of rare beauty.

Oliveto Bistrot

L’Oliveto Bistrot is situated in a renovated stone barn adjacent to the pool at Villa La Massa. The Bistrot is named after the multitude of olive trees in the 10 hectares of the hotel grounds, which
provide choice Villa La Massa extra-virgin olive oil. L’Oliveto has a laidback and cosy atmosphere with a charming outdoor patio enveloped by country shades and scents. Natural hues, open beams and stone details define the interior, all of which are reminiscent of Tuscan traditions.

Open: 12:30 - 23:00

Medicean Bar

Bar is open 11am - midnight

The Bar Mediceo, set like a jewel in the main villa, is a glamorous and alluring lounge where guests can sip an aperitif or one of the Villa La Massa signature cocktails.

The Cellar

The Cellar is situated beneath the restaurant 'Il Verrocchio' in the Mill and is the ideal place for wine and cheese tasting or for private wine tasting parties. 

Beach & Pools

Swimming Pool

Normally in use May - September. 

Spa & Wellness

Arno Spa

Featuring Turkish bath, sauna, cold water pools, sensory showers and 2 Spa suites for treatments and massages (payable locally).

Sports & Activities

The hotel has a gym with state-of-the-art equiptment, yoga lessons (on request), tennis courts, complimentary bike hire and a jogging track.

Activities & Entertainment

Complimentary shuttle service to the centre of Florence

Wifi & Parking

Wifi & Parking

Stay connected with the wifi free of charge.

Parking avaliable.

About the location

Set on the banks of the beautiful River Arno is the picturesque hamlet of Candeli. Popular among locals for its prime location close to Florence, this village is dominated by the majestic Villa La Massa – a magnificent 13th-century Renaissance villa now operating as a luxury hotel. The main appeal of this rural hamlet lies in its proximity to Florence’s historic centre: guests can reach the medieval streets in just over 15 minutes by car or an hour on foot. This makes it really easy to get out and about to see some of Italy’s most revered sights. Wander around the enormous Piazza della Signoria beneath the shadow of Palazzo Vecchio’s ancient ramparts, stroll along the famous Ponte Vecchio or head to the magnificent 15th-century duomo – the city’s most iconic landmark. If you fancy slowing the pace down, Candeli is within easy reach of numerous Tuscan villages set throughout the beautiful rolling hills of the region.

Transfer time

The hotel is 40 mins from Florence airport:. Car hire is recommended for this hotel. Candeli is 4.5 miles from Florence and 48 miles from Pisa. Simply call us once you’ve completed your booking and we will talk you through the options.
Double Deluxe Room

Max 2 adults

Double Deluxe rooms are located in the Noble Villa, The Mill and the Villino.

The rooms are spacious, bright and furnished in a typical Florentine aristocracy country house style. Double Deluxe rooms offer wonderful views over the 25-acre park, which surrounds Villa La Massa, and is famed for its olive groves, lemon trees and cypresses.


Double Prestige Room

Max 3 adults

Double Prestige rooms are located in the Noble Villa and The Mill. These rooms are spacious and elegant, offering breathtaking views over the park or the Arno River.
The rooms in the Noble Villa and The Mill are decorated in typical Renaissance style with classical fabrics, boiseries, elegant linen tapestries and frescoed ceilings or exposed wooden beams.


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Double Exclusive Room

Max 2 adults

Double Exclusive rooms are located in La Limonaia, recently opened. These rooms are spacious and elegant and offer breathtaking views over the park or the Arno River.
Tuscan style is given a more contemporary feel. Rooms on the ground floor are framed by wide windows, each of which provides access to a lovely private garden. Rooms on the first floor feature a picture-perfect terrace directly overlooking the rolling Chianti hills and the Arno River.


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Junior Suite Top

Max 3 adults

Junior Suite Top rooms are located in the Noble Villa, The Mill, the Villino and Casa Colonica. They are spacious and refined with a comfortable living area. All rooms offer soaring views over Villa La Massa’s 25-acre park, the Chianti hills or the Arno River. In the Noble Villa, the Villino and The Mill, Junior Suite Top rooms are furnished in Renaissance style with a warm color palette. The delicate fabrics have been masterfully designed by local craftsmen – such as the 16th-century damasks produced in the nearby city of Rovezzano.
The Junior Suite Top in Casa Colonica boasts beautiful exposed wooden beams and vivid fabrics. It is the perfect combination of Florentine tradition and contemporary design.



Max 3 adults

Suites are located in Noble Villa, the Mill and the Villino. Spacious and elegant, they provide a large and comfortable separate living area. A true home away from home, suites feature fine marble bathrooms and masterfully handcrafted fabrics and furniture. Guests can enjoy breathtaking views of Villa La Massa’s gardens, of the rolling Chianti hills or the calm waters of the Arno river.


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Exclusive Suite

Max 3 adults

Suite Exclusive rooms are located in the Noble Villa, The Mill, the Villino and La Limonaia. They are large and luxurious and feature a comfortable separate living area, perfect for families or groups of friends. Suite Exclusive rooms feature fine marble bathrooms and masterfully handcrafted fabrics and furniture. Outside, the views are breath taking as guests overlook Villa La Massa’s grounds brimming with olive groves, lemon trees and cypresses as well as the rolling Chianti hills or the calm running waters of the Arno River.

In the Noble Villa, The Mill, the Villino, our Suite Exclusive rooms are decorated in Renaissance style with warm-colored fabrics, boiseries, frescoed ceilings or exposed wooden beams, as well as fine linen tapestries. Luxury, elegance and romanticism meet comfort. In La Limonaia, the Tuscan style is given a more contemporary feel.


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Suite Colonica

These suites are located in the recently renovated Casa Colonica, an ancient farmhouse which dates back to the mid-1800s. The suites maintain the same decorative Renaissance style as the main building, featuring floor to ceiling windows and balconies, impressive walk-in wardrobes and exquisite baths.

This room is not available to book online.
But give us a call and one of our travel centre experts may be able to get a quote for you. Call to book 01293 762410 *


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Heaven on Earth

Sophie M,

Tripadvisor review May 17 2024
This property is truly heaven on earth. It is a relaxing oasis outside of the city who goes above and beyond for their guests. The bathrooms are large, and beds are extremely plush. The pool is...
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430Anna, Brisbane, Australia

Tripadvisor review Apr 27 2024
Our stay in this beautiful hotel was too short. It is perfectly situated 20 minutes from the centre of Florence overlooking the Arno River & set amongst hectares of the most beautiful gardens...
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