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 four buildings; the Noble Villa (Villa Nobile), the Mill (Il Mulino XV century), the little Villa (Il Villino) and the newly refurbished Casa Colonica. 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 by the swimming pool 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.

The hotel has 51 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

The Il Verrocchio restaurant has an indoor dining hall with a vaulted ceiling and a wonderful terrace overlooking the River Arno and the Rufina hills. Guests are offered a buffet breakfast of fruit juices, fruit, cheeses, Tuscan cured meats, cereals, yoghurt, organic jams and marmalade, prosecco (Italian sparkling wine) and eggs cooked to order. For dinner the menus propose a choice of Tuscan regional specialities and Mediterranean dishes. There is also a menu specially created for children and celiacs to satisfy their specific requirements.

Tuscan Bistrot

The Tuscan Bistrot, which is located in the Noble Villa next to the Medicean Bar, offers a cozy ambience where guests will find a range of dishes for both lunch or dinner.

Open: 12:30 - 23:00

Medicean Bar & Pool Bar

Bar is open 11am - midnight

Situated in the Noble Villa, the Medicean Bar offers a wide selection of refreshing drinks, cocktails and informal lunches. The Pool Bar is located close to the swimming pool with a view of the River Arno, and offers a selection of light snacks for relaxed lunches during summer months.

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 all three buildings and are decorated in a classic but informal style, typical of noble dwellings in the Tuscan countryside. Rooms are spacious and bright offering views of the park. They can sleep up to two adults.


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Double Prestige Room

Max 3 adults

Double Prestige Rooms are located in the Noble Villa, the Mill or the Limonaia and are spacious and elegant with a sitting area with views over the River Arno. They can sleep up to three adults.


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Top Junior Suite

Max 3 adults

Top Junior Suites are located in all three buildings and are elegantly decorated in a Tuscan and classical style, with precious fabrics. Rooms are spacious and bright, filled with the colours of the Tuscan countryside and have a sitting area and beautiful views over the River Arno or the park. They can sleep up to three adults and are available on request, please call to book.


a bedroom with a bed and a chair in a room

Max 3 adults

Suites are located in all three buildings and are spacious and elegant, with original Renaissance-style decorations and tapestries. They feature a bedroom and a separate large living room and have breathtaking views over the gardens. They can sleep up to three adults and are available on request, please call to book.


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Exclusive Suite

Max 3 adults

Exclusive Suites are large luxurious rooms which are located in all three buildings. They feature a bedroom and a separate large living room and have breathtaking views of the Arno River. They can sleep up to three adults and are available on request, please call to book.


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Suite Colonica

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 *

Early Booking Discount

10% Early booking discount for stays completed between 29 March - 09 November 2024 booked by 31 January 2024.




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A Family Celebration!

The_Traveling_Tom, Farmington, Connecticut, USA

Tripadvisor review Nov 10 2023
My wife and I have been to Villa La Massa several times in the past few years, and each time we promised ourselves that we would someday share our favorite hotel with our entire family, perhaps to...
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Villa la Massa - the perfect anniversary celebration

Jcp815, Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Tripadvisor review Aug 29 2023
We wanted to celebrate our 50th anniversary with our family and looked for a place near Florence. Villa la Massa was recommended to us along with several other places. We researched for a long time...
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