Villa La Massa

A green oasis above Florence

A short drive from the treasures of Florence, but a world apart from its hustle and bustle, Villa La Massa combines rustic Tuscan elegance with rich, regal details. The hotel is no mere approximation of high Renaissance home life; it was built in the 16th century as a countryside escape for the noble Landini family.

Part of the Villa d’Este Group of hotels since 1998, Villa La Massa is a retreat that won’t let you lose sight of where you’re staying: every element reflects the essence of Tuscany.

Comprising five buildings — Noble Villa, Villino, the Mill, Casa Colonica and the Limonaia, the latter two both recently restored — the bucolic property overlooks the Arno River. With the calming effects of the water, nearby hills and surrounding manicured gardens, Villa La Massa is a study in luxurious rest and relaxation. You’ll feel like a Florentine noble in no time.

Our Inspector's Highlights

  • Villa La Massa’s Il Verrocchio restaurant has unbeatable views of the Arno from its terrace. Open for breakfast and dinner, the venue’s vibe is country-home comfort in the morning and candlelit elegance come nightfall.
  • Wander through the 22-acre gardens. Irises (Florence’s official flower) line the grounds, a choice of discerning landscape architect Maria Chiara Pozzana, who oversaw the restoration of Florence’s Villa Bardini.
  • Ties to Tuscan icons and traditions trickle down into every aspect of your stay. 
  • Muted colors, soft light, terra cotta and vaulted ceilings make the Arno SPA experience a distinctly Tuscan form of relaxation. The green marble and cream stone of the Turkish bath fit with the look of the whole property.
  • The 15th-century cellar is a homespun spot for a private tasting of regional wines paired with charcuterie and cheeses.

Things to Know

  • The luxury hotel organizes excursions to some of Tuscany’s lushest and most exclusive private gardens and estates. Inquire about what’s on the program ahead of your stay.
  • If you’re on property at lunchtime, indulge in an unpretentious primo (first course) at L'Olivelo Bistrot overseen by chef Stefano Ballarino, who previously catered to the likes of George Clooney in his stint at Villa d’Este on Lake Como. In summer, opt for something light at the Pool Bar after a dip.
  • Although Villa La Massa has a small fitness center, a jog along the Arno proves far more memorable than a slog on the treadmill. You’ll find a guests-only running track along the waterfront.
  • The hotel closes for the season around mid-November through early April.

The Rooms

  • Expect signature Tuscan touches like exposed beams, but with a refreshing departure from the standard terra-cotta-and-olive-green palette. Particularly in the suites of Casa Colonica (a former farmhouse), you’ll find punchy colors and brocaded accents in a style that’s more chic guesthouse than classic hotel room.
  • If privacy is a priority, your best option at the boutique hotel is the Villino; the Presidential and Parco suites offer the most space.
  • Casa Colonica’s courtyard is jasmine-laced and ideal for lounging, and the ground-floor Suite and Junior Suite share a small garden.

Nearby Attractions

  • Florence is at your doorstep, with complimentary shuttles running hourly to the Ponte Vecchio, the city’s most famous bridge.
  • Links lovers will appreciate Villa La Massa’s proximity to the historic Ugolino Golf Club, an outgrowth of Tuscany’s longstanding British community. Villa La Massa guests receive special green fees.
  • The Florence hotel is on the edge of the Chianti Rufina wine region, known for its DOCG (Denomination of Controlled and Guaranteed Origin) label reds. Staff can arrange bespoke experiences and tastings at area wineries.

24-hour room service
Babysitting services
Meeting rooms
Outdoor pool
Pet friendly
Getting There
Via della Massa 24, Florence, 50012 Italy
FLR (22-30 min)   PSA (1 hr-1 hr 20 min)   BLQ (1 hr 10 min-1 hr 40 min)  
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