Nestled in the hills surrounding Florence you’ll find “La Magione degli Alighieri,” a place that stirred the creative muse of the renowned poet Dante Alighieri. Following his exile, it became the residence of the family of Beatrice Portinari, the woman immortalized in his magnum opus, The Divine Comedy. And now, you can rent the villa for your stay in Florence.
Situated on the renowned historical road linking Florence to Fiesole, a mere ten-minute drive from the city cathedral, this villa is discreetly concealed behind imposing stone walls with a remote-controlled gate. Ravaged by the aftermath of World War II, the palazzo and its sprawling gardens found redemption through the dedicated efforts of Count Pier Francesco Rimbotti. This compelling tale of rescue and restoration remains a prominent chapter in the city’s history. In the stewardship of the Rimbotti family, the villa, continually updated, was fully restored in the summer of 2016 and is now available for rental, earning its place in numerous publications featuring the most captivating villas surrounding Florence.
Upon entering the villa’s ground floor, guests are welcomed by tastefully decorated sitting rooms adorned with antiques and hand-painted murals. A paneled dining room, suitable for intimate gatherings or larger parties, is accessible through double doors. Al fresco dining options include a covered verandah room and a courtyard with a long table. The modern kitchen, positioned at the rear, adds practicality to the elegance of the space.
A gracefully curving stone staircase leads to the first and second floors, where five spacious double bedrooms await. Each bedroom features a freshly renovated ensuite bathroom and independently adjustable air-conditioning. A bright office on the first floor opens to a terrace equipped with loungers for sunbathing, complemented by a hot tub for six.
The villa’s gardens follow the classic Italian style, with manicured paths bordered by clipped hedges, vibrant hydrangeas, and majestic umbrella pines. A gazebo with comfortable seating graces the first courtyard.