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    Perhaps this is the perfect time for you to pack your bags and head for the rolling hills of Tuscany, Italy!  Believe me, you will NOT be disappointed. This is God’s Country, a sight to revere and behold.  My daugther and I stayed in such a villa as Mangiacane. As media, we got to enjoy the trip that also featured a beautiful wedding and we all danced all night long. We ate five course meals every night, paired with different wines. And we were awarded their best sleeping quarters in this 16thcentury mansion. I remember Lauren finding a well on the property and almost falling in. The owner of the mansion’s 21 year- old son, Christopher,  decided to take me and Lauren on a joy ride to see a crypt, an ancient grave of monks from 500 plus years ago, dug up and desecrated in spots and in ruination, covered with Ivy. It was a shock. This was not part of the press trip. Lauren and I just looked at each other and shook our heads. After that, we ate all day and felt glutenous.  At night,  about 26 of us would gather around the table and talk and graze and sip. It was a trip of a lifetime. I think you would love the Italian countryside.

    Aerial View Photo Courtesy of Villa Mangiacane 

    Back yard Photo Courtesy of Villa Mangiacane 

    Now Villa Mangiacane, a magnificent 15th Century property built by the Machiavelli family and bearing the hand of Renaissance master Michelangelo, invites you to fall in love with the Tuscan architecture, nature, culture and epicurean offerings this Summer 2019. Located just 7 miles south of Florence, Italy, the majestic estate offers the possibility to rent a private Villa; the perfect setting for a beautiful wedding celebration or stylish corporate retreat.

    This Summer, Villa Mangiacane offers:

    Palazzo Machiavelli, home to the famed author of The Prince is available for rental. This rental includes 10 rooms and suites in the main villa, which accommodates up to 20 persons.  In addition, the rates include a daily buffet breakfast, a welcome cocktail on arrival, fresh fruit platter in the rooms and complimentary use of the Naduschka Spa facilities. The palazzo also has its own private gardens, outdoor pool and beautiful views across the Tuscan hills to Florence.

    Bedroom Photo Courtesy of Villa Mangiacane

    Villa Mazzei,  on the Mangiacane estate has 18 individually decorated double rooms and suites equipped with a number of amenities and comfortably sleeps up to 36 guests; Villa Mazzei has an outdoor infinity pool, pool bar and the Mangiacane restaurant.

    Photo of Entrance Courtesy of Villa Mangiacane

    Alternatively, rent out Villa Mangiacane in its entirety and accommodate up to 56 guests in the 28 rooms and suites. Rates include buffet breakfast daily, complimentary use of the Naduschka Spa facilities, and a welcome cocktail on arrival with fresh fruit platters in the rooms.

    Grape Farmers Photo Courtesy of Villa Mangiacane

    At Villa Mangiacane, special touches are a given to make each day even more memorable than the last, such as hot air balloon rides for the bride and groom or spectacular firework displays on the property. Unique dining experiences include: an intimate breakfast on the loggia, extraordinary lunch in the vineyards, or a picturesque dinner on the terrace. The Estate’s professional and experienced staff look forward to welcoming you to an unforgettable experience.

    Photo of Driveway Courtesy of Villa Mangiapane

    About Villa Mangiapane

    Nestled in the heart of the winemaking region of Chianti Classico, Villa Mangiacane is a magnificent 15th Century property built by the Machiavelli family and bearing the unmistakable hand of the Renaissance master, Michelangelo. Located just 7 miles south of Florence, Villa Mangiacane is one of the Small Luxury Hotels of the World and is perfectly positioned to explore all that Tuscany has to offer including Florence, San Gimignano, or the magnificent city of Siena.

    Piano Lounge Courtesy of Villa Mangiacane

    The property has twenty-eight individually designed rooms and suites and is set within 600 acres of flourishing vineyards and olive groves. The private estate produces a range of award-winning wines, as well as grappa, vin santo and a distinctive olive oil. The classic beauty of Mangiacane combined with its history, art, and idyllic countryside setting create the perfect backdrop for a Tuscan wedding, unforgettable holiday or exclusive rental.  Luxurious facilities complement the property, including a gourmet restaurant, a stunning infinity pool, unique sculpture gardens and breathtaking views of the Duomo in Florence. At Mangiacane, guests will experience the very best of Tuscan hospitality and the joy of modern-day convenience seamlessly combined with the splendor of the Renaissance.

    For more information, visit

    F: Mangiacane | I: @mangiacane | T: @VillaMangiacane

    Villa Mangiacane

    Via Faltignano 4

    San Casciano VP, 50026

    Florence, Tuscany, Italy

    +39 055 829 0123

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    Connie Werner Reichert is a wall of fame member of The International Travel Writers & Photographers Alliance


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