Monday, 28 April 2014

An opportunity to stay at Villa Gamberaia, one of the most famous historical villas in Tuscany

The Villa Gamberaia is a 14th Century Tuscan villa located on the outskirts of Florence, ten minutes' walk from the ATAF bus stop at Settignano, and famous for its beautiful "hanging" garden. Villa Gamberaia has featured in almost every book about the formal gardens of Tuscany since Platt and Morgan's Italian Gardens of 1884.

stay at Villa Gamberaia, one of the most famous historical villas in Tuscany
The garden of Villa Gamberaia, one of the most famous historical villas in Tuscany
From 1895 until 1925, Villa Gamberaia was owned by the increasingly eccentric Princess Jeanne Ghyka, sister of Queen Natalia of Serbia, who lived here with her equally eccentric American companion, Miss Blood, and thoroughly restored the villa and reconstructed garden. It was she who substituted pools of water for the parterre beds. Although, as her great beauty faded, she was only ever glimpsed, if at all, draped from head to foot in veils, Lady Sybil Cutting of Villa Medici and mother of Iris Origo, reported being told that the princess would sometimes emerge from the villa at dawn to swim in the pools. The villa was badly damaged during WW II but brilliantly restored from 1954 onwards by Marcello Marchi.

Vacation rental accommodation at Villa Gamberaia
Villa Gamberaia seen from the garden

While innumerable visitors have made the pilgrimage to visit this enchanting Tuscan villa garden, few seem to have realised that we now have the opportunity to stay at Villa Gamberaia, one of the most famous historical villas in Tuscany! That's right - you can spend your vacation at one of the most beautiful and famous villas in Tuscany, indeed, in all of Italy, either in the guest houses that have been created in some of the annexes to the main villa or in the main villa itself. The apartments are self-catering and furnished in exquisite and luxurious taste. In addition, the reception rooms and grounds of the villa can be rented for events and Tuscan weddings.

One of the guest rooms at Villa Gamberaia
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