Villa Le Maschere - The Pope’s Chamber - Florence, Italy
by, 05-23-2013 at 07:43 PM (805 Views)
It seems like I never get around to blogging much of anything as soon as I would like to, and such is the case with the two LL properties we included in our 3 week Euro road trip this past August.
Eight thousand kilometers of wonderful landscapes, traffic, pot holes, vignettes, an excess of carbs, a defective air conditioning system during a heat wave which brought the temperature into the mid 90’s, and much more.
Our main goal was to walk amongst the lavender fields in Provence, and though late in the season, we found a remnant that would allow me to check it off my wife’s bucket list, as well as set a backdrop for some wonderful pictures.
Halfway into our trip to France we had planned a 4 day R & R Luxury Link stay at Villa Le Maschere, which we picked up as a mystery auction. Nestled in the Tuscan hills, this property is everything one would expect an Italian luxury villa to be!
As we pulled into the gated courtyard my wife and I started smiling at each other, and without any words being exchanged we both concluded that LL had done it again. The reception area did not disappoint, bringing together a wonderful blend of aged and new.
Andreas greeted us with great professionalism and made us feel like VIPs from the moment we arrived. He informed us of an upgrade to a junior suite that was named after a visit by Pope Pius IX. He reassured us that a table on the terrace would be ready for us at 8pm, timed perfectly for us to toast while watching the sun retire behind the hills for the day.
As we walked to our suite, we were in awe of the beauty of the frescoed ceiling, our view overlooking the courtyard, where we would soon be serving our lazy breakfasts under the matured trees, and the oversized bed that would grant us the much needed rest and reignite our desire to explore Florence, San Gimignano, and Sienna.
Our included dining experience consisted of three courses that were served with long pauses to assure the time necessary to take in the beauty of the sunset. We savored every minute and knew right away that we would regret not having another evening available for an encore.
Though the property is fairly close to Florence – even offering a complementary shuttle – I cannot recommend it for someone whose sole desire is to visit Florence. If you are looking for the full Tuscan experience, this is the place for you!
The amazing variety served at the champagne breakfast was a great incentive to make you get out of the outrageously comfy bed each morning. Everything and anything you could think of serving – including some international specialties that I would never eat at breakfast – were offered. In retrospect, the only think we did not like was the espresso and cappuccinos. Such a shame since Italy serves up some of the best...
We were able to resist Florence during one of our mornings and took advantage of the great wellness facilities. We took ample time to prepare ourselves for the massages, rotating ourselves through the ‘emotional’ showers, hammam, jacuzzi, waterfall, pools, steam room, sauna and relaxation room.
We would not hesitate in planning a return visit if not for the other many, many destinations we have yet to visit.