Welcome to a place where time has stopped
Over the centuries, Villa Poggio Torselli has seen History walking in its park, sleeping in its rooms and feasting and dancing in its glorious ballroom. The Villa hosted Paul I Zar of Russia and his wife Sophie Dorothea of Württemberg. A few years later, Pope Pius VII slept overnight in the bedroom on the ground floor – which has been furnished namely for him – while heading to France to crown Napoleon.
Located on the hills surrounding the village of San Casciano in Val di Pesa and set at the end of an elegant cypress-lined avenue, the Villa suddenly unfolds before the eyes of visitors. Beautiful and grandiose, it rises on the Poggio, surrounded by vineyards and olive trees, offering breath-taking views of the Chianti Classico hills and the city of Florence.
In 1702, Giovan Battista Corsini Orlandini commissioned the Florentine architect Lorenzo Merlini to rebuild the Villa as it is now in a beautiful and grandiose late Baroque style.
The main art theme which inspired the whole decorative style revolves around the Four Seasons – this appears even more evident when looking at the four statues located on the roof, representing Spring, Summer, Autumn and Winter.
The magnificently decorated interiors – an impressive array of paintings, artworks, ancient furniture – leave the visitor with the feeling of walking through history and amazed by the harmony and the beauty that surround him.
The 9 bedrooms are uniquely decorated with their own style and colour and embellished with beautiful architectural details. Overlooking the Italian Garden and the park they are immersed in the timeless peace and beauty of the estate.
Among them the “Pope Room”; especially set up by the Orlandini del Beccuto family at the ground floor to host the elderly Pope Pius VII who stayed at the Villa during his trip to Paris for the Imperial coronation of Napoleon.
Locate on the South side of the Villa it opens onto the Italian Garden and the terrace. The majestic ballroom is richly furnished and embellished by several artistic and decorative elements.
The ceiling is decorated by stunning frescoes and six galleries used to host musicians during the balls and parties.
Along the walls, placed symmetrically on both sides of the room, two great coats of arms of the Orlandini-Corsini family shaped in white plaster stand out.
The many rooms, halls and libraries offer, both from a historic and artistic perspective, a precious testament of the history of the estate and its prestige trough centuries.
Among them stand the Hall of Spring and Hall of Summer with their spectacular frescoed ceiling and the reading room with its unique collection of rare first editions.
Located in the basement, it benefits of a cool temperature even during the hot Italian summers thanks to its massive pietra serena walls. The large fire place, still in use, hosts the original spit-roast designed by Leonardo Da Vinci.
It is in the main kitchen that every morning the fresh vegetables from the garden arrive; and it is here where the family meets with friends and guests for informal suppers and joyous gatherings.
On the Southern side of the Villa in recent years has been built the beautiful swimming pool. Surrounded by the splendid and fragrant Mediterranean garden, this is a place of privacy and calm where to enjoy the silence and the warm Tuscan sun.