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.
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.
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