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When we launched Villa Albizi Retreat in the summer of 2017, we did it with a simple mission statement: to explore that charged idea that is ethical Tuscan life. In an increasingly online world, we believed there was room for a specialized press publication dedicated to the travel into a Borgo. It was important to get in touch with a print magazine for the digital age. As we continue to consume more of our world through the screens of our smartphones, we continue to believe in the power of printing: to elevate, entertain and, in the most effective case, to enhance. However, we also believe in providing you with the most relevant content through the most appropriate platform. In the coming weeks, when most of us are forced to stay at home, this means providing you with stimulating suggestions on things to do, recipes to cook, trainings to try, virtual exhibitions to explore, images of our villa to watch on our website or Instagram: ila_villa_albizi or our page Facebook: Villa Albizi
Villa Albizi on Luxury London 

... "If a house can have a life, then few have older bones than the Villa Albizzi. It’s part of a small cluster of buildings in the Tuscan hills dating back almost a thousand years. Once a remote staging post on an ancient Roman road, the hamlet of the Borgo Montefienali was all but abandoned in the 13th century; and for centuries was lost to the encroaching forest, deleted from existing maps, its historical memory all but wiped clean. But at the turn of the millennium enthusiastic walker Alessandro Polvani, director of local building contractors Germana Construction, stumbled across the remains of the hamlet; instantly he saw the potential.

Since the year 2000, Alessandro, along with his son Thomas and daughter in-law Ilaria Pianigiani, has painstakingly restored the hamlet and its main house, the Villa Albizzi Montefienali. “The last occupant of these buildings was a shepherd, and he fled 40 years ago,” said Thomas Polvani. “In the four decades since, nature took its toll. All that was left of the buildings were the outer stone walls, the window openings like black eyes. The original plants and cultivation were gone, lost to a thick green mantle of weeds. All that remained of the ancient landscaping was a single cypress tree, marking the entrance to the ruins of a church dedicated to San Domenico.”