Villa di Masseto, surrounded by a beautiful and historical Italian garden, notified and protected by the Belle Arti, a national collection which includes pieces of art, buildings and gardens with a certain artistic and cultural value, was built in the fifteenth century and constructed around a main square-shaped courtyard, enclosed by a loggia,and an ancient tower dated XI century.
This incredible estate just 25 minutes from Florence was once the residence of the Guadagni Family, an historical florentine family who moved to Masseto at the end of the twelfth century and where the family lived generation after generation until recent years.
At the time of the battle of Montaperti, the Guadagni family joined the Guelph side, but were defeated and then exiled from Florence for several years. They were able to return only in 1281 becoming very rich bankers.
Hostile to the Medici family, they had to emigrate to France, from where they returned to Florence only in the 16th century with the advent of Grand Duke Cosimo I.
The Guadagni Family’s coat of arms is still on two sides of the house, on two majestic fireplaces in the house as well as on the kitchen’s pietra serena hood.