Friday, July 15, 2016

Villa San Michele and Villa La Massa

Executive summary by darmansjah

The villa's gardens have panoramic views of the town of Capri and its harbour, the Sorrentine Peninsula, and Mount Vesuvius. The villa sits on a ledge at the top of the Phoenician Steps, between Anacapri and Capri, at a height of 327 meters above sea level.

San Michele's gardens are adorned with many relics and works of art dating from ancient Egypt and other periods of classical antiquity. They now form part of the Grandi Giardini Italiani.

The story of the villa is recorded by Axel Munthe in his book The Story of San Michele, first published in 1929 and reprinted many times since then.

Between 1919 and 1920, Munthe was an unwilling landlord to the outrageous socialite and muse Luisa Casati, who took possession of Villa San Michele. This was described by the Scottish author Compton Mackenzie in his diaries.

Overlooking Capri harbour from the rotunda in Villa San Michele hires

Villa La Massa

A luxury villa surrounded by green areas, Villa La Massa features a garden with swimming pool and a restaurant with a terrace overlooking River Arno. It is located 8 km from Florence’s centre.

Decorated with warm colours and classic-style curtains and bed linen, rooms at Villa Massa feature carpeted floors and some also come with wood-beamed ceilings. Each room has free Wi-Fi access.

At the restaurant you can enjoy a breakfast buffet and traditional dishes of Italian cuisine prepared with homegrown products. The chef organises cooking courses.

Guests can have a game on the tennis court or work out in the fitness centre. Bikes can be rented for free and many outdoor activities can be organised.

Offering free parking, this 5-star property is less than a 5-minute drive from Bagno a Ripoli. The A1 motorway exit is 7 km away.

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