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Residence La Cappella offers bed and breakfast/holiday apartments in the grounds of a splendid Italian villa just a short distance from Florence.

Usually a weeks stay is required, but three-night stays may be possible off-season. A refurbished chapel sleeps 2 (4 on request), and there are also two double rooms available in an adjacent building. Here you'll have the best of all worlds, with quick access to Florence and the peace and quiet of the Tuscan countryside, and accommodation in a secluded and peaceful setting on the historic Strozzi-Riccardi estate.

Located at the foot of Settignano hill, in more than 20 hectares of private land, the villa lies just outside Florence, yet is surrounded by meadows and olive groves. A pine-lined avenue leads to the house and its buildings, and there is a large garden equipped with tables, chairs, and deckchairs. Guests have access to a courtyard adjoining the owners' villa next door, and there is a glass conservatory for dining, lounging, or table tennis.

The Chapel was built in the 18th century and is restored in neo-classical style; originally a private chapel for the Strozzi-Riccardi family (as in the Palazzo Strozzi in central Florence), the one-bedroom accommodation has recently been carefully restored to its original state, retaining its original beauty and charm, and is furnished throughout with antiques.

The interior covers about 50 square metres. There is a living room with full kitchenette; the double bedroom (queen-size bed) is located in the chapel's original nave (still decorated with original frescoes), and there is a bathroom with shower. The Chapel is independent of the owners' villa next door and has a wonderful atmosphere - refined, historic and very special. The owners occasionally allow four people to stay in the chapel, and can provide an additional bed. The amenities include heating in winter, CD player, and television.

In addition to the Chapel the owners have two beautiful double rooms furnished with antiques, and available on a Bed and Breakfast basis. Ocra is a large room with wooden floor and beamed ceiling, and has a magnificent view through mediaeval windows onto the glass conservatory and the park. The room has an ensuite marble bathroom (with bath).

Salvia is a charming room, also with wooden floor and beamed ceiling, and overlooks the surrounding park and the city. The room has a private bathroom with shower. The minimum stay is three days, and breakfast will be served in the kitchen of the owners' villa. Guests can relax in the owners' garden, in the park or in the private courtyard of the villa. Dinner can also be provided in the villa's large country kitchen (with fireplace), outside in the garden or in the conservatory.

The owners are happy to welcome guests who wish to practise their Italian language skills, and they'll be equally delighted to organise excursions into the local countryside or to make bookings for concerts, shows and other cultural events in Florence and other Tuscan towns nearby.

You can enjoy guided visits to the principal historic villas in the surrounding area, and short walks in the nearby hills of Vincigliata and Settignano; nature walks along the Arno and in the historic gardens and parks of Florence, history of art tours including guided visits to the main sights of Florence, and cookery courses covering Tuscan and regional Italian cuisine.

Via Curtatone e Montanara 14, 50053 Empoli, Florence, Italy
++39 0571 981064
++39 0571 981064