From the luscious tree-lined pathway on the arrival, every detail at Villa Il Leccio creates an immersive Tuscan experience. It is in the air of the place, reiterated in wall fresco, ceramic ornaments, oak trees, the elegant hedges, and hectares of olive groves and vineyards. This property carries the historical tale of the Landi family passed down for nine generations. The 18th Century villa located in the peaceful hills of Chianti is now a beautiful country resort with rooms, courtyard, typical Italian garden and a swimming pool overlooking the rolling Tuscan hills. It is a fabulous base to explore Firenze (Florence) and Siena.
Villa Il Leccio is carefully restored recently to embody the original splendor of the historic character of medieval architecture, balanced with contemporary sophistication and warmth. The rooms are elegant with immense details, yet comfortable, warm, and breezy. The garden and natural terrace with roses, lavenders, herbs and edible garden invites guests to linger around endlessly. The fresco painting in the walls of the main hall interprets the history and story of the family’s estate and a large heavy wooden door meets the outdoor gardens and the vineyard that’s far behind, merge with the fresco to captivate a panoramic landscape.
Food is central to the family’s tradition and produce from the kitchen gardens are cooked to perfection by the family members- Maria Luisa, her daughter Giada and her cousins. Produce from their estate not just find their ways to wine glasses and dinner plates, but to flower vases and as skin care products.
This is not any of the usual happy accidental story, but an outcome of true love for the family, the farm, their culture, and a huge passion for hospitality. Visiting in late July, the early evening soak in the swimming pool with a glass of house wine, when sunshine bathes the rolling hills is a boundless pleasure.