Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Under the Tuscan Sun! Villa Cetinale

I have found paradise...I am tempted to write to Edward Lambton, the 7th Earl of Durham (known to friends as Ned)... who just inherited and completed a five year renovation of the entire Villa Cetinale estate... to ask if I can PLEASE come for a visit (with a big discount on the hefty pricetag of a rental)...I am actually a bit obsessed actually....this is a place definitely on my bucket list!!! I can't believe I lived in Florence and never made my way here....oh my...(big sigh)...

Villa Cetinale is a 17th century villa in the Ancaiano district near Siena, Italy. Designed by the architect Carlo Fontana, in the Roman Baroque style, the villa was built in 1680 by Cardinal Flavio Chigi for Pope Alexander VII — Fabio Chigi.

Can you imagine a wedding on the property?

The gardens at Villa Cetinale are renowned as being amongst the most beautiful in Italy.The Cetinale gardens are filled with climbing roses, lilies, irises, and vine-covered pergolas. In the spring months the wisteria covers the Villa walls and walkways in a sea of purple. Fields of poppies and wild flowers contrast with cypresses, olive trees and vineyards, and geometrically shaped flowerbeds lined with box hedges surround the citrus garden.

I love all the bathrooms...there are 12 of them!

 There are 9 double bedrooms, 2 twin bedded rooms, 1 single, and a dormitory for 4 children, plus accomodation for ample extra persons (ie staff) at extra cost.....


Within easy reach of Florence, Siena, Pisa, Rome, Villa Cetinale is ideally situated for sightseeing, shopping, eating out or just relaxing in the beautiful Tuscan landscape. Garden visits are Monday to Friday 9.30 – 12.30 by appointment only when Ned and his family or rental guests are not in residence.

What's included in your rental?

Chef, Linens, toiletries, staff. Not inclusive of food and drink, and airport transfer, which will be added to the bill. Staff: Daily cleaning service, chef, 5 gardeners, house manager. Person who can help with serving food and drinks. Any reasonable request considered.

Tomorrow I am going to feature the Farmhouse on the Estate (also for rent) and you don't want to miss it! It's incredible...I would graciously accept an invitation there as well...Ciao for Now!


  1. Wow! So stylish. I wonder how the Pope had it decorated:) For the record. I want to come too!

    you have one.

    thanks for visiting me.

    1. You are welcome! I enjoy your blog a you can see I put it in my I can pop over regularly! :)

  3. wow - wow- wow- you just gave me some great inspiration! I am in process of designing our retirement home and I love that kitchen! Susan at Romancing the Home

  4. WOW!!!
    This is an most gorgeous villa i have ever seen and the most beautiful thing in this villa is its architecture like an castle i am so much impressed by this villa, if i have got a chance to visit there then i will feel that day is my luckiest day of my life.
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