After our relaxing few days in San Gimignano, we made our way to the gorgeous Tuscan villa and B&B, Villa Dianella. Located in Vinci, a half an hours drive from Florence, an hours drive from San Gimignano and ten minutes from Empoli, the villa is exactly what fairytale dreams are made of. When you picture villas in Tuscany, you picture a place just like Villa Dianella.
We only stayed a night at this exquisite place, but really wished we could have stayed longer.
Let me tell you more about it.
About Villa Dianella
Steeped in rich history, Villa Dianella is a Medicean villa, which dates back to the end of the XVI century, when it was used as a country house by the Medici. Fast forward to today, and it is now owned by Francesco and Veronica Passerin d’Entrèves, who have worked to restore the villa and its farm to recreate a warm, homely and hospitable place to stay, visit, wine and dine.
Located in the heart of Tuscany, the Villa Dianella is surrounded by panoramic views of the lush Tuscan countryside. A romantic tree-lined driveway welcomes you as you drive up to the villa. When you arrive, you’re taken aback with the pure beauty of the rustic-styled villa, adorned in blooming flowers. You know you’re set to have the most magnificent time.
Villa Dianella runs as a B&B, a winery and venue for parties, particularly weddings.
The villa has three beautiful antique-decorated bedrooms – one suite and two double rooms – which are best described as shabby chic mixed with luxe. They serve a glorious breakfast, which comes complimentary with the room. You can also book in for dinner, which is just like having a home-cooked meal, only fancier!
Villa Dianella are all about fresh produce. They have a vineyard on site, where they produce their own wine, including Chianti. They also produce their own olive oil and beauty products, such as shampoo and conditioner. The estate has its own farm too, so you are spoilt for choice when it comes to fresh food – it’s seasonal produce, straight from the farm. Make sure you try their homemade conserves and jams.
If you’re looking for something to do during your stay, or if you’re not staying at the villa, but would like to visit, you can book in for one of their experiences – wine tasting, cooking classes and truffle hunting.
Villa Dianella would be the dreamiest location for a wedding. Imagine getting ready in one of their stunning rooms, and the gorgeous party you could have out in the courtyard. It would be magical! If you’re interested in more information about their weddings, their onsite wedding planner, Laura is brilliant and so helpful. You’ll be able to find more details about their weddings on their website.
We absolutely loved our stay at Villa Dianella. When we arrived, we couldn’t believe how beautiful the outside of the villa was, it was one of those pinch yourself moments. The villa is, I guess as you would say, vintage luxury. The restoration of the property was so well done, it feels like you’ve stepped back in time. There’s a real grandeur about the property.
We stayed in the Lavender Room, which was simply stunning. The room has a large canopy bed, wooden-beam ceilings, a huge bathroom with a bath, and vintage decor pieces, such as a marble dressing table. It also has large windows, which overlook the gorgeous lush garden.
I said to Tim, this is the kind of room I would like to stay in for our wedding, it’s so pretty, rustic and romantic.
After freshening up, we explored the lush gardens and enjoyed the view of the rolling, evergreen hills of the Tuscan countryside.
We had booked in for dinner, which was 35 Euro per person, and included a starter, main and small dessert each. For an extra 4 Euro per person, we had a glass of Villa Dianella’s Chianti, which was absolutely delicious. The dinner was so romantic! It was only us in their dining room at the time, so it was just like a private dinner. The food was excellent too.
After dinner, Tim and I went to sit outside in the garden. We opened a bottle of wine and relaxed while watching the sunset and the stars. Apparently it was at this moment Tim was thinking of proposing, but he decided to hold off to wait for that moment in Florence.
After a wonderful night’s sleep in our huge plush bed, we enjoyed a delightful buffet breakfast. It was the best breakfast we had while we were in Italy. Fresh croissants, Italian cakes, cheese, bread, fruit, and of course the homemade conserves (I loved the blood orange marmalade).
We were so sad to have to say goodbye to Villa Dianella, and if we had our time all over again we would have definitely booked in an extra night. In saying that, it gives us a good excuse to go back, and that we will!
Maybe it’ll end up being our wedding venue… wouldn’t that be the dream?!
Villa Dianella is located Via Dianella, 48 50059 Vinci (Florence) – Italy
Rooms are approximately 180 Euro a night.