"More than anything, Florence is like a dream, " wrote historian Joseph Ryckwert. A dream that is expressed through art, poetry, literature and blinding beauty. It is a beauty that leaves you in awe, unconceivable not to experience at least once in a lifetime - for this purpose, Villa Nardi is the ideal setting. Designed by famed architect Giuseppe Poggi, this marvelous and exquisite mansion was built in 1865, coincident with the founding of Florence as the capital city. The owners were the Baroni Franchetti, and notably the musician Alberto, who chose it as a retreat and key source of inspiration for his creations. Thus the Villa became a true art coterie, hosting personalities like Puccini, Mascagni, and Eleonora Duse. During World War II, however, it served as home to the German command, evacuees, and various residents. After years of neglect, it was purchased by Gustavo Nardi, who, along with his wife and children, patiently and passionately rebuilt and restored the estate under the vigilant eye of the Fine Arts of Florence. Nowadays, this magnificent historic home is the ideal destination for those who wish to enjoy an exclusive and unique stay in the cradle of the Italian Renaissance. The Villa is just a ten-minute walk from the Boboli Gardens and the ancient Porta Romana, making it the ideal starting point for visiting the countless beauties of this unparalleled city. Yet, at the same time, it is set amidst a verdant and serene private garden, where guests can enjoy the utmost relaxation. Also outdoors, there is a delightful chapel and a large parking lot monitored by CCTV cameras. Guests can choose from nine rooms, all furnished in classic style with period wooden furniture and provided with all amenities: A/C, free Wi-Fi, minibar, and flat-screen TV with satellite channels. On the ground floor, there is a warm and cozy room graced with a romantic fireplace designed to welcome guests for breakfast consisting of fresh fruit, homemade cakes, cheese, ham, and eggs. To top it all off, the care of highly qualified staff ready to meet guests' wishes to ensure that their Florentine stay is a unique and unforgettable experience to be engraved in their heart's memory.
In order to ensure the high standards required, the selection criteria adopted by the Certification Commission are very strict and also include:
- More than 164.637 Club Members' suggestions and recommendations
- Scores obtained during anonymous Quality Control inspections
- Renovations quality
- Presence of elements of historical, artistic and cultural relevance
- Rooms' intimacy and exclusivity
- Notoriety, reviews, references from certified partners
- Advertisement and information pack (website, brochures, catalogues, etc...)
- Reception service and customization level
On 26 September 2023 Villa Nardi - Residenza d'Epoca has obtained the approval of the Certification Commission and confirmed the award of the prestigious Residenze d'Epoca Golden Crown. Villa Nardi - Residenza d'Epoca has successfully passed all 50 periodic Quality Controls required by the Certification Protocol for the Golden Crown classification level.
50 QUALITY CONTROLS PASSED
FREQUENTLY CONTROL: MONTHLY
Ref. Certification Protocol: 26 September 2023