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Direct in the heart of Tuscany lays the venerable Villa di Meleto, which enchants with its senatorial charm. Allow yourself to be captivated by the languorous beauty of our country estate. Enjoy the stunning panorama this unique scenery offers while strolling through our manicured park. Here you can amble about between historic statures, boxwood hedges and lemon trees, or admire the white and blue peacocks strutting around the grounds. You can soak up the sun at our ample swimming pool or simply give your spirit free reign.


Villa di Meleto is a historic nobleman’s estate acquired by the House of Ridolfi in 1569, and it remains in the possession of the family even to this day. It became famous through marquess Cosimo Ridolfi (1794-1865), one of the leading figures of the “Risorgimento” (Resurgence) unification movement in Tuscany in the 19th century. He was a member of numerous societies and academic circles, was minister of state during the revolution of 1848 and, from 1859 to 1860, Tuscany’s foreign minister.

In 1834, Cosimo Ridolfi founded Italy’s first agricultural institute at his country estate Meleto. Agricultural innovations, in terms of new equipment and methods of cultivation, were researched, tested and promoted here. Up to 30 students were enrolled in the “Scuola Agraria di Meleto” (Agricultural School of Meleto), where they could obtain a degree in theoretically and practically oriented modern agricultural studies. In 1840 the agrarian institute was relocated to the University of Pisa. There, Cosimo Ridolfi was appointed to the first professorship for agricultural sciences in Italy.
It was in Meleto in the 1820s that Cosimo Ridolfi and his estate overseer Agostino Testaferrata invented a new irrigation method, the so-called “sistemazione a spina”. It involves a systems of canals that prevent the erosion of the hilly ground and evenly distribute water over the fertile soil. The name ? “sistemazione a spina” ? is derived from the herringbone pattern that can be recognized in the hills from afar. An example of “sistemazione a spina” has been restored in Meleto and can be seen there.
Between 1837 and 1853 agricultural conferences were held regularly in Meleto, which were attended by large, medium-sized and small property owners and academics from the region. New agricultural equipment and machinery were presented, speeches were held on new methods of cultivation and exhibitions of agricultural products were organised. For one thing, these conferences contributed to ensuring that new agricultural knowledge was put into practice. For another, they served the purpose of maintaining social harmony and stability in Tuscany.

Separate Vacation Homes

La Fattoria

  • Sleeps 10
  • 5 bedrooms
  • La Fattoria is directly adjacent to the villa, but a completely independent house with a private and spacious inner court in a characteristic Tuscan style. It was renovated in 2009/10 and offers room for 10 persons, spread over two storeys and 200 m2 of living space.

Casa Lucia with private pool

  • Sleeps 8
  • 4 bedrooms
  • Casa Lucia is a free-standing cottage with a large garden. It offers room for 8 persons, spread over two storeys and 145 m2 of living space, in characteristic Tuscan style.

Vacation flats in the adjacent building

Adjacent to the villa is a building that, in earlier times, served as a residence and now features four completely renovated and lovingly appointed accommodation units. Each one has a separate entrance and its own garden with patio.
All flats have been tastefully decorated in Tuscan country style. Their traditional Cotto tile or granite flooring harmonises perfectly with the sturdy wooden-beam ceilings, between which the kiln-fired roof tiles can be seen.
Casa Mulino

  • Sleeps 4
  • 2 bedrooms
  • Casa Mulino is named for a mill that was once located here.

Casa Frantoio

  • Sleeps 4-5
  • 2 bedrooms
  • The olive oil press, which garnishes the combined kitchen/dining room of Casa Frantoio, provides the origin for the house’s name (Frantoio = oil press).

Casa Valente

  • Sleeps 6
  • 3 bedrooms
  • Casa Valente was named after one of the gamekeepers who lived in this house at one time.

Casa Beppe

  • Sleeps 5
  • 3 bedrooms
  • Casa Beppe is where the house servant, Beppe, used to reside

Vacation flats in the Villa

In the four flats situated directly in Villa di Meleto, time seems to stand still. You live in Tuscany as it once was, but seldom still find.
We have taken great pains to not detract from the historic style of the flat and its furnishings, yet still offer you all those comforts and conveniences that are a must: refurbished bathrooms, a modern, fitted kitchen that has been adapted to the style and – of great importance: new slatted supports and mattresses for the antique beds. You shouldn’t expect 5-star luxury here, though. People who cherish rustic old masonry and antique furniture will, however, feel very comfy here.

Casa Zio Toio

  • Sleeps 2-3
  • 15 bedrooms
  • This flat is where uncle (Zio) Toio, a nobleman, stayed overnight when he came to visit the villa.

Casa Zia Elvira

  • Sleeps 4
  • 2 bedrooms
  • When visiting the villa, this is where aristocratic aunt (Zia) Elvira stayed overnight.

Casa Vecchia Cucina

  • Sleeps 4
  • 2 bedrooms
  • Casa Vecchia Cucina (“old kitchen”) is where the former grand kitchen of the Villa is located.

Casa Lesina

  • Sleeps 2-3
  • 15 bedrooms
  • Casa Lesina is named after an earlier “Fattoressa” (estate manager).


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