Tuscan Escape on the Arno
by Joe Decker
For as long as I have known my wife, and throughout our travels around the globe these past 5 years – Italy has always been our “next trip”. But as always, life gets in the way, and we continued to say….next time. Well as with most things in life, sometimes you just need a bit of a push to make a dream come true. Luckily, my wife is a good sport, and when that push came in the way of a European Tour by my favorite band…. next time quickly had a time and place.
When you are in Florence you find yourself instantly transported to a time of elegance and refinement. Surrounded by culture, history, iconic art, and the towering presence of the Duomo. A beacon of splendor, the Duomo fills the sky from every vantage point, positioning itself as the very center of Florence. After spending two days in the heart of Florence we left the crowded streets behind to the private retreat on the banks of the Arno River.
My wife and I decided to take the complimentary shuttle conveniently located by the Ponte Vecchio for our short journey to Villa La Massa. As soon, as we entered the gates, we found ourselves instantly transported to a sanctuary of peace and serenity. It was hard to believe we were only 15 minutes from the bustling tourist center of Florence.
Entering the grand lobby, my first thoughts were elegance and sophistication – a throwback to its origins as a 16th century Medici estate. Comprised of four buildings, all with their own unique touches, the 41 rooms and suites are decorated in an elegant Tuscan style perfectly encapsulating a noble country estate.
The tranquil grounds give you ample space to relax and rejuvenate – whether its lounging by the pool, or taking a walk through the large gardens surrounding the resort, your main companion will be the cascading sounds of the river and the chirping of birds.
Sadly, our time here was short, and as we journeyed to our next location in Italy, my wife shared a simple thought on Villa La Massa. “I can’t wait to take my parents here.” We quickly began to plan just that and couldn’t stop talking about how that would be an everlasting memory for our entire family.
Reflecting on my first time to Villa La Massa, I can’t help but get excited about my eventual return, which luckily for me is in a few short weeks. I look forward to sharing with you all more impressions upon my return from the Soul of Florence.