About Totally Tuscany Villas

Our History

About Totally Tuscany Villas

Our History

About Totally Tuscany Villas

Our History

Why Choose Us

Over 30 years of travel expertise helps us to help you. We will assist you with all facets of your planning process and offer customer service that is unmatched. You will not get better personalized and speedy service elsewhere. We offer you 5-star luxury villas in a prime location at discounted prices. Additionally, we will be offering extensive excursion packages that will help make your Tuscan dreams come true!

Our History

This property is the Noble Residence of Count Adinolfo Lucchesi Palli and his family. They live in the main villa on site called Il Palazzo which was the palace of the Emperor of Tuscany.

The exact date of construction is unknown. The villa is mentioned in written document dating 1450’s circa. The home was owned by “Berto Berti” a native citizen of Certaldo who made his fortune in banking in Florence. He also owned banks in Rome and was the personal banker of the Pope. One of his apprentices was “Niccolò Macchiavelli” who worked for him in Rome. This is confirmed in historical documentation as Machiavelli sued the Berti family heirs for unpaid wages after the death of Berto Berti. Thus court records which refer to the residence of Berto Berti in our home place him here during the 1450’s. The villa may have been constructed by him, or as it is thought, by his father which would then give an approximate construction date of the early 1400’s.

The estate was purchased by the family of Count Adinolfo Lucchesi Palli’s maternal grandmother, “Principessa Isabella Ruffo di Calabria” in the 1700’s. Her maiden name was “Torrigiani” being part of the “Marquis Torrigiani” family of Florence. The property included the current grounds and structures, and extended to and included property of the hilltop town of “Vico d’Elsa”. It was normal procedure in this time period to exclude all female heirs from property inheritance rights, favoring only male descendants. Principessa Isabella fought a legal battle to obtain “la legittima” or her “legitimate” inheritance rights, thus obtaining the current estate as well as other property in the 1930’s.

Adinolfo inherited this property from his grandmother in 1972, at which time he was finishing his degree in architecture in Florence. He initiated renovation of the main villa shortly after. He has resided at “Il Palazzo” since 1976.

How We Work

 

The process is simple: You have a look at our villas and choose the style and size that is suitable for your vacation. Next, you check the availability on our booking calendar. Once you confirm that your dates are available, you click on the "Book Now" button and submit your information. We will place your villa on hold while the payment of your deposit is submitted. The balance is paid six weeks before your trip. It's as easy as that.

Vacation Villas

Totally Tuscany Villas has recently become the official lessor for the villa complex, transforming each villa into a modern and comforting accommodation for your stay in Tuscany. We provide assurance that the luxury of our Tuscany villas measures up to our photographs, descriptions and, most importantly, your expectations. Each of the four villas is fully equipped and furnished with three bedrooms and three bathrooms. Further details for each villa could be found on their respective pages. All villas are thoroughly inspected by our team to ensure the utmost safety and beauty for your stay.

Totally Tuscany’s 5-star villa complex is conveniently located on the Chianti Hillside between Florence and Siena, allowing you to travel in any direction throughout the region. You will find the most amazing sights and delicious tastes along any path you choose to take. The local town of Certaldo has simple bus and train transportation routes allowing you to make your way around town. You will find supermarkets, full of locally sourced ingredients and delicacies, as well as places for wine tasting and even horseback riding. Italian spas, or Termes, are also a short drive away, and we could always recommend some favorites. Following an eventful day of sightseeing and creating unforgettable memories, you will return home to your luxurious and scenic villa for ultimate relaxation.

We also deliver a variety of personal services that can be added on, particularly for your stay. Chefs are available to prepare delectable evening meals, and our specialized tour guides will show you all the best that the Tuscan region has to offer. If you are traveling for a specific purpose, allow us to create a unique, one-of-a-kind experience just for you and your party.

Completion Time

As long as a villa is available, you can book your trip as close as a week away, or, for over a year in advance. However, our villas typically get reserved from six to twelve months in advance. In order for you not to lose your choice of villa on your dates, we suggest that you reserve it at your earliest possibility. Keep in mind that villas can be booked for check-in/check-out on Saturdays only and only full additional weeks can be reserved.

Elizabeth, Manager at "Il Palazzo"

The amazing views and peaceful feeling of our property brings you back in time. However, the modern amenities and American owner/manager, Elizabeth, will make your accommodation a place that you will not want to leave. The best part is that it is so convenient to travel throughout the region and discover ancient towns and regional specialties. You'll be talking about your experiences for years! The possibilities are endless.