Among the families that in the course of the centuries have lived in the magnificent villa Il Garofalo, the most renowned appear to be the families of Dante, the father of the Italian language, and of Beatrice Portinari, his inspiring muse.
Located on the Florentine slope of Fiesole, it offers a spectacular view over the main monuments of the old town.
The cloister’s original stone pavement and well inspire images of the Divine poet meeting his muse here. Near the cloister, the captivatingly romantic wood is often used for the summer receptions.
During the centuries the palace has undergone several changes, none of which has altered its fascinating classiness.
The carefully furnished halls highlight a great attention to details and feature precious pieces of furniture and paintings. Especially beautiful are the large tapestry of Brussels manufacturers in the piano room, and the ample mahogany table in the Mirror hall.
The large hall frescoed on one wall by Xavier Bueno is the only unfurnished one, which enhances its versatility.
Three of the four ground halls open on the beautiful Italian gardens, with the tall palm tree featuring the villa. The gardens offer a breathtaking view over Florence, and the farthest section is fit for the celebration of outdoor ceremonies with a view.
The villa also features large English gardens with a wide parking area.