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Our history
The history of Villa Bottai begins in the 14th century when the powerful Gavacciani family built an imposing, aristocratic residence along the road that linked Florence to Rome via Volterra.

In 1333, Lapo Gavacciani had an Oratory built dedicated to the Holy Mary (which existed until the 19th century) and, two years later, a hospital for pilgrims and sick people.

The Gavacciani dynasty came to an end in 1376 and from then onwards the property had a number of different owners until 1569, when the rich and powerful Corboli family (who also contributed towards the building of Florence's defensive walls) acquired the whole estate, widened and embellished it.

The elegance of the Villa was so renowned that even Cosimo I, Grand Duke of Tuscany, used to be hosted there with his family to watch religious processions from the windows of the fašade. A small shrine in the building opposite the Villa is a reminder of those gracious visits.

In 19th century the ownership of the Villa passed into the hands of the Bartoli and then of the Bottai families. During the centuries this ancient, aristocratic Mansion hosted some of the most important people to whom Florence owed much of its social and cultural development. The extremely refined atmosphere of the Residence and the lovely park overlooking the Tuscan countryside are still reminiscent of its glorious past.
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Villa Bottai welcomes you to Florence. Come to discover one of the most beautiful cities in the world. It will be our pleasure to pamper our guests in an atmosphere where comforts, refinement and the charm of history blend harmoniously.
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