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A Tuscan garden Escape


A conversion of a 12th-century monastery to private apartments

+39 345 909 3294 / Contact Us

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A Tuscan garden Escape


A conversion of a 12th-century monastery to private apartments

+39 345 909 3294 / Contact Us

a Destination

Venzano is a meticulous restoration of a 12th-century monastery in central Tuscany, set on 25 lush acres with an on-site gardener/caretaker. 

At completion there will be up to nine beautifully renovated apartments, most with two bedrooms and two baths. From about 70sqm up to about 120sqm, each with a private garden, and with the ability to select finishes to the owners' taste.  There is also the possibility to combine several units to create a larger home tailored to your needs. 

All the owners share: 

  • A pool with a panoramic view of the spectacular countryside;
  • A large communal kitchen off the central courtyard for larger group meals, a tranquil, frescoed chapel and other public areas;
  • Expansive landscaped gardens.

Venzano is more than all of that.  Scroll down to learn more...

Vistas

Gardens

Architecture and History

360-degree views of rolling hills, sheep meadows, ancient trees and olive groves extend for miles.

In the renowned gardens, the array of native and exotic plantings enhance the natural beauty of the region. Grape arbors, ancient stone walls, row hedges and paths provide the structure of Venzano’s English-style gardens. Intimate paths and seating areas create separate garden rooms in the context of the expansive setting.

The site was deeded to the church in 1008 and functioned as an Augustinian monastery since the 12th century. The original 13th-century romanesque chapel with a fresco of St. Andrew has been preserved through the centuries. 

Prior to  Napoleon’s closing of the monastic order in 1811,  Venzano was a farming community, growing fruit, olives, and the grapes that produced the sacramental wine for Volterra.

Since that time, Venzano has served as a local farmstead, and, until our acquisition of the property, had functioned as a renowned local nursery and garden center.

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The Renovation


The Renovation


Before

After 900 years, Venzano was in need of some well deserved attention.

During

Beautiful Italian chestnut beams replaced those in need of repair.

Beautiful Italian chestnut beams replaced those in need of repair.

Centuries-old terra cotta roof tiles were used to cover newly constructed roofing.

Centuries-old terra cotta roof tiles were used to cover newly constructed roofing.

Laying the tiles by using the ancient artisanal technique. 

Laying the tiles by using the ancient artisanal technique. 

Recreating an entryway by hand - how else?!

Recreating an entryway by hand - how else?!

After

We love mixing old and new...

We love mixing old and new...

...We believe that kitchens are the heart of the home...

...We believe that kitchens are the heart of the home...

...Bathrooms are a sanctuary...

...Bathrooms are a sanctuary...

...and NOTHING beats a great night's sleep!

...and NOTHING beats a great night's sleep!

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The Gardens


Restoring one of Tuscany's best-known private gardens

The Gardens


Restoring one of Tuscany's best-known private gardens

Evocative

Designed by award-winning gardener Donald Leevers, Venzano's gardens cover more than an acre and incorporate traditional English garden design into the natural Tuscan landscape.  The structure of the distinct garden rooms is softened by the profusion of spontaneous and loose cottage style beds. 

Renowned

Venzano's gardens are well-known throughout Tuscany and the gardening world.  They've been the subject of numerous press reports, guidebooks, books on artists' gardens, and their own coffee table volume. 

A work in progress...

Venzano's gardens are in the process of being restored to their place as one of Italy's pre-eminent private gardens. 

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The People


The People


Venzano is who we are

Venzano's renewal was undertaken by some friends who were seeking an enchanting retreat from the fast pace of city living.  Venzano’s current owners live in New York, Sydney and Florence.  We have all been captivated by the magic of Venzano.

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CONTACT US


CONTACT US


Venzano is just coming back to life. 

We're not done yet, but we're moving quickly towards completion. 

Let us know if you'd like to hear more.

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Updates


Updates


Venzano 2016

This year's social season (its first in a long time!) saw the inauguration of the pool, and was a smashing success!

The common living room for all Venzano owners has opened!  The stone walls and comfortable, warm-toned furnishings are sure to make this the setting for many good conversations and happy evenings.  The professional-grade kitchen will be installed soon.

The common living room for all Venzano owners has opened!  The stone walls and comfortable, warm-toned furnishings are sure to make this the setting for many good conversations and happy evenings.  The professional-grade kitchen will be installed soon.

Our amazing pool and sun-deck, complete with loungers and umbrelloni!

Our amazing pool and sun-deck, complete with loungers and umbrelloni!

Cocktails for guests overlooking the rolling hills.

Cocktails for guests overlooking the rolling hills.

 

About 50 friends and family came to together to help celebrate Gordon's (very important) birthday!

About 50 friends and family came to together to help celebrate Gordon's (very important) birthday!