The history

1427

1427 | Villa le Rose | A Renaissance luxury villa on Florence's hills, Tuscany

Records first appear of a settlement in Brancolano

1435

1435 | Villa le Rose | A Renaissance luxury villa on Florence's hills, Tuscany

Brancolano is sold to the Antinori family as a Borghi property for 400 Florins. Records describe the property comprised of a farmholding and a stately home.

15th Century

15th Century | Villa le Rose | A Renaissance luxury villa on Florence's hills, Tuscany

Villa le Rose belongs to the Colomboli family. Also known as Rossi D’Oltrarno this Florentine family figures in archival records since 1156. Over the years they change their family name to Rosolesi and establish their coat of arms which feature a rose in honour of the villa.

1487

1487 | Villa le Rose | A Renaissance luxury villa on Florence's hills, Tuscany

The widow of Antonio de’ Rossi D’Oltrarno sells the villa to Niccolò Tommaso Antinori.

1513

The architect Niccolò Ruccellai carries out restructuring work to the villa establishing its current Renaissance style. Following Antinori’s request, the stately living quarters are developed on the ground floor and the basement, while the first floor was reserved for wheat storage.

1629

1629 | Villa le Rose | A Renaissance luxury villa on Florence's hills, Tuscany

The Salone delle Feste, The Ballroom, is frescoed. However the date is disputed on the grounds that the green used was not employed in Florence until after 1700.

1700

1700 | Villa le Rose | A Renaissance luxury villa on Florence's hills, Tuscany

The dining room is frescoed with the myth of Diana and Actaeon.

1780

1780 | Villa le Rose | A Renaissance luxury villa on Florence's hills, Tuscany

The Blue Living room is frescoed with country scenes. The Studio is also adorned with trompe-l’oeil monochromatic figurative scenes and stucco framed.

1800

1800 | Villa le Rose | A Renaissance luxury villa on Florence's hills, Tuscany

Initial work is carried out on the south face of the first floor in order to create more bedrooms. The remaining part of the first floor is kept for wheat storage.

1937

The villa is sold to the Küchel family. They embark on modernising the villa, adding an internal elevator.

1944

1944 | Villa le Rose | A Renaissance luxury villa on Florence's hills, Tuscany

Following the Allied Forces’ success in pushing back the German line, the villa is requisitioned and used by American officers as their quarters.

1958

1958 | Villa le Rose | A Renaissance luxury villa on Florence's hills, Tuscany

Villa le Rose is bought by Earnst and Jean Boissevain.

1963

1963 | Villa le Rose | A Renaissance luxury villa on Florence's hills, Tuscany

Restructuring and renovation work ends. Among the work completed, the swimming pool is built replacing the round corral.

1983

Leonardo and Beatrice Ferragamo acquire Villa le Rose.

2004

2004 | Villa le Rose | A Renaissance luxury villa on Florence's hills, Tuscany

Restoration and maintenance work on the villa ends giving it its current appearance.