We stayed here as artists back in 2015 and it's an idyllic location for painting.
The villa is really special and lovingly maintained with fabulous water features.
Roberto was a great host and took care of everything for us. He welcomed us warmly and once we were settled in, left us to our own devices.
The kitchen is beautiful and has plenty of necessary tools for cooking. Bathrooms are comfortable and well designed. The villa is not cramped and there are no features that need improving. The ground floor is really well designed with many comfortable and well appointed rooms that have a family feeling but are not cramped with personal objects. You can exit the house, into the gardens from many different points. There are spectacular views of Florence from the terrace. We usually ate outdoors as the weather was perfect. The gardens and land around the villa are very walkable and if you are a painter or photographer there's lots to experience.
The villa entrance is a very steep winding path but easily managed by car. If your intention is to be here quietly with friends there is no more relaxing spot. A gem.
Villa Tantafera is a little piece of heaven on earth. I traveled to Florence in June with five girlfriends and we enjoyed every moment at this magnificent villa. Tantafera was authentic, beautifully appointed, luxurious, and comfortable. Each bedroom had its own special charm and beautiful view. Lovely cross breezes filled the villa through the enormous windows. The dipping pool, warmed by the Tuscan sun, was special as was the indoor heated whirlpool for late night relaxing. Just outside the kitchen is a beautiful outdoor seating and dining area with an amazing view of Florence and the Duomo. Rather than eating out, we enjoyed most of our meals from this scenic garden. Roberto and his son, Nicco, were absolutely gracious hosts. We were welcomed with a refrigerator filled with a selection of meats, cheeses, yogurts and beverages and a kitchen stocked with cereal and coffee to get us started. Roberto was very accessible for questions and had many helpful suggestions. You could see that Roberto is proud of his family villa and enjoys sharing it with enthusiastic visitors. Everyone affiliated with the villa, from Giuseppe the driver, to Sammy the helpful groundskeeper were warm and friendly. The location was ideal. The villa is about a 15 minute ride into Florence yet far enough away to feel like we were getting away from the hustle and bustle of the city center. Consider how you will get to and from Florence. If you rent a car, the drive to the villa for the uninitiated may be challenging with narrow winding roads which are sometimes two-way. Plus driving into the city and parking would have been frustrating for us. If you are a large party you will need to rent a minivan and that would provide yet another challenge. We did not rent a car and were happy we didn’t. However, the walk to the bus stop is long, hilly and potentially dangerous. Not easy to do on a daily basis so we didn't as we originally thought we might. With our rental came a complimentary shuttle service twice a day to/from the villa to downtown Florence or airport/train station (one trip in the morning, one return in the afternoon, for up to 8 people). In theory this sounds great, but the driver does not work exclusively for the villa so he was not always available for the daily trips. In which case our very accommodating hosts would drive us into Florence. Because we were a party of six both Roberto and Nicco had to drive their cars. As wonderful as they were about doing it, we did feel like we were putting them out – though not once did they make us feel that way. There is no Uber in Florence, so the remaining option is a taxi service - about 20 euros for each car of 3 passengers. Taxis were easy to catch back to the villa from the city but according the Roberto, calling and relying on one to show up at the villa for a ride into the city isn’t a guarantee as it is not a drive that most taxi drivers want to make. We generally got a ride from the driver or Roberto into downtown and took a taxi back to the villa. Staying at Villa Tantafera was the highlight of our trip and the reality of spending a week at this beautiful Italian villa surpassed our fantasy.
The views are amazing. The villa is a wonderful set up. We went with 4 other couples. Everyone had their own bed and bath. The kitchen was spacious. They had food in the fridge and pantry to get started.
The outside space was amazing. We had a private chef come cook dinner one night. Seat outside on a large table with sweeping views of Florence.
We had a driver at our disposal to run us into town, he was a bit more than a taxi but well worth it. All the taxis we took knew the villa.
Only downside is that is about 15/20 from city center. As long as you knew when you wanted to leave the driver was very accommodating.
Wonderful place and the owner was very helpful with tours and recommendations.
First off, the pictures do not to it justice. The villa is a combination of original charm and modern luxury and the view is as good as you can find anywhere. It is the perfect place for those looking to stay near Florence but get the beauty and quiet of the Tuscan countryside. It is only about 20 minutes into town (rent a car for sure) so you can pop into Florence and then back to your paradise. The villa is divided so that every area is very private but also has many common areas so it is amazing for large groups.