The Mansion

History of the Mansion

Villa di Tizzano - Stemma Famiglia Pandolfini

Throughout the centuries, the estate has belonged to many illustrious Florentine families, including the Scolari family, the family of the renowned condottiero Pippo Spano, and the Pitti family, before passing on to the Medici family.

Around the mid-1500s, the current main building of Tizzano was reconstructed and expanded upon the ruins of the ancient castle.

In 1585, it was gifted by Grand Duke Francesco de’ Medici to the renowned sculptor Giambologna, and upon his death, it passed to his favorite student, Pietro Tacca.

The external structure of the castle remained unchanged until 1793.

During the Napoleonic era, the castle was purchased by Prince Talleyrand and later, in the second half of the 1800s, it was acquired by Count Roberto Pandolfini and his wife, Princess Beatrice Corsini.

Since then, the castle has remained in the possession of the Pandolfini’ family, who over the years, have restored the villa and the garden in a romantic style, creating a marvelous historic residence.

Roberto and Beatrice made it their summer residence and lived there for approximately six months a year, while spending the other six months in Florence, at the famous Palazzo Pandolfini designed by Raphael Sanzio.

In the 1930s, during their son Count Filippo’s wedding to Margherita Trigona of the Marquises of Canicarao, significant interior renovations were undertaken with the assistance of their friend and renowned architect Bosio.

During the same period, the English architect and landscape designer Cecil Pincent (known for his work on the gardens of Villa I Tatti, Villa Gamberaia in Settignano, and Villa La Foce in Val d’Orcia) transformed the 19th-century romantic park into a rational garden, inspired by the fashion of those years.

Until the 1990s, the castle served as both a private residence for the family and as the center of the eponymous agricultural company, renowned for producing excellent Chianti Classico wine.

In 1999, Elisabetta Pandolfini inherited the castle from her father and embarked on a lengthy project of conservative restoration and enhancement to restore the castle to its former glory.

The outstanding pool with a view of the Chianti is available for all our guests all day long.

How to get here

Villa di Tizzano is located just a few kilometers from Florence, on the hills of the beautiful Chianti region. Please refer to this map to find us.

Via Castel Ruggero 71, Bagno a Ripoli, Florence, Italy