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The historical Villa Pepi was built by the Pepi Family, who still owns it, at the beginning of the 17th Century.
The house sits high on a hill in the rural Arno Valley and, although it is only 24 km (15 miles) from Florence's historical centre it enjoys commanding views over the surrounding Tuscan countryside.
The villa is arranged over three floors accomodates up to 14 people in great charm and comfort.
Entrance room, sitting room, dining room, studio library, laundry room, large kitchen, dispensary & ironing room, guest bathroom.
Main entrance room, 1 double four-poster bedroom with en-suite bathroom with small bathtub, 1 twin bedroom with en suite bathroom with shower, 2 double bedrooms, 1 large bathroom with bathtub, separate toilet, 1 wardrobe room, 1 studio sitting-room, 1 tea room.
2 twin bedrooms, 1 double bedroom, – DVD player room,
1 bathroom with shower, separate toilet, 1 bathroom with small bathtub.
The well maintained, mature, garden overlooking the rolling Tuscan hills, offer an oasis of peace and tranquility.
There’s a dining area and sun terrace, large swimming pool, hammocks for those who prefer the shade, an enchanting orchard.
Florence Amerigo Vespucci Airport (about 58 km)
Rome Leonardo da Vinci Airport (about 297 km)
Pisa Galileo Galilei Airport (116 km)
By A1 motorway take the INCISA - REGGELLO exit.
Follow signs to Rignano Sull’Arno for about 4 km then turn left when you see the sign to Pian dell’Isola. Cross Arno river and turn right direction Rignano. After about 4 km you’ll find the old “Torre dell’Isola” (on your right hand side). About 150m, after you have passed it, you’ll find on the left “Vigliano – proprietà privata” sign. Follow it up until you reach the Villa.
Rignano Sull’Arno station is less than a Km from the Villa and there are trains to Florence about every hour.
"DA PAMPURIO" loc. Torri, (a circa 5 km) tel.
"PIZZERIA BRUNERO" Via dell'Unità Italiana, 14 – Rignano – tel.
"LA BOTTEGA DI ROSANO" loc. Rosano (a acirca 10 km) tel.
UNICOOP – Supermarket – Piazza dei Martiri della Libertà – Rignano sull'Arno
THE MALL – Designer outlet – Loc. Leccio – tel.
THE GROOVE – outlet – Loc. Pian dell'Isola
Place to visit nearby
Florence is about 24 km
Arezzo is about 57 km.
Siena is about 94 km
Pisa is about 136km.
Livorno (coast) is about 156 km
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Goodmornig my names is Ilaria and this is the story of my family:
Vigliano (also known as Villa Pepi) has always belonged to the aristocratic Pepi family.
In 1580 the family bought the land on which the villa stands, together with the nearby 11th century tower “Torre di Pian dell'Isola”. The villa was commissioned soon after, in what was at the time considered a very modern architectural style.
A wealthy merchant travelling from Cyprus arrived in Florence laden with the very precious commodity of pepper (pepe) and there began the fortune of the Pepi family, one of the most ancient families in Florence today, dating back to the 11th century.
Via dei Pepi, next to Piazza Santa Croce, in the heart of Florence, was originally owned entirely by the family who still reside in "Palazzo Pepi". Many family members have upheld prestigious positions in Florentine society over the years.
In Vigliano the Pepi family enjoyed their holidays and hunting parties and produced wine, oil, honey, wheat , hemp, vinsanto (sacred wine), vinegar, etc. for centuries thereafter.
Several ancillary buildings were erected around the house over the centuries: the Canteen, the Olive Press, the Granary, the Carpentry, etc.
The farm was very productive and harvests involved much of the local community of Rignano Sull'Arno.
The family have always been very involved with and supportive of the local village. During the twenties Umberto Pepi was mayor of Rignano and you will find many pictures of him in Vigliano. During the second world war the villa played an important role in providing shelter for many local families whose homes had been devastated by the bombing of the valuable cement mine and railway connections.
With the recent restoration (2008-2009) some interesting discoveries were made. In the north part of the Villa traces were found of a major fire which we believe occurred around the end of the 18th century.
This probably led to the removal of all the various fireplaces in the villa - today only the one in the kitchen remains.
Originally all the rooms, including the staff rooms, were beautifully decorated with frescos.
Now, only the "tromp l'oeil" views of the surrounding Valdarno hills in the sitting-room remains.
Adjacent to the villa is a small private chapel built in 1756. It is dedicated to Sant' Anna and is still occasionally used by the family for ceremonies and religious functions.
In the grounds of the villa, between the fruit garden and the vegetable garden, an old 19th century water tank, fed by a natural private spring, was fitted with a modern filter system and now used as a swimming pool.
The Pepi family were the very first in the area to install an electricity system which has been restored retaining the original 19th century white porcelain switches with external silk wires.
Much of the furniture has been in the possession of the Pepi family for generations. The floors have been crafted from coloured cement tiles, dating from the early 20th century and have been restored by hand with beeswax to preserve the original colours.
In restoring Villa Pepi our priority has been to retain the atmosphere, history and charm of the property.