In the amazing setting of Piazzale Michelangelo, a short walk from the scenic area of the Arcetri Observatory in Florence, stands the Villa Agape, former Villa Arrighetti owned by the Duchess of Aosta.
The origins of Villa Agape are lost in the history. In fact the building seems to date back to the Middle Ages, when it was built as a simple country-house. Villa Arrighetti, however, owes its entire and present magnificence to the Duchess Anne D’Orléans, widow of Amedeo Duke of Aosta, which bought in 1948 from Mrs. Royle Cladyf, daughter of George Macleam, and she adorned it with gardens, statues and fountains.
So in that 1968 Villa Arrighetti became the new house of the Stabilite nella Carità Sisters, and place for spiritual exercises, conferences, meeting, studying days, short or long periods to rest in solitude for physical and spiritual relaxing. The nuns renamed the Villa in Villa Agape, from the Greek word meaning “banquet”.
The nuns renamed the Villa in Villa Agape, from the Greek word meaning “banquet”. The sisters remained there until 2014, and 2015 Villa Agape, with a new management, has become a wonderful hotel in the hills of Florence, thanks to a big renewal oto its halls and rooms.
The Villa, thanks to this fortunate position, offers to its guests beautiful rooms furnished in Florentine style, decorated with unique panorama views.
The flagship is certainly the Italian-style garden, one of a kind in Florence. Created at the request of the Duchess of Aosta, the front of the Villa is dominated by the Italian-style garden adorned with rare plants and flowers.
In Renaissance style, the garden, shaped by boxwoods and embellished with fountains, connects the Villa to the incredible private park of the Hotel, unique in Florence.
This green area, full of fruit trees, olive groves and ancient trees, starts from the top of the hill dominated by Villa Agape, and ends on the underlying Viale Galileo, the most scenic route of Florence.
From there, continuing to walk for about 15 minutes, you will arrive to San Miniato al Monte and Piazzale Michelangelo, a must destination for your stay in Florence …
In fact, along with prestigious guest rooms and spacious environments, the green areas that adorn the property are the pride of Hotel Villa Agape, unique corners filled with flowers and fountains in which spend unforgettable moments, or organize parties and events or to celebrate your wedding in Florence….
The villa can accommodate up to 50 people in 28 bedrooms
Minimum stay required 2 nights
- Indoor events up to 60 guests
- Outdoor events up to 100 guests
- No time limit
Planning a wedding here has these pros:
- Amazing views
- Being in the countryside makes it easier to party
- Tuscany in its’ essence – loved by many
- A lifestyle and a tradition we love to keep alive
- Perfect for day trips and activities