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La Villa e Tenuta I Bonsi | by antonychammond (away4weekend)
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La Villa e Tenuta I Bonsi

The Bonsi estate lies on the hills overlooking Florence and the Arno valley. Built in 1400 as a turreted manor house defending the florentine family Bonsi della Ruota, it was transformed during the 17th century into a convent, the omnership passed to the Carmelite Friars of Florence. In the course of the 19th century came to the Budini Gattai family who decided to make it their country residence of neo gothic taste reflecting the projects of Raffaello Sorbi.


Today I Bonsi, where the proprietors still live, maintains intact the projects carried out during the last century, although some of these remained unfinished; this can be seen not only in the Villa, the towers, the park, the tree lined pathway, the garden and the 17th century Church, but also by a system of terraces with a grand view of the valleys.


The estate can be visited by appointment and its dining halls and garden can be used to hold conventions, meetings and receptions.


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Taken on February 9, 2010