In a warm and charming atmosphere, the
Villa Morghen is a hotel – vacation home in Florence that is renown for:
• For its charming structure, important
history and tradition that make it a unique and exclusive
• For its position in Florence, inside the city but
in the hills in an privileged area where , tranquillity
is guaranteed during your stay;
• For the friendly and discrete atmosphere that will
guarantee you a warm welcome and the pleasure to experience
a “different” Florence thanks to the precious
and authentic information that our staff will be able to
• For the possibility of using our personalized services that will respond to your particular needs and allow you
a vacation complete with every comfort.
Villa is from the 15th century, the house belonged to the
heirs of Jacopo di Bartolomeo da Settignano, a stone-carver well known for his important works. In 1632 the villa was
bought by the Reverend Giovanni Sborrini, rector of San
Leonardo in Arcetri who upon his death in 1650 gave the
property to the friars of Santa Croce, who became the owners
until the congregation was suppressed.
The historic medieval building was then
passed on to various owners until when in 1875, Raffaello
Morghen sold it to the Benedictine Congregation of the Olivetana
of Monte Oliveto, and important medieval order founded by
Beato Bernardo Tolomei in the 14th century in the Crete
Senesi, and from here it was diffused in the whole world.
The transformation of the ancient villa into a monastery involved enlarging the building to which was added a new
wing and the church in a Neo-Gothic style.
In 2001 the Benedicting Congretation of
the Olivetana established together with a group of young
Florentine entrepreneurs who with the purpose of promoting
traditional artistic and social culture of Florence in Tuscany.
Villa Morghen is situated on the hill
of Settignano in the area east of Florence. Settignano,
a small village in the striking location of the Florentine
hills, has its origins in the legend of its founder, Settimio
Severo, Roman Emperor. From the Renaissance on, Settignano has been inhabited by many stone cutters who work the local
The workshops of the stone carvers of
Settignano, like those of Benedetto da Maiano or Desiderio
of Settignano, produced many precious works of art, like
Michelangelo who lived here in his youth. Villa Moghen is
located along the path of the stone cutters, an ancient
path that the cutters used to go back and forth to the quarries
Today Settignano is completed immersed
in the Fiorentine suburb, and is part of the ANPIL of Mensola
(Natural Protected Area of Local Interest), rich in itineraries
of art and nature and trekking trails. This territory offers
characteristic landscapes of silent, rolling hills, dotted
with olive groves and groups of cypress trees that surround
the many historical villas built on its hill.
Settignano has always been considered
the perfect place for periods of rest, study, and meditation.
Many famous Italians and foreigners were born or have lived
in Settignano like Giovanni Boccaccio, Niccolò Tommaseo,
Raffaello Morghen, Gabriele D’Annunzio, Eleonora Duse,
Aldo Palazzeschi, Telemaco Signorini, Augusto Novelli, Leo
Stein, Bernardo Berenson, and Mark Twain.