Habitual visitors to Tuscany might consider the region’s signature cypress boulevards, unraveling between soft hills, an ordinary view – yet they always offer something new and exciting. In a way, they are like classics of art or literature: paintings, novels and poems that are famous and familiar, yet always surprising in some way.
Villa Gaeta, in Moncioni, part of the Montevarchi municipality, rises at the end of one of these cypress boulevards: after approximately one hundred meters, the magnificent 18th-century building (which originally dates back to the 17th century) appears behind the verdant vegetation that hides it, past a gate installed on two stone pillars.
Once home to families of doctors, judges, lawyers and aristocratic land owners, the villa features amazing 17th-century frescoes – which add to the beauty of this space, now available for accommodation and to hold parties, presentations, workshops and classes.
All around is the Pinetum, a park of about three hectares that Giuseppe Gaeta had built in the mid-1800s. Today, it boasts a botanical collection of conifers, including the first specimen of Douglas fir (“Pseudotzuga Menziesi”) ever brought to Italy, which was planted here in 1858.
And speaking of classics, we must mention that Mario Luzi – one of the most important poets in Italy’s 20th-century literature – stayed here in 1943.