“Villa Lena is much more than just a hotel - it is a unique agriturismo in the heart of rural Tuscany. A boutique hotel, a farm-to-table restaurant and a non-profit art foundation are combined here. Guests are cordially invited to this creative cultural mix of people celebrating the local history, culture and food of Tuscany. Each of the international artists shares something from their repertoire, regardless of whether they are writers, designers, filmmakers, musicians or chefs - each of them deepens and refines their individual skills here. "


It's so beautiful here, we would have loved to stay the whole summer! The villa is located away from the classic destinations such as Siena and San Gimignano and therefore convinces with its own charm: warm staff, great cooking courses and truffle expeditions in autumn, pizza nights and a sensational pool bar, the relaxed, informal dinner Menus, but above all a community of like-minded and inspiring people. The mix of international artists, families and groups of friends defines this place. The property is large and encounters are only fleeting. Interesting conversations result from repeated meetings. The daring and unusual concept of artist-in-residence and boutique hotel works. The successful mix of styles should be emphasized: the restaurant and the pool impress with their modern, hip interior, the old, unrenovated Renaissance villa (where the artists live) awakens longings and dreams. The rooms & apartments come in a rustic Tuscan style and are very different in size and furnishings. Our tip: be sure to take a close look online beforehand.


Particularly noteworthy is the successful mix of styles: the restaurant and the pool impress with modern, hip interiors, the old, unrenovated Renaissance villa from the 19th century (where the international artists live) awakens longings and dreams and the guest house exudes the typical Tuscan country house -Charm. The rooms & apartments come across as authentic Tuscan and are very different in size and furnishings. Some rooms are rather simply furnished with cozy farmhouse interiors and others are refined with modern designs for the discerning traveler. Our tip: take a close look online beforehand!


The best way to discover Tuscany is with our „Glücklich in der Toskana“ travel guide, which we publish together with the Süddeutsche Zeitung! A lot of love, time and curiosity have gone into the more than 200 researched tips.

The Villa Lena is located in the north-west of Chianti and thus a bit away from the famous cultural highlights of Tuscany. In less than an hour's drive, you can still reach places like San Gimignano (be sure to come early in the morning or late in the evening! For lunch, it's best to enjoy the magnificent view from the Fattoria Poggio Alloro), the architecturally breathtaking winery family estate Antinori of the Antinori family or Florence . You can find much more about this in our "Glücklich in der Toskana" travel guide.

The villa also offers you a great program of activities. This ranges from morning yoga to the great creative workshops with the international artists from the artist-in-residence program to truffle hunting, for which the region is particularly famous. It is great to prepare your own truffle pasta on the terrace with the most beautiful view of the picturesque landscape and combine this with a small wine tasting. La dolce vita! Not to be missed and very entertaining is the regular Artist Aperitivo! Take courage, just speak to who you think is interesting - every encounter is enriching!


  • Where?

  • Region Pisa, Tuscany, Italy
  • How many rooms?

  • 25
  • Best of?

  • The super stylish pool area!
  • Pricerange?

  • From 180EUR

The driveway to the renaissance villa from the 19th century couldn't be more charming!

The apartments are all very different: we had one in the typical Tuscan country house style, while others are super modern and chic.

Breakfast on the terrace, wonderful!

In one direction you can see the picturesque villa ...

... on the other hand, you can expect trendy design and stylish interiors.

A great ensemble with the green tiled floor, the Thonet chairs and the perfectly matching cushions, lamps and pictures - an absolute Instagram dream! 🙂

A scene like from a Vogue shoot! The chic pool with the typical colorful umbrellas and behind it the picturesque Tuscan hills.

Die Kids hatten einen irren Spass im Pool und es gibt sogar für ein Kleinkinderbecken!

The villa has only a few apartments and so we often had the pool to ourselves in the mornings.

You can't miss them in Tuscany: pine trees right by the pool!

And what shouldn't be missing from your pool happiness on vacation: cocktails !!!

Result of the morning truffle hunt: the sniffer dog was hardworking!

The setting for the pasta cooking course couldn't be nicer: a light breeze blows, the view is lost to the horizon and a glass of chilled white wine.

Of course: the ingredients for the homemade pasta all come from our own organic cultivation!

The kids had a lot of fun rolling the pasta dough ...

... and were completely absorbed.

The region offers absolutely picturesque sceneries that give us goosebumps and amazement!

The sunsets are absolutely magical at Villa Lena.

The artist aperitivo was home-made pizza from our own stone oven. Sharing pizza is the best way to meet new people. Especially when it comes to the question of who gets the last piece of the truffle pizza!

Where to find us


Strada Comunale di Toiano, 42, 56036 Toiano, PI, Italy

Nearest Airport


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