Villa Petraia

Tuscany , Italy

Part of the Simpson Exclusive collection

The most luxurious of our villas include a dedicated pre-departure booking service to arrange all the indulgent essentials before you travel, from private chefs to spa treatments – and while you’re away, your personal Concierge will be on hand to add the finishing touches.
Simpson Exclusive

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  • Classic Tuscan views
  • Elegant décor
  • Heated swimming pool
  • Panzano village location
  • Catering service available

At the heart of one of Chianti’s most sought-after villages, Villa Petraia’s location is unbeatable. From within the walled gardens of this magical home you can see for miles over a timeless panorama of green, ochre and bronze showcasing the very best of this most celebrated part of Italy. The swimming pool and sun-warmed terraces enjoy the dreamy spectacle of orderly vineyards and ancient olive groves, giving the villa an evocative, faraway feel. Yet just beyond the seclusion of the grounds, the small medieval town of Panzano is home to a modest but first-class selection of wine bars, shops and restaurants, attracting an illustrious clientele. Thanks to Dario Cecchini, renowned restaurateur and celebrity butcher who counts Jamie Oliver amongst his most enthusiastic fans, this endearing village is the talk of Tuscany.

Just like its Medici palace namesake near Florence, Villa Petraia has undergone its own personal renaissance or two, having served as a restaurant for travellers between Florence and Siena, and as a private home before being rescued by current owner Christine. Her sympathetic renovation has produced an absolute gem, grand enough not to be outshone by the magnificent surroundings, yet sufficiently understated to create an atmosphere of easy calm. There’s a small library if you feel like reading up about the local area, or for a more hands-on approach, it’s just a short walk to the nearest vineyard for a tour and a tasting. Perfect for friends, a family group or a special occasion, the sense of space here is a joy, made even more pleasurable by the delights of Panzano village on the doorstep. Long lunches and cordial candlelit dinners on the terrace, in the shadow of the magnificent beech tree, have a romantic cinematic feel and dining in holds even greater appeal thanks to the professional standard kitchen, a paradise for cooks and perfect if you wish to book a private chef.

This exclusive villa attracts guests seeking a truly Tuscan experience. It’s an authentic haven, perfect for blissful relaxation, gourmet indulgence and a master class in the fine art of Italian living. 

Local area

A meal at one of the Cecchini restaurants is a must and though the world class wines and authentically local cuisine may keep you firmly tied to Panzano, Petraia’s position halfway between Florence and Siena makes both towns accessible for a rewarding day trip. The enchanting hilltop villages of Greve, Radda, Volpaia and Castellina are all a 15 to 20-minute car journey away and UNESCO listed San Gimignano can be reached in under half an hour.


A number of pre-bookable experiences are available at Villa Petraia. Find out more here.


Ground floor

  • Open plan living/dining area
  • Professional Kitchen includes electric oven, 5-ring gas hob, grill, fridges, freezer, dishwasher
  • Library
  • Wine cellar - open for viewing on request 

First floor

  • Double bedroom with en-suite shower room and private terrace
  • Double bedroom with en-suite shower room (can be converted into twin beds on request, due to double headboard beds will remain adjacent)

Second floor

  • Double bedroom with en-suite shower room (can be converted into twin beds on request)
  • Double bedroom with en-suite shower room 
  • Double bedroom with en-suite shower room


  • Simpson Travel telephone representative
  • Complimentary WiFi
  • Air-conditioning (bedrooms only)
  • Tea and coffee making facilities with mini-fridge in each bedroom
  • Simpson pool towels provided
  • Safe
  • Iron, ironing board, hairdryer in each bedroom
  • Light daily clean (washing up not included)
  • Weekly full clean and linen change
  • Honesty bar
  • Laundry room with washing machine and dryer
  • Outdoor dining area
  • Barbucue and wood-burning oven
  • Heated private swimming pool 10m x 5m (depth 1.5m throughout) with guaranteed minimum temperature of 25°C
  • Free parking available 1-minute walk away
  • In Italy, a daily tourist tax applies for the first two weeks of your stay only, which means that an average of €1.50 per person may be charged. This should be paid in cash to your villa or hotel owner during your stay.
  • No children under 6 years of age due to low terrace walls
  • Security deposit (£1,800) required 3 weeks prior to departure

Additional services on request, payable locally unless specified otherwise

  • Breakfast 20€/person
  • Light lunches and dinners, prices according to menu
  • Extra cleaning service 25€/h/cleaner
  • Laundry service
  • Fresh flowers service
  • Transfers


  • All properties with WiFi are able to support basic functionality such as web browsing and checking emails. We aim to offer an uninterrupted service but sometimes due to factors beyond our control reliability can be affected.


  • Panzano in Chianti (shops/restaurants/cafés) 1min walk
  • Greve in Chianti 15min drive
  • Radda in Chianti 20min drive
  • Castellina in Chianti 25min drive
  • Siena 1hr drive
  • Florence 1hr drive
  • San Gimignano 1hr drive
  • Florence airport 1hr drive
  • Pisa airport 1hr 30min drive
  • Bologna airport 1hr 45min drive


This property is priced on an accommodation-only basis. To view details of recommended flights please click here.

Car hire

We are happy to arrange your car hire in Italy; please click here to view options and prices. All hire cars booked with us include: 

  • Fully inclusive insurance, with zero excess*
  • Free additional driver

For further information regarding travel arrangements click here.

* For this particular destination, the undercarriage is not included in the cover.



We all loved our holiday at stunning Villa Petraia. The terraces and pool look out at the most amazing view across an uninterrupted Tuscan landscape of vines, cypress trees and hilltop-perching terracotta houses. The house is beautiful, the bedroom suites spacious and comfortable, and the welcome from Christine and John very warm. Panzano is a lovely little place with everything you might need from a takeaway pizza to mosquito coils, from world-class steaks to delicious local wines, and there are several friendly cafes and a bustling Sunday market.

James Douglas-Hamilton, July 2022

We are the luckiest people in Panzano! To be the first to stay in this amazing home in this magical village will be our eternal delight! This will be the first of many visits to see Panzano again but more to see Christine, John, Leandra, Lorenzo, Dario…and all of the amazing people of the village that made us all so welcome. We have had the time of our lives. We will miss you…until next time!

Jamie, Helen, Inigo, Georgia, August 2020

Wonderful villa in the heart of Panzano. Christine and John were amazing hosts. We had a lovely time.

Simpson Travellers, August 2020

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From the moment you arrive in Tuscany, you are invited to share in its grand passions and indulgent pleasures – world-famous wine, mouth-watering food and epic histories. Each of Tuscany’s ten provinces has its own unique personality, but wherever you stay, you’ll find yourself surrounded by a verdant patchwork of olive groves, cypress trees and vineyards. From the birthplace of the Renaissance, Florence, to the narrow streets of hilltop San Gimignano, Tuscany makes for a stunning escape. 

To complete the picture, explore our collection of handpicked villas and charming apartments.

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Every Simpson Exclusive Villa includes our complimentary Concierge Service, designed to make your holiday experience as relaxing and seamless as possible.

It includes our dedicated pre-departure services to help you plan the details of your trip before you leave the UK, from the logistics of your journey to the personal requests that will make your time away truly magical.

Drawing on our experience and extensive local knowledge, we will do our utmost to accommodate any feasible request.

However, as a minimum, we can arrange:

  • UK airport hotels and parking
  • UK airport lounge access
  • Private chef service
  • Grocery shopping and delivery
  • Restaurant recommendations and reservations
  • In-villa massage and beauty treatments
  • Boat hire and excursions
  • Private jets

Once you reach your destination, our local Concierge is just a phone call away to offer any further advice or assistance.

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