What started over 500 years ago as a lookout post on the top of a tall hill is now Villa Ardore, a luxury rental villa in the heart of Chiantishire, the Chianti wine region of Tuscany.
As you might expect when renovating a medieval structure, converting a building from old to new leads to some surprises. Villa Ardore’s owners, Christian Scali and Stephen Lewis, teamed up with premier Florentine architect Massimo Pieratelli to adapt the property’s ancient charms for modern dwellers.
“We wanted to create a space true to its original roots as a farmhouse without sacrificing luxury,” Scali noted when I toured the property.
Within two years of the purchasing date, Villa Ardore opened its doors in the summer of 2023. After a flight delay and an airport reroute, I arrived at the villa on a balmy October afternoon. The property manager, Francesco, met me out front with a jovial grin as he took my luggage in one hand and served me a glass of prosecco with the other. A masseuse waited for me by the pool, and so kicked off my four-day retreat at Villa Ardore.