Villa Vrindanava

Our Location Outside of Florence

Villa Vrindavana is located on the slopes of the Chianti hills, one of the most sought after regions in the world in the region of Tuscany, Italy. The main building is dating back from the first half of the 16th century which sits atop 4000 acres of property filled with forests, olive trees and agricultural lands. The classic Italian garden welcomes thousands of visitors yearly with its beautiful exotic plants accentuating the grounds. The view all-around is breathtaking with peacocks walking freely over the property. Villa Vrindavana is very rich in history. In the first half of the 16th century Villa Vrindvana was a presidential palace of the Machiavelli family and it was here that Niccolò Machiavelli wrote his masterpieces ‘The Prince’ and ‘La Mandragora’ during his exile. Later the property fell into the hands of the Fenzi’s, a wealthy family of bankers and railway owners. In the World War II the Villa served as the headquarters for different armies fighting over the territory. This was followed by a long period of neglect which ended when the Hare Krishna movement took charge of the property and have since then opened up the Villa as an oasis to spiritual people from all over the world. Nowadays the Villa is a home for many practitioners of the Hare Krishna movement and at the same time opens its doors all year around for various other spiritual practitioners and sports clubs to organize classes, workshops and seminars. The villa is also the home of 5 cows which are cared for in a custom barn, is engaged in sustainable agriculture projects and serves as host for various festivals around the year. Located about 20 minutes away from Florence it offers the ideal place for people to find and enjoy a moment of peace and union with nature.