Florence agritourism architecture

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The building is in an L shape formed by the villa and an 18th century farmhouse, squared up against it. The main facade of the villa has two floors. The curved entrance way is typically 16th century, emphasised by a frame of ashlars, which stand out from the light surfaces of the facade like the frames in pietra serena which stand out slightly at the corners of the windows on the ground floor. The two glass doors of the second floor are longer than the others and with a small balustrade in wrought iron they must be the result of an 18th century transformation, probably done alongside the construction work of the small church, adjacent to the Villa on the left side. The work was finished in 1725, as stated by an epigraph under the altar. The facade of the small chapel is distinguished by some affected details which are typically 18th century, such as the stone crown over the small door with two facing scrolls which hold in the centre the coat of arms of the Arrighi, and the overlooking window emphasised by a bell shaped frame.
The small door is flanked by classic windows with iron grids. Inside, a recent renovation has repaired the damage of time suffered by the chapel, the elliptical curved vault has been completely redone and also the six plaster frames decorated with cherubs on the side walls. In the case of the latter, the original canvases were stolen during the flood of Florence in 1964. Today three of the six missing canvases have been commissioned and replaced, an oval representing St Diego and two central rectangular canvases representing respectively the holy trinity and….. . The altar is unusually flanked by two original doors, which must have served to separate the presbytery from the area behind. These are embellished by a broken pediment in pietra serena which has at the centre the coat of arms of Arrighi and Alamanni. The two coats of arms placed together probably refers to a marriage between members of the two families, for which the work on the church was carried out. On the walls at the bottom of the oratory the recent restoration works have brought to light a fresco of quite good quality. inside a perspective framework, St Giovacchino with the Virgin Mary as a child, this is also datable to the 18th century. Under the altar you can find an inscription dedicated to this saint. Inside the villa there are the original beamed ceilings and two beautiful stone 16th century fireplaces

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