On a hill south of Florence, overlooking the city’s famous Duomo, stands Villa I Collazzi one of the great architectural achievements of Santi di Tito, the 16th-century mannerist master and pupil of Michelangelo Buonarroti. The majestic villa sits enthroned at the end of a stately procession of cypresses, surrounded by magnificent gardens split across two terraces. Holm oak and chestnut trees planted in the 19th century give the upper terrace the character of an English park, while the lower terrace is finely landscaped in the Italian style with geometrical hedgerows of formal topiary framing the flowerbeds and lemon trees.
In 1933, the property was purchased by Carlo and Giulio Marchi. The brothers, together with the fundamental contribution of Elena Marchi Luling, complete the realization of the Villa according to Michelangelo’s original design. In 1938, the celebrated landscape architect Pietro Porcinai created a rectangular pool from yellow and grey quartzite with pietra serena edges. The position of the pool was specifically studied to reflect the villa’s facade in the body of water.