Villa La Fonte currently hosts the headquarters of the Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies (As of 22 August 2016 it will be the home of the Department of Economics).
The 15th century villa was originally owned by the chancellor of the Florentine Republic, Leonardo Bruni, before passing to other Italian families through the generations.
It was then converted into the Hotel della Gran Bretagna, catering for the British tourists that flocked to Florence in the 19th century, before being bought by the Smith family who built their wealth on the railways. During this time the expansive gardens included an open-air theatre, a cricket lawn and tennis court.
After World War Two the Vallecchi publishers bought La Fonte and later sold it to the current owners, the Marinai family.
To reach Villa La Fonte from San Domenico take the first right after the bus stop.
The Villa is about 1 km down the road on the right
Villa La Fonte
Via delle Fontanelle 18
I-50014 San Domenico di Fiesole
Tel. [+39] 055 4685 805, Monday-Friday 9.00-13.00, 13.30-17.00