About This Center

Il Palmerino is a Tuscan villa which dates back to the early 15th-century. Palmerino's organic gardens, vineyards, and olive groves provide a serene retreat from the city, and yet the historic center of Florence is only a short bus ride away. In its storied past, the villa was owned by a series of important Florentine families; it also served as a monastery, and was eventually purchased by the writer Vernon Lee (Violet Page), who welcomed such literary and artistic luminaries as Aldous Huxley, Henry James, Edith Wharton, and John Singer Sargent, and who fought to preserve Florence's artistic and historic heritage in her own writings. In 1936, Palmerino was purchased by the artists Federigo Angeli and his wife Carola Costa, the grandparents of the current owners, who now run a thriving Cultural Association and whose efforts keep the arts a living and vital force at Palmerino. There is no better venue for immersing yourself in the history, beauty, and wonder of Florence, or for igniting your own creativity in a place that has always nourished creative pursuits.

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Retreat Guru's Vision

We believe human beings are innately wise, strong and kind. This wisdom, although not always experienced, is always present. Going on retreat is a beautiful way to reconnect to our basic sanity and health. Our aspiration at Retreat Guru is to inspire people to experience authentic retreats and reconnect with their innate wisdom, strength and kindness.