Reflecting on her Residency | Flora Wellesley Wesley

Published: October 26, 2017

In my first few days at Villa Lena I was surprised to find myself feeling waves of emotion  come over me, which I put down to both the beauty of the place and the exceptional circumstances in which I was there.

My responses were romantic and tragic, silly and dark. I developed a multifarious practice over the course of the month that was both playful and meditative. It involved tree climbing, mucking around in the pool, drawing without looking, taking photographs, walking, running and dancing.

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MAGIC APOTHECARY | workshop with Natalie Zervou

Published: October 21, 2017

Natalie Zervou, artist educator based in London, collaborates with our chefs in residence, bringing you and your children herbacious potions making, set by the roaring fireplace in San Michele bar. Our barman will be on stand-by for adult cocktail mixing.

TEXAS MEETS TUSCANY | Cocktail hour at San Michele

Published: October 17, 2017

Curator Laura Copelin and filmmaker David Fenster presented their individual and collaborative land based art practices followed by a cocktail hour featuring West Texas and Tuscan flavours.

We looked at some of David’s film work, and also learnt about Laura’s current and recent projects at Ballroom gallery in Marfa, Texas. Laura and David are working on a collaborative film project, in which they focus on members of their community and elements of their lives in Marfa, Texas. We were also fortunate to get to see some of this on Friday.

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MUSEEUM LOVES VILLA LENA | Pick up their new travel guide for Tuscany

Published: October 13, 2017

Bored of flipping through Tuscany tourist guides? Overwhelmed by the endless options? Pick up the brand new Museeum guide of Tuscany! In this short guide based on the senses you can find information for anyone.

In this guide you will find the top suggestions for an exploration of the main cities around Villa Lena: Florence, San Gimignano, Lucca, Siena!

From a connoisseur to food lovers, there are amazing tips for restaurants. Dine with a beautiful view at the café in Museo degli Innocenti, or try Italian comfort food with a twist at Michelin star gourmet restaurant ”L’imbuto” (The Funnel) in Lucca Centre of Contemporary Art. This is a great place for a change from traditional Italian cuisine and for a break from medieval art.

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Published: October 10, 2017

Now that the evenings are getting colder, we have the perfect excuse for comfort food…Warm up with this rich truffle pasta from Rebecca Eichenbaum, our Villa Lena. resident chef this Autumn.

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Published: September 21, 2017

Meet the artists in residence while enjoying a chilled glass of prosecco in the garden of the 19th century mansion.


Published: September 18, 2017

Open your mind, stretch your body and prepare for a new day at Villa Lena.


Published: September 17, 2017

Reflect on the day while the sun sets over the Tuscan landscape.