This story is about the most beautiful and romantic rooms at Fattoria del Colle, the “Camera del Granduca”. Pietro Leopoldo d’Asburgo Lorena was the greatest Tuscan sovereign.
With the end of the Medici family, he became Grand Duke when very young and he moved to Florence. During the next 25 years he transformed Tuscany into an efficient state, that was rich, with no illiteracy, with a health system, where women had the right to vote and where the death penalty was abolished (1786), this was the first state in the world to do so.
Regardless though of his many good points Pietro Leopoldo had one defect. He was a great womanizer. It seems, that his wife Maria Ludovica di Borbone, daughter of the King of Spain, while travelling across Florence in their horse and cart would say to her 16 children <<wave , wave to those children……..they might be your brothers and sisters >>.
While draining the marshes in Valdichiana Pietro Leopoldo travelled often to the area and met a genteel lady, dark of hair with great charm, Isabella Martinozzi who became his lover. So as to protect the sovereign’s privacy a” love nest” was consequently created at Fattoria del Colle.She would arrive,
through the woods, from the nearby Castello di Montelifrè, he would arrive from the main road and then they would disappear in the part of the building especially created for them: the “Camera del Granduca”, the largest and most panoramic of the entire villa.
Then Pietro Leopoldo became emperor of Austria (1790-92) and Fattoria del Colle became once again a place of peace and quiet. From that adventurous period the room still remains with its frescoed ceiling, and antique furnishings where often today couples spend their honeymoon.