Villa Vrindavana is located in Tuscany, in the Chianti Hills, just 10 kilomters south of Florence. The villa was built in the 16th century during the Renaissance, designed by well-known architects of that period. It has been the residence of some important personalities. Niccolò Machiavelli found inspiration for writing during his regular walks in the woods of the estate. Surrounding its original Italian garden with central fountain and exotic plants, lies a wooded park of about 220 acres with a lake, organically farmed fields, hundreds of olive trees, and an orchard. Acquired in 1979 and restored
from wartime damage by the ISCKON community with the help of thousands of friends in the 1980s, Villa Vrindavana now has, as signature features, an organic vegetable garden and the peacocks who freely roam the property.