tuscany-hotels

There is a timelessness and a familiarity to Tuscany. The iconic Florentine cathedral dome surrounded by gently rolling hills are postcard material, with villas and farmhouses squirrelled away in the hedgerows. Awash with golden wheat fields and lush green vineyards, its handsome capital is home to some of best lodgings in Italy. From estates filled with world-class art collections to villas prided on their cucina contadina, we’ve narrowed our favourites down to six.

JK Place Firenze

If Marie Antoinette, Karl Lagerfeld and Solange Knowles collaborated on a design project, this would probably be the end result. Floor-to-ceiling windows, frescoes and panelled walls are complemented by scrupulously edited modern pieces. If you could call a hotel charismatic, you’d dub JK Place Firenze as precisely that. Positioned in front of the Basilica, the hotel has it all: generously-sized rooms, a roof terrace, in-room spa treatments and a prized view of the Duomo.

  • +39 055 264 5181
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  • JK Place Firenze
    Piazza Santa Maria Novella 7
    Florence
    50123

Continentale

The top choice on our list for those in search of somewhere with a contemporary vibe. While the Continentale hotel is no less charming than other entries on our list, it’s sleek minimalism debunks classic Florentine Room with a View-style pensions. Inside, walls are dotted with black-and-white fashion and classic European films run on a loop on a giant plasma screen in the foyer. During your stay, don’t pass up the opportunity to zen out at the white iris beauty spa, which uses a range of products developed in Parma.

Villa Cora

Opulent to the extreme, roses and spectacular frescoes proliferate the premises of Villa Cora at every turn. Built by Baron Oppenheim for his wife in the 1870s, the hotel is a love letter in art and architecture. Ask for a room on the first floor (the piano nobile), all of which are protected by the Italian government as historically important. If the beauty of your room becomes to much, rest up by the massive heated outdoor pool – the only one in Florence – and order a martini from the outdoor cabana bar.

Locanda Al Colle

Three words: wisteria-covered pergolas. This historic farmhouse-cum-boutique hotel is romanticism personified, decorated with simple furnishings and bouquets of blooms. Dominated by a sense of peacefulness, Locanda Al Colle is a hideaway retreat for those seeking R&R. Zone out with a book on the terraced area – surrounded by lavender and rosemary plants – overlooking the coast and at golden hour enjoy a quick dip in the hotel’s salted heated swimming pool followed by a sunset aperitivo.

  • +39 584 915 195
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  • Via la Stretta 231
    loc. Capezzano Pianore
    55041 Camaiore

Rosewood Castiglione Del Bosco

This is where to live the Tuscan dolce vita. Serving as both a luxury resort and working wine estate, Rosewood Castiglione Del Bosco is countryside opulence at its peak. There are 23 suites, but we have our eye on of the estate’s nine huge villas – each of which are restored farmhouses. The attention to detail is impressive and whether staying two nights or two weeks, guests never seem ready to leave.

  • +39 057 719 13001
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  • Località Castiglion del Bosco
    53024 Montalcino SI

Il Salviatino

This restored 15th-century villa is furrowed high in the hills of Fiesole. Filled to the brim with museum-worthy artworks, the grandeur of its setting stops short of overkill, with bedrooms furnished with gilded bed frames and velvet-covered sofas. Restored fresco ceilings and imposing fireplaces at the grandiose feel of this art-laden abode. Nestled in a verdant green corner of the hotel’s grounds is the The Spa Il Salviatino where the terraced pool area has three heated, cascading infinity pools.

  • +39 055 904 1111
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  • Via del Salviatino 21
    50137
    Fiesole FI

JK Place Firenze

Continentale

Villa Cora

Locanda Al Colle

Rosewood Castiglione Del Bosco

Il Salviatino

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