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Grand Hotel Villa Medici

Florence, Italy

American writer Mary McCarthy dubbed Florence the “city of stone,” though had she stayed in the leafy garden setting of the Grand Hotel Villa Medici, she may have reconsidered. Especially during the spring and summer, the city’s small centro storico can become overrun with visitors, making the oasis-like hotel, whose grounds boast a swimming pool, a pleasure. Located near Piazza Santa Maria Novella, the palazzo houses a refined boutique hotel with tasteful 18th century–inspired decor and guest rooms with vistas that would have pleased Lucy Honeychurch (the heroine of E.M. Forster’s A Room with a View). The two restaurants serve traditional Tuscan fare, with more formal dining at Lorenzo de’ Medici and a relaxed setting at the Conservatory, a popular lunch spot, thanks to the garden view.

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Rocco Forte Hotel Savoy

Florence, Italy

The centrally located Hotel Savoy is built on the site of the mercato vecchio and old church of San Tommaso, and is in walking distance from the city’s great sites including the Duomo, Ponte Vecchio and the Uffizi gallery. The sense of location and history is reflected in star-designer Olga Polizzi’s sleek, modern Italian interiors with muted colors and beautiful mosaic bathrooms. The main designer behind Sir Rocco Forte's hotels, Polizzi also referenced the city’s nearby fashion boutiques with tongue-in-cheek artwork and photography. The hot spot bar and restaurant L’Incontro, presided over by Michelin star chef Fulvio Pierangelini, attracts a fashionable crowd for its Tuscan dishes and local wines. In summer enjoy al fresco dining on the classic Piazza Repubblica.

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Hotel Regency

Florence, Italy

Hotel Regency is a property with the character and passion of a private residence. Slightly removed from the center of Florence, it draws travelers seeking a more relaxed and personal side of Tuscany's capital. It comprises two 19th-century mansions that were originally intended as a residence for ministers of state, adding another layer of personal touch. Public spaces are beautifully furnished with polished antiques, darkpatterned carpets and objects d’art from the collection of hotelier Amedeo Ottaviani. The mirror-paneled guest rooms import a sense of space and many overlook the leafy Piazza D’Azeglio. This treat of green is matched by the hotel’s garden, where guests can dine on the verandah of Relais Le Jardin, a world-renowned Tuscan restaurant.

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Hotel Helvetia & Bristol

Florence, Italy

The blink-and-you-miss-it entrance and understated façade of this gem in the city’s centro storico provide an air of exclusivity, particularly appreciated by returning guests. Portraits of Italy’s 17th-century aristocracy cast a watchful eye over the hotel’s grand entrance hall, which opens into a charming Belle-Époque winter garden, where Florentine noblemen and local literati would meet for late night drinks (the hotel opened in the mid-19th century). A sweeping, wide staircase leads to the guest floors, each of which is filled with antique furniture and ornaments. From the enormous portrait windows of the fifth-floor suites, Brunelleschi’s famous cupola atop the Duomo appears within touching distance—a classic view of Florence.

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Belmond Villa San Michele

Fiesole, Italy

The 15th-century façade of this iconic Florence property can be attributed to the city's most famous Renaissance artist: Michelangelo. Positioned in the hillside town of Fiesole, just above the city, the villa has had many incarnations, including a Franciscan monastery, before being turned into a renowned boutique hotel. The gardens, with lemon trees and rose-scented air, immediately convey to guests that they have arrived someplace special. Each room and suite is unique, with sumptuous antiques and lovely views, along with cotto-tile flooring and bright Florentine textiles. Naturally, the property draws many honeymooners, though the Villa’s acclaimed cooking school attracts students and well-known chefs from around the world.

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Leading Golf Villa la Massa

Candeli, Italy

Surrounded by twenty-two acres of gardens, olive and lemon groves, Villa La Massa rises out of Tuscany's bucolic splendor like a Renaissance fantasy. The renowned property is located just outside of Florence, but feels worlds away. Built in the 16th century for a member of the Medicis, Villa La Massa is composed of three classic ochre-and-pink colored villas with rooms and suites that feature authentic Florentine decor, locally crafted canopy beds and serene Arno river views. While known as a romantic hideaway, with a gourmet restaurant and a 300-bottle wine list, Villa La Massa also caters to young guests with such details, as kids' pizza-cooking classes, a playground in the park, as well as bathrobes and slippers for children.

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Grand Hotel Continental

Siena, Italy

This hotel earned the appellation grand in 1904, when the queen of Italy, Margherita of Savoia, chose it as her residence in Siena. Today the 17th-century palazzo continues to attract elite visitors with its Renaissance architecture adorned with original frescoes and priceless antiques. Located in Siena’s center, the fifty one-room Grand Hotel is an ideal base from which to explore the pedestrian-only city’s cultural and culinary delights, including the hotel’s 3,000-bottle wine cellar, discovered in the base of a medieval tower during a renovation. The guest rooms have Carrara-marble bathrooms and Chinese porcelain lamps, while the interior courtyard and bar area are covered with glass dome that lets in natural light.

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Castello del Nero Hotel & Spa

Tavarnelle Val di Pesa, Italy

Picture-perfect landscapes with olive groves and vineyards provide a memorable backdrop for this 12th-century castle, located in the celebrated Chianti wine region. The former home of an Italian nobleman, the Castello del Nero is now a luxury hotel with a 1,000-square-meter ESPA for a truly caring experience. Whimsical details include restored original frescoes, vaulted ceilings, ‘cotto’ floors and a gorgeous collection of antique furniture. The property offers daily shuttle service to Florence or Siena, a 30-minute drive away, but most guests favor a program of pool lounging, al fresco dining, exploring the 700-acre property and daydreaming of starting life over in Tuscany.

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Florence, Italy

Location

Location

+39

Country Dialing Code

Country Dialing Code

230 volts AC, 50Hz

Round two-pin plugs or three-pin plugs are in use.

Electricity

Electricity

GMT + 1

(GMT + 2 from last Sunday in March to Saturday before last Sunday in October)

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