Bed-and-breakfasts are a lodging staple in Tuscany—which only makes sense, given the region’s traditions of warm hospitality and excellent food. Whether they’re cozy and intimate or serene and spacious, inside the walls of medieval cities or deep in the rolling countryside, Tuscan B&B’s offer some of the best accommodations for visitors to the area. Not only do guests at these properties get to bed down each night in unique, elegant rooms that provide the feeling of a home away from home; they get to wake up to a delicious home-cooked breakfast. They also get to learn about the area from proprietors, many of whose families have lived in Tuscany for generations. The best picks in the region range from city B&Bs set right in the bustling hearts of Florence and Pisa to bucolic properties surrounded by gardens and grapevines. What they all have in common, though, is fantastic, personable service.
Frances’ Lodge Relais
This beautiful country lodge set in the hills of Siena has beautiful views overlooking the walled city. The rooms have exposed-beam ceilings, and are individually decorated with family antiques; in good weather, you can take breakfast (croissants with homemade preserves and jams, Tuscan cured meats) in the property’s historic garden.
1865 Residenza d'epoca
Each of the five guestrooms at this genteel, newly opened Florentine property is individually designed in chic, modern-elegant style. The location, right next to the Piazza Massimo D’Azeglio, is near perfect; before heading out to explore for the day, though, be sure to partake of the eggs, prosciutto, and baked goods offered each morning in the pretty breakfast room.
A large Tuscan house transformed, B&B Carla makes a wonderful home away from home in downtown Pisa. The rooms are all named after Puccini operas (Manon, Butterfly, Tosca and Fanciulla). The owners are known for their helpful service and charming hospitality, and serve delicious breakfasts including biscuits, jams, salami and cheese, fresh fruit, and more.
Al Porto di Lucca B&B
This beautiful renovated guesthouse (which dates back to 1700) is set just a few hundred meters from the historic center of Lucca. The rooms all have lovely carved-wooden bedsteads; breakfast is served during fine weather on a veranda overlooking manicured gardens. The property has a small fleet of bicycles that are free for guests to use.
A short walk from the village center of San Gimignano—one of Tuscany’s prettiest medieval hill towns—this homey B&B provides both a warm welcome and spectacular views over the Tuscan countryside. Many of the quaint guest rooms have terracotta-tiled floors and are decorated with local crafts. A hearty spread of coffee, eggs, meats, and pastries are served each morning.