Tuscany

Hotels in Tuscany

From pocket-sized village B&Bs to centuries-old villas nestled on sweeping, Cyprus-lined estates, hotels in Tuscany offer their guests rustic, relaxing environs with all the hallmarks of the region—picturesque views, hearty Italian cuisine and wine cellars that are second to none.

Take a stroll through the grounds Castiglion del Bosco, located outside Siena, and find 12th-century stone structures and Etruscan ruins dating back to 600 B.C.. And, like all the best hotels in Tuscany, the estate features its own cooking school, an organic garden and wine bottled on site.

Guests in search of a taste of village life can choose from Tuscany hotels like the hilltop Monteverdi. Reserve one of just one of its seven farmhouse-chic suites, set in a quaint 25-person hamlet in the Val d’Orcia.

For an extra layer of zen, many hotels in Tuscany feature full-service spas.

The Petriolo Spa Resort, also located outside Siena, carries on a local Roman tradition with its health-centered programming, rotating around the area’s thermal mineral waters. Along with massages, acupuncture and skin treatments, guests can receive consultations from a number of therapists, dieticians and doctors on staff. Il Falconiere, near Arezzo, also boasts its own 2,500-square-foot spa, along with world-class dining and cooking classes and planned visits to nearby towns and markets.

Visitors looking for a more urban experience can also find first-class accommodations in Florence, the region’s capital city.

Kick your cooking skills up a notch at Tuscany’s “wine resort” Badia a Coltibuono, which means “abbey of the good harvest.” The 1,000-year-old former abbey, outside Florence, has 10 surprisingly spacious guest rooms (eight were actually monks’ cells), with furniture from the 16th century, white-m

Quiet inn minutes from central Lucca.

In 2002, transplanted Scottish restaurateurs David and Catherine Gardner discovered a ruin in Chianti and turned it into the wisteria-covered Villa Bordoni.

Close to the wine-producing village of Montepulciano, this 18th-century house is fresh from an eight-year restoration of its antiques-filled rooms. Outside, there’s a 1930’s swimming pool with Neoclassical fountains.

This Florence-based agency has a roster of 100 Tuscan villas. Well-connected owner Veronica Ficcarelli goes out of her way to book drivers, chefs, and cultural experts for her clients. The agency also represents 40 estates in and around Siena.

If you’re looking for an up-close look at history in the Renaissance city of Siena, there’s no better place to lay your head than at this gem of a hotel, set in a 17th-century Baroque palace called Palazzo Gori Pannilini, originally built by Chigi Pope Alexander VII.

In the hills south of Montalcino, the 14 rooms and suites at Castello Banfi Il Borgo are Nussbaum's new standard for understated, authentic Tuscan luxury. The hotel was decorated by Italian designer Federico Forquet and overlooks the vineyards of Brunello.

Wine tastings, a 2,500-square-foot spa, and tours of nearby towns are just a few of the reasons to visit this restored-villa estate, located on a 25-acre vineyard outside Arezzo.

In the 14th century, the noble Florentine Salviati family built a sumptuous country villa on Florence's northeastern outskirts.

Agency: The Best In Italy

Countess Simonetta Brandolini d'Adda often stays in one of her company's 80 villas—mostly around Tuscany and Lake Como—when on vacation. Her well-connected owner friends can arrange private museum visits or concerts for clients.

An intimate 19-room hotel with a private art collection.