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.
Down a narrow, winding road on the promontory’s southeastern tip stands the cliffside Il Pellicano Hotel, a sheltered hideaway that attracts a high-flying clientele (yes, that’s Bono by the pool).
Originally founded by Leonardo Ferragamo in 1986 as “Windows on Tuscany”, now with over 25 years experience Windows on Italy continues to specialise in the management of prestigious apartments and luxury villas for rent in Italy.
Lemon-scented gardens and a facade attributed to Michelangelo at a 15th-century hilltop Renaissance villa.
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.
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.
This Tuscan stone hideaway can sleep up to 12 in cozy interiors complete with beamed ceilings, antique furniture, and oil paintings.
The biggest draw is, naturally, the thermal pool—the temperature reaches a sweltering 100 degrees (don’t be put off by the egg-scented air, which comes from the water’s high sulfur content).