Hotels in Tuscany

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.

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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.

This property was once owned by Castruccio Castracani (the Luccan general said to have been the model for Machiavelli's ideal prince).

This Tuscan stone hideaway can sleep up to 12 in cozy interiors complete with beamed ceilings, antique furniture, and oil paintings.

Bed-and-breakfast in a 14th-century villa.

“Spend an afternoon at the private gardens of the sprawling La Foce estate, with magnificent views of the Val d’Orcia.” —Patrizio Fradiani

A cypress-lined road leads to the rolling 4,200-acre Tuscan estate with a castle that dates back to the 10th century. Now owned by Timber Resorts, it was formerly the home of film director Luchino Visconti and an entertainment center for countless Hollywood luminaries.

Antiques and hand-painted murals accent the 7 unique rooms at this retreat, originally built in the early 13th century. The produce from its extensive gardens goes straight into the on-site restaurant-evidence of Tuscany's farm-to-table trend.

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).