Hotels in Tuscany
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.
“Spend an afternoon at the private gardens of the sprawling La Foce estate, with magnificent views of the Val d’Orcia.” —Patrizio Fradiani
Bed-and-breakfast in a 14th-century villa.
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).
On the grounds of the 800-year-old estate you'll find Etruscan ruins dating to 600 B.C., a 12th-century fortress, a Gothic chapel, and an amazing Lorenzetti fresco in the Chiesa di San Michele Arcangelo. But the real focus is the food and wine, of course.