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Easily accessed off one of the ancient roads leading from Rome to Florence (Via Cassia), Il Rigo farmhouse sits in its own 600-acre estate. It is ideally located as a base from which to explore the scenic landscapes south of Siena with their sparsely vegetated rolling hills. The large... more

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Aia Mattonata Relais, Tuscany, Italy
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In a small city near the coast, not far from the charming town of Lucca and the popular town of Pisa, you will find the Albergo Pietrasanta. Although “albergo” suggests a simple hotel, this small, deluxe property does not fit that definition. Located in the center of Pietrasanta, ... more

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Once a 19th century hunting lodge, the charming Villa Marta property with manicured Renaissance garden and magical mountain backdrop (beyond it is Pisa) is just 10 minutes south of Lucca. Two prim houses sit side by side and contain the 15 attractive guestrooms of varying size and dé... more

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Hotel Albergotto, situated on a corner of the elegant Via de Tornabuoni with its austere Renaissance palazzos and designer boutiques, could not be more central. It existed for the past century as a small hotel once hosting illustrious musical and literary artists like Verdi, Elliot, a... more

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Lucca is decidedly one of the loveliest cities of Italy with its historical churches and circular piazzas interspersed among beautiful shops featuring original storefronts and signage. Besides the well-known summer Puccini Festival (this is his birthplace), there are antiques markets,... more

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Lucca, one of our favorite Italian cities, is well situated near Pisa, with the beautiful Valdera countryside to the south, the Apuane mountain range to the north, the seaside 20 kilometers away, and many splendid villas and famous gardens scattered in the vicinity. The city, however,... more

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The latest arrival in the group of independent city bed & breakfast properties, managed by Lea, is the very charming Antica Dimora Firenze. Located in part of an ancient palazzo owned by the Pandolfini family, just 5 blocks north of the Duomo Cathedral, it has similar characterist... more

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In the past few years, a new breed of bed and breakfasts has developed in Italy’s favorite cities, especially in Florence and Rome. A small staff is on hand which makes this an appropriate choice for the independent traveler who enjoys good value for money. It is like having you... more

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Antica Torre Di Via Tornabuoni - Guest Room

In the new category of accommodation in historic residences, the Antica Torre is at the top of the list. The top floors of this ancient fortified palazzo, in the very center of Florence, has been converted into a luxurious and stunning hotel. An elevator takes guests up to the top-flo... more

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Antico Borgo Poggiarello

Monteriggioni is a circular medieval town with turreted fortress walls, mentioned in Dante’s Inferno. To the east is an extension of unspoiled land, preserved over the centuries because it was all owned by one proprietor. Within this mix of olive groves and dense woods, in the c... more

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Antico Casale Di Scansano, Italy

The Maremma, an intensely scenic area in the coastal foothills of southern Tuscany, offers a wealth of sightseeing possibilities: walled villages, Etruscan ruins, archaeological sites, and marvelously unspoiled landscapes. The congenial Pellegrini family converted a 200-year-old stone... more

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Without a doubt, San Gimignano is one of the most picturesque places in Tuscany: a postcard-perfect hilltop village punctuated by 14 tall towers. During the day, the town bustles with activity, but after the busloads of tourists depart, the romantic ambiance of yesteryear fills the co... more

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This very special historic residence was once the summer villa of the Grand Duke of Tuscany, attracted to the bucolic countryside between Pisa and Lucca with its natural thermal waters. They are the same therapeutic waters enjoyed by Etruscans, Ancient Romans and nobility of Europe in... more

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Hotel Belvedere Di San Leonino, Italy

If you are looking for a place to stay in the heart of Tuscany that is moderately priced, yet does not sacrifice one ounce of charm or quality of accommodation, the family-run Hotel Belvedere di San Leonino is unsurpassable. Ceramic pots of geraniums, trellised grapevines, and climbin... more

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Il Borghetto Country Inn is an absolute dream, an idyllic hideaway in one of the most enchanting areas of Tuscany. It is owned by the Cavallini family who originally bought a farmhouse in the heart of the exquisite Chianti district to use as a family weekend retreat. When the adjacent... more

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Borgo Argenina has all the elements of a “bestseller” bed and breakfast: the perfect location in the heart of Chianti surrounded by vineyards, very comfortable accommodation in an ancient stone farmhouse, glorious countryside views, and, above all, Elena, the Borgo Argenina’s gr... more

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Borgo Elena, located in the hills outside one of our favorite Tuscan towns, Cortona, belongs to Mario Baracchi, whose brother owns the gorgeous inn, Il Falconiere (listed in our Inns guide). In fact, you can reach Borgo Elena by passing through the Falconiere property (stop in for an ... more

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Tall cypress trees protect the cluster of ancient stone farmhouses making up the idyllic Iesolana property, situated atop 300 acres of cascading vineyards, olive groves, and sunflowers, with 360 degrees of breathtaking Tuscan views. After years of meticulous restoration of the three o... more

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The charming medieval Etruscan town of Cortona that gained international fame through Frances Mayes’ bestseller, “Under the Tuscan Sun”, has subsequently responded to the increased demand for tourist accommodation. The Mancini family decided to completely refurbish their lovely ... more

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Hotel Relais Borgo San Felice - Air View

The Hotel Borgo San Felice, located in the heart of Tuscany, is built within a feudal hamlet consisting of a cluster of stone, ivy-laced buildings linked by quaint cobbled lanes. The various buildings, including a small chapel, have been cleverly converted into reception area, guestro... more

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Le Boscarecce - The Barn

Castelfiorentino is 40 kilometers from Florence, Siena and Pisa, and although its outskirts are very commercial, it is a strategic touring base and the surrounding countryside is lovely. Continuing a long tradition of making guests feel at home—their hotel in Florence has been in th... more

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Hotel Botticelli - Lobby

Another nice discovery in the category of small, renovated hotels in Florence is the Botticelli, hidden away on a narrow back street behind the Central Market. Many original features of this 16th-century building, once a private home, have been preserved including evidence of a tiny a... more

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Hotel Byron

Forte dei Marmi, the refined Tuscan seaside between the Cinque Terre and its more popular neighbor, Viareggio, has been a favorite of the Tuscan and Milanese elite for the past century. The Hotel Byron is a classic luxury ex-private residence where one can become a part of this ... more

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Casa Bolsinina, Italy

After years of working in a hotel in Siena, then owning a wine bar, Marcello and his wife Maria Pia decided to put their hospitality experience into practice and opened the charming Bolsinina bed and breakfast. This is a perfect location for travelers, being so close to Siena (18 km) ... more

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La Casa del Garbo is a fascinating blend of two styles of accommodation: the quality and tasteful décor of a deluxe hotel along with the warmth and charm of a bed & breakfast. This beautifully-decorated, family-owned property is in the heart of Florence, right on the spectacular... more

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Casa Mezzuola is part of a small group of farmhouses atop a hill 3 kilometers outside Greve where the land was divided into separate smaller properties. Friendly hosts, Riccardo, an antiques and jewelry dealer, Nicoletta, and their two girls live in the main house while hospitality is... more

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Il Casale is a highly efficient and very popular bed and breakfast, thanks to warm and dedicated host, Alessandro, who has combined his extensive hospitality experience with a desire to see his great-grandfather’s lovely country property restored properly. Six double rooms and two s... more

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Due to the ever-increasing popularity of the stunning medieval village of San Gimignano, accommodations in the surrounding countryside have flourished. The Casanova is a typical square stone farmhouse with wood shutters and red-tile roof, which you’ll grow accustomed to seeing t... more

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The Castelletto di Montebenichi is an enchanting small castle in a tiny, storybook-perfect, medieval village perched on a hilltop in Tuscany, romantically facing a miniature plaza enclosed by a circle of homes built into the old tower walls. This is a sturdy, stone building with a cre... more

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In the heart of the beautiful Chianti wine region, a cypress-lined lane leads up to the handsome, 13th-century Castello di Meleto, set upon a gentle hill just outside Gaiole. The fairytale-perfect castle with its imposing round watchtowers and arched stone doorway embraced by fragrant... more

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The lesser-known area of Tuscany south of Siena makes a delightful discovery and the variety of landscapes within an 8-kilometer drive provides one of the most fascinating excursions in the region. Besides the charming hilltowns of Montepulciano, Pienza, and Montalcino, there are the ... more

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The Castello di Spaltenna is a charming hotel, nestled within an ancient feudal hamlet in one of the prettiest parts of Tuscany’s glorious Chianti wine region. From the castle with its fortified monastery and adjacent church adorned by an 11th-century bell tower, you can look out in... more

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The Castello di Tornano, a strategically situated hilltop tower dating back almost 1,000 years, has a 360-degree vista of the surrounding valley and has been of great historical significance in the seemingly endless territorial battles between Siena and Florence. The owners are the Se... more

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Le Cetinelle
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La Chiusa, nestled in the hills of Tuscany southeast of Siena, is an old stone farmhouse whose restaurant is so well known that guests come from far and wide to enjoy the meals where everything is fresh, homemade, and delicious. Dania and Umberto Lucherini are the gracious owners and ... more

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Hotel La Cisterna, Italy

San Gimignano is one of the most fascinating of the medieval Tuscany hilltowns. As you approach, this looks like a city of skyscrapers: come even closer and the skyscrapers emerge as 14 soaring towers—dramatic reminders of what San Gimignano must have looked like in all her glory wh... more

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If the idea of staying in an extraordinary medieval fortress that crowns a spectacular hilltown far off the beaten path appeals, you will fall in love with the Hotel della Fortezza—it is an absolute jewel. This tiny hotel is in a splendid part of Tuscany called Maremma, little k... more

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We look all over for bed and breakfasts that radiate a natural charm like that of Fagiolari, just outside Panzano. Cordial hostess Giulietta has seemingly unintentionally created a haven for travelers just by letting her home be a home. The unique stone farmhouse on three levels is br... more

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La Fattoressa

On the extreme outskirts of Florence, the Fattoressa offers a location for dual exploration of both the city and the Tuscan countryside. One of the many marvelous attractions of Florence is how the countryside comes right up to the doors of the city and just behind the magnificent Cer... more

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Casa Sola is just that—an ancient villa standing alone atop a hill on a gorgeous 300-acre estate of vines and olive trees in the heart of Chianti where the gracious Gambaro family produces prestigious Chianti Classico Riserva, Supertuscan-Montarsiccio, and extra-virgin olive oil of ... more

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The old hamlet ,Pietrabuona,just close to Fattoria di Pietrabuona. The Villa Galeotti Flori is on the left.
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La Loggia, built in 1427, was one of the Medici estates during the centuries of their rule. Owner Giulio Baruffaldi, weary of urban life in Milan, transplanted himself and his wife here and succeeded in reviving the wine estate’s splendor while respecting its past, enhancing its... more

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Fattoria Solaio, Italy

In yet another lesser-known pocket of Tuscany halfway between Siena and the sea is the absolutely stunning 1,000-acre property of the Visconti family. Dating back to the 1400s, in its heyday it was a village in itself, complete with the noble family’s main villa, farmers’ houses, ... more

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This idyllic location in the heart of Chianti, the Fattoria Tregole, five kilometers outside the charming village of Castellina, is reached by a gravel road. The ivy-covered stone farmhouse with hexagonal 18th century oratory (one of only two in Tuscany) is on the small road and opens... more

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At Le Fontanelle it seems that wherever your eye wanders it is rewarded; from the impeccably decorated interiors, lush gardens and inviting terraced lawns looking on to picture-perfect Tuscan views. Spacious guestrooms of varying dimensions are dispersed about the large stone main bui... more

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Leaving San Gimignano on the road north towards Pancole-Certaldo, you come across La Fonte, the property of the Bergamasco family run by daughter Maria. This typical Tuscan farmhouse with cupola is surrounded by a nature reserve, vineyards, olive groves, and woods, yet is very close t... more

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Fonteverde Tuscan Resort & Spa, Italy

Italy abounds in well-equipped spas concentrated around its many thermal water sources, yet the one at Fonteverde truly stands out among the rest. While most four and five star hotels now feature some kind of a wellness center, we added the Hotel Fonteverde for its combination of awes... more

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La Frateria di Padre Eligio, Cetona, Italy - Living Room

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The turreted medieval village of Capalbio, perched on a hilltop, has the double advantage of being close to one of the prettiest seaside spots—Argentario—plus having the beautiful countryside and villages of Maremma to explore. Monica and husband Filippo run an efficient little be... more

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The Grand Hotel Continental Siena, an elegant small hotel that opened in early 2002, is one of the most exciting properties to come on the scene in Siena in many years. Although there are lovely places to stay on the periphery, there has never been an outstanding hotel in the heart of... more

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Grotta Giusti Resort Golf & Spa Tuscany, Italy

The general trend in hotel accommodation today is to offer guests services of a wellness center whether it is simply massage or a full-fledged spa. The Grotta Giusti satisfies the latter having the advantage of thermal waters which fill one of two large swimming pools. The hotel is lo... more

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The Helvetia & Bristol building

In our estimation, the Hotel Helvetia and Bristol is one of the finest luxury hotels in the center of Florence. Nothing has been spared to make this showplace a true beauty—the decor is outstanding. The lounges, exquisitely decorated with an elegant, yet extremely comfortable, homel... more

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The Hotel Hermitage is a small, characteristic hotel housed in a 13th-century palazzo with breathtaking views over the city’s most famous monuments. The location could not be more central—on a small street between the Uffizzi Gallery and the River Arno. The fifth-floor ... more

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A charming Austrian couple, Christopher and Heidi have realized their dream of running a small hotel in Tuscany with the acquisition of the Hotelito Lupaia. Taking over from the previous owner, the property has benefited from their renovations and taste in decor.  They have taken out... more

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Accidentally coming upon the Casolare, tucked away in the unpopulated hills 8 kilometers past medieval San Gimignano, was a delightful surprise. Just before reaching the bed and breakfast, you’ll see a half-abandoned stone convent dating back to 1100. The attractive renovated farmho... more

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Residenza D'Epoca In Piazza della Signoria , Florence, Italy

The Residenza D’Epoca in Piazza della Signoria is a top-quality B&B hidden away on the corner of Florence’s most famous square hosting the imposing city hall, Palazzo della Signoria. Delightful hosts Sonia and Alessandro initially bought the four-story ancient building as an i... more

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La Locanda del Castello is a dreamy place to stay recently opened by Silvana Ravanelli, who took on the ambitious project of restoring part of the village’s 13th-century castle (the municipal hall is housed in the other half) and transforming it into charming accommodations and a re... more

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Bagno Vignoni is a charming little village whose unique piazza is actually an ancient stone pool with thermal water. In medieval times the large bath was divided for men and women who came to soak in the rejuvenating waters, hoping to cure such ailments as arthritis and rheumatism. To... more

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Locanda dell'Amorosa, Italy

The Locanda dell’Amorosa, a charming small hotel with great warmth and excellent management, makes a super base for exploring Tuscany and Umbria. From the Locanda dell’Amorosa it is an easy drive to such sightseeing delights as Siena, Pienza, Orvieto, Todi, and Assisi. The Locanda... more

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Locanda La Bandita, Italy

The Locanda, a pale-yellow and brick house dating from 1830, sits on the border between Tuscany and Umbria and is an excellent base from which to explore this rich countryside. The villa’s dining room features a vaulted ceiling in toast-colored brick, an enormous fireplace, French w... more

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If your dream is to discover a small luxury hotel in Tuscany that is truly “off the beaten path” look no further—the romantic Locanda Le Piazze is about as remote as you will find. Tucked in the heart of Tuscany’s richest wine-growing region, the hotel crowns a gentle hill. In... more

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Volterra, a walled medieval hilltown, is not as well known as its ever-popular neighbor, San Gimignano, but it too exudes great authentic medieval character. Although not quite as colorful, it benefits from fewer tourists and offers a wealth of museums and many boutiques selling items... more

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Weary of life in the intense financial world of Milan, Guido and Martina packed up and headed for the hills of Chianti and the “good life” that attracts so many there. After a long search they chose the scenic property where La Locanda now stands, primarily for its magnificent pos... more

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Borgo Lucignanello Bandini

For those seeking a self-catering base for exploring the hilltowns of Tuscany while sojourning in very characteristic accommodation with a rich historical past, the Lucignanello is a sublime choice. Imagine residing in one of the cluster of stone houses that make up the quaint village... more

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The Hotel Lungarno, one of our favorite hotels, is superbly located directly on the River Arno, a few minutes’ walk from the Ponte Vecchio. Of more recent construction, the architect has cleverly incorporated into the hotel an ancient stone tower, which houses several romantic s... more

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The noble Albertario family have four large countryside properties in Umbria and Tuscany that they have opened up to accommodate travelers. Macciangrosso, bordered by ancient cypress trees, is the most beautiful, with its hilltop position overlooking the sweeping valley. The large sto... more

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Marignolle Relais & Charme

The hills immediately surrounding Florence, dotted with stately villas and country homes dating back to the Renaissance, offered Florentine aristocrats cool respite in summer from the higher temperatures in the city below. The gracious Bulleri family chose this alternative to the city... more

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The prestigious Monsignor della Casa property extending over 600 acres is a true country resort with all the trimmings in the beautiful area north of Florence called Mugello. This is the land from which such masters as Giotto, Cimabue, and Fra Angelico came and was the actual home of ... more

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The beautiful Montebelli resort property, situated in Maremma, with its wild Tuscan landscapes, covers 300 acres of mountain, hills laden with vineyards and olive groves, and sunflower fields, all close to the sea. The Filotico-Tosi family divides their time and energy between their g... more

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The spectacular 2,500-acre hilltop farm property of Montestigliano is a rich combination of woods, cultivated fields, olive groves, and open meadows all surrounding the hamlet dating from 1730. British-born hostess Luisa makes sure guests are comfortable in one of the nine independent... more

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Montorio makes an excellent base for exploring Tuscany and Umbria: spacious, guestrooms; glorious setting; spectacular views; cooking facilities; large modern bathrooms; and moderate prices. This 15th-century stone farmhouse is perched on a hill surrounded by olive groves, vineyards, ... more

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Palazzo Niccolini is one of the few hotels in Florence within a new category called Historic Residences. Dating from the 16th century, this fascinating palazzo has a prime location directly facing the Duomo Cathedral. The Niccolini family, descendants of the original owners, reside in... more

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Orto de’Medici was named for the Medici family’s extensive gardens and orchards that once existed on the site of this hotel. Capable father-and-son team Emilio and Giacomo Bufalini recently took over the reins and took on the challenge of completely refurbishing the family’s pri... more

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It was welcome news to hear that a small deluxe hotel had opened in the historical center of Lucca, one of our favorite medieval walled cities. After years of meticulous restoration, the 12th-century Palazzo Alexander first opened for guests in 2000. Your gracious host and creator of ... more

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The Palazzo dal Borgo–Hotel Aprile, owned by the Cantini Zucconi family for almost four decades, is located in a 15th-century Medici palace behind the Piazza Santa Maria Novella, near the train station and many fine restaurants and shops. The historical building was restored und... more

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Palazzo Galletti - Guest Room

Palazzo Galletti, housed in an historic Florentine palazzo dating to the 1800s, comes under the category of Historic Residences—a glorified bed and breakfast. Young and enthusiastic partners, Francesca and Samuele acquired the entire upper first floor (historically referred to as th... more

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Incredible for travelers to Florence, two of our favorite innkeepers, Corso and Jacqueline Larderel, who own and run the incredible Villa le Barone in Panzano at the heart of Chianti, (as featured in our Italy Hotel guide), have made their historic palace at the heart of Florence also... more

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Palace Entrance

The stunning Palazzo Magnani Feroni, an ancient private residence of the Giannotti family, dating back to the 1500s, is on the “left bank” of the River Arno four blocks away from the Ponte Vecchio. The sensation of being in a true palace is captured immediately upon entering the g... more

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Palazzo Ravizza, Italy

Siena is a fascinating walled, hilltop city filled with a wealth of fabulous museums, intriguing squares, and breathtaking churches. If you want to stay within walking distance of the all the major sights and your budget precludes a splurge at the deluxe Grand Hotel Continental, the P... more

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Il Paretaio, Barberino Val D'Elsa, Tuscany, Italy

Strategically positioned midway between Siena and Florence sits the square stone farmhouse with cupola (actually one of the bedrooms!) dating from 1700 owned by Gianni and Cristina, a couple who have dedicated their lives to the equestrian arts. The Paretaio appeals particularly to vi... more

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The Il Pellicano (one of Italy’s most idyllic hotels) has been cleverly designed in the traditional villa Tuscan style and, although not old, looks as though it has snuggled on its prime hillside position overlooking the Tyrrhenian sea many years. The façade is stucco, painted a ... more

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The Bencista is a real find for the traveler looking for a congenial, unpretentious, family-run hotel near Florence that has charm and yet is reasonably priced. The villa, romantically nestled in the foothills with a bird’s-eye view of Florence, is owned and managed by the Simoni fa... more

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Pieve di Caminino, Italy

Daniela and her architect husband, Piero, brought the family’s ancient property back to life. Dating back to the 9th century the property contains a Romanesque church, now the site for concerts. The complex of stone houses is surrounded by vineyards, woods, olive groves (source of t... more

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Podere Terreno, Italy

Podere Terreno combines idyllic location and authentic, charming ambiance with delightful hosts Sylvie and Roberto, a Franco-Italian couple, and son, Francesco. The 400-year-old rustic stone farmhouse is surrounded by terracotta flower vases, a grapevine-covered pergola, a small lake,... more

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Both Radda and Greve are excellent bases from which to explore the scenic Chianti wine country with its regal castles and stone villages, in addition to Siena, Florence, and San Gimignano. Radda in particular offers a myriad of possibilities for accommodation, including many private h... more

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The increasing popularity of this perfectly intact medieval town and the resulting availability of accommodations have made San Gimignano a hub from which tourists fan out to visit nearby, lesser-known treasures such as Volterra, Colle Val d’Elsa, and Monteriggioni. A pleasant, ... more

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Poggio ai Santi has a magnificent view over a green valley down to the distant sea. Francesca has put her heart and soul into the place over the past 20 years with the emphasis being on the comfort and ease of her guests. In order to fulfill the needs of both families and couples she ... more

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In the very heart of Chianti between Radda, Castellina, and Vagliagli sits the Pornanino farm surrounded by 90 acres of wooded hills and olive groves. Hosts Franco and Lia have carefully restored the main house for themselves plus two stone barns for guests, appointed with the same wa... more

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Le Radici Natura & Benessere

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The Regency, facing out to a park in the most exclusive residential area, is one of Florence’s finest luxury hotels and a welcome haven in the overcrowded tourist scene. Gracious hospitality comes naturally to owner Amedeo Ottaviani (also of the Lord Byron in Rome) and his philosoph... more

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relais di Fiori, Pisa, Italy

It has not been easy to find a charming, true bed and breakfasts in Pisa, a city famous for its leaning tower and basilica, and its quaint city center and excellent restaurants. Thankfully, the Relais dell’Orologio has opened a smaller accommodation down the street. The Relais dei F... more

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For years there was no outstanding place to stay in Pisa, but all that changed dramatically in March 2003 when Maria Luisa Bignardi opened her deluxe, small boutique hotel (her family’s home since the 1500s) within a few minutes’ stroll of Pisa’s stunning Piazza dei Miracoli. Th... more

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The Relais Il Chiostro is idyllically snuggled inside the stone walls of Pienza, a medieval hilltop village that is one of Tuscany’s most perfect jewels. The hotel is built within a stunning 15th-century monastery; a heritage immediately apparent when you step through the massive ar... more

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The family-run Relais San Pietro is an absolute dream. It offers the finest quality throughout, gorgeous views, excellent location, spectacular swimming pool, and outstanding cuisine, all at remarkably reasonable prices. This gem of a little hotel has the added benefit of superb hospi... more

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If you are looking for a hotel in Florence that offers both a fabulous location and reasonably priced, pleasant rooms, the simple Relais Uffizi is for you. The double wood doors of the ancient building are located on the Chiasso del Buco, a quaint narrow back street accessed through a... more

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The Relais Vignale is a superb small hotel idyllically located in the heart of the Chianti wine region. It enjoys the enviable honor of having the best of both worlds—it feels as if you are secluded in the countryside, yet you are right in Radda, one of Tuscany’s most pict... more

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The Residence San Sano is a very special small hotel in San Sano—a picturesque hamlet in the center of the Chianti wine-growing region. We were charmed by the hotel, which is incorporated into a cluster of 16th-century stone houses. A cozy dining room serves guests excellent mea... more

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Romantik Hotel Monteriggioni - Entrance

Tucked in the gentle Tuscan hills, Monteriggioni is a stunning sight. You will be captivated from afar at your first glimpse: the romantic town crowning the hilltop with its circular stone wall, punctuated by tall towers, still intact. If you have come just to sightsee, you must park ... more

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La Romea is a charming and informal B&B situated in a 14th century palazzo right in the very heart of Lucca’s enchanting ancient city center. Walk up to the first floor and enter the spacious apartment with its reception desk, sitting area with black leather sofas, and three bre... more

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Rosolaccio, Italy

The countryside around San Gimignano is becoming like the Alto Adige mountain area where practically every house offers some kind of accommodation, and the competition has created bed and breakfasts with high standards of quality and service. Among these, Il Rosolaccio (the local name... more

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Florentine sisters Francesca and Beatrice Baccetti eagerly accepted the challenge of converting the family’s country home and vineyards into an efficient bed and breakfast. Restoration work began immediately on the two adjacent stone buildings dating back to 1300. All original archi... more

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The island-like promontory of Argentario, facing the islands of Giglio and Giannutri, has always been a favorite seaside resort for Romans. Located on a narrow strip of land connecting Argentario to the mainland is the quaint historic town of Orbetello. Here you find the charming Sa... more

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Il Selvino, Italy

Country tourism has flourished in the last decade, especially in the highly popular region of Tuscany. However, most travelers still flock to the Chianti area, leaving many other parts of Tuscany wide open to discovery. Such is the gorgeous virgin territory of the Valdera Valley betwe... more

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Hotel Silla, Florence, Italy

The refurbished Hotel Silla is located on the left bank of the River Arno opposite Santa Croce, the famous 13th-century square and church where Michelangelo and Galileo are buried. This position offers views from some of the rooms of several of Florence’s most notable architectural ... more

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As more travelers realize how close together destinations of interest throughout Italy are, weekly house rentals to use as a home base for excursions have become more popular. One such ideal base is La Sovana, bordering Tuscany and Umbria and equidistant to Siena, Perugia, Assisi, Are... more

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Halfway between Florence and Siena in the heart of the Chianti region is the Sovigliano farm, restored by a gracious couple from Verona, Claudio Bicego and his wife, Patrizia, and daughter, Claudia. Guests have an independent entrance to the four bedrooms with kitchenette, each very m... more

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Tenuta di Ricavo - Terrace

The Tenuta di Ricavo is unique—not a hotel at all in the usual connotation, but rather a tiny, very old, Tuscan hamlet with peasants’ cottages that have been transformed into delightful guestrooms. The stables are now the dining room and the barn is now the office. Unlike many of ... more

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Tenuta Il Cicalino - Dining Table

It would be difficult for anyone with a passion for the outdoors to resist the challenge offered Federico when he inherited this 1,000-plus-acre estate in the wilderness of Maremma. He and his energetic wife, Elisabetta, plunged in and in two years made this dream come true. The resul... more

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Tenuta La Bandita is set amid 150 acres of woods, olive groves, orchards and meadows within a beautifully undisturbed area south of Livorno near the sea and just a few kilometers from the historic and picturesque villages of Castagneto Carducci and Bolgheri. Dino and Daniela, with the... more

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The Torre di Bellosguardo is a romantic historic villa nestled on the shelf of a hill with an unsurpassed view of Florence. Below the enormous castle-like home, the tiled rooftops, steeples, towers, and domes of the city seem like a fairyland at your fingertips. It is not surprising t... more

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Standing proudly on the cliffs overlooking Tuscany’s most spectacular coastlines, Argentario, are the remains of a 13th-century Spanish watchtower. The tower has been cleverly incorporated into, and stands as the dramatic symbol for, the Hotel Torre di Cala Piccola, sharing a bay... more

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La Torricella, just on the outskirts of Florence, offers travelers the advantage of staying in a Tuscan home in a quiet residential area, yet with the city easily accessible by public transportation. Marialisa completely restored her great-grandfather’s home and converted it int... more

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The most striking images of southern Tuscany are in the Orcia Valley—enchanting landscapes with soft, rolling hills topped with rows of cypress trees silhouetted against the sky. This alternating with the area called Le Crete Senesi—barren hills made of clay and resembling moon cr... more

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When dreaming of Tuscany one usually envisions sweeping fields of vineyards and gentle hills dotted with olive trees. L’Ultimo Mulino has a totally different type of setting, in a heavily wooded nook by a small stream. This small hotel was originally a medieval olive mill and th... more

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One result of increasing interest in the singular attractions of the Maremma, or southern Tuscany, is the opening or expansion of several noteworthy places to stay. The Villa Acquaviva, once owned by nobility and a small family hotel for some years, was extensively remodeled to includ... more

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Villa Campestri Facade

With great finesse and determination, Lucia and Paolo, an editor and art collector, managed to purchase Villa Campestri, a magnificent Renaissance villa—no easy feat, considering the 400-acre property had been in one family for 700 years. The cream-colored villa with handsome la... more

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In the countryside on the main road north of Arezzo (16 km) is the Villa Cassia di Baccano, a newly refurbished accommodation within a stately home and 16th century mill next door. The vaulted brick mill is where a buffet breakfast is served and where the reception area is located. Op... more

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Villa Clodia - Facade with Pool

Saturnia’s thermal waters have been gushing from an underground volcano for over 2,000 years, yet only recently have it and the enchanting surrounding Maremma area become internationally famous, leading to new accommodations springing up. One such is the charming Villa Clodia, o... more

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The Villa di Piazzano is an enchanting inn with all the ingredients to make it very special: an historic villa, a lovely landscape, a convenient location, beautiful decor, pretty antiques, and, best of all, the heart-felt hospitality of the Wimpole family who pamper guests and welcome... more

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Villa Fiesole, Hotel, , Tuscany, Italy,

Fiesole, a small town tucked in the green wooded hills above Florence, has long been a favorite of ours. Staying here gives you the best of both worlds—you can enjoy the peacefulness of the countryside while being just a short ride away from Florence. If you are looking for ultimate... more

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One of the most attractive features of Florence is that its surrounding countryside hugs the city limits, giving the possibility of staying in the tranquil foothills of Chianti. In the nearby village of Antella warm hosts Azelio and Luisa have completely restored their part of an enor... more

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Villa Il Poggiale Dimora Storica, Italy

The Villa Il Poggiale is an intimate, elegant boutique hotel. This traditional Tuscan country villa dating to the Renaissance period has had such illustrious proprietors as noble families Corsini, Martini, and Ricasoli-Rucellai, and has been in the Vitta family for the past 50 years. ... more

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If you want to see Florence, yet be blissfully removed from its swarm of tourists and traffic congestion, the Villa La Massa makes a fabulous choice for a place to stay. Here you can enjoy the best of all worlds—the tranquil beauty of the countryside combined with the convenience of... more

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The pristine grey-white Villa Vedetta, originally a private home, is the only accommodation positioned right at Florence’s most famous panoramic viewing point, the Piazzale Michelangelo. Brunelleschi’s unmistakable dome dominates the scene and can be privately enjoyed from the hot... more

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Villa Le Barone - Terrace

The Villa Le Barone was once the home of the famous Tuscan Della Robbia family, whose beautiful terracottas are still seen throughout Italy. It was restored after the First World War by Marchesa Maria Bianca Viviani Della Robbia as a wine estate and later converted into a deluxe bouti... more

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The luxurious Villa Mangiacane with its combination historic home, worldly décor, and high-tech amenities is, in a word, magnificent. Owner Glynn Cohen returned from years in South Africa and purchased the 15th century estate which encompasses 600 acres of surrounding land dedi... more

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Cortona, a picturesque walled city in Tuscany, is a favorite with tourists. On the main road that wraps around the east side of the city, the Villa Marsili has the advantages of parking facilities and of being easy to find, and is within walking distance of the center of town. A gated... more

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The recently-restored Villa Olmi, located on the outskirts of Florence, offers three types of luxury accommodations: suites within an historic villa, standard rooms in the former farmhouse, or two fully-equipped spacious apartments. Set on a flat 15-acre property facing distant hills,... more

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Elba is a beautiful small island, easily accessible in one hour by car ferry from Piombino. After exploring Tuscany, or while en route along the coast heading north from Rome, you will find that Elba makes a delightful stopover where you can happily spend several days relaxing and exp... more

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Villa Poggiano - Pool

The romantic, ochre-colored, 17th-century Villa Poggiano is truly a gem. The Savini family bought the abandoned mansion, which nestles on a wooded hillside near the charming walled city of Montepulciano, and have tenderly restored it to its original splendor. An intimate, cozy parlor ... more

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The Villa Rigacci is a picture-perfect example of a 15th-century Tuscan villa with its creamy-white stucco façade, thick walls, heavy red-tile roof, green-shuttered windows, and beautiful gardens. The Pierazzi family takes great care to see that all the guests receive their personal ... more

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From the moment you enter the grand foyer looking out over the classical Italian garden of this 16th-century country villa, all sense of time and place is lost. The Rucellai-Piqués’ devotion to their estate (in the family since 1759) is apparent, as is their warm hospitality. Guest... more

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It would be difficult to find another hotel with as many attributes as the Villa San Michele—in fact, almost impossible. How could you surpass a wooded hillside setting overlooking Florence, a stunning view, gorgeous antiques, impeccable management, gourmet dining, and, as if this w... more

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The Villa Sant’Andrea is a prestigious wine estate on a hilltop dominating the Pesa valley in the Chianti region of Tuscany. An impressive villa and church are its focal points. So spectacular and strategic is the location that it has been occupied since Roman times. The vast proper... more

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La Volpaia

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