Il Salviatino exemplifies relaxed, yet refined elegance with state of the art comforts and amenities, coupled with breathtaking views of Florence and service beyond compare.
From the moment we arrived, I knew we had made the right choice of accommodations while in Florence. The fragrance of Italian fruits and flowers permeates the air as you enter the villa, which sends your senses soaring. Then there is the view! The shaded terrace where we were ushered upon arrival, and given cocktails to enjoy while settling into comfortable white leather couches, overlooks the Duomo and all the red-tiled roofs of Florence below.
This was a very special birthday vacation, and although we wanted to see the sights in Florence, it was a tremendous comfort to return to the villa away from the bustling crowds below. The villa offers a complimentary shuttle to and from the city, which is only 5-10 minutes, depending on traffic. The town of Fiesole is a short walk, or drive up, up, up to the most spectacular views of the valley below. Although it was late April and not quite hot when we visited, I understand the location of Il Salviatino affords a nice breeze during the hotter months.
One of the highlights of our trip was a hot-air balloon ride over Chianti. We were picked up by car one morning at 6:00am and taken about 25 minutes to our pilot's home near Val de Pesa. After inflating the balloon in his backyard, we hopped in and took off. We floated along peacefully above vineyards, cottages and castles for about 45-minutes, wherever the wind blew us. Finally, we settled down in a vineyard as gently as a cloud thanks to our masterful pilot (Pascal) along with the help of his wife (Kirsten) and son (Ollie). We then enjoyed a champagne breakfast with freshly made goat cheeses, breads and jams, all while completely euphoric after a wonderful flight. It was pure magic! We highly recommend Tuscany Ballooning if you are looking for a once-in-a-lifetime experience.
My husband and I were treated like royalty during our stay at Il Salviatino, even enjoying a private tour of the villa's suites and grounds. The staff at Il Salviatino showed impeccable hospitality and warmth, anticipating our every need, yet without being intrusive. We are deeply appreciative to Raffaelo and Camilla, our personal ambassadors. They took great care to make certain we felt completely at home during our stay. Francesco dazzled us with an unforgettable evening at Grappolo, pairing fantastic regional wines with his spot-on recommendations from the talented chefs. It was a delight for the senses. And, Simone greeted us warmly each morning with the most delicious breakfast on the terrace.
The suite to which we were graciously upgraded was breathtaking, with a sitting area and an enormous fireplace, a full dining table and a dreamy, king-sized bed. The mirror/TV/Internet was unlike anything I've ever seen before! And the luxurious bathroom with soaking tub and rain shower was filled with top-of-the-line amenities. There is nothing this villa lacks. I implore you to visit, and fall in love with it, just as we did. I hope we return very soon.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- This award winning luxury hotel, located on the rolling hills of Fiesole, offers the most spectacular views of Florence. Accommodations range from the Villa Rooms, the Green House Suites and our Signature Suites. Each offer a very different experience but all have inspiring views of either our private park, the Tuscan landscape or the famous Duomo view of Florence. Guests will enjoy a la carte breakfast, wi-fi, parking, in room movies, in room coffee and tea making facilities and hourly shuttle service (15 minutes) to the center of Florence, all complimentary. Our service philosophy is all about creating unforgettable experiences for our guests in an informal setting. Our guests consider the Hotel, the Villa, their home away from home, a tranquil haven after a day of exploring Florence or the Tuscan countryside. The Spa offers four treatment rooms, each with its own steam shower, and a dedicated team of therapists specializing in aroma therapeutic relaxation and anti-aging treatments, a fitness center with the latest in Technogym equipment and our pools overlooking the Tuscan countryside. Our kitchen is dedicated to locally sourced Italian cuisine and can be enjoyed in either the library or on our terrace overlooking Florence. Innovative, creative and unpretentious. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Il Salviatino Hotel Florence