We just spent a week here for our honeymoon and were so sorry to leave when the time came. What an extraordinary and gracious place. Calling it a "hotel" does not seem appropriate; rather, you are staying in a beautiful, sensitively restored family home amidst quiet gardens with the most amazing views. The owner, Signor Franchetti, is a welcoming host who works hard to make his home an inviting escape. Sixteenth-century frescoes, sculpture, antique furniture, and breakfast in the loggia overlooking the Tuscan hills all add up to feeling like a Medici (without any of the responsibilities) while you're here.
The Boboli Gardens and central Florence are a 15 minute walk down the hill through olive groves (or an even quicker cab ride), and while the villa does not have a 'restaurant,' they can arrange to serve dinner brought in from a local trattoria - highly recommended for the times you don't feel like leaving the grounds at all and bothering with the crowds below. If you did nothing but sit in the gardens with your book and coffee, it would be a perfect holiday. Florence on your doorstep is an added bonus.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- 13th.century historical tower with extraordinary view of Florence, a stone's throw from the city, yet a country haven of peace and silence. Each room, very large, has its own character with antique furniture. Modern bathrooms and facilities. Vast garden with outdoor swimming pool. Extremely friendly staff. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Torre Di Bellosguardo Hotel Florence
- Torre Di Bellosguardo Florence