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Torre Di Bellosguardo
Ranked #18 of 410 Hotels in Florence
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 23 June 2013

My husband and I stayed again at Torre di Bellosguardo during a recent trip to Florence and found the place as wonderful as we did when we first stayed there many years ago and after recommending Bellosguardo to many friends and acquaintances over the years I decided to write this review. This is truly a unique place and I have felt each time we have stayed as though we were transported back in time to the Renaissance while at the same time still enjoying modern amenities. I have stayed in a number of villa, chateau and castle hotels through the years in many locations and they all suffered the same problem in that was they were "villa" or "chateau" in name only. They had been so thoroughly gutted and remodeled to maximize the number of rooms for commercial purposes, that the only thing that resembled the original structure was the exterior, while inside the guest rooms were all basically the same and conformed to the same floor plan as did every one of the rooms in every other hotel owned around the globe by the same hotel chain. Bellosguardo is not like this. The rooms are each unique and have maintained their original character with original frescoes, antique furniture, vaulted ceilings, beautiful exposed wooden beams, terra cotta floors and large casement windows, so that the original character and beauty of the home has been preserved as much as possible without sacrificing comfort and modern conveniences. The views of Florence and surrounding hills from the rooms are stunning and waking up with the sun streaming in and the birds singing in the cypress and umbrella pines on the lovely estate grounds is so refreshing and restful. The villa is situated on one of the several hills over Florence and has without dispute the best and most lovely view of the City, including as you are sitting by the pool on a grass terrace just below the house.

Bellosguardo has a rich and long history first as a tower or "torre" for the protection of Florence and then starting in the 15th century when a residence was added, Bellosguardo became the coveted home, owned through the years by members of the some of the powerful and leading families of Florence including for a time, members of the Medici family. Towards the last third of the 19th Century Bellosguardo was bought by the wife of a British diplomat and finally in the early 20th century, the Baroness grandmother of the current owner purchased the property and managed to see that it survived the forced occupation by the German high command during the last years of World War II. There is a reason all these rich and powerful people chose to live at beautiful Bellosguardo when they could live anywhere and that thankfully has not changed. Staying at Bellosguardo is it's own vacation and staying there has greatly enriched my experience of Florence each time I have stayed, because it is wonderful to come home to the timeless beauty and peace of Bellosguardo after being in the city below, which is always teeming with tourists. There are many hotels in Florence, but there is only one Torre di Bellosguardo.

  • Stayed: June 2013, travelled as a couple
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Belflorence, Owner at Torre Di Bellosguardo, responded to this reviewResponded 25 June 2013

Words are not enough, dear dear guest, to express our gratitude to you for taking the time to write such a warm and exhaustive review. You certainly understand Bellosguardo and the fact that we respect its beauty and history and want to keep it that way for as long as possible. I so hope to be able to welcome you back in the future. Many, many thanks.

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Reviewed 22 June 2013

We just returned from this gorgeous villa just minutes from the center of Florence. It is as beautiful as we remembered it to be from a visit 14 years ago. The gardens are magical and the rooms huge and Full of history. It is said Dante was friends w the owners. Amerigo the current owner, is a charming, worldly host and we felt like we were guests at his home rather than at a hotel.
This is a perfect way to escape the touristy feel of Florence and experience life as it would have been centuries ago (but with all the modern necessities). I loved taking hot baths with the window open onto the garden and birdsong floating in. Now and then Amerigo's daughter could be heard playing the violin too!

Room Tip: Book early and request a view of Florence. Corner room best
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  • Stayed: June 2013, travelled with family
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Belflorence, Owner at Torre Di Bellosguardo, responded to this reviewResponded 25 June 2013

Dear Guest,
It was wonderful to have you back at Bellosguardo after so many years and I am delighted you enjoyed your stay. The fact that you felt at home is the greatest compliment you could have given. That is just what we want. THANK YOU!

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Reviewed 20 June 2013 via mobile

We selected this hotel based on the Tripadvisors reviews, and knowing it was a bit out of town. It all worked out fine. Yes we had to take a taxi in and out, but the view and tranquility seemed worth it. We just planned our trips and tome accordingly. Flirence us so crowded and so busy that the tranquility from above was refreshing. We had two suites for our family of five. They are large with antique furniture and modern bathrooms. The full breakfast at 20 euros seemed like a good value comparative to other restaurants. And it was very good! Eggs any way you want them, cappuccinos... The grounds are lovely, complete with a pool my sons made use of. The views are incredible.

  • Stayed: June 2013
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Belflorence, Owner at Torre Di Bellosguardo, responded to this reviewResponded 27 June 2013

Dear Guest,
We are delighted that you and your family enjoyed Bellosguardo and appreciated the silence and peace. Thank you very much for your positive review.

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Reviewed 17 June 2013

When we arrived, we simply couldn't believe how pretty the property and view were. I spent a few hours in the gardens right off the bat, hanging out the the donkeys, chickens, birds, and a very friendly cat that lives at the estate.

It's an old castle. It's romantic, special and unique. You walk 15 minutes from the Villa and you are in the heart of Florence. Simply take a cab back at night so you don't have to walk up hill on a full stomach! Family owner and operated, there is a touch of home as well. This place is literally on a hilltop and when you are in the middle of Florence looking at the surrounding hills, this is one of the main buildings you see, along with a few other castles.

This Villa is for the adventurous traveler who enjoys history, art, architecture, gardens, animals. If you want Movies on Demand and a gift-shop this is not for you. If you want dinner, they order it for you and bring it up from an amazing restaurant down the street. There is a bar open 24 hours if you ever need a drink of any sort. 24 hour staff on hand at the front ensures you are never alone in case of emergency or special needs.

The highlight of the trip was spending 7 hours with the owners of the Villa in their own kitchen , being taught how to cook Tuscan food, and then eating it with them. Did I mention that the property also looks out over Tuscany style hillsides as fas as you can see.

i'm going back one day for sure. Does not get any better than this in Florence.

  • Stayed: May 2013, travelled as a couple
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Belflorence, Owner at Torre Di Bellosguardo, responded to this reviewResponded 26 June 2013

Dear Guest,
What a wonderful review you have written! Thank you so much for all you kind words. You seem to have gotten the most out of Bellosguardo including cooking class. We hope you will return in the future and we will ensure that you feel at home here.

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Reviewed 12 June 2013

This is a 14th Century Villa with 20+ rooms. This place is unbelievable. I spent my birthday here and what a birthday it was. The owner of the villa Mr. Franchetti made the whole experience amazing. They prepared some wonderful dinners for us. I even enjoyed my birthday dinner in their solarium, set by candle-light. So beautiful. The view from most all the rooms were looking out at Florence. Since the Villa is on top of a hill right outside the city the views were spectacular.
Each room is very different and most have tubs with hand-held showers..very European. There is only one room I would not recommend and that is the one in the tower. Too many steps otherwise all rooms had lovely art or frescos on the walls. I am telling you this place takes you back in time. The gardens are to die for, hospitality amazing. I would not stay anywhere else when visiting the city!!!!

Room Tip: We stayed in suite 11. Two very large rooms and lovely. Room 9 great for a single, and great view...
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  • Stayed: May 2013, travelled with friends
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Belflorence, Owner at Torre Di Bellosguardo, responded to this reviewResponded 25 June 2013

Dear Guest,
It was such a treat for us to celebrate your birthday here and enjoy you and your friends for a whole week. You were all so full of energy and love of life. We cannot wait to welcome you again. Thank you so very much for all your kind words.

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Reviewed 11 June 2013

I stayed here in 2001, and again last week.
The "tower suite" is.....pretty but not practical. The service at breakfast is slow but courteous. The front desk staff is challenged and nervous. They have a waiter Giuseppe who is a gem ! Warm VERY SMART and scrambles to get everything right ! He should become their manager !!!!
The location is CHALLENGING, but gorgeous. We walked into Florence 3 times down the "secret path" and taxi'd back each time (rather than uphill)
Nice bathrooms, great bed. WONDERFUL places to "sit" and rest from exploring Florence. Yes...we'll come back for a 3rd time.

Room Tip: Ask to see the Tower Suite, but ....the bed is only a queen.
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  • Stayed: June 2013, travelled as a couple
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Belflorence, Owner at Torre Di Bellosguardo, responded to this reviewResponded 15 June 2013

Dear Guest,
Thank you very much for your review and for returning to Bellosguardo. Faithful clients are our best satisfaction!

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Reviewed 11 June 2013

A beautiful old building with sublime views over Florence. We stayed in 2 different rooms, one of which had ancient frescos and both allowed you to imagine living in the renaissance period. Walking into Florence is feasible but mostly you need a taxi which costs about 12 Euros one way. My wife, who loves spotless new hotels, found it rather eccentric but the interesting gardens and animals won her over. The staff are friendly and helpful too. Perhaps the only downside is that due to it's small size maybe Torre di Bellosguardo doesn't have it's own restaurant although meals are available brought in from one nearby.

  • Stayed: June 2013, travelled as a couple
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Belflorence, Owner at Torre Di Bellosguardo, responded to this reviewResponded 25 June 2013

Dear Guest,
Thank you for writing about us. I am glad that in the end your wife was won over even if she prefers modern hotels.

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Additional Information about Torre Di Bellosguardo

Address: Via Roti Michelozzi 2, 50124, Florence, Italy
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Region: Italy > Tuscany > Province of Florence > Florence
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Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#6 Romantic Hotel in Florence
#9 Family Hotel in Florence
#15 Luxury Hotel in Florence
#95 Business Hotel in Florence
Price Range: £237 - £322 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Torre Di Bellosguardo 4*
Number of rooms: 16
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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