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.
- 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