Italy is famous for its magnificent Tuscan
villas, some of them dating back to the Renaissance. Many remain in
private hands, others are now museums and institutes, and a few
have been converted into hotels that preserve not only the
structure but also some of the ambience of life in a great country
house. Here we present four of the most attractive villa hotels
in Tuscany, all within easy reach of
Florence and Sienna.
Villa Le Barone near Panzano in Chianti
Le Barone was built in the middle ages on the remains of a
Roman fort as a baronial defence tower in Tuscany, hence the name "Le Barone".
During the 16 C, it was bought by the Florentine della Robbia family of
ceramicists and was restored after the First World War by Marchesa Maria Bianca Viviani della Robbia,
first as a Tuscan wine estate and later as a hotel. Great care has been taken to retain the character of a private
residence with cheerful bedrooms and sitting rooms, antique furniture, paintings, books and family heirlooms.
Villa Le Barone offers 28 individually decorated rooms. There is
swimming pool and tennis court, as well as the guests'
restaurant, a television lounge and terraces with panoramic
views. More about Hotel Villa Le Barone.
Bordoni Hotel and Restaurant near Greve in Chianti
Villa Bordoni luxury country hotel
provides four star accommodation with a gourmet restaurant and
a wine cellar,
a swimming pool and extensive garden. The 18th century
Villa Bordoni was restored as a boutique hotel in 2005 by
David Gardner, the founder and owner of the successful Florentine restaurants ‘Baldovino’ and ‘Beccofino’. Villa Bordoni offers
three suites, one cottage and six double bedrooms, and has
a fine gardens and several hectares of olive groves surrounding it.
Villa Bordoni Luxury Hotel.
Gamberaia at Settignano on the outskirts of Florence
Gamberaia is one of the most famous of the Tuscan historical
villas. The villa was constructed in the early 1600s and is noted for its magnificent
gardens. Villa Gamberaia is located in the Tuscan hills on the
outskirts of Florence at Settignano, about fifteen minutes by car from the
centre of the city, in an exceptional position overlooking the Arno valley. The unique garden plan and setting in the Tuscan landscape have been celebrated by architectural historians and garden designers throughout the centuries.
Now it is possible to stay in the villa itself or in the
farmhouses within the grounds, in magnificently furnished suites
and apartments. More about a
vacation at Villa Gamberaia.
Relais and Spa near Panzano in Chianti
Vitigliano Relais and Spa is a unique private hotel with spa, wellness and fitness facilities, located near
Chianti, almost exactly halfway between the art cities of Florence and Siena, in Tuscany, Italy.
Vitigliano offers seven spacious and luxurious suites that can be rented individually or all together. All guests have access to the
15 m swimming pool, hammam and wellness treatment
opportunities, as well as the gourmet chef. Vitigliano offers the perfect ambience for those who appreciate exclusivity, ecological sustainability and healthy living, and who place value on personal service of the highest level for very special family or friends get-togethers, management meetings and retreats (sport, yoga, well-being).
More about Vitigliano
luxury vacation accommodation and spa in Tuscany.
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