WELCOME TO TUSCANY
Tuscany, like a fine wine, has been some time in the making…
Tuscany is a region in central Italy. Its capital, Florence, is home to some of the world’s most recognizable Renaissance art and architecture, including Michelangelo’s “David” statue, Botticelli’s works in the Uffizi Gallery and the Duomo basilica. Its diverse natural landscape encompasses the rugged Apennine Mountains, the island of Elba’s beaches on the Tyrrhenian Sea and Chianti’s olive groves and vineyards.
From the Etruscans to the Romans to the Renaissance, Tuscany is possibly the greatest repository of art in the world, from extraordinary paintings and sculpture to frescoes and architectural masterpieces.
Visitors to Tuscany come for many reasons. Many come in search of fine art, others to explore the extraordinary countryside. Gourmets and wine buffs descend on Tuscany to enjoy the simple yet wonderful cuisine and wine. Walkers enjoy the mountain paths, cyclists the rolling hills, summer vacationers the sea coast and islands. Students come to learn the beautiful Italian language and culture. Tuscany houses many museums with masterpieces by the greatest artists of all time, from Leonardo da Vinci and Michelangelo, to Botticelli, Giotto and Donatello. Depending on your interests in history, art or sculpture – Tuscany has it all, spanning across time, styles and periods. Below, a list of the top museums in Tuscany that you should not miss!
TUSCANY LUXURY HOTELS
The St. Regis offers a wonderful location on the north bank of the Arno and provides a very pleasant five-star service and all the luxuries you would expect from the brand. The Michelin-starred restaurant is an added bonus.
Situated in central Florence, the scenic St. Regis Florence has been the preferred stop of seasoned travelers since the 18th century. Steps away from iconic landmarks, it offers an unrivaled immersion into the cradle of the Renaissance. Experience myriad storied Florentine aesthetics throughout the hotel’s decidedly modern amenities and services.
There are marble hallways, coffered frescoed ceilings, a mix of antique and custom-made furnishings, vast gilt mirrors and magnificent Murano glass chandeliers, but don’t expect it to be at all stuffy; there is a cool, hip edge to the place and a jazzy soundtrack sets the scene as soon as you walk through the revolving door.
The art of Renaissance and the art of hospitality combined in a masterpiece of exclusive living.
The 200 square meters Presidential Suite located in the sumptuous front of the prestigious Renaissance Palace offers a unique view on the Arno River and the city’s legendary art treasures. The one of a kind suite enriched with refined furniture and antique artworks is decorated in the prestigious Medici style and features a dining room area seating up to 8 people for your private entertaining.
A spacious master bedroom offers a breath taking view over Tuscany’s timeless attractions as the Ponte Vecchio and offers access to a world unlike any other. The spacious master bedroom is furnished with a king size bed outfitted with 250-thread count, pure cotton St. Regis sheets.The suite is equipped with Flat screen LCD televisions, individual climate control, Italian marble bathrooms, Bose Radio, iPod docking stations and High speed wireless Internet access. Luxurious marble bathrooms include a deep soaking tub and double vanity and separate shower. Premier Acqua di Parma bath amenities provide guests with soothing fragrances.
A separate powder room is at the disposal of the guest. Bespoke personalized service by the St. Regis Butler, creates the finest experience with no details over looked. One additional bedroom can be connected to the master suite.
Fashion victims can book into the top floor Presidential Suite; Keith Richards and Madonna have both laid their little heads here recently.
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Modern luxury meets Renaissance splendour
Today, Belmond Villa San Michele is recognised as one of the country’s finest small boutique hotels. Stroll in the Italian gardens, bursting with lemon trees and fragrant roses, and savour superb Tuscan cuisine on the alfresco loggia as if in a private home.
Surrounded by lush trees and terraced gardens with views down to Florence, our location is hard to beat. Step inside and experience the beauty of a Renaissance monastery that is as much a part of Italy’s culture as the country’s greatest cathedrals and galleries. Explore the wooded hillside just below the ancient village of Fiesole less than five miles north of the centre of Florence.
The hotel offers restrained good taste rather than flashy luxury. It occupies a former Franciscan monastery dating from the 15th century (the weathered, porticoed façade is said to be by Michelangelo). As you would expect from a Belmond property, services and facilities are superb and include a well-established cooking school. The immaculate, terraced gardens are a delight and the panoramic pool — set in a green lawn at the top of the property — is a real boon in hot weather
here are plenty of child-friendly extras such as toys on beds and child-sized robes and slippers. The ‘Kid’s Club’ organises activities from June-September. Cooking and gardening lessons, pizza-baking classes, rafting on the Arno and a Circus Academy. Half portions are available at the pool restaurant. Many of the garden rooms and suites are interconnecting
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Florence’s most lavish hotel is housed in a magnificent Renaissance palazzo and set in 11 acres of mature gardens.
Stroll the city’s biggest private garden – a tranquil haven of statues, fountains and centuries-old trees – or retire to your suite where frescoes line the walls amid original architectural features. Our historic Hotel, with its Michelin-starred Italian restaurant and a locally inspired Spa where you can spend afternoons in pure indulgence, is just steps away from the cultural heart of Florence.
Well-removed from the tourist hordes, it offers superb resort facilities and the sort of polished service you would expect from the Four Seasons brand. Florence’s Four Seasons is housed in Renaissance-era Palazzo della Gherardesca and La Villa, a 16th-century convent building across the garden. It is a luxury hotel in the grand style, a living museum of eye-popping works of art and original architectural details that greet you the moment you step through the front door into the lobby, a loggia decorated with an original bas-relief frieze and stucco work. Four Seasons favourite Pierre-Yves Rochon (who designed the George V in Paris) did the interiors which does have a whiff of Old Paris about it, in the best possible way.
Children of all ages are all welcome here, and aside from the huge, inviting garden and pool, there are all sorts of special facilities and services for children. The Kids’ Club (open in summer months) allows parents to go off and visit museums in peace, and play areas in the garden offer climbing frames, slides, swings and ping pong. There are children’s and teens’ menus in all the restaurants and special treatments for young guests in the spa.
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A historic hotel with a prime position between the Duomo and the Ponte Vecchio, and a young, fresh vibe.
The Savoy lies at the very heart of the city overlooking café-lined Piazza della Republic. The Duomo and Ponte Vecchio is a short stroll to the south. This is prime retail territory; the elegant designer stores of Via Tornabuoni are a couple of blocks to the west, while more accessible high street fashion boutiques fan out to the east and the San Lorenzo market lies just to the north. Palazzo Strozzi, with its rotating roster of excellent exhibitions, lies just across the piazza.
The Savoy sees the first-time collaboration between Olga Polizzi, Director of Design for Rocco Forte Hotels and Laudemia Pucci, daughter of the legendary designer Emilio Pucci. Pucci’s influence is immediately apparent in the lobby where jazzy fabrics in typically bright colours jump out at you against cool, white paintwork and a pale marble floor. A specially designed Pucci scarf, in fuchsia and bright blue, features on the table tops of the restaurant terrace. Beyond the lobby area, the hotel has a more classic feel which Polizzi has ratcheted up with the use of gorgeous Italian fabrics, locally crafted cabinets and custom-made soft furnishings.
Presidential Suite, the best rooms in the house are the fourth floor Grand View suites with sitting rooms and panoramic outlooks. Connecting rooms and the larger suites are ideal for families and there are all sorts of special activities and services for children. There are mini bathrobes and slippers and children’s toiletries too. Cultural activities include a ‘Pinocchio Experience’ and treasure hunts in the Uffizi.
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TUSCANY LUXURY PRIVATE HOMES
One of the oldest and best-preserved estates in Tuscany, Rosewood Castiglion del Bosco is a celebration of Italian heritage and natural beauty.
One of the oldest and best-preserved estates in Tuscany, Rosewood Castiglion del Bosco is located in Montalcino, Tuscany, in the heart of the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Val d’Orcia. The property offers 23 suites and 11 luxury villas, as well as a spa, winery and vineyards. The Club, a private golf course and clubhouse set within the estate, is reserved for members only.
At Rosewood Castiglion del Bosco, it took a few years of welcoming guests and refining how best to communicate our estate’s uniquely Tuscan spirit for us to fully realise that villas are homes – and that means home cooking. Of course you can order in; but room service is never quite going to reproduce the scent of freshly-grated truffles on a twirl of pasta strands straight from the pan, or the aroma of a slow-braised roast as your own private chef takes it, still sizzling, from the oven.
In order to allow guests to appreciate to the full the warmth and intimacy of our Tuscan villas, we have designed a range of made-to-measure dining, catering and bar services, all available on a daily basis
Located at the heart of the Borgo in the estate’s former wine cellars, The Spa at Rosewood Castiglion del Bosco is a heaven of serenity, suffused in earth tones and natural hues. With its sauna, steam bath, relaxation area and lush private garden, this refuge offers rest and rejuvenation for body and soul. The Spa offers two complimentary paths to beauty and rejuvenation. Guests can choose between the face and body treatments of renowned Florentine apothecary Officina Profumo Farmaceutica di Santa Maria Novella, or the anti-ageing products of leading Swiss brand La Prairie.
Taking an holistic approach to complete well-being, the spa promotes beauty, balance and relaxation through cleansing and vitalizing sensations. Your well-being is enhanced by the heat of the sauna and the sublime envelopment of the steam bath, while the relaxation lounge restores balance to the body through infusions.
The countryside of Rosewood Castiglion del Bosco provides an enchanting backdrop for adventure and exploration. Surrounded by green meadows and tall trees, the storybook setting provides a place for children to play, have fun and use their imagination. The family hotel in Tuscany offers a feast of unique programs and family activities. At Kids Club, children participate in absorbing activities and hours of entertainment led by our dedicated staff in a magical atmosphere. The club features cooking workshops and treasure hunts as well as swimming, archery and tennis lessons. Young guests can go horseback riding, explore the woods and attend outdoor fitness sessions. They can also try their hand at photography, have a go at oil painting or study the stars like an astronomer. Access is complimentary. A fun children’s dinner menu can be served upon request.
The beautiful six-bedroom Villa Oddi exudes sophistication and charm. Suffused with natural light, the home’s interiors are spacious and elegantly furnished. The residence features state-of-the-art technology, a private screening theater, a private tennis court, an infinity pool and breathtaking views of Montalcino. Villa Oddi is perfect for a family reunion or as a private business retreat. 466 sq. m. / 5,016 sq. ft.
Villa Biondi is one of the largest and most spacious villas at Rosewood Castiglion del Bosco. It stands on the cypress-lined avenue that runs alongside the golf course. This genuine Tuscan residence offers all of the warmth and intimacy of home, making it ideal for an extended family or group of friends. The two-story retreat also enjoys spectacular sunsets. Approximately 726 sq. m. / 7,815 sq. ft.
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Castello di Velona Resort, Thermal Spa & Winery is a historic building dating back to the eleventh century, located on a hill overlooking the Val d’Orcia.
In the Renaissance the Castle was turned into a residential villa and “Velona” is represented in frescoed maps in the Vatican. Darkness fell over the Castle for many centuries, until 2003, when it was resurrected from the ruins and turned into a luxury Resort by Mr. Gianluca Fabiani.
After falling in love with the property for its beauty, sorroundings and top position, Fabiani personally supervised the restructuring works that retained the original structure of the residence and discovered the Hot Thermal Springs. He used the best of architectural antique and reclaimed stone, cotto floors, limestone, travertine and marble elements. Fabiani put in the project his technical skills combined with an incredibly intense passion, the result being the stunning modern-day Castello di Velona Resort.
TERRACE ROYAL APARTMENT – 2 Connecting Rooms: Castle Pool Terrace Suite + Castle Family Suite joined by a staircase with exclusive entrance. The Pool Terrace Suite, 70 square meters, is equipped with all the comforts to ensure you an incredible stay. Located on the ground floor of the Ancient South Tower of the Castle with a large private terrace of 150 square meters. Our Family Suites feature two separated bedrooms a living room and one or two bathrooms.
With the aromas of the herbs and spices and typical colours of the Tuscan countryside, the vineyards and olive groves surrounding the Castle, the Hotel’s wine and food offer fully satisfies the body and soul, both in the rustic Il Brunello in the historical part of the Castle, and in the modern setting of the Settimo SensoRestaurant, created in the new wing.
The rooms inside look onto the Val D’Orcia thanks to the panoramic terracesof the Castle’s two restaurants, one to the east, exposed to the first rays of the sun, the other to the west, pointing towards the sunset. Here guests experience complete sensory emotions, immersed in the silence and romance of the landscape, sampling fine wines and the olive oil produced by the Castle estate, and tasting the specialities of regional Tuscan and Mediterranean Italian cuisine, a blend of creativity in the kitchen and respect for the seasons and for genuine ingredients.
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We can find you the perfect family home for your stay, simply tell us your requirements and we will do the rest.