Spectacular and stimulating, Florence can become busy during summer - as well as baking hot in those beautiful, but exposed, piazzas. So for many years seasoned travellers have chosen to stay outside the centre of town in one of the best off-centre hotels in Florence.
As well as being your haven from the crowds and the heat, many of the hotels on our Guru’s list of the best off-centre hotels in Florence have breathtaking views of the city. And because of this city’s lovely rural-urban feel, some of the properties on the list feel like they’re deep in the Tuscan countryside while really they’re only around 30minutes stroll from the Duomo.
Our Guru’s list of the best off-centre hotels in Florence includes a monastery with a Michelin star, an artist’s retreat on the River Arno and several properties with frescoed ceilings and wonderful art upon the walls. Choosing one of these best off-centre hotels in Florence also means you’ll get a bit more for your euro, and there are some great value options both for couples and families.
The Villa Antea is an elegant villa in a peaceful residential part of north Florence with ending lanes, historic villas and its own river. The rooms are spacious, with large windows, parquet floors and antique furniture.
The Marignolle Relais & Charme is a private retreat surrounded by rolling Tuscan hills, but also only 15minutes from Florence. There are ten chic rooms with fine fabrics and nice antiques, plus a pool and beautiful gardens. There are wonderful walks all around and they run cooking classes out of the hotel.
The Riva Lofts offer views of the River Arno, but sufficiently far out of the centre of town for it to feel you’re staying in an urban retreat. Each of these chic lofts have been designed by Claudio Nardi in cutting edge style, and you’re welcomed to relax by the pool, in the lounge or the gardens or throw a casual dinner party in your loft, it’s your home from home. Vintage-style bikes are on hand for visiting the centre of town.
The Villa San Michele, with its Michelangelo facade, started life in the 15th Century as a monastery, but is now a luxurious 46 room boutique hotel. The wonderful decor has an old world elegance, there’s a Michelin starred restaurant and the immaculate gardens offer views over Florence.
Il Salviatino is an extremely romantic, extremely luxurious 15th Century palazzo conversion in the hills above Florence. The 45 rooms and suites are lavish, with vaulted ceilings and oak floors and there’s a spa, a choice of restaurants and some spectacular valley views.
Or, if you’d prefer your historic villa just five minutes drive from the centre of Florence, then the Villa Tolomei may be for you. It’s a small five star hotel, set in 20 peaceful hectares of olive groves and vineyards, with wonderful gardens, a lovely pool and spa and a fantastic Tuscan restaurant.
The Villa Mangiacane is a five star villa with a collection of 27 romantic rooms and suites. Some of the rooms have four-poster beds, fireplaces and mezzanine levels. All of them have huge bathtubs, butler service and stunning views over the vineyards and grounds of the villa. There’s also a pampering spa a great restaurant.
Once a private home, the Torre di Bellosguardo is a beautiful villa which overlooks Florence from its hilltop position. If you appreciate palatial rooms with wonderful frescoed ceilings and four poster beds then this might be the place for you.
The Villa le Piazzole is a wonderful old country house turned apartment and villa collection. There are 14 apartments or villas, all of them with elegant interiors - think stone floors, four-poster beds and art on the walls - and a restaurant and pool. Though they also offer self catering.
The Villa Fiesole is a charming, traditional villa in the hills overlooking Florence. There are 32 rooms, all with parquet floors, and creamy, neutral decor, and a restaurant, terraces and a swimming pool. With a room rate which starts from less than £85 per night.
A charming 15th Century monastery adorned with Michelangelo facade, turned luxurious boutique hotel. The chic rooms exude old world elegance and style. Enjoy fine dining at the Michelin starred restaurant or overlooking Florence from the immaculate gardens. Totally unique.
Extremely luxurious, extremely romantic. A 15th century palazzo set in the hills above Florence. Lavish bedrooms and suites with oak floors, vaulted ceilings, and artworks. A spa, restaurants, and spectacular valley views.
Breathtakingly beautiful villa, previously a private home, overlooking Florence from its hilltop perch. Desperately romantic with a warm and informal atmosphere. Enormous rooms and suites with frescoed ceilings and four poster beds.
Tranquil bed and breakfast in a lovely villa with elegant interiors in the north of the city. Spacious rooms with large sash windows, parquet flooring and antique furniture. Charming, good value and family run. In a great location for an authentic stay outside of the tourist area.
A Five Star luxury villa just outside Florence. Romantic bedrooms and suites, a pampering spa, fantastic food and wine tasting. Guest rooms have four poster beds, fireplaces, mezzanine levels, big bath tubs and a butler service. Stunning views over vineyards below. Ideal for couples or honeymooners.
A wonderfully private relaxed Tuscan retreat. Chic rooms, feature fine fabrics and antique furnishings. The outdoor pool and beautiful gardens make this a ideal spot for relaxation. Enjoy an expansive breakfast on the veranda, cooking classes from expect chefs and proximity to local medieval towns.
A beautiful old Italian country house converted into a range of apartments and villas. Panoramic views of the countryside around. Elegant interiors have stone floors, four poster beds, and paintings on the walls. Restaurant, pool, and self-catering. A perfect choice for a family.
Claudio Nardi's artist studio turned laid-back urban retreat, overlooking the Arno River. The chic lofts exude comfort and bold contemporary design. Vintage-style bicycles are available for whizzing into Florence city centre. Designer chic, a tranquil haven from the hustle bustle.
14th century frescoed villa five minutes from the centre of Florence. Villa Tolomei is a Five Star hotel set in a peaceful 20 hectares with olives groves and vineyards, a spa, outdoor pool, lovely gardens and a wonderful restaurant. Beautiful views overlooking the city.
A lovely traditional villa in the hills overlooking Florence. Traditional rooms with parquet floors, fireplaces, creamy hues, and private balconies. Restaurant, meeting room, terraces and swimming pool. Great value, very romantic.