There’s no end to fantastic places to stay in Tuscany, the main challenge is choosing exactly where you want to be based. The hills have their charms and our Gurus have put together a useful list of the best hotels in rural Tuscany, but there’s also a strong argument to be based in a town - or even a smaller town, where there’s cafes, gelaterias, restaurants and transport links if you’re travelling without a car. So our Gurus have helpfully put together a second list of the best hotels in Tuscan towns.
To help with your decision, their list of the best hotels in Tuscan towns only includes properties which are open all year, some of their country cousins close during the winter.
A chic and sophisticated spot, in the heart of vibrant Florence. Personal touches and thoughtful details give this boutique hotel a homely feel, if of course your home could match a five* is comfort and style. The rooftop bar and courtyard dining room are wonderful additions.
Imagine waking up in Piazza della Signoria surrounded by history, comfort, frescoed ceilings, stonewalls, and parquet floors. Highly popular, family run B&B offers the true 'Florence' experience from classic rooms to delicious communal breakfast. A great choice for couples, families and groups.
A concoction of grandeur, elegance and luxury. Sumptuous rooms include stunning floor to ceiling frescoes, terracotta floors, period furniture and artworks. The restaurant is elegant and the menu is dining. Tuscany is on your doorstep: a perfect romantic getaway.
Romantic, stylish hotel furnished with antiques and enjoying splendid views over Siena. Elegant and spacious individually decorated bedrooms with parquet floors, four poster beds, antique furniture and beautiful fabrics. Lovely breakfast terrace. A romantic spot from which to explore Siena.
San Casciano dei Bagni, Tuscany
Prime hilltop location for this colourful hotel overlooking the tiny spa town of San Casciano. Chic contemporary rooms in creams, some with balconies and magnificent views over the medieval landscape. Nearby activities included golf, riding and naturally warm mineral waters. All the family welcomed.
San Gimignano (Tuscany)
15th Century restored townhouse with original terracotta floors, beamed ceilings and delicate frescoes throughout. Romantic bedrooms feature pastel colour schemes, four posters and billowing drapes. Breakfast in bed or in the courtyard - a charming spot for romantics and local exploring.
San Quirico d'Orcia, Tuscany
Traditional 15th Century Tuscan mansion with manicured garden and fountains behind the town walls of San Quirico d'Orcia. Pretty in pink rooms feature four-poster beds and whimsical spiral staircases. There's a cosy lounge with a vaulted roof and open fire plus an excellent restaurant and spa.
Forte dei Marmi (Tuscany)
17th Century Palazzo in the famed marble town of Pietrasanta. Interiors feature delicate frescoes, intricate plasterwork and antiques, as well as the owner’s fine collection of contemporary art. An elegant spot for romantics, great location for exploring and just minutes from the beach.
Bagno Vignoni, Tuscany
A romantic hotel within a medieval village. Unique rooms feature wooden beams, views over the square and terracotta floors. A thermal spa in the village, walking tours, and wine tasting in the surrounds. An enchanting weekend for couples in typical Tuscan style.
Forte dei Marmi (Tuscany)
Five star luxury family friendly property in the glitzy resort of Forte dei Marmi on the Tuscan coast. Forty six sophisticated, airy rooms and suites some with balconies some with balconies looking out to sea. Three restaurants, wellness centre and private beach. Glamourous seaside luxury
Forte dei Marmi
Luxurious beach front hotel with its own private beach club. A classical facade, contemporary designer rooms and suites with private balconies, seafood restaurant, fully equipped spa. Perfect for a beach holiday with all the frills, family friendly too.
Elegance and style are what encompass this fantastic hotel located right on the River Arno. Boutiquey rooms feature unique artworks yet all the amenities of a chain. The best rooms boast terraces overlooking the river. The Borgo San Jacopo Restaurant comes well recommended by all.
Family-run, quiet, and elegant. hotel with stunning views and classic interiors has a history of its own. Old-world elegance - tiled floors, wooden beam, arched ceilings, some with fireplaces - make up the rooms. Manicured garden showcases a fantastic valley view - a romantic spot.
An elegant B&B in central Lucca. Gold and chintz bedrooms and suites, some with private hot tubs and balconies. A great value choice for families or couples.
An magnificent Renaissance Palace, turned luxurious hotel, south of the river. Indulgently large suites are packed with frescoes, elegant antiques and historic charm. Enjoy breakfast in the courtyard or drinks on the rooftop. Manages to retain and enhance the private Palazzo feel.
Former monastery in the heart of Pienza offers elegance and style, with delightful bedrooms in natural tones with tiled floors and arched ceilings. The cloister terrace restaurant serves delicious food and there are beautiful gardens and a pool that overlook the undulating valley. A romantic spot.
A charming guest house with contemporary bedrooms and peaceful garden. Just a short walk from the Piazza Grande and bicycles provided, this is a great spot for local exploring. Close to many local restaurants serving delicious Tuscan cuisine.
Charming B&B located within the town walls. Sophisticated, pretty bedrooms in pastel shades include hand painted murals and plenty of charm. A true breakfast spread is served and restaurants dotted around the historical town. A brilliant Tuscan gem that welcomes couples and families with open arms.
A fantastically placed small hotel in central Lucca. Simple, comfortable rooms and family suites, lovely breakfast courtyard, and friendly hosts. An excellent choice for families. Understated and charming.
18th Century family run B&B, nestled between its own vines and olive groves, on the outskirts of Florence. The warm decor with family antiques and pictures, give a true Italian homely feel. Simple comforts, full of character and a wonderful countryside spot from which to explore the region.
Pisa's Grand Dame directly overlooks the River Arno and is full of mementos from the past and beautiful, decorative public areas. The elegance and grandeur of a bygone era ooze from its very walls. Simple, tasteful rooms. Lovely city and river views from the delightful roof terrace.
Sophisticated townhouse oozing contemporary chic with a fantastic restaurant. Minimalist bedrooms and suites have exposed brickwork, white washed walls, delicate four poster beds and stand alone bath tubs. Divine modern Italian food with daily changing menu. Very grown up & totally laid back.
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.
Montepulciano Siena, Tuscany
A small hotel and restaurant in a charming hilltown. Four rustic chic bedrooms with fabulous views, excellent gourmet restaurant, and lots to do in the surrounding area from wine tasting to local music festivals.