The 10 Best Hotels in the Hills of Florence

Villa San Michele

Spectacular, stimulating Florence is surrounded on three sides by hills, planted with olive groves and vineyards, and dotted with beautiful villas. During Florence’s busiest, hottest months our Guru’s recommendations for the best hotels in the hills of Florence offer respite from the heat and the crowds - especially those with their own pools and spas. From many you can see the city - from a shaded terrace - and it's quite common for them to offer a shuttle service into town and back, so you can still put in a whole day sightseeing.

Villa Tolomei

Some of our Guru’s recommendations are so close to the Centro Storico that you can walk to the Duomo in little more than half an hour. Though with their gardens and orchards they feel as if they’re deep in the Tuscan countryside.

The 10 Best Hotels in the Hills of Florence

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Villa San Michele

  • 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. 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.

Hotels with Spectacular Views of Florence

Villa Mangiacane

  • 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.

Retreat to the Hills of Florence!

Marignolle Relais Charme

  • The Marignolle Relais & Charme is a private retreat surrounded by rolling Tuscan hills, but also only 15 minutes from central Florence. There are ten classically styled rooms with fine fabrics and antiques, plus a pool and beautiful gardens. There are wonderful walks all around and they run cooking classes for when you get bored of the culture in town!

The Best Value Hotels in the Hills of Florence

Villa Fiesole

  • 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, plus a restaurant, terraces and a swimming pool. With a room rate which starts from €99 per night including breakfast.

If you haven’t found your idea of the perfect place to stay in Florence on our Guru's list of the 10 best hotels in the Hills of Florence you could:

The 10 Best Hotels in the Hills of Florence

  • Villa San Michele, Florence 46 rooms from £688

    Florence (Tuscany)

    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.

    Romantic Break  -  A historic hotel oozing romance from every pore with deep soaking tubs, palatial fourposters and balconies overlooking the city.
    Foodies  -  From the stunning menuat the the Michelin-starred Oro Restaurant, to the private cookery school, this is foodie heaven.
    Cooking classes  -  Learn to master your favourite dishes from the hotels menu at the internationally recognised cookery school.
    Local markets  -  A free shuttle service runs to La Reppublica Square in central Florence, enjoy the best of Tuscan shopping.
    Recommended by  -  Frommers, Kiwi Collection, Tablet
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  • Il Salviatino 45 rooms from £266

    Florence (Fiesole)

    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.

    Views  -  Stunning views of Florence and the Tuscan countryside
    Romantic Break
    Cooking classes  -  Cookery lessons available for adults and children
    Recommended by  -  Mr & Mrs Smith, Tablet
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  • Villa Tolomei 31 rooms from £149


    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.

    Outstanding location  -  In a tranquil setting, the beauiful cty of Florence with its exceptional churches, galleries, art and shopping is close by
    Restaurant  -  The Il Conventino a Marignolle restaurant, offers exquisite Tuscan cuisine using fresh produce from the estate
    Views  -  Fantastic views over Florence and the Arno Valley
    Sit-out Terrace
    Recommended by  -  Tablet
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  • Villa Mangiacane 27 rooms from £262

    San Casciano in Val di Pesa (San Casciano In Val di Pesa Firenze)

    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.

    Romantic Break  -  With in room baths, private dining and many acitivities couples would enjoy this property is perfect for a romantic break.
    Romantic  -  Superbly romantic bedrooms, decoration, and location.
    Views  -  Stunning valley views.
    5* Luxury  -  Very high service standards.
    Recommended by  -  Kiwi Collection, Small Luxury Hotels
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  • Torre di Bellosguardo 16 rooms from £140


    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.

    Romantic Break
    Views  -  Stunning views over the city of Florence
    Recommended by  -  Sawdays
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  • Marignolle Relais & Charme 10 rooms from £183

    Florence (Tuscany)

    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 expert chefs and proximity to local medieval towns.

    Exclusive offer  -  Exclusive Advanced Booking Offer
    Local exploring  -  Surrounded by charming countryside and just 15 minutes from Florence- there are exploring opportunitites for all sorts.
    Value chic  -  Wonderfully affordable elegantly decorated rooms feature parquet floors, rich tapestries, and antique furniture.
    Great walks  -  Take a post breakfast stroll around the fragrant gardens, or head out to explore the olive groves and rolling Tuscan hills.
    Cooking classes  -  Paola runs fantastic Tuscan cooking lessons with daughter Silvia, learn to whip up your favourite dishes.
    Recommended by  -  I Escape, Sawdays
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  • Villa Fiesole 32 rooms from £87


    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.

    Romantic Break
    Swimming Pool  -  Outdoor pool heated in September and October
    Sights nearby  -  Only 15 minutes from the centre of Florence
    Views  -  Great views from hotel
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Written by Kat Parr Mackintosh

posted Wednesday, 26th June 2019