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10 Best Tuscan Hotels for Food and Wine

There are so many reasons to visit Tuscany. What with the Uffizi and its art treasures, those rolling hills dotted with medieval hilltop towns, and the beyond romantic towns and cities with their central squares and glorious churches. And, while for some visitors, the delicious gelato eaten in front of the tower of Pisa, the fanatic Chianti sipped on a sunny terrace looking out from beautiful San Gimignano, or the perfect coffee to accompanied ones musing over David, are a very pleasant bonus, for some of us they’re one of the main reasons to visit Tuscan. Because Tuscany is delicious!

Conti di San Bonifacio

You might want to delve deep into the flavours of the local Montepulciano and Montalcino wines, or learn about the ‘Super-Tuscans’ from those who know them best. Or you might what to dive deep into the Ribollita or Pappa al Pomodoro, or even just the region’s olive oils - and possibly take home a few recipes of your own? Well our list of the 10 best Tuscany hotels for food and wine is a great place to start planning, and drooling, over your Tuscan travel plans. We’ve included some of the best Tuscan hotels for food, and some of the top wine hotels in Tuscany, but also the best vineyard hotels in Tuscany too.

The Best Vineyard Hotels in Tuscany

The Castello di Vicarello is one of the best luxury hotels in the Tuscan countryside, a seven room castle hotel with panoramic views over its own working vineyards. The decor is Italianate opulence: traditional and romantic, and there’s a top of the range spa and pool and a restaurant serving local sourced regional cuisine.

Castello di Vicarello

Conti di San Bonifacio is a stunning, five room Tuscan farmhouse renovation set in the hills above its own wine estate. Expect four-poster beds, furniture throws, marble bathrooms, fireplaces and terraces, and an infinity pool with incredible views. And of course fantastic food and wine.

Conti di San Bonifacio

The Best Tuscan Hotels For Food, Wine and Views

Montepulciano is a big name in Italian wine, and this gorgeously cobbled, Medieval hilltop town bats above its weight in the calibre of its restaurants too. The Locanda di San Francesco is a great gourmet restaurant in the centre of town, with just four rustic chic rooms - all with fabulous views over the surrounding countryside. Their wine tasting events are excellent too…

Locanda di San Francesco

The Villa Campestri Olive Oil Resort is another treat for anyone who appreciates the pleasure of great food against a great view. This country house estate is certainly one of the best hotels in the Tuscan hills and has a range of rooms, suites, family suites, and apartments, all decorated with antiques and killim rugs, with glorious views over cypresses and olive groves. They offer cooking classes too.

Villa Campestri Olive Oil Resort

If you’re here to learn how to cook like the Tuscans consider staying at the Tenuta San Pietro, a small gourmet hotel with just ten rooms. Its location is superb, just outside Lucca, and surrounded by olive groves and vineyards. And the interiors of this 16th century farmhouse are lovingly restored, yet still charmingly rustic. They also run art classes.

Tenuta San Pietro

The Best Tuscan Hotels For Food, Wine and Luxury

One of Tuscany’s finest hotels, Il Falconiere is all calm sophistication, elegance and superb service. Its Michelin-starred restaurant, where you can also take cooking classes or wine tastings, is set on a lovely romantic terrace with views over the surrounding countryside. The pool and spa are completely charming too.

Il Falconiere

We also like Florence’s Villa Tolomei, which is an elegant, 14th century villa converted into a 31 room retreat, surrounded by gardens, olive groves, vineyards and an outdoor pool, yet just five minutes from the centre of Florence. The views over the city are peaceful, and the restaurant is wonderful.

Villa Tolomei

The Best Tuscan Hotels For Food, Wine and Romance

The Villa di Piazzano was built by the Medici family as a hunting lodge, just outside of Cortona, and is now a magical, family-run hotel with 21 romantic rooms, a beautiful pool and Italianate gardens and a restaurant serving excellent Tuscan food and wine. They have an excellent cellar and run cooking classes too…

Villa di Piazzano

La Bandita Townhouse in Pienza is a sophisticated, ten room townhouse with a modern Italian restaurant that people have been known to refer to as ‘divine’. The decor is minimalist: think exposed brickwork, whitewashed walls, angular four-poster beds and stand along baths.

La Bandita Townhouse

The Best Tuscan Hotels For Food, Wine and Great Value

The Relais Villa Baldelli is a striking country house hotel just outside Cortona. Its 15 rooms are traditionally decorated and quite romantic. And there’s a restaurant where they offer cooking classes and wine tastings, plus an enormous pool and lush gardens. And the room rate starts from under £90 per night.

Relais Villa Baldelli

In the heart of Renaissance Pienza, Il Chiostro di Pienza is a former monastery, overlooking the peaceful Orcia valley. Bedrooms are graceful and simple with tiled floors and raftered or arched ceilings. Dine in the cloisters and relax in the pool with those lovely views.

Il Chiostro di Pienza

If you haven’t found the perfect Tuscan hotel on our list of the 10 best Tuscan Hotels for food and wine you could:

The 10 Best Tuscan Hotels for Food and Wine

  • Castello di Vicarello 7 rooms from £554

    Tuscany

    A highly luxurious boutique hotel perched on a hilltop with panoramic views over its own vineyards. Romantic rooms and suites have traditional decoration and Italianate opulence. A top of the range spa, fabulous regional cuisine fresh from the garden, and a pool. Glorious, rural, romantic.

    Views  -  Stunning valley views of the vineyards beyond.
    Romantic  -  Rural romance and glorious countryside.
    Spa breaks
    Romantic Break
    Recommended by  -  Mr & Mrs Smith, I Escape
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  • Conti di San Bonifacio 5 rooms from £183

    Gavorrano Grosseto, Tuscany

    Stunning Tuscan farmhouse renovation set in hills overlooking its wine estate. Superbly luxurious rooms and suites with four poster beds, fur throws, marble bathrooms, fireplaces and terraces. Fantastic food, infinity pool, wine tasting and endless views. Utterly romantic.

    Honeymoons
    Romantic Break
    Luxury
    Sights nearby  -  Explore the mediaeval hilltop villages of the Maremma region
    Recommended by  -  Mr & Mrs Smith, Tablet
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  • Locanda di San Francesco 4 rooms from £175

    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.

    Foodies
    Sights nearby  -  Located in the centre of historic Montepulciano
    Views  -  Wonderful views across the Val d'Orcia
    Great walks  -  Good for walkers.
    Recommended by  -  I Escape
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  • Il Falconiere 22 rooms from £378

    Cortona, Tuscany

    Romantic setting for food lovers. Dine at a Micehlin-starred restaurant in a stunning 17th Century Tuscan manor. Beautiful, spacious rooms are a perfect blend of homely meets luxury. Relax by the pool or at the spa. Dining is top class plus you can take part in cooking classes and wine tasting.

    Sights nearby  -  Take a picnic to Lake Trasimeno and spend a summers day in the water.
    Cooking classes  -  On site cookery school, led by Chef and owner Silvia Baracchi.
    Swimming Pool  -  Indoor Pool
    Full of character
    Recommended by  -  I Escape, Tablet, Relais & Chateaux
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  • Villa Campestri Olive Oil Resort 14 rooms from £112

    Vicchio di Mugello, Tuscany

    Gorgeous country house olive estate in the Tuscan hills. Timeless rooms, suites, family suites, and apartments have canopied beds, killim rugs, antique artworks and glorious views over cypresses and olive groves. Excellent restaurant, art and cookery classes.

    Groups  -  Group bookings are popular, a great place to spend time with friends.
    Families  -  Rooms can fit 5 with an extra bed on the ground floor of the villa.
    Great walks  -  Wide selection of walks on the doorstep
    Sights nearby  -  Explore the Mugello Valley
    Recommended by  -  Sawdays
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  • Villa Tolomei 31 rooms from £149

    Florence

    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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  • La Bandita Townhouse 10 rooms from £171

    Pienza, Tuscany

    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.

    Honeymoons
    Foodies
    City Style
    Sights nearby  -  Situated right in the heart of Unesco-listed Pienza.
    Recommended by  -  CN Traveller, Mr & Mrs Smith, I Escape
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  • Tenuta San Pietro 10 rooms from £149

    Lucca

    A small gourmet hotel with rustic rooms, sweeping valley views, an olive farm and surrounding vineyard. Bedrooms with stone walls, wooden beams, and private terraces. Fabulous food, cookery lessons, and art classes. An excellent choice for an active gourmet holiday.

    Exclusive offer  -  Easter at San Pietro
    Foodies
    Sights nearby  -  Not far from Lucca. The hotel provides a free shuttle service to and from the town
    Cooking classes  -  One day classes or cooking holidays available
    Views  -  Great views from hotel
    Recommended by  -  I Escape, Johansens, Tablet
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  • Villa di Piazzano 21 rooms from £156

    Cortona (Tuscany)

    This former Medici hunting lodge is now a magical Tuscan family-run hotel. Retreat to the romantic rooms, relax by the pool, stroll around the beautiful gardens, and feast on delicious Tuscan food and wine. The perfect country escape for all to explore Tuscany. Foodies will love the cooking classes.

    Great walks  -  The Umbrian countryside is simply stunning and offers plenty of walking trails.
    Sights nearby  -  Hop in the car to Lake Trasimeno. Take a picnic and make a day out of it.
    Cooking classes  -  Cooking classes avalaible for all guests. Enquire before arrival.
    Swimming Pool  -  Outdoor Pool
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  • Il Chiostro di Pienza 37 rooms from £75

    Pienza, Tuscany

    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.

    Romantic Break  -  Candlelight meals on the rooftop, lazy days by the pool and magnificant suites, some featuring original ceiling frescoes.
    Local exploring  -  Right in the centre of this ancient and orginal example of Rennaissance townplanning, explore and soak up the history.
    Sights nearby  -  In the historic central square of Pienza, only 100m from the famed Pienza Cathedral
    Great walks  -  The Tuscan hillsides and vineyards make for some spectacular walking.
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Written by Kat Parr Mackintosh

posted Saturday, 10th November
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