10 Best Tuscan Hotels for Food and Wine

Castello di Vicarello

There are so many reasons to visit Tuscany. And, while for some visitors, the delicious gelato eaten in front of the tower of Pisa, the superb Chianti sipped on a sunny terrace looking out from beautiful San Gimignano, or the perfect coffee to accompany 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! 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

Conti di San Bonifacio

  • 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.
  • 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.

Hotels For Food, Wine and Views

Locanda di San Francesco

  • 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…
  • 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.
  • 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.

For Food, Wine and Luxury

Castello Banfi il Borgo

  • For a true slice of heaven book a stay at the Castello Banfi Il Borgo. Here you'll find a beautifully restored 13th century castle which now offers fourteen luxurious rooms and suites, plus fabulous restaurants (both fine dining and more relaxed) and all surrounded by its very own award winning wine estate.
  • 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.
  • 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.

For Food, Wine and Romance

Villa di Piazzano

  • 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…
  • 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.

For Great Value

Relais Villa Baldelli

  • 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.
  • 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.

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 Banfi il Borgo Tuscany 14 rooms from £364

    Foodies  -  Fantastic traditional Tuscan dishes and an Enoteca stocking wine from the 7000 acre wine estate.
    Good wine list  -  The castle has its own vineyard which produces award-winning wines.
    Romantic  -  Utterly romantic in location, decoration, and ambience.
    Views  -  Panoramic views of the hotel's vineyards around.
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    Recommended by  -  Kiwi Collection

    An award-winning Tuscan boutique hotel with serious joie de vivre. A stunning 13th-century castle and wine estate with traditional romantic interiors, gourmet Tuscan cuisine, an enoteca, and heated pool. Luxurious rooms and suites have arched ceilings, four poster beds, and stunning views. See More

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  • Castello di Vicarello Tuscany 7 rooms from £772

    Views  -  Stunning valley views of the vineyards beyond.
    Romantic  -  Rural romance and glorious countryside.
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    Recommended by  -  Mr & Mrs Smith, I Escape

    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. See More

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  • Conti di San Bonifacio Gavorrano Grosseto, Tuscany 5 rooms from £321

    Romantic Break
    Sights nearby  -  Explore the mediaeval hilltop villages of the Maremma region
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    Recommended by  -  Mr & Mrs Smith, Tablet

    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. See More

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  • Locanda di San Francesco Montepulciano Siena, Tuscany 4 rooms from £174

    Sights nearby  -  Located in the centre of historic Montepulciano
    Views  -  Wonderful views across the Val d'Orcia
    Local markets  -  Good for local colour.
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    Recommended by  -  I Escape

    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. See More

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  • Il Falconiere Cortona, Tuscany 22 rooms from £378

    Foodies  -  Enjoy one of the 'Cooking under the Tuscan Sun' gourmet cooking courses.
    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.
    Restaurant  -  Restaurant holds one Michelin Star.
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    Recommended by  -  I Escape, Tablet, Relais & Chateaux

    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. See More

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  • Villa Campestri Olive Oil Resort Vicchio di Mugello, Tuscany 14 rooms from £164

    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.
    Restaurant  -  Tuscan cuisine with a focus on olive oil
    Great walks  -  Wide selection of walks on the doorstep
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    Recommended by  -  Sawdays

    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. See More

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  • Villa Tolomei Florence 31 rooms from £199

    Country Escape  -  Set in the picturesque Tuscan countryside yet with easy access to Florence, this property gives the best of both worlds
    Foodies  -  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
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    Recommended by  -  Tablet

    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. See More

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  • La Bandita Townhouse Pienza, Tuscany 12 rooms from £282

    Foodies  -  Home to a laid-back Tuscan restaurant with locally sourced produce and great wines, this hotel works well for foodies
    Hideaway  -  Offering quiet rooms in a picturesque Tuscan village, book this hotel for an idyllic hideaway holiday
    Romantic Break  -  With well-appointed suites and romantic soaking tubs, book this hotel for a tranquil couples' getaway
    Great walks  -  See the sights of UNESCO heritage village Pienza on a long walk; ask your host for local tips
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    Recommended by  -  CN Traveller, Mr & Mrs Smith, I Escape

    Sophisticated townhouse oozing contemporary chic with a fantastic restaurant. Minimalist bedrooms and suites have exposed brickwork, white washed walls, wooden four poster beds and stand alone bath tubs. Fresh modern Italian food with daily a changing menu. Contemporary townhouse vibe. See More

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  • Tenuta San Pietro Lucca 10 rooms from £134

    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
    Restaurant  -  Serving regional and Mediterranean cuisine
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    Recommended by  -  I Escape, Tablet

    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. See More

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  • Villa di Piazzano Cortona (Tuscany) 28 rooms from £356

    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.
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    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. See More

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  • Il Chiostro di Pienza Pienza, Tuscany 37 rooms from £111

    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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    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. See More

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Written by Kat Parr Mackintosh

posted Wednesday, 8th January 2020