25 of the Best Hotels in Tuscan Towns
There’s no end of fantastic places to stay in Tuscany, the main challenge is choosing exactly where you want to be based. The Tuscan hills certainly 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 - 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, this time of the 25 best hotels in Tuscan Towns.
To help with your decision, our recommendations for the 25 best hotels in Tuscan towns only includes properties which are open all year, some of their country cousins close during the winter.
25 of the Best Hotels in Tuscan Towns
The Best Hotels in Smaller Tuscan Towns
Sette Querce is a colourful hotel overlooking the beautiful, medieval hilltop spa town of San Casino del Bagni. The town is known for its views and for its thermal springs, and we think it’s one of the best Tuscan towns to stay in. And the hotel is known for chic, contemporary, family-friendly rooms decorated in creams and whites.
San Gimignano is small, but in size alone, it’s got quite a reputation and is a memorable stop for many visitors to Tuscany. After hours, however, it’s very quiet, and it starts to feel much more like Tuscany’s other small, beautiful, hilltop towns. Here we recommend L'Antico Pozzo, a carefully restored 15th Century townhouse with original terracotta floors and beamed ceilings, and delicate frescos throughout. There are 18 rooms, the best of which are at the top - the views are incredible.
The Palazzo del Capitano also dates from the 15th century, but this mansion with a manicured garden, complete with fountains, is just within the town walls of San Quirico d’Orcia. The rooms have whimsical spiral staircases and four-poster beds, so this is a romantic spot - there’s quite a bit of pink around too. And a cosy lounge with a vaulted ceiling and an open fire, plus an excellent restaurant and spa.
Tuscany is rich in history and wealthy with charm, and its medieval towns and serene hilltop villages and just rife with elegant, atmospheric places to stay. Many of our suggestions in this list of 25 could feature in this list, but here are some we class as especially historic and charming.
The Albergo Pietrasanta is a stylish conversion of a 17th Century Palazzo in the famed marble town of Pietrasanta. Inside guests discover delicate frescos and intricate plasterwork, interesting antiques - and surprisingly, a very fine collection of contemporary art. And it’s just ten minutes from the beach.
The Grand Hotel Continental in Siena offers a concoction of grandeur, elegant end luxury in a great location close to the Duomo. Some the 51 rooms have stunning floor to ceiling frescoes, as well as having some very nice antiques and art, and the restaurant is excellent. there’s also plenty on offer, from truffle hunting with hounds to hot air ballon rides, to cheese, olive oil and balsamic vinegar tastings in house.
Or, still in Siena, there are the six rooms of the Campo Regio Relais. They’re romantic and stylish, but it’s the incredible views over Siena which will really make your stay. The hotel itself is tucked away down a delightful, narrow alleyway, and the service is very personal. Rooms start from around £170 per night.
The Best Hotels in Tuscan Towns For Luxury Lovers
If you’re looking for luxury hotels in Tuscany then you needn’t restrict your searches to Florence and to the luxury hotels in the Tuscan countryside. There’s a surprising number of five star hotels along Tuscany’s coastline, and some small towns have more than their fair share and glamour and elegance.
The Grand Hotel Imperiale, in the rather glitzy resort of Forte dei Marmi on the Tuscan coast, has 46 airy, sophisticated rooms and suites, some with balconies overlooking the ocean. When it comes to luxurious details they’re offering a private beach, a wellness centre and a choice of three restaurants.
Just outside Forte dei Marmi is the Hotel Byron, also right on the coast, this is a smaller hotel, with 29 rooms, but the restaurant has a Michelin star, the grounds are idyllic, and we think it’s one of the best beach hotels in Tuscany. It’s fun and unfussy, but with all the luxury that really counts.
If you like the sound of seaside luxury you might also be interested in the Grande Hotel Principe di Piemonte, a splendid, 1920s-built charmer right on the seafront in Viareggio. There are 106 rooms and suites split over five floors, with a different decorating scheme on each: Art Deco, Colonial, Empire, Modern or International? There’s also a great spa and a lovely rooftop pool. And you’re just opposite the Excelsior Beach Club, a well groomed sandy beach with all the facilities you might need.
If you were thinking of the hills rather than the sea consider the Fonteverde Tuscan Resort and Spa, a magnificent, 17th century Medici palace turned five star hotel, and thermal spa, in the hills above Siena. The natural hot springs and Renaissance architecture, complete with marble bathrooms and airy suites, make this a memorable stay. Definitely one of the best small luxury hotels in Tuscany. And the food is excellent.
The Most Romantic Hotels in Tuscan Towns
Alla Corte degli Angeli is a charming, upmarket B&B within Lucca’s old town walls - close to the Piazza del Anfiteatro and within a short stroll of several very nice restaurants. There are six rooms, beautiful decorated with wonderful murals - and some are suitable for families as well as couples, and all have jacuzzis.
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…
Once a monastery, Il Chiostro di Pienza is now an elegant, 37 room hotel in the heart of pretty Pienza. The decor is traditional, but in natural colours, against arched ceilings and tiled floors, and there’s an excellent restaurant, beautiful gardens and a pool overlooking the valley below. Sigh.
Just outside Siena is the Palazzo Ravizza, a prettily furnished pensione with bags of old-world elegance and stunning views. Built in the 14th century as a Renaissance palace, this quiet, family-run pensione has retained much of its original characters and is tastefully and traditionally decorated. Rooms start from around £90 per night. And the garden is lovely!
If you’re looking for a small, historic, affordable, yet romantic hotel, it’s hard to go past La locanda del Loggiato, in the charming medieval town of Bagno Vignoni, which is right in amongst the vines of the Brunello wine region. There are just six unique rooms with wood beams and terracotta flooring.
Great Value in Tuscany's Towns
The Casa Della Pia is a chic space in the heart of picture perfect medieval Massa Maritima. The views over the Tuscan landscape are incredible and the decor is comfortable and unfussy. Starting from only €69 per night.
The Casa Mia Suite is a charming, four bedroom guest house just a short stroll from Arezzo’s main square. The decor is contemporary and neutral and there’s a peaceful garden and complimentary bikes! Rooms start from €95 per night including breakfast.
The Palazzo Alexander is an elegant B&B in central Lucca with rooms are beautifully decorated in the noble Lucchese style with original wooden floors, and antiques throughout. The six rooms start from around €79 per night.
The Best Tuscan Towns for Families
In order to recommend the best hotels in Tuscan towns for families, we probably need to think about which are the best Tuscan towns for families to base themselves in when exploring the region.
Florence is never a bad choice, not with the many pedestrianised streets, numerous cafes, markets and impressive squares, but it may surprise you to learn that many of the great museums here have trails or tours for families - and some of them are simply excellent. You might think your children won’t enjoy great art, but you should give them a chance. We think Pisa is great for the same reason - plus, even the really small ones are bound to have heard of the leaning tower.
You might equally want to give them a shot at San Gimignano. It might be busy, but the scale of it - small but with so many impressive towers, is really good for kids. Again, it’s car-free and there are plenty of shops and views.
If you’re looking for something a bit more out of the way the spectacular hilltop town of Pienza is a good choice, there’s a lot to see here and it’s fairly well contained, so you don’t have to walk too far on these car-free streets. This is also a hub of the pecorino trade and there are lots of cheese shops - and lots of friendly people outside offering tasters…
On the outskirts of Florence, the Villa Rucellai, is a family-run B&B carefully converted from an 18th Century villa, and surrounded by it’s own olive groves and grape vines. This feels like a true Italian home, with family heirloom antiques and pictures - this has been the home of the Rucellai family since 1740. The bedrooms are simply furnished but full of character.
The Royal Victoria is a wonderful grand dame of a hotel, perfectly positioned on the banks of the Arno, and a great base for exploring the sights. The elegance and grandeur of a bygone era ooze from its very walls and it’s awash with beautiful antiques, so you might think this isn’t family friendly, but you’re wrong, it’s very welcoming to your ‘smalls’. Plus the views from the roof terrace over the city are wonderful.
The Albergo san Martino is a well positioned, and comfortable hotel in easy-to-love Lucca. The suites are generous and well designed for families, there’s a breakfast courtyard and the hosts are very friendly. And rooms start from €80 per night.
The Best Tuscan Towns for Food and Wine
La Bandita Townhouse in Pienza is a sophisticated, 10 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.
We also like the 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.
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.
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…
If you haven’t found your idea of the best hotels in Tuscan towns on our list then:
- expand your search to include the best hotels in rural Tuscany,
- drill down to the Tuscan region you’re most interested in by using the search box,
- consult our Guru’s Ultimate Guide to the Best Places to Stay in Tuscany,
- or contact one of our friendly Gurus for advice.
The Best Hotels in Tuscan Towns
Grand Hotel Continental, Tuscany 51 rooms from £275Siena, Tuscany
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 Tuscany is on your doorstep: a perfect romantic getaway.Great walks - Explore the Orto Botanico dell'Università di Siena - bontanical gardens kept by the University of Siena.Sights nearby - Steps away from Piazza del Campo and the Duomo.Views - Great views from hotelFull of characterRecommended by - Tablet, Kiwi Collection
Campo Regio Relais 6 rooms from £167Siena, Tuscany
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.Sights nearby - Conveniently located for the Piazza del Campo, one of Europe's most beautiful and architecturally interesting squares.Great walks - Wander around the streets of the Medieval town and absorb the architecture and beauty.Views - Stunning views over the DuomoHouse party feel - Be prepared to meet people.Recommended by - Sawdays
Sette Querce 9 rooms from £123San 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.Sights nearby - Check out the baths of the Bagno Grandethe, the site of the ancient Clausine springs of the Roman imperial era.Great walks - Pick from the many gravel roads branching out from the center of San Casciano and into the Tuscan hillside.Designer - Interiors by owner Daniela and English designer Mrs Tricia Guild.Full of character
L'Antico Pozzo 18 rooms from £75San 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.Sights nearby - Located in the centre of San GimignanoCooking classes - Can be arranged in Certaldo AltoRomantic - Good for couples.Full of character
Palazzo del Capitano 22 rooms from £96San 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.Great walks - The Val d'Orcia is the perfect place for hikers and nature lovers to explore the south of Tuscany.Cooking classes - Learn not one but five traditional Tuscan dishes.Views - Great views from hotelRomantic - Good for couples.
Albergo Pietrasanta 20 rooms from £202Forte 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.Sights nearby - Pietrasanta’s 14th century San Martino's Cathedral with its red brick belltower, is just a 5-minute walk away.Great walks - The hotel's fragrant landscaped gardens are perfect for an afternoon stroll.Local markets - Pick up some local produce from the weekly market in Piazza dello Statuto.Full of characterRecommended by - Small Luxury Hotels
La locanda del Loggiato 6 rooms from £71Bagno 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.Romantic Break - Visit local villages: Montalcino, Abbadia San Salvatore, visit the thermal baths of Bagno Vignoni and nearby Bagni san FilippoFoodies - Brunello wine region. In the Autumn, Montalcino food festival in medieval fortress, with vats of polenta and cooking on spitsViews - Over the water-filled square of Bagno VignoniSights nearby - Siena, Pienza, Montalcino, Montepulciano
Grand Hotel Imperiale 46 rooms from £414Forte 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 luxuryFamilies - Fully staffed kids club on siteLocal markets - Visit the weekly Wednesday market for a designer bargain!Sights nearby - Minutes away from Forte dei Marmi fortressSpaRecommended by - Tablet
Principe Forte dei Marmi 28 rooms from £263Forte 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.Beach Life - Private beach club.Views - Great views from hotelFoodiesSpaRecommended by - Mr & Mrs Smith, CN Traveller
Hotel Lungarno 73 rooms from £351Florence (Tuscany)
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.Local markets - Leather markets, food stalls, clothes markets and more make up the streets in the summer months.Sights nearby - Ponte Vecchio is a stone marble medieval bridge over the River Arno and is closeby.Views - Views of the River Arno and the Ponte Vecchio.Outstanding location - On the River Arno.Recommended by - Kiwi Collection, Small Luxury Hotels, Michelin Travel, Tablet
Palazzo Ravizza 37 rooms from £83Siena, Tuscany
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.Sights nearby - Located in the historic centre of Siena close to the cathedral.Great walks - The Tuscan countryside is beautiful, serene and calm.Full of characterViews - Great views from hotelRecommended by - Frommers
Palazzo Alexander 6 rooms from £69Lucca, Tuscany
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.FamiliesSights nearby - Located in the centre of LuccaLocal markets - Good for local colour.Great walks - Good for walkers.Recommended by - I Escape
Palazzo Magnani Feroni 12 rooms from £350Florence (Tuscany)
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.Honeymoons - An elegant Palazzo fit for royalty, with private butler service, champagne breakfast, palatial suites & magnificant furnishings.City Style - Each suite has a salon big enough to hold a cocktail party in, plus painted ceilings, marble fireplaces and fabulous antiques.Local markets - Explore the Medieval streets of Oltrarno, traditionally home to Florence's milliners, silk-weavers and leather-makers.Sights nearby - Five minutes walk from the historical Ponte Vecchio.Recommended by - I Escape, Fodors
Il Chiostro di Pienza 37 rooms from £75Pienza, 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 CathedralGreat walks - The Tuscan hillsides and vineyards make for some spectacular walking.
Casa Mia Suite 4 rooms from £83Arezzo
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.Value chic - Fantastic value with rooms starting from just €70 per night including breakfast.Local exploring - Situated in the heart of Arezzo, this is an ideal base for exploring the cityGreat walks - Explore charming local walking routesLocal markets - Explore the daily market nearby
Alla Corte degli Angeli 21 rooms from £205Lucca (Tuscany)
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.Cooking classes - Following a trip to the local market head to the kitchen and learn some traditional Tuscan recipes.Sights nearby - Located within Lucca's city walls, close to all sightsFull of characterRomantic - Good for couples.Recommended by - Sawdays, Michelin Travel
Albergo san Martino 10 rooms from £70Lucca
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.FamiliesSights nearby - Bang in the historical centre of LuccaRecommended by - Sawdays
Villa Rucellai 8 rooms from £70Florence, Tuscany
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.Value chic - An enchanting villa with beautifully manicured gardens, period furnishings and impeccable service at an astonishingly low price.Hideaway - A romantic and characterful hideaway in the Tuscan Hills with balconies overlooking vineyards and olive groves.Great walks - Located in the Bisenzio river valley, on the lower slopes of the Retaia the last ramparts of the Calvana pre-Appenine chain.Sights nearby - Check out Prato Cathedral in the local town, dedicated to Saint Stephen, the first saint in Catholicism.
Tenuta San Pietro 10 rooms from £149Lucca
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.FoodiesSights nearby - Not far from Lucca. The hotel provides a free shuttle service to and from the townCooking classes - One day classes or cooking holidays availableViews - Great views from hotelRecommended by - I Escape, Tablet
Royal Victoria 48 rooms from £75Pisa (Tuscany)
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.City Style - A hisotric Victorian style hotel in medieval Pisa, think antique furnishings, wooden herringbone floors and domed glass roofs.Sights nearby - Located in the historic centre of Pisa, just a ten minute walk to the iconic Leaning Tower of Pisa.Great walks - Head out and explore th narrow lanes, historic buildings and fantastic shopping of Pisa.Views - River Arno.Recommended by - Frommers
Casa della Pia 1 rooms from £61Massa Marittima, Tuscany
A chic room in a converted Palazzo located in the heart of the picture perfect Medieval town of Massa Marittima. The light and airy room boasts views over the landscape of the Tuscan Maremma and a perfect mix of contemporary and traditional styles. The ideal base for a Tuscan escape.Local exploring - An authentic base from which to explore the Tuscan region.Sights nearby - Visit the Cathedral of San Cerbone, one of the most important romanesque-gothic building in Tuscany.Great walks - Stroll through the Medieval streets of the picturesque town.Views - Great views from hotelRecommended by - Sawdays
La Bandita Townhouse 10 rooms from £171Pienza, 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.HoneymoonsFoodiesCity StyleSights nearby - Situated right in the heart of Unesco-listed Pienza.Recommended by - CN Traveller, Mr & Mrs Smith, I Escape
Villa Tolomei 31 rooms from £149Florence
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 byRestaurant - The Il Conventino a Marignolle restaurant, offers exquisite Tuscan cuisine using fresh produce from the estateViews - Fantastic views over Florence and the Arno ValleySit-out TerraceRecommended by - Tablet
Locanda di San Francesco 4 rooms from £175Montepulciano 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.FoodiesSights nearby - Located in the centre of historic MontepulcianoViews - Wonderful views across the Val d'OrciaGreat walks - Good for walkers.Recommended by - I Escape