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Best Hotels in Tuscan Towns

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.

The Best Hotels in Tuscan Towns

The Best Hotels in Tuscan Towns - Larger Towns


JK Place

  • Florence has the intimate and stylish JK Place Hotel, which feels like a luxurious private home with 20 guest rooms,
  • and in the very heart of Florence there’s the Residenza d’Epoca in Piazza della Signoria, an upmarket but traditionally furnished guesthouse in one of Italy’s best locations.


Grand Hotel Continental

  • The Grand Hotel Continental in Siena is an elegant hotel with beautiful frescoes and other charming period details, and an excellent location steps from the Duomo,
  • or, still in Siena, there’s the six rooms of the Campo Regio Relais: romantic, stylish and with splendid views over town.

In smaller towns

San Quirico d'Orcia

  • Sette Querce is in San Casino del Bagni, a small, medieval hilltop town known for its thermal springs and splendid views.
  • Or there’s L'Antico Pozzo, a carefully restored 15th Century townhouse in San Gimignano, known for its beautiful towers.
  • The Palazzo del Capitano in San Quirico d’Orcia is a beautifully converted 15th Century mansion with an excellent restaurant and spa.

Historic Charmers

Albergo Pietrasanta

  • The Albergo Pietrasanta is a stylish conversion of a 17th Century Palazzo in the centre of Pietrasanta, complete with elegant antiques and frescoes.
  • Or there’s La locanda del Loggiato, in the charming medieval town of Bagno Vignoni which has its own thermal spa and is right in amongst the Brunello wine region.

For Luxury Lovers

Grand Hotel Imperiale

  • The Grand Hotel Imperiale is both one of the best hotels in Tuscan towns for luxury lovers, and for beach lovers, in the glitzy resort of Forte dei Marmi - it’s got three restaurants and a private beach.
  • Another seaside option is the Principe Forte dei Marmi, with its classic facade and contemporary interior.
  • Also luxurious is the Hotel Lungarno in Florence, which overlooks the river Arno from its terrace bedrooms.

For Romantics

Palazzo Ravizza

  • Just outside Siena is another of our Guru’s best hotels in Tuscan towns, the Palazzo Ravizza, a prettily furnished pensione with bag of old-world elegance.
  • Palazzo Alexander is an elegant B&B in the centre of Lucca. Rooms are beautifully decorated in the noble Lucchese style with original wooden floors, and antiques throughout.
  • Palazzo Magnani Feroni in :Florence oozes period charm and is awash with 15th century architectural features, plus original frescoes. Rooms are huge and views from the roof terrace are fabulous.

For Great Value

Il Chiostro di Pienza

  • Il Chiostro di Pienza is an elegant former monastery in Pienza, with spectacular views over the surrounding hills and valleys of Val d’Orcia.
  • Casa Mia Suite is a charming four bedroomed guesthouse in Arezzo, just a short walk from the main square. And rooms start from just €70 per night including breakfast.
  • For somewhere romantic yet still one of the best hotels in Tuscan town for great value, try the Alla Corte degli Angeli in Lucca, which has pretty pastel rooms and jacuzzis.

For Families


  • The Albergo san Martino in Lucca is perfectly positioned and has simple, comfortable rooms and family suites and a breakfast courtyard,
  • or there’s the Villa Rucellai, a family run B&B on the outskirts of Florence converted from an 18th Century villa and surrounded by its own olive groves and grape vines.
  • For a family friendly spot in the centre of Pisa, the Royal Victoria is perfect. It's situated on the banks of the Arno and a great base for exploring the sights.

For Foodies

Villa Tolomei

  • La Bandita Townhouse in Pienza offers sophisticated interiors and the modern Italian food is divine.
  • Or try Villa Tolomei, a frescoed villa five minutes from the centre of Florence. The Tuscan cuisine here comes highly recommended.
  • The Locanda di San Francesco is situated in the heart of historic Montepulciano. It has just four chic bedrooms and an excellent gourmet restaurant.

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.
    • JK Place Hotel 20 rooms from £329

      Florence (Tuscany)

      A chic and sophisticated spot, in the heart of vibrant Florence. Personal touches and thoughtful details give this boutique hotel a homely feel, though it is very much five star in comfort and style. The rooftop bar and courtyard dining room are wonderful additions. A special stay!

      Great walks  -  Love sculpture and well-kept gardens? Head to Boboli Gardens for a Renaissance hot pot of sculpture.
      Sights nearby  -  Head to Piazzale Michelangelo for some breathtaking panoramic views of Florence.
      Designer  -  Interiors by designer Michele Bonan.
      Views  -  From the roof terrace.
      Recommended by  -  Mr & Mrs Smith, I Escape, Tablet, Fodors, Kiwi Collection, Small Luxury Hotels
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    • Residenza d’Epoca in Piazza della Signoria 10 rooms from £219

      Florence (Tuscany)

      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.

      Sights nearby  -  Shares the famous Piazza della Signoria with Neptune's Fountain and the Palazzo Vecchio.
      Lively  -  On the busy Piazza Signoria.
      Full of character
      Lively area  -  In the thick of the action.
      Recommended by  -  I Escape, Fodors
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    • Grand Hotel Continental, Tuscany 51 rooms from £275

      Siena, 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 the menu is dining. 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 hotel
      Full of character
      Recommended by  -  Tablet, Kiwi Collection
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    • Campo Regio Relais 6 rooms from £167

      Siena, 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 Duomo
      House party feel  -  Be prepared to meet people.
      Recommended by  -  Sawdays
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    • Sette Querce 9 rooms from £123

      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.

      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
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    • L'Antico Pozzo 18 rooms from £75

      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.

      Sights nearby  -  Located in the centre of San Gimignano
      Cooking classes  -  Can be arranged in Certaldo Alto
      Romantic  -  Good for couples.
      Full of character
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    • Palazzo del Capitano 22 rooms from £96

      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.

      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 hotel
      Romantic  -  Good for couples.
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    • Albergo Pietrasanta 20 rooms from £202

      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.

      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 character
      Recommended by  -  Johansens, Small Luxury Hotels
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    • La locanda del Loggiato 6 rooms from £71

      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.

      Romantic Break  -  Visit local villages: Montalcino, Abbadia San Salvatore, visit the thermal baths of Bagno Vignoni and nearby Bagni san Filippo
      Foodies  -  Brunello wine region. In the Autumn, Montalcino food festival in medieval fortress, with vats of polenta and cooking on spits
      Views  -  Over the water-filled square of Bagno Vignoni
      Sights nearby  -  Siena, Pienza, Montalcino, Montepulciano
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    • Grand Hotel Imperiale 46 rooms from £414

      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

      Families  -  Fully staffed kids club on site
      Local markets  -  Visit the weekly Wednesday market for a designer bargain!
      Sights nearby  -  Minutes away from Forte dei Marmi fortress
      Recommended by  -  Tablet
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    • Principe Forte dei Marmi 28 rooms from £263

      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.

      Beach Life  -  Private beach club.
      Views  -  Great views from hotel
      Recommended by  -  Mr & Mrs Smith, CN Traveller
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    • Hotel Lungarno 73 rooms from £351

      Florence (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, Tablet
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    • Palazzo Ravizza 37 rooms from £83

      Siena, 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 character
      Views  -  Great views from hotel
      Recommended by  -  Frommers
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    • Palazzo Alexander 6 rooms from £69

      Lucca, 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.

      Sights nearby  -  Located in the centre of Lucca
      Local markets  -  Good for local colour.
      Great walks  -  Good for walkers.
      Recommended by  -  I Escape
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    • Palazzo Magnani Feroni 12 rooms from £350

      Florence (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, Johansens, Fodors
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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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    • Casa Mia Suite 4 rooms from £61


      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 city
      Great walks  -  Explore charming local walking routes
      Local markets  -  Explore the daily market nearby
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    • Alla Corte degli Angeli 21 rooms from £205

      Lucca (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 sights
      Full of character
      Romantic  -  Good for couples.
      Recommended by  -  Sawdays
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    • Albergo san Martino 10 rooms from £70


      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.

      Sights nearby  -  Bang in the historical centre of Lucca
      Recommended by  -  Sawdays
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    • Villa Rucellai 8 rooms from £70

      Florence, 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.
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    • Royal Victoria 48 rooms from £75

      Pisa (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
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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.

      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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    • 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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    • 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.

      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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Written by Nicky Swallow

posted Friday, 12th February 2010
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