Tuscany is open for business once again: Part I

Hotels in Tuscany: a scenic mountain view at Argentario Golf Resort & Spa
Hotels in Tuscany: scenic Argentario Golf Resort & Spa

As we breathe a tentative sigh of relief and enter the post-lockdown era, hotels in Tuscany (and indeed the rest of Italy) have started to reopen their doors and greet guests once again. Florence is the capital of this central region, and as well as being home to other top towns such as Siena and Pisa, the area is also known for rolling, verdant countryside and wineries. We have a host of wonderful hotels in Tuscany ranging from grand castle properties set in vineyards to city centre boltholes – which will be your Tuscan hotel of choice?

Resort Borgo Syrah

Hotels in Tuscany: a stylish apartment at Resort Borgo Syrah
Resort Borgo Syrah

Nestled in the hills close to Cortona you’ll find this collection of spacious apartments. Located on the Tenimenti d’Alessandro wine estate, historical buildings have been redefined and renovated into modern, self-catering spaces that can sleep up to 6 people. On-site Creta Osteria serves innovative, seasonal plates using local ingredients, while the spa provides a pampering hideaway. And art-lovers will be in their element: the grounds are home to installations from renowned creatives such as Antony Gormley and Daniel Buren. The site is made up of about 30 hectares of vineyards and was certified organic in 2016 a paradise for oenophiles.

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Castello di Gabbiano

The verdant grounds at Castello di Gabbiano and the castle in the background
Castello di Gabbiano: verdant grounds

Soak up a bit of history at this luxury B&B located in an ancient castle. Constructed in 1124, the magnificent building is surrounded by more than 100 hectares of vines, olive groves and woods, and the estate’s been producing wine for 300 years, including a first-rate Chianti Classico. On-site restaurant Il Cavaliere can be found atop a hill in an original 16th-century farmhouse; a friendly atmosphere and attentive service combine with tasty Tuscan dishes prepared by Chef Francesco Berardinelli. This chic retreat has 11 individually decorated rooms and lies between Florence and Siena, making it a perfect base for discovering Tuscany.

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Fontelunga Hotel and Villas

Hotels in Tuscany: a calming bedroom at Fontelunga Hotel and Villas
Soothing tones at Fontelunga Hotel and Villas

As far as hotels in Tuscany go, this is a fabulous option: a contemporary boutique property with just 9 rooms, it’s a peaceful hideaway that’s ideal for those seeking R & R. Modern design blends beautifully with traditional Italian decor, and with no formal hotel “rules”, there’s a relaxed atmosphere to the place, and personalised service. Standing majestically on the edge of the Val di Chiana, there are expansive views towards the city of Cortona and the mountains beyond. Twice a week guests are invited to an informal dinner party hosted by owners Philip and Paolo, where home-made dishes and wine are served in abundance. The estate is also home to two additional villas that are available to book as self-catering units for week stays.

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Villa Mangiacane

The impressive Villa Mangiacane: pale pink structure and lush grounds
Impressive Villa Mangiacane

This magnificent 15th-century estate was built by the Machiavelli family, bearing the unmistakable hand of Renaissance master Michelangelo, who designed the property. Located just 12 kilometres south of Florence, the site is comprised of Palazzo Machiavelli and Villa Mazzei, and is set within 600 acres of flourishing vineyards and olive groves. Award-winning wines and a distinctive oil are produced – all of which you can enjoy during your stay. The classic beauty of the buildings combined with their history, art, and idyllic countryside setting create the perfect backdrop for an unforgettable holiday. Oh, and the houses are fully staffed and between them boast grand salons and dining areas, traditional cellars, frescoed terraces, a pool area, fitness centre, and a room for treatments. 

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Argentario Golf Resort & Spa

Hotels in Tuscany: a modern bedroom at Argentario Golf Resort & Spa
Design-forward Argentario Golf Resort & Spa

This design-led hotel is situated in the Maremma region on a former island off the coast; these days, it’s connected to the mainland by a trio of narrow sandbars. Situated next to Porto Ercole and with views over the verdant fairways of Orbetello Lagoon and Monte Argentario, the contemporary getaway was created using local stone, wood and glass to create something stylish and individual. The eco-conscious, dragonfly-shaped building has a limestone exterior, and inside there’s a blend of modern and retro decor. And of course, the golf: the property is home to the only PGA-licensed course in Italy – 18 holes across 77 hectares that have been awarded the BioAgriCert environmental certification.

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Relais la Costa 

The pool and house by night at Relais la Costa
Relax at Relais la Costa

Dating back to the year 1000, Relais La Costa is a property steeped in history. The charming 7-room hotel lies nestled in the Tuscan hills between the towns of Siena and Monteriggioni; the beautifully restored building features boutique bedrooms, panoramic views, and a restaurant serving tasty Italian plates. The large suites have been renovated in keeping with the original features – expect exposed stone walls, terracotta floors, beamed ceilings, and a mixture of vintage and modern furniture. Choose the Junior category and enjoy a living area and outdoor space with views to the village; opt for the Executive Luxury option and be greeted by 2 bedrooms and vistas to the valley.

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Casa Howard Florence

Hotels in Tuscany: a suite at Casa Howard Florence
Eclectic Casa Howard Florence

This boutique guest house sits in the heart of Florence just steps away from Piazza di Santa Maria Novella, and is a charming retreat that’s excellent value. The decor is characterful, with antique furniture and artwork reflecting the international tastes of the owners. Many of the rooms have working fireplaces, some have private terraces with cityscape views, and the 2-bed family suite comes complete with a climbing wall and a fully-stocked collection of Disney films. The quirky style and comfortable common areas will make you feel as though you’re staying at the home of a cherished friend rather than a hotel, and the discreet but helpful concierge team is always on hand to provide recommendations.

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