Tuscany should be on every traveler’s bucket list: let us help you uncover where to stay in Tuscany. This region of Italy is famous for its beautiful landscapes, history, art, and culture. It’s the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance and inspired scientists, artists, and writers such as Galileo, Michelangelo, and Dante Alighieri. The countryside is a patchwork of landscapes. It has medieval walled towns, fields strewn with sunflowers, and winding roads lined with towering cypress trees. If you aren’t sure what to do, we have a guide with the best things to do in Tuscany.
The cities are cosmopolitan, filled with world-famous galleries, basilicas, and towers. The Tuscan coast bursts with boutiques, markets, and lively ports where you can dine by the shoreline, marveling at sunset. Tuscany is a place for everyone, whether you want to relax in outdoor thermal spas or dine in hidden osterias. It’s scenic, spectacular, and utterly enchanting, so don’t forget your camera! You can also view our full list of hotels in Tuscany if you’re curious.
Best for Art & Culture: Florence
Florence is one of the most culturally rich cities in the world. It’s brimming with outstanding feats of architecture, sculptures, and landscaped parks. Towers and palaces dominate the city skyline, adding to its majesty. Spend leisurely days exploring Piazza del Duomo, home to Florence’s magnificent cathedral with its red tiled cupola. Or climb to the top of Giotto’s Campanile for a panoramic view of the city, and discover the interesting interior of St. John’s Baptistry, depicting a variety of human virtue scenes.
Art aficionados will also adore Florence. Just off Piazza della Signoria you’ll find the Uffizi Palace and Gallery adorned with marble statues and collections of Renaissance artwork by Botticelli, Titian, Da Vinci, and Caravaggio. Alternatively, visit Galleria dell’Accademia which boasts the original Michelangelo statue of David. In Florence, palaces, parks, and over 70 museums await. They’re ready to show off their collections of silverware, shoes, and more, making it the perfect city for art and culture lovers. Our night tour of Florence is a romantic way to see the sights.
This arresting 4-star hotel is one of the most famous in Florence. It is located in a prime position to explore city attractions, a few minutes’ stroll from Palazzo Vecchio, Leonardo da Vinci Interactive Museum, and the Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore. The historic hotel boasts 96 exquisite guest suites and bedrooms, some with outdoor jacuzzis overlooking the magnificent Duomo Cathedral. It also has its own Michelin starred restaurant, a private museum, and a newly opened osteria for sampling Tuscan delicacies.
Piazza Santa Elisabetta, 50122, Florence, Italy
Grand Hotel Minerva
Located in Florence’s historic center, 4-star Grand Hotel Minerva is a delightful luxury hideaway opposite Santa Maria Novella Basilica and close to Novecentro Museum of 20th century Italian Art. Elegant rooms are dressed in crisp white linens and decorated in neutral tones with floor-to-ceiling windows that open up to the city. You can enjoy a romantic rooftop dinner in the Sky Lounge overlooking the swimming pool or sip cocktails alfresco as the city illuminates at night. The hotel is also equipped with a gym and calidarium, the perfect place to cool down and unwind after a day of shopping and sightseeing in Florence.
Piazza Santa Maria Novella 16, 50123, Florence, Italy
This boutique hotel in the heart of the city is a refreshing breath of fresh art deco air. With rooms furnished by local craftsmen and brightened with a contemporary twist, 24 hour concierge service for every guest, and only 38 rooms that enhance the intimate feel of this singularly designed gem, luxury just isn’t the same at Hotel Calimala. They don’t skimp on amenities either, with transfer services available, bespoke wellness treatments that are delivered in the comfort of your room, and a bevvy of food and drink options that are sure to wow. Unwind after a long day of sightseeing with the panoramic vistas on the rooftop terrace that overlooks the city while sipping a signature cocktail or savoring the sumptuous apertivos.
Via Calimala 2, 50123 Firenze, Florence, Italy
Best for a Relaxing Getaway: Arezzo
Arezzo lies just over an hour southeast of Florence and is near the birthplace of renowned artist and sculptor Michelangelo. The city is charming with its Piazza Grande, often overtaken with antique stalls during the monthly Sunday market. The piazza is sprinkled with pretty cafes and restaurants, ideal for a romantic meal or drink whilst admiring the architecture. The city’s main landmarks include the Medici Fortress, constructed within the city walls in the mid-1500’s, and the Basilica of San Francesco, an unassuming medieval church filled with important Renaissance art. Twice a year in June and September, neighborhoods participate in a fun joust, a tradition which has taken place since the 16th century. Whether you wish to explore archaeological museums and Roman amphitheaters, take a leisurely bike ride through the countryside, or sample Tuscan wines in a nearby bar, Arezzo is a fine location in which to do it all.
Near the picturesque town of Arezzo and the hilltop town of Cortona, impressive Villa Fontelunga mesmerizes with vistas of olive groves and verdant Tuscan countryside. The villa offers 9 sophisticated double en-suite rooms and 2 private villas which can be rented individually or as the entire estate. You have a choice to self-cater your stay or book a daily maid service, lunch, and dinner. The villa has bicycles to hire, tennis courts to play on, horseback riding, wine tasting, cookery tours, and spa treatments to enjoy, so you can immerse yourself fully in the rural Tuscan lifestyle.
Via Cunicchio n5, Foiano della Chiana, 52045, Arezzo
Immerse yourself magical Tuscan ambiance at Il Borro. Nestled on a forested hilltop inside a lavish estate with exquisite gardens, the historic villa was constructed in 1854 by the Hohenlohe family and sold to Ferruccio Ferragamo in 1993. Elegant suites are decorated in warm and neutral tones with period furniture and wooden beams, there are wellness experiences to enjoy in the exclusive Spa Suite, and there’s golf to play on the grounds. Three restaurants offer unique dining experiences serving Tuscan cuisine in bistro style, and you can learn about the art of Tuscan wine making and tour hotel cellars before relaxing by the pool with a sumptuous glass of red.
Loc. Borro 1- 52024, San Giustino V, Tuscany
Badia di Pomaio
This rustic luxury hotel is housed in a historic abbey, painstakingly restored, and found right in the heart of the rolling countryside of Tuscany. This tranquil haven and its storied past are sure to captivate you, while the clean elegance of the decor will soothe your every sense. Each room is unique in its humble simplicity, and carefully decorated with curated design pieces from hand-thrown ceramic vases to bespoke wooden furnishings. The twisted olive groves and cool terraces offer you a quiet respite, while the gourmet restaurant offers traditional gastronomy lovingly made from locally sourced ingredients, including their own organic produce and honey from the property’s bees. This is the perfect hotel to refresh and reset after some whirlwind travel.
Località Pomaio, 4, 52100 Arezzo AR, Italy
Best for Foodies & Shopping: Siena
The historic center of Sienna has been designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site and it’s easy to see why. This charming city offers glorious Gothic, Renaissance, and medieval architecture, important artwork and lively piazzas where you can sip cappuccino and soak up the atmosphere. Highlights of Siena include iconic 13th century Siena Cathedral, Palazzo Pubblico with its incredible artwork and Torre del Mangia where you can gain the best views of the Tuscan countryside.
However, many visitors also arrive in Siena for the abundant gastronomic treats the city offers. Osterias, trattorias, cafes, and gelaterias all offer tempting Tuscan fare – a fusion of traditional recipes and innovative new techniques. Typical dishes and products include pasta e fagioli, Tuscan beef dishes, bruschetta, pecorino cheese, truffles, panforte, and cantucci desserts.We recommend all your meals be paired with Tuscan wine in an idyllic location overlooking emerald rolling hills and vineyards accompanied by old or new-found friends.
Although Florence has excellent shopping, stores are spread out across the city. Siena, however, is compact, allowing you to browse market stalls, boutiques, and artisan shops without walking too far. The main street Via Banchi di Sopra is where you’ll discover chic clothing boutiques and shoe shops, and there are artisan shops dotted throughout the historic city selling Tuscan wares such as hand-painted ceramics, wines, and olive oil. Two weekly outdoor markets on Wednesday and Friday mornings sell everything from jewelry, souvenirs, bags, and household goods to fresh bread, cheeses, fruits, and vegetables – perfect for gift shopping and procuring tasty treats for a picnic!
This property is a stunningly unique blend of the ancient and modern: a design hotel located within a restored medieval village and monastery. The refined grounds and the elegant surroundings are as timeless as the structures themselves, and the underground cellar bar is an intimate escape from the outside world. Castel Monastero offers an extensive spa and wellness center as well, housing everything from a high-saline sea oil pool for thalassotherapy, supervised post-operative convalescence, somato-emotional release therapies, and opulent massages and beauty treatments. The rooms and suites are both elegant and timeless, combining a muted palette with stunning views for the perfect relaxing retreat.
Loc. Monastero D’Ombrone, 19, 53019 Castelnuovo Berardenga SI, Italy
Belmond Castello di Casole
This timeless hideaway in the Tuscan countryside is a magical place where time stands still. Spread across 4,200 acres, the 10th century estate is an idyllic place to experience the wonders of this region. You can enjoy truffle hunting nearby, visit local farms, spot wildlife, or sample world-class dining in the hotel restaurant. Hotel guest suites and rooms are beautifully appointed and decorated with cool tones, and natural woods. Each room has a view of the Siena countryside, and outside you can enjoy strolling through vast gardens or taking a dip in the pool. The hotel’s tranquil spa is set beneath barrel vaulted ceilings in the wine cellar where you can enjoy a range of rejuvenating treatments by candlelight.
Localita Querceto, 53031, Casole d’Elsa, Siena, Italy
This boutique property prides itself on bringing the best of design, hospitality, and and hedonistic pleasures to their guests, all from the serene setting of the heady Tuscan countryside. With a world-class spa offering customizable and holistic treatments, gourmet restaurants that bring Tuscany to your plate, and traditionally restored rooms that ooze sophistication and comfort, pamper yourself every moment of your stay. If you’re looking to expand your mind and learn something new, there is an on-site culinary academy with classes available for guests, and concerts and sculpting classes are also available for you to try out after you browse their extensive curated gallery, making this a stay you’re sure to never forget. The hotel is currently undergoing extensive renovations and expansion, and will reopen in June of 2021.
Via di Mezzo, Castiglioncello del Trinoro, 53047 Sarteano (SI), Italy
Borgo Santo Pietro
In the heart of Tuscany, Borgo Santo Pietro used to be a stop-off point for pilgrims seeking healing en-route through Italy. Today, the exquisite 5-star estate offers a tranquil sanctuary with an old-world atmosphere which will delight all visitors. Each of the boutique hotel’s 20 guest accommodations is uniquely and individually designed, down to the finest detail with custom antique pieces, bespoke beds, and hand-painted frescoes. The 300-acre estate provides an infinity pool overlooking the rolling hills and gardens of Tuscany, and a spa with its own custom-made lab developing natural Seed to Skin treatments. The hotel’s Michelin-star restaurants focus on farm-to-plate dining, courtesy of organic gardens and an on-site dairy. If you’re seeking a sustainable stay in a luxury environment near the historic town of Siena, Borgo Santo Pietro is a wonderful place to choose.
Borgo Santo Pietro, 110. Loc. Palazzetto, 53012, Chiusdino, Tuscany