Hilltop Villa Overlooking Florence
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What it is
An elegantly renovated 15th-century villa in Fiesole, 15 minutes from Florence.
What it isn't
A hassle to get in and out of town: The hotel runs a shuttle service and can arrange private cars.
What we think
Il Salviatino bridges the urban bustle of Florence and the tranquility of the Tuscan countryside. A superbly restored villa with frescoed ceilings and manicured gardens, it lures guests out of town with its spa, outdoor pools and restaurant serving produce grown on the premises. Rooms are elegantly decorated in Renaissance style, with antique rugs, tufted leather furniture, oil paintings and the occasional colored marble column. Palettes are warm and brown, relying on deep varnish and beige walls to soak up the Italian sun. Be sure to book a room with a view of the Duomo (not all of them have one).
You're here because
Florence is fun for the day, but why linger in the loud streets when you could admire Brunelleschi’s handiwork from afar with a glass of Brunello?
Fresh Tuscan air rejuvenates you as you step out of the hotel shuttle after a long day’s touring. You can see the heat rays rising from the city in the distance—which reminds you that the cool hillside pool is waiting.
In Fiesole, a hillside town 15 minutes from central Florence. The airport is a 25-minute drive.