Awake Like The Lord Of All Florence With A Stay At Il Salviatino

Escape the tourist hordes, take a dip in a pool overlooking the picturesque Florence and let yourself be pampered until aperitivo comes calling.

By Jack Phillips 02/07/2019

This beautiful period property perched on a hillside overlooking historic Florence offers both glorious vistas and true Tuscan style with the short 15-minute car journey from the heart of the city worth the view alone. The initial foundation for the now 44-room hotel was first built over half a century ago. Now part of the collection of Preferred Hotels and Resorts, the historic site has been tastefully adapted and now boasts a separate spa and swimming area in close proximity to the main building and landscaped gardens just asking to be partied upon.

A snaking driveway leads up to an off-white villa bordered with trees hundreds of years old. A grand red carpeted staircase greets you on entry, whilst the restaurant and main terrace on the north-west side overlooks the cityscape below. A private dining room opens onto an American-style bar whilst a library completed with studded chesterfield style sofas offer a quite idyll out of the glaring summer sun.

You can see why the Italian politician, who originally commissioned the villa chose to do so here. Its rumoured that he has a desire for his local Florentines to ‘wake up each morning and see the man in charge up on the hill’. Wandering around the manicured estate, it’s not hard to imagine yourself kingpin of Florence.

Location


A 15-minute drive from the heart of Florence.

Amenities


LA SPA at Il Salviatino is set a little way down the hill offers mixture of treatments including facials and massages. There is a tiered swimming pool that looks out over a blanket of woods to escape the heat with poolside bar service offered from around eight in the morning to eight in the evening. There is also a fitness centre on site should you get the urge to move a little after over indulging in the cured meats and cheeses of the region. There is a shuttle bus that runs almost hourly until 8pm to and from the hotel which is free for guest should you wish to explore or hit Florence for dinner.

Food


Breakfast, lunch and dinner is served on the main terrace at La Cucina. Breakfast is a standard buffet fair, albeit with heightened levels of personal service. There is also an organic vegetable, fruit and herb garden on site, meaning your food is likely to have almost zero food miles before it hits your plate. Lunch and dinner menus offer degustation and a la carte options or it’s just a short walk into the small village below to try a local trattoria. The surrounding woods also boast Tuscan truffles which are available to be scavenged should you wish to add a little exploration to your day plans.

Rooms


There are many different types of room to choose from. There are 4 classic rooms and another 3 with Duomo views, 12 double de luxe, 3 de luxe rooms with Duomo views, 3 junior suites with Duomo views and another 2 junior suites without. There are also 3 greenhouse junior suites and 5 greenhouse suites. There are also 5 special suites perfect for when only the very best will do. Pricing starts from around $595 per night.

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