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Hotel: Villa Cora, Florence. Tuscany

Villa Cora is a stunning five star mansion. Located up above the frenetic town of Florence, this is the best stay going. Set in beautiful gardens and sweeping driveways in this prestigious residential parkland between the Viale dei Colli Gardens and Boboli, it is a real delight. Shuttles or 20 minute walk and you are in front of the Pitti Palace. The management (Italian) totally gets it and we can safely say that Villa Cora is the best hotel in Florence. If Four Seasons is massive, this is intimate. It features 46 rooms/suites, a heated swimming pool and a restaurant that is very much on everybody’s lips. A more sophisticated yet understated stay in Florence.

Website Villa Cora

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Hotel: Garabaldi Blu. Florence Tuscany

Location Location Location and this hotel has it in spades. We have been working with this locally owned chain Why the best since we started in Florence in 2011. All their hotels are extremely well run, staff well trained and the rooms tend towards the larger in Florence and they will always try to adapt to the needs of our clients be that early check ins, upgrades and the likes. This is a hotel that takes in 3 different buildings and it come sometimes feel a little confusing about where you actually are. There are some very quirky superhero full size models which add to this curious mix.
The refit conducted in this property has been done by the owner and the style is modern refined with style. Think parquet floors, Brazilian woods cooling blues and white linens. All the hotels with the exception of Villa Cora enjoy this melding of modern and traditional. The Santa Maria Square is one of Florences most iconic and we suggest a frontage room. All other services are as you would expect at this 4 star hotel.

Hotel Garibaldi Blu Website

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Hotel: Balestri, Florence. Tuscany

The hotel finished its complete refit in 2015. We loved the Balestri before and now it is an even smarter choice for our clients. Rooms are a real heaven of whites, gold and grays, a zen like feeling that is perfect for a town that is a sensory overload. Balestri is a super 4 star hotel that enjoys a privileged location over the River Arno, but just far enough from the maddening crowds and 10 minutes away from all of the action. Highly recommended.

Website Balestri

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Hotel: Castel Monastero. Siena. Tuscany

This Castle or as we say in Tuscany a Borgo and a beautiful one at that. With 78 immaculate suites and rooms. This is a new property for us and we are so pleased to be able to offer it to our clients. There are many Pretenders in this zone but we have never been convinced of their style or management, Castel Monastero feels different and  is not a chain and of course so much better for it.

Food and beverage is suitably strong with Enrico Marmo the chef overseeing both  ‘Contrada’ the top restaurant and ‘La Cantina’ for a lighter more casual affairs as one would would expect being in the Chianti hills, they want to keep you in house and we certainly think a night or so in house is worthy.

We suggest the prestige rooms and up but the Royal Suite gets a little silly money wise and would save those funds for Villa Cora if we are moving to Florence.

The Spa which is reason we got interested in this property initially. FYI they have the most amazing face cream called Caviale del Mare fill your boots. Berber Massages, somato-emotional releases all up for grabs. The pools are killer as you would expect at this level. The Moto at Castello as we call it is a home away from home, perhaps an overused term but we feel it here.

Website Castel Monastero

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Hotel: Grand Hotel Continental, Siena, Tuscany

To say there is only one hotel in Siena tells you everything you need to know about the Grand Hotel Continental. The lobby alone is a mouth dropping experience and this continues throughout the palace. There are 51 ​rooms​ spanning six different categories, finishing up with the Panoramic Suite. The hotel is part of the Starhotels Collection, this is perhaps their most palatial property. ​The Continental is packed full of historical pieces and all rooms are decorated in the manner befitting this incredible renaissance palace. Expect marble filled bathrooms silks on the walls, original frescoes on the ceilings and porcelains that all add to the experience of living in a sumptuous 17th-century styled palazzo. We also like with its small size you always have the feel of intimacy.  As they say, location is everything and being right in the centre of Siena, the Grand Hotel Continental is perfectly placed for restaurants and sightseeing. Apart from the bar area, there is also an in-house restaurant, SaporDivino, restaurant with a serious wine list overseen by Chef Luca Ciaffarafà. Luca does reinvent the best of local cooking for his guests. In the cellar of the hotel, a delightful enoteca is an ideal spot for a glass before dinner, if we have not over-wined you. Expensive, but highly recommended.

Website Grand Hotel Continental

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Hotel: Castello del Nero, Chianti. Tuscany

This is our go to Honeymoon lodge, perfectly placed for exploring Chianti and Florence with an amazing management. We prefer the main house rooms. Big money but expectations have always been met and surpassed here. Clients feedback has been outstanding over the years.

Website Castello Del Nero

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Hotel: Relais La Suvera. Siena Countryside. Tuscany

Relais La Suvera is an absolute gem of a small hotel. 5 star luxury with more history than you can imagine.

Ideally situated located in the beautiful Tuscan countryside just 30 km east from Siena and 50kms from Florence. The location of La Suvera works for Chianti wine wise and even Bolgheri over the Stunning Volterra road, but its less accessible for Montalcino which is the best part of an hour and half to get to. This hamlet (Borgo) dates back to the Renaissance composed by the Papal Villa, a farmhouse and the ancient stables the church and the olive mill. There is a small but excellent museum in the Papal Villa only open to guests with a collection of ancient furnishings, paintings and statues belonging to the owners, Marquis Giuseppe Ricci and Princess Eleonora Massimo.

The Papal Villa is really the place to be with 6 of the most ornate suites we think we have ever seen. If there are too rich for your eyes and wallet then there are another 30 different rooms too choose from. Despite its small size there are two restaurants the Oliviera restaurant which is in the impressive oil mill and is where breakfast and fine Italian gourmet dinning takes place. The Lemon Bar Located near the swimming pool serves lighter meals throughout the day and night.

Highly Recommended for honeymooners and clients who want a few days just to be.

La Suvera Website

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Hotel: Castello di Fonterutoli, Chianti. Tuscany

CASTELLO DI FONTERUTOLI

Charming Borgo owned and immaculately kept by the Mazzei noble family. Some lovely rooms here, their restaurant is close by is excellent as is the wine bar and the wine.

Website Castello di Fonterutoli

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Hotel: Castello Banfi Il Borgo, Montalcino. Tuscany

Castello Banfi is in a more remote location and better for it, suitable for those who are looking for a very quiet time with great food and wine. While driving up the long tree lined driveway, it already becomes apparent that this is a special place. Banfi took Montalcino by storm and still are wine wise. This is a splurge stay: rooms are local style, terracotta floors, fireplaces and period fabrics. The Borgo is a lovely place to be with 360 degree panoramas over God’s own country. The views are breath-taking and even more so with a glass in hand. The GM, Juan Miquel, is top notch. Management totally gets what you need before you do.

Website Castello Banfi Il Borgo 

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Hotel: Castiglion del Bosco, Montalcino, Tuscany

The estate of Castiglion del Bosco, recently becoming a Rosewood managed hotel (belonging to Massimo Ferragamo since 2003), is a meticulously converted medieval borgo, which has been transformed into an exclusive international resort. With 800 years of history and 4,000 incredible acres, this is the largest private property in Italy. The luxurious suites bear the trademark of Ferragamo, with outstanding high leather touches throughout. Room decorations tend towards traditional local shades such as ochre, burgundy and green. The estate has two restaurants, one more formal (Campo del Drago) and one more casual (La Canonica). Castiglion del Bosco has the de rigueur SPA and infinity pools with the views over heaven on earth. This place is a dream and guests tend to be from all over the world, well travelled and as Castiglion del Bosco is home to one of Italy’s most important golf courses, keen golfers are also in evidence.

Website Castiglion del Bosco

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Hotel: Il Pellicano, Porto Ercole. Tuscan Coast

Il Pellicano, One of the Classic hotels of the Tuscan Coast.  Famed from the mid 1960’s  with a jet set of Italians and Americans alike this hotel has a cult following. Views are just stunning, Pool and beach club all excellent. There is no negative really, Each year they work manically to keep the structure up to scratch and nothing is left to chance, I guess thats having a family management and ownership that makes the difference. With just 50 rooms Suites and separate Villas you never feel swamped with people. Pool area and Beach Zone are all gorgeous with white clad staff serving up the best in wines cocktails and Snacks.

Michelino Gioia the  Chef overseas the Pelligrill for more informal dining and the main restaurant ( Michelin Starred) for more intimate dining. There are plenty of places to be outside of your room, the Pellicano has a very special atmosphere, its very friendly and many of our guests have raved about meeting like minded people, and having made friends over some super wines in this magical place.  The Location is unique just over 2 hours North of Rome in Porto Ercole, one of the most Beautiful Towns in Italy Founded by the Etruscans  on this headland’s  unique coastline. Interestingly Porto Ercole is where the master Caravaggio died 1610.

Website Il Pelicano

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Hotel: Relais St Elena. Bolgheri. Tuscan coast

This delightful Relais is a new addition to 2018 for Robertson Wine Tours. We are extremely happy to have found it. There has historically been a lack of good accommodations for our wine living guests in the Bolgheri zone and St Elena more than fulfils our needs for 2 or 3 nights in this beautiful part of the Tuscan coastline. We prefer the Luxury or Superior rooms due to the size and the prices are are not outlandish in any way. Food is also a huge draw here, Breakfast and dinners are first class with a-lot of ingredients sourced from their extensive gardens and from farmers in the surrounding hills. Being in Bibbona it would be a shame not to eat at our favourite fish restaurant in Tuscany, La Pianeta.  Staff are immaculately dressed and trained and obviously extremely happy in their environment.  The grounds are a delight as are the many communal areas to take a wine or read a book. The swimming pool enjoys uninterrupted views and of course the gorgeous Tuscan sea is just a few kilometers away. Relais St Elena is perfectly placed for wine touring around Bolgheri and also  moving up to Lucca for the day or just to take a few days off from the RWT experience. Highly Recommended

Website Relais Sant Elena

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Hotel: Poggio Ai Santi. San Vincenzo. Tuscan Coast

As soon as they open the gate for you, there is a feeling of one with nature and calmness, it’s a lovely feeling. Poggio Ai Santi is a recent addition to our properties, We first found the property due to its restaurant ‘Il Sale’ which has a reputation in the region, that has gone from serving very manicured haut cuisine to extremely simple yet personally farmed animals and fruits and vegetables with only fish being brought in from the coast by an old boy in a little Piaggio.  You will see that sea and Elba is ever present from the breathtaking views from this property. The restaurant and  Aperitif scene in summer here is very strong so we are careful which rooms we book. We prefer to book the top sea view suite which is huge and extremely quiet and set in the forest. Less expensive rooms are available but if we are making our way here we say treat yourself.

Everything is extremely homely with some very chic touches with these rooms we are more than set. The grounds as you will discover are just amazing, there are many places to find a place to read or take a wine, dogs cats, donkeys they are all just happy and wandering around disturbing nobody. In reality this is a small family owned house where the owners run and reside for 9 months of the year. Views over Elba Island and our vicinity to Bolgheri just finish it off. Dinner here is a must. The wine list is super and not at all overpriced. So while being more laid back we think its charms will be more than sufficient for a wonderful stay in this zone which still enjoys only mild tourism apart from in August when we rarely work. The lack of industry in this region means its pristine in many ways. Francesca the owner runs the roost here, We love it, food, fluffy pillows, and the views are extraordinary. Close by we have the gorgeous Tuscan Coast, Hilltop Borgos such as Castagneto Carducci and the superb wineries of Bolgheri and beyond. Highly recommended.

Poggio Ai Santi Website

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Hotel: ​C​​on​​t​​i d​​i S​​an B​​onifac​​io​​ Wine resort. Tuscan Coast

The gorgeous ​​C​​on​​t​​i d​​i S​​an B​​onifac​​io​​ is wine estate ​and intimate retreat (7 rooms) in the hills of the tuscan coast. We choose this resort for clients who have enough time on their hands and want to be able to really kick back for a few days. Famous wine zones such as Bolgerhi and Montalcino are accessible but more than anything this is a place we really prefer you to enjoy by yourselves, Walks, and cooking experiences arranged by the staff and just being in these pristine hills is what its all about. A titled family (count hence the name) have built ​this designer​ hideaway, Expect never ending hills and vineyard vistas. Some design touches here and there but everything is utilisable. Spa and Sauna and everything you would need for a few nights here. The kitchen is a large factor in the choice of this estate and Chef Barsotti excels at everything she touches. Property works well for Bolgheri (under an hour) and with just 7 rooms it can be hard to get in but we very much recommend it.

Website Conti di San Bonifacio

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Hotel: Il Pellicano, Porto Ercole. Tuscan Coast

Il Pellicano, One of the Classic hotels of the Tuscan Coast.  Famed from the mid 1960’s  with a jet set of Italians and Americans alike this hotel has a cult following. Views are just stunning, Pool and beach club all excellent. There is no negative really, Each year they work manically to keep the structure up to scratch and nothing is left to chance, I guess thats having a family management and ownership that makes the difference. With just 50 rooms Suites and separate Villas you never feel swamped with people. Pool area and Beach Zone are all gorgeous with white clad staff serving up the best in wines cocktails and Snacks.

Michelino Gioia the  Chef overseas the Pelligrill for more informal dining and the main restaurant ( Michelin Starred) for more intimate dining. There are plenty of places to be outside of your room, the Pellicano has a very special atmosphere, its very friendly and many of our guests have raved about meeting like minded people, and having made friends over some super wines in this magical place.  The Location is unique just over 2 hours North of Rome in Porto Ercole, one of the most Beautiful Towns in Italy Founded by the Etruscans  on this headland’s  unique coastline. Interestingly Porto Ercole is where the master Caravaggio died 1610.

Website Il Pelicano

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Hotel: Posta Vecchia Hotel. Lazio

Want to stay in a 17th Century Castle, Filled discreetly with incredible original pieces and antiques with contemporary fabrics? We do; and we love this place, It suits the end of a wine tour with us for a few days of Sea and sun before flying home or Pre or Post a mediterranean cruise due to its super location, which works for Rome and Civitavecchia where the boats leave from. La Posta Vecchia is a five-star luxury hotel located in the delightful coastal town of Ladispoli, A blend of new and old, the hotel boasts an exclusive 17th century décor, breathtaking panoramic views of the Tyrrhenian Sea, and immaculately manicured grounds complete with well-preserved ruins that date back to the Roman Empire period.

All rooms and suites are extremely spacious and and each one uniquely decorated with renaissance furnishings, paintings and antique tapestries all original and collected by the owners over many years. Its an ideal for those who love hotels with a rich history, charm, combined with all the modern comforts and family-style service, La Posta Vecchia one of the most prestigious hotels in Italy alongside Villa d’Este in Como.

Website Posta Vecchia

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