FOCUS

Here is the first selection of hotels and lodges we are currently working with in Tuscany in 2019. We have many more structures we know and have worked with over the years but selection below have all proved themselves to be excellent for many reasons. Be aware that as one of Italy's most requested areas availability really is an issue from May to October.

Tuscany is just too beautiful to be ignored and the wines and foods all are at their peak in this incredible region.

Table of contents


—————————————–

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

TripAdvisor Comments 

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

TripAdvisor Comments

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

TripAdvisor Comments

Hotel l’Orologio, Florence, Tuscany

We know and love the management. If you love fine watches this is the place, the theme of time is a lovely touch, but all other parts of the hotel work like clockwork too. Pardon the Pun.

Website Hotel L’Orologio

TripAdvisor Comments

Hotel Brunelleschi, Florence. Tuscany

We were totally convinced this was a 5 star hotel when we stayed here but no its 4 star and that tells you everything you need to know. Super design lead rooms and large for Florence. Location is beyond central but thankfully in a quiet side street with little or no traffic. Love the breakfast and views from some of the pricier rooms. A rightfully busy and very successful hotel.

Website Brunelleschi 

TripAdvisor Comments

—————————————–

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

TripAdvisor Comments

Hotel: NH Hotel, Siena. Tuscany

The NH Siena is perfectly placed with just a short walk taking you to Siena’s incredible historic centre. To give you some idea in just 10-minutes walk you are right in the centre of Piazza del Campo where the Palio and many other events are held. This is a new build hotel and you can expect space everywhere no matter which of the 129 rooms you take. The rooms are all very well soundproofed and you can expect and excellent restful stay while being close to the action of Siena’s restaurants and cafes and museums. Bathrooms are all modern with marble and all amenities you could expect in a 4 star hotel.  The rooms are modern bright with wood and discreet colour. A superb breakfast awaits you downstairs and Wifi is provided in the communal areas and rooms for free. Minibars. Satellite TV, room service, and hair dryers are offered. So expect all modern facilities in the middle of the ancient city.  Silent, clean, friendly personnel this is a highly recommended stay for those who like their hotels up to date and with all the modern conveniences we have come to expect.

Hotel Website

TripAdvisor Comments

—————————————–

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

TripAdvisor Comments

Hotel: Villa Bordoni, Chianti. Tuscany

Small yet brilliant, availability tricky. Perfect for exploring Chianti.

Website Villa Bordoni

TripAdvisor Comments

Hotel: Querceto, Chianti. Tuscany

QUERCETO

This is the only Agrotourism we work with, there are a whole number of small lodges all with their own peculiarities and charms.

Website Querceto

Tripadvisor Comments Querceto

Hotel: Villa La Massa, Florence. Tuscany

5 Miles from Florence, sister property to Villa D’Este. Big money, big expectations. Tranquillity assured.

Website Villa La Massa

TripAdvisor Comments

Hotel: Badia a Coltibuono, Chianti. Tuscany

This Abbey is one of our favourites, some wonderful apartments, we like the higher room categories and the food is truly great and they have in-depth cooking experiences.

Website Badia a Coltibuono

TripAdvisor Comments

Hotel Le Fontanelle, Chianti. Tuscany

Radda in Chianti. Well placed for exploring Chianti and Siena wine regions, with some super rooms but high costs overall mean this is a place to come and be, not to be out and about all day in wine.

Website Hotel Le Fontanelle

TripAdvisor Comments

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

TripAdvisor Comments

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

Tripadvisor Comments Castello di Fonterutoli

Hotel: Villa San Lucchese. Siena Countryside. Tuscany

Villa San Lucchese has a typical setting and the stunning views of Tuscany. Near San Gimignano & Siena located in a special position in top of a picturesque hill in the region of Chianti, it is an elegant 4-Star Hotel at 1 km from the centre of Poggibonsi. With  truly stunning  gardens  and pool area. The 37 rooms are furnished in classic and very elegant style. One of the most important estates in this zone (Castello di Monsanto) is just minutes away.  We like to think of this as a perfectly placed retreat between Florence and Siena (closer) and an ideal base for visiting the wine valleys of Montalcino, Montepulciano. Prices are really reasonable for the zone and the food and Beverages again reflect well priced mid range budget. The Clientele of the Villa are mainly northern European with a smattering of the Americas there. We like the Cooking experiences and  the location speaks for itself. All in all very recommendable for clients who want the Tuscan dream view without the 5 star prices.

Villa San Lucchese Website

TripAdvisor Comments

—————————————–

Hotel: Suite d’Artista, Montalcino. Tuscany

Want to stay in the centre of Montalcino and have the luxury of a beautiful garden too? Suite d’Artista could fit the bill. This small house has it all, sauna, steam room, professional kitchen where we can make cooking experiences. More gadgets that you can imagine, all set in your own gardens with stunning views and an external Jacuzzi. This intimate stay is perfectly located in the centre of the delightful Montalcino. Cannot say enough good things about it.

There is No website nor TripAdvisor Comments. The Owner prefers to keep things quiet, Being just one Apartment we understand. It’s a special place, a home away from home.

Hotel: Castello di Casole, Siena Countryside. Tuscany

If you know Timbers resorts from the USA you know what to expect, well placed for everything from Siena and Montalcino.

Website Castello Di Casole

TripAdvisor Comments

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 

TripAdvisor Comments

Hotel: Villa Poggiano, Siena Countryside. Tuscany

VILLA POGGIANO

Delightful villa set in the most wonderful gardens, strong management, the villa has rooms on the first floor we do not recommend as they are dark, but second floor rooms and the separate small dependance annexes we like, the pool is unique in the style of the 30’s.

Website Villa Poggiano

Tripadvisor Comments Villa Poggiano

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

TripAdvisor Comments

Hotel: Podere La Bandita Town House, Pienza. Tuscany

This is only for the young and uber trendy set, we love Pienza and this is high design but with flair and a superb wine list.

Website Podere La Bandita Town House

TripAdvisor Comments

—————————————–

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

TripAdvisor Comments

 

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

TripAdvisor Comments

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

TripAdivsor Comments

 

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

Tripadvisor Comments

Hotel: L’Andana, Maremma. Tuscan Coast

Alain Ducasse’s kitchen is the main draw here and even if Alain is rarely around, dinner is a world class event, one or two nights will do it, the grounds are a delight and it’s also handy for Bolgheri and the Morelino de Scansano wineries. This is a large structure and works best in the more happening months.

Website L’Andana

TripAdvisor Comments

Contact us