Highlights

  • Gaze out over Florence with a cocktail in hand
  • Take a cooking class from a Tuscan master
  • Stay among Renaissance frescoes

Housed in a Renaissance monastery with a façade attributed to Michelangelo, this is undoubtedly one of Italy’s finest boutique hotels. And, it invites all the charms of its Tuscany surrounds in, with beautiful gardens host to 400-year-old wisterias, delightful dining and truly elegant rooms.


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Indeed, the hotel dates back to the mid-15th century and the monks’ library was even used by Napoleon Bonaparte – after he dissolved the monastic orders. It’s a rich history that lives on in Nicodemo Ferrucci’s 1602 fresco of The Last Supper and the main hall’s geometric wooden ceiling that bears the Davanzati Family Crest.

While remaining completely sensitive to the hotel’s past, there’s been plenty of welcome additions. In a nod to Florence’s graffiti, contemporary art is spread across the grounds, while the likes of a sleek swimming pool and cutting-edge spa round off a retinue of luxury facilities. Expect Swedish massages, yoga classes and a state-of-the-art gym.

The accommodation, however, is firmly rooted in the hotel’s rich past. Rooms are all positioned in the old monastery, featuring walnut furnishings, marble bathrooms and views of either the cloister or the spectacular surrounds. In turn, suites offer everything from private terraces to wall-to-wall glass and stone fireplaces. The Leonardo offering is especially impressive, so called for its positioned on the hill where da Vinci tested his famous flying machine.

It’s all wrapped up on a crest overlooking Florence. Expect views of cypress trees that spill down to terracotta rooftops, with the city itself reached by a complimentary transfer. And, this panorama is best taken in with a drink in the garden bar or on the dining terrace, where Tuscan delights make the most of ultra-fresh ingredients. There’s even a superb cookery school on site. 

Guide prices from £1,070 pp incl. flights

Price includes:

  • Return flights & luggage
  • 3 nights on a B&B basis in a Garden view room (upgrades available upon request)
  • Return private water taxi transfers to/from airport

pricing based on stays 01 Apr - 31 May / 04 Aug - 05 Sep / 29 Sep - 03 Nov 2019


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