The Italian countryside is in full view at these lavish hotel properties in Tuscany.
In a village in the Florence province, surrounded by rolling hills, vineyards, and olive trees, lies the newly opened Toscana Resort Castelfalfi. What was once an 800-year-old medieval village has been transformed into a luxury residential and resort property offering guests gourmet cuisine, hotel accommodations, outdoor activities from horseback riding to trekking and biking, and tours of the estate’s 25 acres of vineyards and 10 acres of olive groves.
The property also boasts the only golf course in the Tuscan region, the Golf Club Toscana Resort Castelfalfi featuring an 18-hole, par-72 Mountain Course and a 9-hole, par-37 lakeside course.
Ready to accept guests is the 31-room Hotel La Tabaccaia, which opened last March. Construction will being this year on the resort’s second property, a four-star, 120-room wellness and spa resort. Also scheduled to open in May is Il Castello (The Castle) where guests can dine at the resort’s second restaurant La Rocca di Castelfalfi headed by Michelin-star chef Michele Rinaldi, take an Italian cooking course, enjoy a wine bar, cigar lounge, dine-in theater, artisan shop and both an indoor and outdoor terrace.
Rates for a standard room at Hotel La Tabaccaia start at $146 per night. For more information, visit toscanaresortcastelfalfi.com.
Set on 11 acres of rolling hills in Fiesole, close to the city of Florence, is the luxury villa hotel, Il Salviatino. After a $20 million renovation, the hotel now features 45 rooms and suites while maintaining its historic charm with 19th century frescos and antique mosaics. Guests can savor Italian cuisine at Michelin-star chef Carmine Calo’s fine-dining restaurant or take in a treatment at Spa at Salviatino by Vranjes.
Il Salviatino is now offering a Perfect Proposal package valid now until April 30. The package offers guests 2-night accommodations, a la carte breakfast, a 1-hour couple’s massage, romantic candlelight dinner, and a 3-hour tour with a personal shopper to jewelry shops in Florence; and if the proposal is rejected, the villa is offering a back-up plan—open bar all night. Rates for the Perfect Proposal package start at $2,266 with accommodations in a Deluxe Double room. For more information, visit salviatino.com.