At a Glance
Set on the wooded hillside near Fiesole, overlooking Florence
A beautifully renovated 15th century villa which blends traditional features with modern luxury
Relaxing outdoor pool with views across the treetops towards the red roofs of Florence
First class restaurant using seasonal produce grown locally and from the kitchen's own organic garden
Incredible spa offering the best in pampering treatments
Stunning terrace looking out towards the city and the Duomo
Best time to Visit
Good time to visit
Average time to visit
Florence is an exciting place to visit at any time of the year, and most attractions are open all year round. The best time to visit Florence is in May, early June, late September and October. Days during those months are usually warm, and quite long. July and August are hot and humid with many tourists. Since most Italians leave their hot cities in the summer, many restaurants are closed in Florence.
Winter can get cold, particularly January but it is quiet. Temperatures are more favourable in the spring and autumn months.
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Set high on the hills of Fiesole in a converted 15th century villa with breathtaking views across Florence, Il Salviatino is the perfect place to escape the city bustle while still being close enough to dip into Florence's many diversions when you wish.
With Florence just fifteen minutes down the road, Il Salviatino is a luxurious retreat, complete with stunning panoramas across the wooded hillsides of Fiesole to the iconic skyline of the city. The pretty terrace where breakfast and dinner are served boasts enviable views towards the Duomo, as do many of the rooms.
Lovingly restored, the building was originally a 15th century villa and the decor today contains many nods to the hotel's past. Antique bath tubs feature in some rooms, while the walls are covered with valuable artworks and dotted with 19th-century frescoes. Rooms are spacious and feature rich woods, large beds and silver candelabras.
The kitchen, aptly named La Cucina, serves local produce that has either been sourced locally or grown in the hotel's own organic garden. During the summer months there is also waiter service throughout the day around the pool area, which is located in a peaceful part of the garden. The spa, one of the hotel's big draws, is also to be found here and offers an incredible array of pampering treatments.
Fiesole itself is a charming town flanked by green hillsides, within a 30-minute walk of the hotel. For something a little different the kitchen would be happy to prepare a picnic for you so you can spend a leisurely day exploring the walking trails in the countryside around the town. Of course Florence is tantalisingly close and the hotel's complimentary shuttle bus means the famous sights of the Ponte Vecchio, the Duomo, the Campanile and the Uffizi, among many others, are within each reach.
All rooms at this luxurious hotel have been renovated to exceptional standards and reflect the surrounds of Il Salviatino. All rooms and suites feature 100% Tuscan linen, WiFi, Nespresso coffee machines, Plasma TVs and some have their own Jacuzzis and palazzos overlooking the Tuscan countryside.
Children are welcome, although the style of Il Salviatino lends itself better to couples or families with older children.
Il Salviatino has a first class spa featuring a range of treatments. The signature treatment is called the 'Tuscany Pleasure' and is a full face and body extravaganza, it includes a wine gel body scrub, massage and facial and last approximately three hours. Shorter treatments including manicures, pedicures, facials and massages are also on offer.
The concierge operates a complimentary shuttle bus service between Il Salviatino and the center of Florence throughout the day at regular intervals.
The hotel's restaurant, La Cucina, offers a selection of locally sourced, organic delicacies. Gastronomic delights include dishes such as oven baked lamb shanks, traditional Italian lasagne, foie gras and red fruit parfait. The menu changes on a regular basis and during the summer months a wide selection of salads, pasta and grilled meat and fish are available around the pool area.
The hotel also runs its own cooking school where guests can learn how to prepare some Italian specialties and experience a typical day in the life of a chef. The day starts with a trip to the local market to source fresh produce and ends with a final tasting.
Il Salviatino has a very pleasant pool surrounding by sun loungers with views across the wooded hillsides of Fiesole. For when you want to be more active, the concierge can arrange private painting classes, cookery lessons, wine tasting or a session with a personal trainer. The olive groves around Il Salviatino are perfect for walking and the hotel can arrange a picnic for the day. One off experiences such as a visit to one of Florence’s skilled craftsmen to have shoes or a shirt made to measure are also available, not to mention the wealth of historic sites to explore in Florence itself.
Sarah Byrne (Staff)
This is a glorious hotel set amidst peaceful gardens with a beautiful view over Florence. It works well for both families and couples with the latter able to choose one of the Greenhouse rooms in the gardens. It offers probably the best spa set up of our Florence hotels - housed in a separate building near the pool, it even has a Thai masseuse.
Classic walking tour of Florence
Explore the city's most famous landmarks with your private guide who will be able to bring these well known sights to life. Highlights include Cathedral Square and the iconic Duomo, the Accademia Gallery and the Ponte Vecchio.
Culinary tour of Florence
Discover the wonders of Florentine cuisine as you tour the city with your private guide on this culinary tour. Walk around Florence, visiting famous culinary landmarks and stopping for delicious tasters along the way.
Florence by boat and on foot
Discover Florence from a new perspective - aboard a Florentine gondola cruising along the Arno River. After a walking tour of the city's highlights, sit back and relax on the boat as you watch the sun set over the rooftops of Florence.
Florence scavenger hunt
Explore Florence with an exciting scavenger hunt and discover the secrets behind the city. You'll uncover clues as you travel around the city, learning about Florence's interesting past on the way. Find the treasure and reward yourself with gelato!
Florentine cuisine masterclass
Discover the flavors of Florence with an immersive cooking masterclass. Your chef will teach you the secrets of Tuscan cooking as you learn how to prepare a four-course meal. As a reward for all your hard work tuck in to your delicious creations!
Fresco or mosaic making masterclass
Discover the art techniques of Rome throughout the ages with a fresco or mosaic making masterclass. Perfect for children, this workshop will have our youngest guests following in the footsteps of the great Italian artists of the past.
Gelato making workshop
Discover the traditional art of gelato making with a workshop in one of Florence's gelaterias. Get creative as you combine fresh ingredients to make your favorite ice cream, with guidance from the experts!
Palatine Gallery and Boboli Gardens
Explore the official residence of the Medici family, and the impressive collection of art housed within the Palatine Gallery. Discover the works of Raphael, Rubens and Titian before marvelling at the beautiful landscaping of the Boboli Gardens.
Tour of the Uffizi Gallery
Discover some of the most famous artworks and step back into Renaissance Florence; the epicenter of art and culture. Visiting the Uffizi Gallery is a must do, offering a chance to see the beautiful works of Botticelli and Michelangelo.
Location & directions
Nestled in the hills which overlook Florence, the villa is just 15 minutes away from the hustle and bustle of the city, but conveys the feeling of being lost in the abundant Tuscan countryside. There is a complimentary shuttle bus, which provides guests with an easy way to explore the Florence.