Villa Cora offers a haven amidst Florence's undulating hills while being close enough to access the hubbub of the city on foot. A restored Florentine palace with exquisite historical salons & what is claimed to be Florence’s finest ballroom.
At a Glance
A superb spa is located in an adjacent wing
Despite being situated in the Florentine hills, you can still access the city on foot
The rooms in the main hotel offer a choice of charming rose patterns or richly decorated Moorish styles
Treadmills placed in a gazebo in the gardens in the summer months offer an interesting vista towards the city
Lace up your running shoes and choose either the 30 or 60-minute route the concierge suggests for a truly wonderful jogging route in and at the edge of FlorenceScott Dunn team
Ladies staying in Rose floor rooms can snuggle up in rich cotton bathrooms charmingly embossed with a bright pink roseScott Dunn team
Very cleverly the dining room retains all of its history but with a super modern twist in the form of a central Perspex table that changes colorScott Dunn team
The main villa has a rooftop terrace where you can ask for a private supper to be servedScott Dunn team
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It is hard to fault this stunning property. It has all that one hopes for from a city hotel but rarely gets. Vast gardens, amazing views, a splendid outdoor pool, luxury spa, excellent restaurant but most importantly proximity to Florence.
In terms of location, Villa Cora sits majestically in the hills above the city meaning it has splendid views but it is also close enough for guests to wander into Florence on foot. The walk will take an easy 15-minutes through charming scenery (the Boboli gardens offer one route in season) with you emerging right on the river Arno, close to Ponte Vecchio.
The staff will make you feel at home from the moment you arrive to check-in at the beautiful lobby. Be sure to pop into the Sala degli Specchi ballroom to start your stay in style. Mind you the Hall of Cards and White Hall are equally charming places to relax with an Aperol Spritz in hand.
Decor wise expect rich colors, lavish fabrics, marble fireplaces and painted ceilings - all continued even in the annex stable building which now houses more bedrooms and suites. Two floors of the main building offer a choice of the "Rose" or "Moorish" rooms which couldn't be more different. Rose rooms are bright and airy with floral patterns and even a rose embroidered robe for ladies awaits. The next level up with the Moorish rooms means darker colors, lots of wood and inlay and delicate mosaic tiling.
In another annex the restaurant sits beside the pool, with breakfast, lunch and dinner served here when weather permits. Otherwise diners move inside. On certain evenings the hotel conjures up a barbecue feast offering a myriad spread of locally sourced meats - everything from Tuscan sausages to Florentine steak as well as fresh seafood.
Beneath the stable building is a superb spa with small gym, tepidarium, sauna and hammam. With four treatment rooms, the SPA offers oriental and European massages as well as signature treatments from the range of beauty guru Sarah Chapman.
Grand Hotel Villa Cora is indeed very grand but without being too stuffy or formal. Instead it is welcoming and wonderful and the perfect place for a longer sojourn to Florence when the desire to sightsee is equalled by a desire to secure some much deserved rest and relaxation.
The hotels offers 46 rooms and suites in the main palace as well as in the annex stable building and smaller garden building. All three offer beautifully decorated rooms with rich fabrics and antique furniture, save one Suite 401.
Within the main building you will find four distinct floors, each with its own particular style: the "noble floor" with marvelous frescoes; the second dedicated to the ex-empress Eugenia widow of Napoleon III and to the roses that were her favorite flower, the third dedicated to the Orient, with Moorish accents and the fourth floor just one junior suite 401 inspired by the American fabulous '50's.
The Imperial Suite is an homage to the Japanese Emperor Akihito who stayed in Villa Cora in 1982. Located on the Noble Floor it encompasses the whole facade of the hotel and claims stunning views. With original fresoes by Pietrasanta and Samoggia, a huge red velvet four-poster bed, a second room with blue four-poster bed, Carrara marble bathrooms and a small balcony.
Suites at Villa Cora are inspired by the famous people who have stayed - Tchaikovsky, Grace Kelly and Madame Debussy. All located on the first “Noble Floor” and on the second "Rose Floor”. All the rooms feature a four-poster bed, wooden floors and antique furniture. The suites have a separate living room with a sofa and marble bathrooms.
Junior Suites offer a variety of decor, from Oriental to rose themed and 1950's glamour. There is one Junior Suite located on the 4th floor which is unique with its violet velvet finishing, hand painted decoration in white and gold and three large windows overlooking the internal garden. All Junior Suites offer a living area and Cararra marble bathroom.
Deluxe Rooms offer a view on the internal park and on the hills and some offer balconies. Each deluxe room is decorated with rich fabrics and antique furniture and they have either king size or twin beds and marble bathrooms.
The unique Duplex Rooms are located on the “Noble Floor” and are composed of two separate rooms spread over two levels connected by an internal stair case. The master bedroom and a sitting area are located on the ground floor while two twin beds can be found on the upper floor. The rooms offer original 19th century frescoes and antiques as well as two marble bathrooms.
The Family Room is situated in the Principal Villa on the third floor known as the “Moorish Floor”. It is composed of two spacious and beautiful rooms. The first is the master bedroom while the second has two single beds. There are two marble bathrooms and a panoramic terrace. The Family room can accommodate up to four adults.
Classic rooms are located in the annex buildings in the gardens. Each room is original in its style, with rich decoration and unique antique furnishing. The rooms have either king size or twin beds and marble bathrooms.
Children are welcome but there are no specific facilities. Babysitting is available on request.
Villa Cora boasts four incredible halls - Salone degli Specchi (Hall of Mirrors), Sala Bianca (White Hall), Sala delle Carte (Hall of the Cards) and the Sala delle Ceramiche (Hall of the Ceramics) where meals are served at different times of the year.
Chef Federico Vannini serves up authentic Tuscan food using seasonal ingredients while cakes and chocolates are created by Chef Confectioner Luca Pecarelli.
Villa Cora has two restaurants: Pasha in Sala Moresca (Moorish Hall) offering breakfast, lunch and dinner while Le Bistrot, by the pool is open from April to October in place of Pasha.
Le BarLong, is located in the Sala delle Ceramiche (Hall of the Ceramics) and the perfect place to unwind with an aperitif.
The hotel itself offers a swimming pool and excellent spa and the concierge can suggest excellent jogging routes. But the main attraction is its proximity to the rich history of Florence. Art galleries, palazzos and museums like the Uffizi mean your days can easily be filled exploring the art & culture of this magnificent city.
Location & Directions
Villa Cora is located in the undulating hills overlooking Florence. You can access the city on foot in about 20minutes through the Boboli Gardens. The hotel is located on Viale Machiavelli 18, less than 15-minutes by hotel shuttle from the Ponte Vecchio.
When to go
The hotel closes for the winter with the opening and closing dates varying each year but from Spring through to Fall this is the perfect base for discovering all that Florence has to offer.