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Il Salviatino

Florence, Italy

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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

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Best time to Visit

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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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Insider's View

Relax on the hotel's terrace with a glass of something chilled and admire the incredible view over the trees towards the Duomo and red rooftops of Florence.

Choose Il Salviatino if you enjoy an indulgent spa treatment after a hard days sightseeing

The rooms on the front of the hotel claim picture windows over Florence making them bright and airy with enviable views

Despite the hotels historic façade and reception areas, the rooms lean more towards a contemporary style so you can have the best of both worlds

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Description

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.

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Accommodation

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.

Childcare

Children are welcome, although the style of Il Salviatino lends itself better to couples or families with older children.

Services

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 centre of Florence throughout the day at regular intervals.

Facilities

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 specialities 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.

Activities

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.

Reviews

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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.

Experiences

  • 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.

  • Florence by private boat

    Take to the water and explore the city of Florence from a new perspective, on board a private boat. Cruise along the Arno with your private guide, enjoying views of the city's landmarks.

  • Fresco workshop in Florence

    Learn the fascinating art of fresco painting under the guidance of a real expert. Discover how these beautiful works of art are created before trying the techniques for yourself.

  • Gelato making workshop in Florence

    Learn how to create delicious and authentic Italian gelato in a private workshop with a professional chef. You'll discover the history behind this delicious dessert before making and tasting your own gelato.

  • Private Florence market tour and cooking class

    Head to one of Florence's bustling markets with a professional chef, where you'll choose your ingredients before heading to the kitchen and learning how to cook traditional Italian dishes.

  • Tour of the Duomo with an art historian

    The impressive Duomo, also known as the Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, is one of the most iconic monuments of Florence. Explore this incredible complex with your private guide and learn about its history and architecture.

  • Tour of the Uffizi Gallery

    Discover some of the most famous artworks and step back into Renaissance Florence; the epicentre 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

Florence, Italy

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.

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