Villa Cora is a mere 15-minutes walk from the Ponte Vecchio, yet wake up here and you’d be forgiven for thinking you were deep in the heart of the Tuscan countryside. This five-star hotel is set in a magnificent 19th-century villa and offers 44 delectable rooms, which all embrace rococo excess to varying degrees. Make the most of the beautiful weather with a walk in the landscaped park or make use of the hotel’s heated pool and on-site spa. You’ll want to be looking good when attending the champagne evenings on the rooftop bar.
There’s not an art fan in the world who hasn’t heard of Florence. The city’s streets are like large-scale open air museums in their own right, and that’s before you even get to the contents of the galleries. For the eye candy-seeking traveller, the city’s numerous luxury hotels in former Renaissance palaces should more than fit the bill, especially when many are within a stone’s throw of the major tourist spots and the city’s endless supply of things to do, including the Duomo and the Ponte Vecchio.
But if you’re looking for somewhere quieter to stay, hop across to the other side of the River Arno and get a break from the sightseers with a stay in one of the quirkier, smaller hotels located here. For our guide to Florentine hotels, we explored both sides of the river to bring you a guide that’s got something for everyone.