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A stone’s throw from Florence is a dream resort where the charm of a historic villa joins the amenities of a luxury hotel.

Villa Tolomei is an excellent, original example of a dramatic improvement to public property. Covering 3,500 square meters in a 17-hectare park in the hills right by Florence’s center, the property started in a state of disrepair and became a 5-star resort, a wonderful addition to the city’s accommodation options.

The fourteenth-century complex, owned by the state, was leased to Villa Tolomei Srl for 50 years, which turned it into this exquisite resort, heightening its Renaissance spirit without forgoing modern comforts.

The villa consists of 30 rooms, including three suites, embellished with frescoed ceilings. It has a fitness center, lounge bar, meeting rooms and a restaurant where the tradition of Tuscan cuisine is combined with sophisticated, new twists on classic dishes.

Outside is a swimming pool with a sweeping view of Florence. The pool is set in the grounds of the villa, surrounded by two acres of vineyards, olive trees and a 17-acre farm.

The villa is immersed in the enchantment of days of yore, the perfect place for those seeking the comfort of a hotel paired with the seclusion of an exclusive villa.