5-Star Hotel Guide

Florence and Tuscany

Florence, the birthplace of the Renaissance, changed the way we see the world, then and now

Florence and Tuscany
Florence and Tuscany

5-star guide to Florence & Tuscany

It's not just the verdant rolling scenery that gives Tuscany its soul. From aesthetically perfect Florence, a treasure trove of Renaissance art and architecture, to the mesmerising streets of Siena, the ancient towers of San Gimignano and ancient hilltop towns in the Val d'Orcia, you will never be far from culture and fine cuisine.

If you want a combination of culture and a relaxed escape from it all, then Florence and the magical region of Tuscany should be on your agenda. Here you will one of the world's most exquisite cities surrounded by incredible scenery. Within 15 minutes of the city you will find olive groves scattered among vineyards on rolling hills, with a gentle mist hugging the lowland at night. It's unbelievably beautiful.

Hire a car at Pisa airport or Florence (or even Rome) and explore. Drive south from Florence and take in the verdant green landscapes of Chianti, then the rolling hills of the Val d'Orcia where you will find hilltop towns, like picturesque Pienza, that will simply take your breath away. Continue further south and west to the prairies of the Maremma, where cowboys still do roam, tending white herds of 'Chianina' beef cattle and where a new generation of wine makers have brought us fabulous 'Super Tuscan' wines like Ornellaia and Sassicaia - and more besides. The Maremma is also the finest part of the Tuscan coast, where the Tyrrhenian sea meets the exquisite Maremma National Park.

Handpicked Luxury Hotels

Luxury Explorer’s handpicked Tuscan luxury hotel delights range from luxury landmarks in Florence to 5 star urban retreats in historic abodes, to incredible country hideaways including a prestige wine estate in Brunello di Montalcino - Castiglion del Bosco. All our 5 star hotels are individually selected and personally reviewed, so we can guide you to the very best of the best of Tuscany from Villa San Michele to Borgo Santo Pietro.

The finest Luxury Villas in Tuscany

If you’re seeking extra privacy for a family getaway or a holiday with friends, explore our stunning collection of luxury Tuscan villas that range from a 5-star palazzo apartment in Florence to luxury villas in the countryside with incredible views over the stunning Tuscan landscape. Our luxury villas sleep between 8 to 30 guests, all have pools and are fully staffed, if required.

Each province of Tuscany has its own appeal, so one way of choosing a villa is to decide on a town or city you want to be within range of: Florence, Lucca, Siena, Pienza, Capalbio or San Casciano dei Bagni. Alternatively, find a villa with a view and explore - you won't be disappointed! Our Tuscan villa treasures are so unique and diverse that you’ll find it hard to choose beween them, but if you let us know your precise requirements our concierge team will recommend the perfect place for a memorable luxury villa escape.