5-Star Hotel Guide


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


5-star guide to Florence

It's not just the verdant rolling scenery that gives Tuscany its soul. At the heart of Tuscany is the aesthetically perfect Florence, a treasure trove of Renaissance art and architecture: 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.

Luxury Explorer’s handpicked Florentine luxury hotel delights range from luxury city landmarks and 5 star urban retreats in historic abodes, to incredible country hideaways just outside the magical urban centre. Hotel Relais Santa Croce is at the historic heart of Florence dating from the 18th century with all the opulence of that era. In contrast, a mere 15mins out of the city centre you will find yourself at Villa La Massa, a grand mansion in minature of the banks of the River Arno.

In the hills above Florence you will find Fiesole, where two of our favourite hotels offer  historical interest, stunning views over the city, with space and peace to relax and unwind, yet in 10-15 minutes you can be in the heart of the city.  Belmond Villa San Michele, with its fa├žade attributed to Michelangelo, is the grand dame of luxury hotels in Florence, whilst Il Salviatino offers a fusion of Renaissance and 21st century style.

All our 5 star hotels are individually selected and personally reviewed, so we can guide you to the very best of the best of what Florence has to offer, with some new introductions coming soon.