Hotel Villa Villoresi – Florence, Italy

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Villa Villoresi Hotel Toscana

Only a few miles away from the center of Florence, the handsome Patrician Villa Villoresi hotel in Toscana (Tuscany) is a spendid example of Renaissance architecture, full of art treasures with numerous carvings, amazing murals in pristine condition and high painted ceilings that make you hotel-toscana-firenze-villoresi feel as if you are sleeping on an open-air balcony overlooking formal Italian gardens.

The Villa Villoresi hotel Toscana makes a fabulous base for exploring the art treasures of Florence, but if you speak to someone who has been there, they will tell you that this hotel Toscana is an art treasure in its own right. One of the earliest and best representations of the post-Empire “Retour d’Egypte” existing in Italy resides here as a 40-meter long red-tiled entrance gallery, originally a passage for horses, that is entirely painted with Tuscan landscapes and Egyptian symbols.

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There are a number of villa-hotels with accommodation in the suburbs surrounding Florence (Firenze in Italian) which have more amenities, but none has the warmth and charm of Villa Villoresi Hotel Toscana. It is the home of the Villoresis, a noble Tuscan family, who have owned the villa for more than 200 years. Contessa Cristina Villoresi de Loche, the current owner, converted this hotel Toscana into a charming country house where guests share the same facilities as the family and their friends. Cristina runs the place with verve, high spirits and enthusiasm that verges on pure delight. entrance-gallery Her knowledge of art and history coupled with family legend is enchanting, and if you are staying a few days she can arrange for private visits to some famous houses, master craftsmen designers or artists and can instruct you in arts that have made this city world-famous.

Hotel Toscana Villa Villoresi is definitely something special. Not only are you within a stone’s throw of Florence, but wine-lovers will delight in visiting the Chianti road and some of the excellent wineries represented there. Siena is only 80 km away from the Villoresi Hotel Toscana and there are many other timeless medieval villages like San Gimignano nearby. Further south the historic town of Pienza is a UNESCO World Heritage Site worth visiting, which is also perfectly located between the famous wine producing towns of Montepulciano and Montalcino. If Tuscany with its art, wine and history turns you on, so will this lovely Villa Villoresi hotel Toscana … where along with the sense of history goes a sense of family.


~ Dinner with the Contessa ~
…The hotel Toscana Villa Villoresi had hosted guests throughout the centuries. One story relates that Dante’s wife, Gemma Donati, took refuge there when her husband went into exile. In the family’s former dining room, now a reading room, the walls are covered with paintings made by the Roman artist Bartolommeo Pinelli, (1781-1835) as thanks for the hospitality he received at the villa…
Sasha Paulsen • Napa Valley Register • 20 Feb 2011