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From Florence and Pisa to Siena and Grosseto, there are thousands of luxurious places to stay. It’s hard to narrow it down to just five; but someone has to do it. Here’s Forbes Travel Guide’s take on the best places to stay in Tuscany:
1. Villa San Michele. Perched on a hilltop above Florence, Villa San Michele is housed in a former monastery. This romantic hotel dates back to the 15th century and offers views of Florence that seemingly last for miles. With a swimming pool surrounded by lush gardens, you can soak up the Tuscan sun. Each of the 46 rooms is outfitted with antique furnishings and great views.
2. Il Falconiere. Originally built as a beautiful Tuscan villa in the 17th century, Il Falconiere still retains that welcoming charm. Located in the hills of Cortona, this Relais & Chateaux hotel has just 22 rooms. The elegant décor allows each of the rooms to have its own personality, while remaining luxurious at the same time.
3. Four Seasons Hotel Firenze. At this hotel you get the spectacular service and accommodations that Four Seasons is known for, with a hefty dose of history and art. From the museum-like lobby lounge to the palatial Royal Suite, Four Seasons Hotel Firenze is fit for a king. Whether you stay in a guest room in the 500-year-old Palazzo della Gherardesca or a room in the 16th-century convent, you’ll be rolling in history.
4. Castel Monastero. Housed in an 11th-century castle in Tuscany’s Chianti region, Castel Monastero is unique experience. The surrounding medieval village called Monastero dell’Ombrone adds to the pleasure. All of the rooms are decked out with beautiful Tuscan-style furnishings and modern luxuries like flat-screen TVs and mini-bars.
5. Il Pellicano. Sitting on Tuscany’s coast, Il Pellicano is a beautiful resort where you can escape from it all. This Relais & Chateaux property has six cottages in addition to its main building and each room is as delightful as the next. Surrounded by impeccably landscaped gardens, the luxurious guestrooms offer stunning views of the Tyrrhenian Sea, the courtyard and the fragrant gardens.