Torre di Bellosguardo

Via Roti Michelozzi 2 | Florence, FI 50124  [SEE MAP]Florence, FI  [SEE ADDRESS]
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TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 5

This is my favorite hotel in Florence, Italy.

Oct 25th, 2019

This Hotel is almost pure Renaissance - which is the best fit for a stay in Florence. It has been upgraded with modern amenities but the essence of a Renaissance Villa has not been lost. By way of example, the lift is hidden in what looks at first inspection to be a beautiful old wardrobe. I have been coming here on and off for 30 years. My Italian husband and I have had our own small apartment in Florence for 20 years so we dont return as often as in the past but we arranged for 16 relatives and their partners and a couple of children to stay there for a family reunion in June, 19 and it was perfect. But we have for many years recommended Villa Torre Bellosguardo to anyone who asks us for a place to stay in Florence. The Villa overlooks Florence and is surrounded by a beautiful renaissance style garden and an olive grove beyond. There is a small but beautiful pool that has the benefit of a post card view of old Florence and the Duomo as you lie on the chaise and look over the nearby hedge. The rooms are mostly enormous and you are able to look up into the 4 or 5 meter high, frescoed or timber detailed ceiling, which is a wonderful delight. It is run by a family. So if you are expecting the Four Seasons or some chain hotel with staff that are highly trained and impersonal - this is not the place for you. It is a boutique hotel in the best of the family hotel traditions. It is a long walk into the Historic Center but otherwise the taxis seem to be quickly and readily available. The Hotel only serves breakfast in a perfect 15 Century loggia that overlooks the green hills behind Florence and casual meals around the pool for lunch. You have to go down the hill for dinner but the nearby restaurants are local restaurants serving local discerning clientele not the day tourists with low expectations, as happens in the center. The Family Reunion included people who came from Australia and London and all over Italy. Their stay was wonderful for both the young couples looking for a romantic weekend and for the families who had small suites where the children could be overseen. It was fantastic. All the young Australians and Italian relatives caught up again in one group for the first time, in an idealistic environment. The owners also run a cooking school. I have not done the course but we did have a beautiful meal cooked by them, for 27 people. The food was wonderful. And this was confirmed by our guests the majority of whom were Italians from both the north and the south of Italy. They are well acquainted with what good Italian food should taste like and like most Italians were ready, willing and able to discuss the food at length, much to the amusement of the Australians. My first stay at Villa Bellosguardo was 28 years ago in July when I stayed there for about 5 days with my 5 year old twin nieces while their parents took a break in London. We spent the mornings exploring the Villa, the gardens and the olive groves. Lunch was around the pool after swimming and watering the garden with water pistols. And as it got cooler about 3 pm we went into the the old city. The girls played soccer with a drink can in the Piazza Santa Croce; marvelled at David and sat in the Loggia di Lanza eating gelato. I gave up on the Uffizzi but they did run backwards and forwards across the Ponte Vecchio stopping in the middle to watch the Arno run its course. We ate very late (for 5 year olds) - always spaghetti bolognaise - and returned to the Villa at about 10pm having missed the heat of the day. The girls still remember whole sectors of those 5 days and it remains a favorite holiday destination for them. TRIPADVISOR.COM USER 

TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 5

What a treat for our family!

Oct 16th, 2019

We were recommended Bellos Gaurdos by a friend in Seattle and we were absolutely blown away. The hotel grounds were majestic. Donkeys, Pomegranate trees, the pool with an amazing view of Florence, and many private spots to reflect. We were blown away. Then, OUR ROOM! Huge, comfortable bed- huge room, beautiful tub & bathroom, ornate woodwork, and generous space. There was an incredible breakfast, and happy hour in a modest bar in the main house. The services are minimal but lovely, this leaves a sense of peace and freedom so guests can relax and explore their thoughts. A 15 minute walk, down hill, to the heart of Florence where there are amazing restaurants and shops. Unforgettable. Treat yourself TRIPADVISOR.COM USER 

TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4

Bit of a walk into Florence but worth it for the views!!

Oct 3rd, 2019

Many a taxi driver told us you wont get a better view anywhere in Florence. The building & grounds were just beautiful. Pool unheated and had a mosquito issue when we were staying so nobody swimming, just lounging and enjoying view! Breakfast views amazing, cold buffet breakfast for 20euros each which felt steep, however they did only charge us for 1 on our 2night stay. Its a very old big echoey building so expect noisy pipes and crashing about - but all in all totally worth it for the beauty of it! It was our honeymoon and no acknowledgment but didnt matter really. TRIPADVISOR.COM USER 

TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 5

An incredible, historical gem!

Sep 29th, 2019

This is a special place and we thoroughly enjoyed our stay! We were a little nervous as we brought our 4 and 1 year olds but it worked out fine. The villa is dripping with history and is incredible. We even found the furniture interesting. The expansive, wandering gardens are wonderful to explore. Even in September there were many things blooming. There are so many special, hidden spots to discover tucked away throughout the grounds. I thoroughly enjoyed just walking around and exploring. And did we mention the views of Firenze?? Whew. I was entirely happy posted up by the admittedly bracing pool eating the most delicious caprese I’ve ever had and taking in the view. Sure there are a few things that are a little rough around the edges (a little rust in the shower, a drippy faucet, a lackluster hairdryer (as others have mentioned, etc)) but it didn’t take away from the charm of this experience at all. I can’t imagine the constant upkeep on a rambling old place like this. The staff were all kind and welcoming and helpful. Treat yourself! It’s a real gem! TRIPADVISOR.COM USER 

TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 5

Not your everyday hotel

Sep 25th, 2019

Found this place through Alistair Sawdays “Special Places to Stay”.It is certainly very special, it’s not every day you get to stay in a place with so much heritage and history. I wasn’t sure to give it 5 stars or not but in the end there is so much that is special about this place it’s worth trying.The location can be criticised because it is up a steep hill ( which is terrifyingly narrow if you are driving and not used to these very narrow old European streets ), but that is part is its charm, it is like a soothing oasis when you return fto Om a hard days sightseeing. We tended to walk down the hill and get a taxi back, but getting a taxi both ways will not break the bank and is worth it for the location and the amazing view. The staff especially the guys at the front desk were friendly and helpful. The criticisms I would make are that the lighting in the room was very dim, it was very hard to read,the hairdryer was hopeless, and there is only a sit down hand held shower so we limited ourselves to baths while there which got a bit tedious after the first couple of days.The lighting and hairdryer issues coukd be solved without a great expense, not sure about the shower, or if that was just our room . TRIPADVISOR.COM USER 

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