Tuscany is a magical region in Italy that combines idyllic landscapes with historic cities that brim with art and culture. When it comes to finding somewhere to stay, there is plenty of hotel choice and Lulu has personally picked the best boutique hotels in Tuscany, from luxury hotels in Florence to B&Bs near Scarlino and gorgeous spots in between. One of the best all-round boutique hotels in Tuscany is Castello Banfi il Borgo which can be found on the Mariani family's award-winning vineyard and winery near Montalcino in the Brunello region of Tuscany.

Florence

The jewel in Tuscany’s crown is Florence, with its compact UNESCO World Heritage centre, collections of famous masterpieces (the Uffizi Gallery and the Accademia Gallery should be top of the list) and world-famous Duomo. From centrally-located luxury Florence hotels such as JK Place Florence to the Casa Howard guest house and out of town boutique hotel options which include theMarignolle Relais & Charme, a boutique hotel in the countryside near Florence, the Chic Retreats selection of Tuscan boutique hotels caters for all tastes and budgets.

Lucca

An hour’s drive west of Florence Albergo Villa Casanova is an 18th-century farmhouse surrounded by 360 acres of woodland that has been transformed into a luxury boutique hotel near Lucca with 14 large suites, an infinity pool and a tennis court. It’s another of our carefully considered luxury hotels in Tuscany and great place to unwind for a few days. For a foodie treat, book a table for dinner at romantic Buca di Sant’Antonio in Lucca and visit the nearby sites, which include several churches (the Duomo di San Martino is one of the best) and Piazza Anfiteatro, a former Roman amphitheatre which is now lined with shops. A highlight of the year is the Puccini Festival, named after the great composer who was born in the city, which takes place at the open-air theatre of Torre del Lago in July.

Pisa and the surrounding area

From Lucca, it’s a short 20 minute drive to Pisa, famous of course, for its Leaning Tower in Campo dei Miracoli. The tower became too heavy for the subsoil when it was being built and began to tilt after only 3 of its 8 storeys were complete: it was later stabilised and is now the town’s much-photographed, world-famous tourist attraction. After a day in Pisa, have a casual supper at Antica Trattoria Il Campano, which is famous for its Tuscan dishes: homemade pasta with cod, leeks and tomato sauce, sirloin steak with chianti sauce. An hour away is Barbialla Nuova, comprised of 7 self-catering apartments and a Tuscan farmhouse in the middle of a 500 hectare estate which is ideal for nature lovers. The estate is home to the famous white truffle of San Miniato so if you visit in autumn, you can join the truffle hunters on a dig.

For another equally gorgeous luxury hotel option, take a look at Borgo Santa Pietro, a sought after boutique hotel in the village of Palazzetto (the garden suites are ideal for families) where you can do activities including hiking, cycling and horse riding or simply relax surrounded by fragrant herbs and roses. From either base you are perfectly positioned to discover Siena, where life revolves mostly around the cafe-lined Piazza del Campo and the duomo in Piazza del Duomo. The Torre del Mangia, the tallest tower in Tuscany which has spectacular views from the top, is also worth exploring. For dinner, eat at Osteria le Logge, just off the main square, where the menu includes such as zucchini tempira, porcini mushroom salad and pumpkin stuffed ravioli.

Scarlino and the surrounding area

For the best of both worlds - olive groves and woodland combined with fresh sea breezes and sandy beaches - carry on driving 1.5 hours towards Scarlino and the Gulf of Follonica. Book into Relais Vedetta, a small boutique hotel near Scarlino, Tuscany from where you can explore Etruscan archaeological sites such as Vetolina, do watersports and spend the day in the Maremma National Park (the most popular beach in the National Park is Marina di Alberese - be prepared to queue for the car park in the summer). At night, book a table at La Pineta, a Michelin-star restaurant right on the beach at Marina di Bibbona (and a favourite of Italian chef Antonio Carluccio). The fresh fish - which is usually simply grilled, served raw or pan-fried - is the main draw and the real must-have on the menu. Other restaurants in Tuscany worth checking out include Locanda Pietracupa in San Donato in Poggio and La Bottega in Volpia (the Bar-Ucci wine bar opposite has the same owners) where you can tuck into homemade pasta followed by a succulent pork roast.

Whether you prefer spending time seeing art, history and culture or touring the Chianti wine towns and estates, this plentiful region has a lot to offer - and we have the Chic Retreats, luxury B&Bs, apartments and boutique hotels in Tuscany to match.

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Il Borro

IL BORRO

arezzo, italy

Exceptional service, luxury and indulgence are just a few highlights that a stay in the medieval village Il Borro offer guests. Choose between one of the magnificent suites, farmhouses or historic villas and enjoy one of the many activities on offer during your stay in Tuscany.
Sasso al Melo

SASSO AL MELO

cutigliano, italy

A dream for all seasons, Sasso al Melo, with its 5 apartmetns, is perfect for winter skiing and hiking, fishing, riding and mountain biking in the summer. Situated on the border between Tuscany and Emilia it is perfectly located for those wanting to explore the best of both regions.

Villa Marsili

VILLA MARSILI

cortona, italy

Villa Marsili is a charming boutique hotel in Tuscany just minutes from the pedestrian zone of Cortona, one of the loveliest places to visit and not far from the green hills of Umbria.
Albergo Villa Marta

ALBERGO VILLA MARTA

lucca, italy

Albergo Villa Marta is a former hunting lodge which has been transformed into a boutique hotel near Lucca, Tuscany. This luxury country house hotel is hidden away in the Tuscan countryside allowing guests to totally relax and be personally looked after by Andrew and Alessia and their team.  Just 10 minutes by car from the historical centre of Lucca and 20 minutes from Pisa Albergo Villa Marta is in possibly one of best locations - Florence is only an hour away.
Antica Torre di Via Tornabuoni 1

ANTICA TORRE DI VIA TORNABUONI 1

florence, italy

Immersed in history, Antica Torre di via Tornabuoni 1 is a 13th-century building situated at the heart of Florence. The charming 22 rooms and suites at this luxury boutique hotel are elegant and refined and the service is discreet and very personal.

Argentario Golf Resort & Spa

ARGENTARIO GOLF RESORT & SPA

grosseto, italy

Argentario Golf Resort & Spa is unlike any other luxury hotel in Tuscany we know. This stunning contemporary hotel in the Maremma has been created using local stone, wood and glass, creating a masterpiece of design.
Asilo Masi

ASILO MASI

capannoli (pisa), italy

Asilo Masi is a luxury B&B located between the Tuscan towns of Pisa and Volterra. This historic house is owned by Countess Cristina Gotti Lega who offers guests exceptional Tuscan hospitality.
Barbialla Nuova

BARBIALLA NUOVA

florence, italy

Barbialla Nuova sits in the heart of Tuscany and has been in Guido Manfredi Rasponi's family for hundreds of years. When he graduated from university in 2003 he decided to transform the organic farm into an agriturismo with self-catering apartments with the help of a group of friends. 

Borgo I Vicelli

BORGO I VICELLI

florence, italy

Surrounded by 2,500 ancient olive trees, Borgo I Vicelli is a boutique hotel experience off the beaten track not far from the historical centre of Florence, the finest city in Tuscany, Italy.
Borgo Pignano

BORGO PIGNANO

volterra, italy

Borgo Pignano, Tuscany, as experienced by Delia Smith: ‘'To come away for rest and celebration and be somewhere which feels like a real home, IS a real home and to have such a gracious welcome and gracious service is more than we could have dreamed was possible. Thank you again much love’.'

Campo Regio Relais

CAMPO REGIO RELAIS

siena, italy

Campo Regio Relais is a boutique hotel in Siena with just 6 rooms and stunning views across the medieval city.
Castello di Velona

CASTELLO DI VELONA

castelnuovo dell'abate, italy

Set among the Siena hilltops in the heart of the National Reserve of the Val d’Orcia, a UNESCO World Heritage site, Castello di Velona is a luxury spa hotel and winery in Tuscany.

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