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With a prime position overlooking the famous Boboli Gardens, the luxury boutique hotel Villa Cora is a stunning retreat tucked away just outside of Florence. The majestic villa was built in the 19th-century, earning a status as one of Italy’s finest residences, and is decked out in some of the most opulent materials of that gilded age, from glittering Murano glass to fine Carrara marble. Previous owners include Princess Eugenia, wife of Emperor Napoleon III; during its time as a royal residence the villa hosted such luminaries as the composer Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky and the Emperor of Japan.
Since becoming a hotel, the villa’s stunning historical interiors have been fully restored, and are complemented by all the facilities a discerning modern traveller might want, from a wellness spa and heated outdoor swimming pool, to an acclaimed restaurant serving contemporary twists on Tuscan classics. Although the pomp and circumstance of the Belle Époque has passed into the history books, Villa Cora remains a shining beacon of luxury and comfort.
Treat yourself to a refreshing pre-dinner aperitivo on the hotel’s rooftop bar during the summer months, where you can recline on the leather couches while enjoying a beautiful view of the city and a cocktail or a glass of fine champagne.
Bedrooms are spread across the main villa building and two adjacent buildings. The colourful rooms feature twin beds or king-size beds, and have an impressively luxurious décor with touches ranging from canopied beds to sumptuous hangings. The bathrooms are particularly elegant, fully decked out in Carrara marble. Many of the rooms boast stunning views across Florence or the gardens.
The large outdoor heated pool sits within the picturesque garden, where the deep greens of ancient oak trees and soft pastels of over 100 different rose varieties creates an air of tranquility and peace. For maximum comfort, the area surrounding the pool has underfloor heating. If you fancy indulging yourself, the hotel’s spa is equipped with a tepidarium, sauna, and hammam. Pamper yourself with one of the wellness or beauty treatments, making use of products from the renowned Officina Profumo-Farmaceutica di Santa Maria Novella, which has been perfuming Florentines since 1612.
There are many comfortable spots within the hotel’s historic building where you can lie back and indulge in pleasurable inactivity. The Card Room is devoted to tranquility, perfect for immersing yourself with a good read or taking a spot of Afternoon Tea. For an opulent evening treat, indulge with a cigar and a fine whisky or brandy in the smoking room, dominated by a monumental fireplace.
Villa Cora’s position means that you’re secluded from the hustle and bustle of the city streets, but still close enough to easily explore all that Florence has to offer. The Boboli Gardens, close to the hotel, are more appropriately described as an outdoor museum, featuring excellent examples of Renaissance and Baroque sculpture. The nearby Palazzo Pitti is a spectacular testament to the wealth and power of the Medici family: Napoleon and Victor Emanuel II, first king of Italy, have also called the palace home.
How to get there
Firenze Santa Maria Novella train station is a 20-minute drive from the hotel (5km)
Firenze Campo di Marte train station is a 15-minute drive from the hotel (7.1km)
The hotel can arrange transfers to and from the airport and station (extra charges apply)
Florence Amerigo Vespucci Airport is a 25-minute drive from the hotel (12km)
Pisa Galileo Galilei International Airport is a 1-hour drive from the hotel (81km)