Tuscany is a region in central Italy that boasts of nothing but postcard-perfect landscapes. Home to some of the world’s most recognizable Renaissance art and architecture in Florence, and a diverse landscape ranging from the rugged Apennine Mountains, forests to the golden wheat fields, silver olive groves, and pea-green vineyards, this place is a must visit when in Italy. That’s not even mentioning the stunning island of Elba’s beaches on the Tyrrhenian Sea! Tuscany literally has everything you could ever want in the country, including outdoor activities and luxury accommodation. To help you get the best out of Tuscany and its breathtaking scenery, here are a few of our top picks and personal recommendations for the best luxury stays in the region.

Castello Banfi – Il Borgo

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Location: 6.2 miles from Montalcino, Poggio alle Mura
Amenities: Massage | Fitness Center |Terrace | Garden | Bicycle Rental
Pool: Outdoor pool (seasonal)
Restaurants: Breakfast Room | Bar | Restaurant
Price Range: $570- 1500

Set on a hilltop and surrounded by lush vineyards, you’ll find a medieval castle that looks like something out of a fairytale; this is Castello Banfi Il Borgo. If this isn’t opulent enough for you, then maybe the interiors will wow you. Full of stone arches, antique chandeliers, and high-beam ceilings, this place oozes a superior countryside elegance. The same decor also extends to the classical rooms, which are very bright and open, offering big walk-in rain showers. With Tuscan-style interiors and views of the Ombrone valley and vineyards outside, there is natural beauty wherever you go. Offering exceptional facilities, such as an outdoor pool, gym, an exquisite restaurant and wine cellar, guests can enjoy free wine tastings and an overall outstanding service. Move over the Four Seasons and St Regis!

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Castel Monastero

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Location: 13.7 miles from Castel Monastero, Località Monastero D’Ombrone
Amenities: Sauna | Hot Tub | Spa & Wellness Center | Fitness Center | Garden | Tennis Courts | Horse Riding | Bicycle Rental
Pool: Yes
Restaurants: Two restaurants serving gourmet and Tuscan dishes
Price Range: $410- 750

Another stunning hotel in a picture perfect location, Castel Monastero is set in a converted monastery. As you can imagine, the place is simply stunning with a lot of history and character, but guests have mainly commented on the warm service and remarkable food! With a choice of two gourmet restaurants, guests can benefit from local Tuscan delicacies as well as a five-star breakfast where you can dine outdoors. The overall atmosphere is friendly and warm, with the addition of a spa and pool that helps create an extremely relaxed ambiance. With rustic rooms boasting sweeping views of Tuscany, you can bask in your luxurious bubble in Castel Monastero or venture outdoors for some adventure.

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Quick Info:

Location: Chianti area, Località Lupaia
Amenities: Terrace | Garden | Bicycle Rental
Pool: Yes
Restaurants: Breakfast Room | Bar | Restaurant
Price Range: $260- 360

Lupaia offers you everything you could ever want or need from a luxury hotel in the countryside: fantastic interior design, a comfortable room, stunning views of the surroundings and delicious food. What’s even better is the amicable service, that makes you feel like you’re at home away from home. Set in a converted stone farmhouse, the hotel is made up of 7 charming guest rooms that boast original wooden beams, restored fireplaces, and beautiful hand painted walls. Due to the small number of rooms, guests can enjoy a highly attentive and personalized service. This hospitality is also seen in the level of detail and facilities of the hotel, from the pristine gardens and two-level outdoor swimming pool embedded into the hillside to the cooking classes and cheese tasting events that are regularly held. If you’re looking for an incredible stay at a more affordable price, this is our top pick in Tuscany.

To compare prices and read reviews, check: Booking.com | Agoda | HotelsCombinedLupaia

Rosewood Castiglion del Bosco

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Location: 7.5 miles from Montalcino, Località Castiglion del Bosco
Amenities: Sauna | Spa & Wellness Center | Fitness Center | Terrace | Garden | Bicycle Rental | Golf Course | Tennis Courts | Horse Riding | Fishing | Kid’s Club
Pool: n/a
Restaurants: Breakfast Room | Bar | Restaurant
Price Range: $790- 2000

Situated in the Tuscan countryside, 7.5 miles from Montalcino, is the luxury hotel of Rosewood Castiglion del Bosco. As well as its amazing location, the hotel features a charming understated elegance which extends to the spacious rooms. Furthermore, the hotel offers facilities above and beyond the five-star standard. Take a dip in the outdoor swimming pool with sweeping views of Tuscany, feast on the generous American breakfast and fine Tuscan wine in the restaurant, and finish the day off with a pampering session at the spa. Whatever your idea of luxury, this hotel offers it all. A perfect choice for outdoor lovers, you can try your hand at horse riding, fishing, and hiking or cycling around the region.

To compare prices and read reviews, check: Booking.com | Agoda Rosewood-Castiglion-del-Bosco-

Il Pellicano

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Location: 1.9 miles from Argentario Golf Resort & Spa, Localita Sbarcatello
Amenities: Massage | Fitness Center | Terrace | Garden | Private Beach | Watersports Facilities | Tennis Courts | Table Tennis
Pool: Outdoor pool (seasonal)
Restaurants: Two restaurants 2 restaurants serving gourmet and Tuscan dishes, one with 1 Michelin-star
Price Range: $430- 1900

By now you can guess that the Il Pellicano Hotel is also in a stunning location. However, what makes this hotel unique is that it is situated on the cliffs overlooking the sea. With a cluster of cottages scattered around the gardens and being a 2-minute walk from the hotel’s private beach, guests get the best of both countryside and seaside accommodation. Sitting in the Michelin-starred restaurant, you can enjoy the gourmet dishes where all the food is made daily from fresh produce around the region. With exceptional food and incredible sea views, can it get more perfect than this? Offering a variety of exceptional facilities, including a heated seawater swimming pool, a pristine tennis court, and a luxurious spa, you won’t know what’s hit you until you stay at Il Pellicano.

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La Locanda Country Hotel

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Location: 1.9 miles from the medieval village of Volpaia , Località Montanino Di Volpaia
Amenities: Terrace | Garden | Hiking
Pool: Yes
Restaurants: Breakfast Room | Bar
Price Range: $460- 760

If you want a countryside escape with a family-like atmosphere, La Locanda Country Hotel is our top choice in Tuscany. Another small boutique hotel with just six guest rooms, there is nothing more unique than an intimate service. Hidden in the woods in the heart of the Chianti Classico region, this is the perfect place for seclusion where you can feast your eyes on stunning olive groves and vineyards that extend for miles around. Apart from scenic views, this magical hotel offers elegant country rooms, breakfast on the veranda, and a short walk to the charming old village of Volpaia. If you’re looking for the fairytale escape in the Tuscan hills, look no further than this hotel.

To compare prices and read reviews, check: Booking.com | Agoda | HotelsCombinedLa-Locanda-Country-Hotel

Hotel Osteria Dell’Orcia

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Location: Val d’Orcia Nature Reserve, cs. Podere Osteria
Amenities: Massage | Terrace | Garden | Bicycle Rental | Horse Riding | Tennis Courts | Table Tennis
Pool: Yes
Restaurants: à la carte Tuscan restaurant, managed by chefs Eliana and Simone
Price Range: $80- 200

If you want to step into a movie, then stay at the Hotel Osteria Dell’Orcia and take a walk to the stunning Bagno Vignoni. Visiting the nearby beautiful town of Monticchiello is also highly recommended. Set in a former post office from the 15th century, this incredibly historic hotel also sits on the UNESCO-protected Val d’Orcia Nature Reserve. With natural beauty guaranteed on the outside, the hotel has done its best to provide the same on the inside. Full of sophisticated and elegant decor, the family-run hotel provides traditional Tuscan style rooms with country furnishings. Offering an outdoor swimming pool, an a la carte restaurant, and an extensive wine list, it can’t get much better than this. For an unforgettable stay without having to break your bank, this hotel is a perfect choice.

To compare prices and read reviews, check: Booking.com | Agoda | HotelsCombinedHotel-Osteria-Dell'Orcia

Villa I Barronci

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Location: 1.2 miles from San Casciano in Val di Pesa, Via Empolese
Amenities: Sauna | Hot Tub | Spa & Wellness Center | Terrace | Garden | Bicycle Rental | Horse Riding | Table Tennis
Pool: Yes
Restaurants: In Vino Veritas, serving traditional Italian and Tuscan delicacies
Price Range: $100- 270

For a more modern experience in Tuscany, Villa I Barronci will provide you with just that. The hotel itself provides simplistic and flawless furnishings, with impeccable facilities such as an outdoor pool, a wellness center, and Ferrari and bicycle hire. With amazing locations nearby, namely Florence and San Casciano in Val di Pesa, it is highly recommended to hire bikes and explore the beautiful Chianti region. Another hotel that is hidden with the Tuscan nature, the charming rooms offer accommodation with traditional stonework and beams. You can spend your days enjoying the views of the valley, taking wine lessons, and watching the sunset while feasting on delicious Tuscan delicacies in the restaurant. For a first-class resort at a crazy price, you’ll need to book in advance for this one.

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Hotel Torre Di Cala Piccola

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Location: 5-minute drive from Porto Santo Stefano, Località Cala Piccola
Amenities: Massage | Terrace | Garden | Private Beach | Snorkeling | Diving | Horse Riding
Pool: Yes
Restaurants: La Torre d’Argento, offers a wide selection of fish and meat dishes
Price Range: $320- 680

Set on the cliffs of Monte Argentario, guests at Hotel Torre Di Cala Piccola can gorge on beautiful views of the Mediterranean Sea and Giglio Island. Just a 10-minute walk from the private beach, you won’t believe how close you are to the sea when you’re surrounded by luscious gardens and stone houses. When you come around to the other side of the hotel however, you will be rewarded with a large terrace and outdoor swimming pool, featuring colorful olive trees, a 17th-century Spanish tower and the sparkling sea in the background. Take advantage of the beach facilities and go snorkeling or diving, and spend your evenings enjoying fish, meat and fine wine at the hotel’s La Torre d’Argento restaurant.

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Locanda Rossa

Quick Info:

Location: 2.5 miles from Capalbio, Strada Capalbio Pescia Fiorentina
Amenities: Sauna | Spa & Wellness Center | Garden | Bicycle Rental | Table Tennis | Horse Riding
Pool: Yes
Restaurants: The Osteria Locanda Rossa restaurant serves specialties from the Capalbio area
Price Range: $310- 1800

Locanda Rossa has gorgeous apartments, fine facilities, and delicious food, but the true highlight of the hotel is the exceptional staff and their personal touch. Every guest has made note of the hospitality, stating that it really made the stay something special. Set amongst olive groves in the Tuscan hills, the hotel is a charming mix of traditional and modern styles. Offering a spa, a gourmet Tuscan restaurant, and two swimming pools, the hotel has an overall relaxed feel yet you will never feel more cared for. Another unique feature of this restaurant is that guests can purchase the property’s homemade honey and olive oil. There’s nothing better than food to keep the memory of a remarkable stay alive!

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All luxurious hotels in Tuscany are spot on for location, so your decision will be based on the hotel’s amenities, decor or level of service. Hopefully, this handpicked list of the best of the bunch will help you make a perfect choice and have the best countryside vacation in Italy.

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