Il Salviatino: 15th century palazzo luxury hotel outside Florence, Italy

If you are going to Florence and want truly sumptuous and memorable place to stay, consider Il Salviatino, a luxury hotel located in a restored 15th century villa on the hillside of Fiesole, with views of Florence and the rolling Tuscan landscape. Staying in Fiesole offers calm and tranquility as Florence can be noisy and […]

Castel Monastero: enchanting 11th century luxury hotel retreat in Tuscany

Monastero is part of Eleganzia Hotels & Spas, a new exclusive Italian brand of luxury hotels, which transformed the fortified 11th century medieval hamlet of Monastero d’Ombrone in Tuscany, into an enchanting retreat. It encompasses rooms, suites and villas, gourmet restaurants, swimming pools and a spa. Located just 23 km from Siena and 90 km from Florence, this well preserved […]

Floroom opens second stylish bed and breakfast in Florence

Floroom, a luxurious B&B in Florence, has just opened a second location called Floroom 2. Floroom 2 is on the via del Sole, between Piazza Strozzi and Piazza Santa Maria Novella. It has stylish apartments that combine traditional Tuscan design elements with modern technology. There is free Wi-Fi in every apartment (plus satellite TV and […]

Hotel Versilia: luxurious resort hotel on the beach in Tuscany

When people think of a holiday in Tuscany, they usually think only of the Chianti area, inland near Siena. However, Tuscany does have beaches, notably in the northern part around Versilia and Viareggio, which are closer to Pisa and Lucca. But they’re not that far from Florence. Why not combine a beach holiday with history, […]

Mapplr’s favorite restaurants in Tuscany: Montepulciano area

There are so many good places to eat in and around Montepulciano, so where to go? Ask the locals, of course. Cinzia Caporali, owner of La Locanda di San Francesco, a boutique hotel in Montepulciano, recommends five places: Montepulciano (1) La Grotta: in Cinzia’s opinion, the best in the Montepulciano area for the quality of […]

La Locanda di San Francesco: boutique hotel in Montepulciano, Tuscany

If you are planning a trip to Tuscany, check out La Locanda di San Francesco, an intimate (4-room) boutique hotel set in a 14th century palazzo in the historical center of Montepulciano in Tuscany. It is a family-run hotel which has been written about in magazines such as Food & Wine and Condé Nast Traveller. The owner, […]

Hotel Una Vittoria: stylish, high-tech wonder in Florence

Visitors to Florence spend days marveling at the glories of the Renaissance: the stunning 15th century palazzi, Michelangelo’s sculptures, the paintings in the Uffizi Gallery, and the imposing Duomo. But when it comes to accommodations, most people are strictly 21st century. If you like ultra-modern decor, gorgeous Bisazza mosaics and high-tech amenities, check out the […]