Il Salviatino

Florence, Italy

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    A sophisticated Tuscan villa in the hills above Florence

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    A sophisticated Tuscan villa in the hills above Florence

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    A sophisticated Tuscan villa in the hills above Florence

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    A sophisticated Tuscan villa in the hills above Florence

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    A sophisticated Tuscan villa in the hills above Florence

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    A sophisticated Tuscan villa in the hills above Florence

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    A sophisticated Tuscan villa in the hills above Florence

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    A sophisticated Tuscan villa in the hills above Florence

Why we choose Il Salviatino

An intimate hotel where the grounds are as stylish as the clientèle

  • The building is a hand-restored 15th century villa
  • Enjoy the best of both worlds: Florence at your feet and Tuscany all around you
  • The discreet service gives you the feeling of being a guest in a private mansion, not a client in a hotel

Staying at Il Salviatino feels like you’ve finally purchased that Tuscan villa you’ve been dreaming of—with none of the fuss of actually owning it. Picturesque is an understatement. And we can’t say enough about its magical 5 hectares park and the romantic Italian Renaissance gardens.

The hotel has been painstakingly renovated to restore its traditional features and then treated to a fresh, modern overlay. The 24 hour service ambassadors offer the warmth of a true Italian welcome.

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We suggest

Check the accommodation’s square footage before you commit; some rooms are on the small size.

What you need to know about the hotel

A luxury retreat that combines old-world glamour with a relaxed, modern approach

  • The outdoor pool is surrounded by a five-hectare park that dates back to the Renaissance
  • The villa once belonged to the Salviati family (hence the name); a member of which is a main character in the famous Galileo’s “Dialogue Concerning the Two Chief World Systems”
  • An 1886 Bruschi fresco was uncovered in a room that’s now the dazzling Affresco Suite, with impressive artwork and an ancient stone bath

Il Salviatino only has 45 rooms and suites, which means each has received individual attention when it comes to design. There are handmade linens and artwork in every room, and our favorites also have frescoes, huge marble fireplaces and centuries-old mosaics.

Because it’s a Renaissance building, the hotel certainly has old-world charm, but it also has up-to-date comforts and amenities like a plush spa and, for the restaurant, the original La Cucina del Salviatino concept, using mostly locally sourced products. And speaking of food, we recommend the Dine Around experience. A different way to see half or full board plan which lets you decide day by day whether you want to eat on site or at a local restaurant.

Where is it and what's nearby

Il Salviatino is a city resort that makes you feel like you’re (happily) lost in Tuscany

  • Tour San Frediano and Santo Spirito artisans’ workshops to see what makes Florence’s craftsmen some of the world’s best.
  • Museums are a must: Michelangelo’s fabled David is in the Galleria dell’Accademia, and the Uffizi Gallery is chock-full of Old Masters
  • Splurge on haute Italian fashions along Via Tornabuoni, or go crazy on bags and shoes in the country’s leather capital

Tuscany evokes undeniably romantic images, and this 15th century villa set on the sloping hills of Fiesole lives up to those daydreams admirably. Il Salviatino is on the edge of Florence—about 15 minutes from most of the sights—and is surrounded by a flabbergasting 50,000 square meters of private gardens. The views are sensational, and you can take the hotel’s free shuttle bus into town when you’re ready to be where the action is

How to enjoy Florence

For lovers of art, architecture, literature and history Florence is a real treat. Dante, Botticelli, Donatello, Galileo Galilei, Giotto, Michaelangelo, Raphael and da Vinci have all called the city home and much of their work is on show here

  • Marvel at Giotti’s frescoes in the Basilica of Santa Croce; its cavernous interiors and marble will feel cool in even the hottest of Italian summers
  • Oltrarno is the artisan’s quarter—it contrasts with the opulence of the museums, but is no less fascinating with artists’ studios and workshops
  • Take a break from culture and savor a long and hearty meal at one of the city’s numerous and excellent trattorias

Just as Florence was a magnet for artists during the Renaissance, today it is a magnet for lovers of their work. Admittedly there can be long lines for the most popular museums, including the Uffizi (Botticelli’s Birth of Venus) and the Accademia (Michaelangelo’s David). The trick is to visit out of season, or invest in a Firenze Card. The latter gives you free entry to the city’s 67 museums for three days and most importantly allows you to bypass the ticket line for each one.

For utterly breathtaking views, head to the top of the Duomo’s Cupola. With 463 steps to the top of the Cupola and 414 to the viewing platform at the top of the Campanile, it might not just be the view that takes your breath away. For romance, it’s hard to beat the beauty of the Ponte Vecchio. The store-lined bridge has hosted jewellers and goldsmiths since the 1300s. For upscale shopping see Via Tornabuoni, and wander the cool and elegant boutiques of local designers Gucci, Salvatore Ferragamo and Roberto Cavalli.

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    When to visit Florence

    Visit during Easter for cool temperatures and a chance to see the Scoppio del Carro. This 400 year-old Easter Sunday tradition sees an enormous, highly decorated wagon pulled through the streets by white oxen before it is exploded (quite literally) with fireworks and spectacular pyrotechnics.

  • A word from the hotel

    Sipping a cocktail at sunset, sitting on a comfortable couch in our Italian garden is a real treat.
    Simone Boldrini, Maître d’Hôtel

  • We say

    Sophisticated, sexy Italian palazzo experience.

  • You need to know

    The hotel is fairly close to downtown – 15 minutes from the Duomo – and it offers a complimentary shuttle service back and forth to the city centre

  • A word from the hotel

    Don’t miss our Tuscany Pleasure treatment at the Spa: a face and body treatment for three hours of total relaxation. Just the thing after a full day of sightseeing.
    Bart Spoorenberg, General Manager

  • A word from the hotel

    Don’t miss a visit to the Antico Setificio Fiorentino that, to work silk, still uses a unique orditoio (warping machine), made in the 18th century after an earlier design by Leonardo da Vinci.
    Giuseppe Condemi, Head Ambassador


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When you book with us

Because of our special relationship with Il Salviatino, we include these exclusive benefits when you book through Protravel:

  • Upgrade on arrival, subject to availability
  • Daily a la carte breakfast for up to two in-room guests
  • Glass of Prosecco upon arrival
  • 30 Minutes Spa per person, per stay
  • Complimentary packing and unpacking service, upon request
  • Complimentary water at turn-down
  • For stay of minimum of three nights: luncheon for two, excluding alcohol

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