Borgo San Felice: luxury retreat in the hills of Tuscany near Siena

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Borgo San Felice is a Relais & Chateaux 5-star hotel created out of an 8th century hamlet (restored in 1991) which is 350 metres above sea level and just 15 kilometres from Siena, ten kilometres from Castelnuovo Berardenga and an hour drive from Florence. If you are looking for a luxurious retreat in the hills of […]

La Bandita Townhouse Tuscany: luxury boutique hotel in Pienza

La bandita townhouse tuscany

La Bandita Townhouse  is set amidst the cobblestoned streets of Pienza (Tuscany), a jewel of a Renaissance town near Montepulciano. Until it opened, there were few luxury boutique hotels in the town. La Bandita Townhouse could be the backdrop for an epic Hollywood romance or a heartbreaking period piece. And, really, that’s because Tuscany has […]

Bespoke Firenze Number Nine Boutique Hotel and Spa

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Bespoke Firenze Number Nine Boutique Hotel and Spa is located next to the Medici Chapel in the historic quarter of Florence.  It is a 10-minute walk from both the picturesque Piazza della Signoria square and the Museo Nazionale del Bargello. The hotel is located in a restricted-traffic street which will ensure lower noise levels, while paid public parking […]

Top 10 destinations for spring

Luxury hotel Taormina

Springtime means sunshine, warmth, flowers and fresh brilliant green pastures, and our top 10 destinations for spring promise to bring you just that. Spring also means Easter, Passover (Pesach), Ascension (Himmelfahrt, Hemelvaart) and Pentecost (Pinkster, Pfingsten) holidays, during which many people take a few days or a week (or two) off. Here are our favorites […]

Top five autumn breaks in Europe and the Middle East

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Looking for go away for a weekend this autumn in Europe? Here is Mapplr’s top five autumn breaks from lively cities to tranquil countrysides: (1) London: The Olympics is over and so is the Golden Jubilee, but what they’ve left behind is a city that has been renovated, cleaned up and beautified. You’ll find refurbished […]

Borgo Santo Pietro: luxurious atmospheric villa hotel in Tuscany

borgo santo pietro

Borgo Santo Pietro is a historic mansion acquired by a Danish couple, Jeanette and Claus Throttrup, who restored it and created a luxurious hotel, one of the most atmospheric places to stay in Tuscany. The Renaissance villa, set in 13 acres with formal gardens near Siena, is all about indulgence: the exquisite yet verging-on-baroque décor […]

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

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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

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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 2 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

Suite in Hotel Versilia

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, […]