Surrounded by oak trees and rose bushes, Villa Cora offers the laid-back allure of a Tuscan retreat while being just minutes from Florence’s city centre hubbub. A member of the Leading Hotels of the World, the hotel appears regal inside and out, retaining many of its original 19th Century features – fit for its previous aristocratic residents. Other highlights include a rooftop terrace overlooking the city and a large outdoor pool, immersed in greenery.

Located in a centuries-old park, overlooking the Bobololi Gardens, this hotel is found south of the Arno River, roughly a mile and a half from the centre of Florence. Perhaps Florence’s most popular attraction, Cattedrale di Santa Maria del Fiore is also just over a mile and a half from the hotel, as is Palazzo Vecchio, home to Dante’s death mask. Marvel at The Birth of Venus at the Uffizi Gallery and see Michelangelo’s David in the flesh at Galleria dell ’Accademia, both within a two-mile stroll. Peretola Airport, also known as Amerigo Vespucci Airport, is just under eight miles away.

Built at the end of the 19th Century as an aristocratic residence, Villa Cora’s previous guests include the wife of Napoleon III, Princess Eugenia, as well as Tchaikovsky and Grace Kelly. Decor throughout is appropriately regal – some rooms have original frescoes and parquet flooring from the 19th Century, and most feature damask patterns. A tastefully colourful spin on the decor adds a modern touch. Within the grounds, there are a handful of buildings – the main villa, the Villino Eugenia and La Follie, and accommodation ranges from Classic, Deluxe and Family rooms to Duplex Junior Suites and Suites. Classic rooms are in any of the three buildings, each unique in style, Deluxe Suites are found in the main villa or Villino Eugenia, and Superior rooms are located in the main villa, overlooking Florence and the surrounding hills. Duplex Junior Suites are found on the ‘Noble Floor’ of the villa, and feature a master bedroom, sitting area and two bathrooms on the lower floor, with an additional bedroom on the upper floor. Family rooms are located on the ‘Moorish Floor’ of the villa, and feature jewel-coloured decor, two bedrooms and two bathrooms. Choose a glamorous Suite for more space, or the Imperial Suite for the most prestigious room on offer. Each is outfitted with Carrara marble bathrooms and ultra-luxe toiletries.

Accommodation details


Viale Machiavelli, 18

Check-in Details:

Normal Check-in: 14:00
Normal Check-out: 12:00


0.9 mi / 1.5 km from city centre

General facilities

  • Laundry/Valet service
  • Business center
  • Sauna
  • Onsite laundry
  • Baby sitting
  • Non-smoking rooms (generic)
  • Spa
  • Complimentary in-room coffee or tea
  • Concierge desk
  • Exercise gym
  • On-Site parking
  • Hair dryer
  • Internet services
  • Currency exchange
  • 2 Restaurant
  • 1 Pool
  • Whirlpool
  • Jacuzzi
  • Outdoor pool
  • 2 Lounges/bars
  • Pool Bar
  • Room service
  • Dry cleaning
  • Massage services
  • Safe deposit box
  • Elevators
  • Steam bath

Other facilities

The hotel’s centrepiece is a large outdoor pool, surrounded by loungers and umbrellas, and the park’s oak trees and rose bushes.

Tucked away on the lower floors of the Villino Eugenia building, the Bene spa is home to a small gym, tepidarium, sauna and hammam. It also offers a choice of massages as well as beauty treatments in collaboration with renowned skincare experts.

Dining information

Your day begins with a breakfast buffet, offering breads, cakes and pastries, as well as fresh fruit, eggs and cheese. An indulgent lunch and dinner await at Restaurant Le Bistrot, where a modern Tuscan menu features local, seasonal produce. Beside the pool, Santa Garden Cocktail Club offers fun cocktails and creative bites in a relaxed setting, and Bellevue Roof Terrace proffers Champagnes and cocktails with stunning city views (open in the summer months). Indoors, Le Bar Long is an elegant and moody setting, with deep carved woods, aubergine walls and an illuminated bar, and Il Salotto del Santa serves aperitifs and cocktails on comfortable velvets sofas, alongside a wood-lined cigar room.

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