Torre di Bellosguardo
Via Roti Michelozzi 2, Florence, Tuscany, 50124, Italy
Bellosguardo means "beautiful view"; given the view of Florence you get here, the name is fitting. The hotel, perched atop a hill minutes from the viale, is reached via a narrow road dotted with olive trees. Dante's friend Guido Calvacanti supposedly chose this serene spot for his country villa, but little remains from the early 14th century. The reception area, a former ballroom, has soaring ceilings with frescoes by Francavilla (1553–1615). Guest rooms, all with high ceilings, are simple and have heavy wooden furniture. Proprietor Signor Franchetti keeps a small menagerie on the grounds (including donkeys, rabbits, and chickens), and maintains a beautiful, peaceful garden, which guests have access to.
- great for escaping heat of the city in summer
- a villa experience with the city just minutes away
- some rooms can accommodate three and four people
- a car is a necessity, breakfast is not included during high season
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