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Where to stay in Tuscany

where to stay in tuscany

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Planning a special trip to one of Italy’s most captivating regions? Still not quite sure where to stay in Tuscany to make the most of your visit? With its charming green hills and historic hilltop towns hosting top-notch hotels, you’ve got plenty of options.

Depending on your interests and whether you plan to rent a car, different corners of this beautiful region cater to various preferences. Many of the best towns in Tuscany are walkable, but you’ll need a vehicle if you’d like to explore its seaside towns and the surrounding countryside.

Before you get carried away with planning an unforgettable trip to the heart of Italy, let’s unpack the various B&Bs, farm stays, villas, and luxury hotels in Tuscany at your disposal.

Cities and Best Places to Stay in Tuscany, Italy

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Tuscany blends incredible architecture, world-class vineyards, and delicious food, so the region unsurprisingly welcomes millions of annual visitors. But luckily for you, there’s no shortage of wonderful places. Keep reading to explore some of the finest accommodations in central Italy.

Florence

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Many of the 5-star hotels in Tuscany are located in Florence, but the city also caters to midrange and budget travelers. These typically boast modern amenities, antique furnishings, and spacious rooms, some looking out at the Tuscan hills. Florence is a good base for exploring Tuscany’s art and culture. The city easily links you to other towns via public transport.

Luxury: The St. Regis Florence

The St. Regis Hotel gives you stunning views of the Ponte Vecchio and is only a short walk to the historic center. In addition to luxury mod-cons, St. Regis features Florentine-style furniture, marbled bathrooms, and an unrivaled recreational center. 

The hotel is perfectly located; within minutes of walking, you can explore the city’s treasures through a Uffizi and Accademia galleries tour >> Check Rates and Availability.

Midrange: Hotel Glance In Florence

If you’re looking for a charming rooftop terrace to take in panoramic views of the city with an outdoor pool and lounge bar to boot, then consider staying at the fabulous Hotel Glance. A few key strengths of this hotel are its location in central Florence as well as the sweet and savory breakfast served with fresh fruit and veggie juices >> Check Rates and Availability.

Budget: Hotel Spadai

Located a stone’s throw away from Palazzo Medici Riccardi, Hotel Spadai offers you luxury amenities, like a wellness spa and soundproof room, without the risk of breaking the bank. The special feature of this hotel is its soundproof rooms, giving you the utmost privacy >> Check Rates and Availability.

Pisa

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If you’re intrigued by architectural marvels you must visit the historic city of Pisa. Although it’s most famous for its iconic Leaning Tower, the city has more to offer. Its charming squares are dotted with stunning marble architecture, numerous museums, and extraordinary gardens.

Luxury: Palazzo Feroci

Located about a two-minute walk from the city’s second main square, Piazza dei Cavalieri, Palazzo Feroci offers tastefully decorated apartments with lots of seating areas. The hotel’s proximity to the city’s best attractions, like the Baptistery and Cathedral, makes it a stunning choice of accommodation >> Check Rates and Availability.

Midrange: Rinascimento Bed & Breakfast

Tucked along the narrow streets of Pisa, Rinascimento Bed & Breakfast is a wonderful place to stay for exploring the inner city and the numerous bridges crossing the Arno River. An appealing aspect of this B&B is the short walk required to visit Piazza dei Miracoli and other attractions like the Palazzo Blu Art Museum >> Check Rates and Availability.

Budget: La Lu Cozy Rooms

Subtly decorated with contemporary style decor and a touch of indoor greenery, La Lu Cozy Rooms are excellent apartments with lovely city views. A noteworthy feature of these apartments is the staggering number of cafés dotted on every corner, allowing for many breakfast stops during your stay >> Check Rates and Availability.

Lucca

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Surrounded by Renaissance stone walls encircling the historic city center, Lucca offers some of the best hotels in Tuscany. You’ll also find plenty of fun things to do in Lucca, so choosing the right location is everything. 

Luxury: Palazzo Dipinto

Sitting in the heart of Lucca, Palazzo Dipinto creates a romantic setting with its sophisticated furnishings, high beamed ceilings, and parquet floors. What makes this hotel so appealing is having the Puccini Museum right on your doorstep >> Check Rates and Availability.

Midrange: Hotel Palazzo Alexander

Characterized by elegant Tuscan interiors, Hotel Palazzo Alexander sits close to the edge of the historic town, giving you access to landmarks like the Museum of Villa Mansi. Some admirable qualities of this hotel are its vintage rooms, marble bathrooms, and terrace city views >> Check Rates and Availability.

Budget: Hotel Ilaria And Residenza Dell’Alba

Located within the walled city center, Hotel Ilaria is an exceptional hotel in Tuscany that gives you access to many attractions while offering unique and high-quality services. The hotel’s strong point is its luxury comforts, ranging from buffets in the breakfast room to soaking in a relaxing hot tub >> Check Rates and Availability.

READ: Our full guide on Where to stay in Lucca.

Arezzo

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Arezzo, just a short train ride from Florence, is home to many hidden treasures. This city is less touristy, making it ideal for those looking for solitude and lower hotel prices.

Luxury: Agriturismo Cuprena

If you’re keen on exploring Tuscany’s beautiful countryside, there’s no better place to stay than Agriturismo Cuprena. This villa stands out for its exquisite rooms, relaxing spa experiences, and a private garden apt for leisurely strolls >> Check Rates and Availability.

Midrange: Chimera Tuscany Resort

The Chimera Tuscany Resort gives you the best of both worlds: scenic views of the lush Tuscan countryside and all the modern conveniences of a luxury resort in Tuscany. Some excellent things about this resort are its rustic interiors and an infinity pool overlooking the breathtaking countryside >> Check Rates and Availability

Budget: iConic Wellness Resort

If you’re looking for a place to stay in Tuscany but are a bit nervous about spending too much, consider a stay at the iConic Wellness Resort. This wellness resort is particularly noteworthy for its minimalistic rooms and resort-style swimming pool >> Check Rates and Availability.

LISTEN: To our podcast on Enchanting Arezzo.

Siena

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Distinguished by red-brick buildings and iconic cathedral, Siena is home to a number of the best resorts in Tuscany. You can get here by train or bus from Florence but driving is the most convenient way to travel. There are lots of amazing things to do in Siena, so pick from the below hotels and prepare for an eventful visit.

Luxury: Grand Hotel Continental Siena

Located five minutes away from the bustling Piazza del Campo, the Grand Hotel has gorgeous Baroque interiors decorated with era-specific furnishings that take you back in time. This hotel is fantastic because it features artwork and marble detailing >> Check Rates and Availability.

Midrange: Residenza d’Epoca Palazzo Borghesi

Sitting in the heart of the medieval town, the Residenza is located in one of Siena’s most historic buildings. The defining quality of this hotel is its history, with paintings and frescoes from the 1800s lingering in every crevice >> Check Rates and Availability.

Budget: Hotel Athena

Famous for its terrace views of the surrounding Tuscan countryside, Hotel Athena is a fantastic place to stay to avoid the hustle and bustle of the city center. What makes it special is its warmly decorated quadruple rooms and an onsite eatery serving international cuisine >> Check Rates and Availability.

Special Tuscan Towns

You’ll need your own car to explore these special towns and historic cities, as other forms of transportation in Italy will limit your mobility, causing you to miss out on must-see attractions.

San Gimignano

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Boasting a tower-filled skyline, San Gimignano is a beautiful hilltop town with 13th-century medieval walls encircling winding cobbled streets, cafés, and iconic landmarks. Climb up the city’s towers for 360-degree views of the Tuscan countryside.

Luxury: Mormoraia

Tuscan villas don’t come any better than the Mormoraia Hotel. A few notable features you can look forward to here include unwinding at the hotel’s pool, soaking in the sauna, or enjoying a Turkish bath >> Check Rates and Availability.

Midrange: Locanda dei Logi

Enhanced by pale-brick exteriors, the Locanda dei Logi is among the best adults-only accommodation options you’ll find in San Gimignano. A remarkable feature of this hotel is how they blended a farm stay experience with rustic and industrial decor >> Check Rates and Availability.

Budget: Podere Bellavista

Surrounded by vineyards and olive groves, Podere Bellavista is a family-run hotel suitable for all sorts of travelers. What distinguishes this from the rest is the incredible cuisine served here. Why not learn to make these dishes yourself with a cooking class>> Check Rates and Availability.

Volterra

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Situated in the southwest of Florence, Volterra is an ancient hilltop town with remnants of the Etruscan civilization. The city’s historical sites, alabaster crafts, and rolling hills are a few of the main attractions that pull in many day trips from Florence.

Luxury: Villa Mascagni

Fitted with arched windows and doorways, Villa Mascagni is a charming cottage boasting modest guest rooms delightfully dotted with wooden elements. An exceptional trait of this villa is that you can choose between garden and city views >> Check Rates and Availability.

Midrange: Albergo Etruria

Located steps from the Palazzo dei Priori, Albergo Etruria is a renovated 8th-century building with pastel-colored rooms and an alluring rooftop. What you’ll most appreciate about this hotel is the owners’ suggestions for museums and excursions >> Check Rates and Availability.

Budget: Hotel La Locanda

Situated right by the Roman Theater, Hotel La Locanda offers a budget-friendly stay in Tuscany without skimping on modern amenities. A notable perk of this hotel lies in the marble bathrooms, fitted with a spa bath or a hydromassage shower >> Check Rates and Availability.

Pienza

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Located in the historical region of Val d’Orcia, Pienza is arguably the best place to stay in Tuscany if you’re a lover of everything Pecorino cheese! The town is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, most famous for its Renaissance architecture, cobbled streets, and idyllic rolling hills.

Luxury: Tenuta Santo Pietro

Tenuta Santo Pietro features modest rooms in a 13th-century farmhouse surrounded by unparalleled greenery. The hotel’s most alluring aspect is its tended gardens and great views from the patio and the swimming pool >> Check Rates and Availability.

Midrange: Borgo Sant’Ambrogio

Featuring simplistic rooms with high beamed ceilings, Borgo Sant’Ambrogio is one of the best resorts in Tuscany. Impressively, this hotel has a tranquil garden with BBQ facilities and an expansive infinity pool for a nice dip >> Check Rates and Availability.

Budget: Poggio ai Gelsi

Set in the Val d’Orcia valley, Poggio ai Gelsi is a charming countryside villa in southern Tuscany that caters to visitors who want nothing but tranquility. You’ll want to stay here if you love a manicured garden and sweeping valley views >> Check Rates and Availability.

LISTEN: To our podcast on Perfect Pienza.

Montepulciano

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Famous for its exquisite wines and breathtaking hilltop setting, Montepulciano is a frequent entry in many Tuscany travel guides, and it’s not hard to see why. The city attracts scores of wine connoisseurs and couples chasing the ultimate romantic getaway.

Luxury: Precise Tale Poggio Alla Sala

The Precise Tale Poggio Alla Sala will exceed your expectations of a luxury hotel in Tuscany. What makes this hotel great is its sophisticated rooms with intricate ceiling frescoes >> Check Rates and Availability.

Midrange: Terra Antica

Wine is an unmissable trait of Montepulciano, and when staying at Terra Antica, you get that and so much more. What makes this hotel a terrific choice is the assortment of regional wines, a spa, a sauna, and a jacuzzi to decompress >> Check Rates and Availability.  

Budget: Montorio Charming Country Residence

Boasting a chic brick facade, the Montorio is a highly-rated hotel that provides all facilities of a 5-star hotel in Tuscany, like hammocks and a BBQ, without the hefty price tag. The hotel features lovely garden views of San Biagio Church >> Check Rates and Availability.

Saturnia

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Famous for its bubbling hot springs, Saturnia is the ultimate destination for a relaxing stay in Tuscany. The town has a longstanding history, being inhabited since the Roman era, but the natural springs are undoubtedly the main draw.

Luxury: Terme di Saturnia Natural Spa & Golf Resort

Terme di Saturnia is a luxurious thermal spa that will melt away your troubles with a simple soak. The resort’s extravagant 18-hole golf course is a unique feature, while architecture lovers may find themselves marveling at the Travertine marble exteriors >> Check Rates and Availability.

Midrange: Saturnia Tuscany Hotel

Surrounded by lush hills, the Saturnia Hotel is a pastel-colored two-story hotel with stunning valley views. A standout feature is the array of Tuscan and Maremma cuisine served at the restaurant >> Check Rates and Availability.

Budget: Agriturismo Podere S. Croce

If you’re looking for a slightly less lustrous hotel, consider booking your stay in Tuscany at Agriturismo Podere S. Croce. The hotel excels as a budget option due to its modest rooms with comfy wrought-iron beds for a peaceful sleep >> Check Rates and Availability.

Tuscan Coast

The Tuscan coast is a must-add destination to every Tuscany itinerary. Dotted with white-sand beaches, the oceanfront offers a few things you won’t find in the inner Tuscany Region, like sheer craggy cliffs and hidden coves perfect for an outdoor adventure.

Viareggio

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Known for its colorful carnival, Viareggio is a seaside town boasting Art Nouveau architecture, beautiful beaches, and intriguing museums housing musical instruments and historic artifacts. The seaside promenade is where most of the action happens, so make sure to stroll along it.

Luxury: Grand Hotel Principe di Piemonte

Overlooking the Ligurian Sea, the Grand Hotel Principe di Piemonte offers world-class amenities, including a rooftop pool, several restaurants, and a Finnish spa. The most impressive features are incredible ocean views from your room and views of the Apuan Alps from the rooftop terrace >> Check Rates and Availability.

Midrange: Palace Hotel

Located a street away from the oceanfront, Palace Hotel gives you classy interiors and a rooftop setting with outdoor seating and panoramic views of the sea. The beauty of this hotel is that it doubles as a resort. It has a restaurant on site, serving Tuscan and Mediterranean specialties >> Check Rates and Availability.

Budget: Hotel London

Set in an Art Nouveau-style 18th-century building, Hotel London presents you with a cozy stay in its neat rooms and pearly-white interior decor. A remarkable thing about this hotel is its proximity to transport hubs like a railway, bus stations, and the Porto di Viareggio marina >> Check Rates and Availability.

Livorno

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Recognized for its Renaissance-era forts, checkerboard promenade, and rich maritime history, Livorno is a port town that epitomizes the coastal charm of the Ligurian Sea. The city may give you a feeling of Venice, with its Venezia Nuova Quarter, that’s reminiscent of the City of Canals.

Luxury: 900 Bed & Breakfast

Overlooking a quiet canal, 900 Bed & Breakfast provides a serene stay in Tuscany in its deluxe rooms furnished with four-poster beds, monochromatic decor, and dark wood finishings. This hotel provides allergy-free units, so you don’t have to worry about sneezing or breaking out during your stay >> Check Rates and Availability.

Midrange: Pièce en rose

Within a stone’s throw from the black-and-white checkered Terrazza Mascagni, Pièce en rose is a trendy apartment rental with minimalistic interiors, touches of bamboo, and lots of greenery. This hotel shines because of its outstanding location. You’ll have easy access to the promenade and attractions like the Acquario di Livorno >> Check Rates and Availability.

Budget: The Sunshine Loft

The Sunshine Loft is an aesthetically decorated one-bedroom apartment overlooking the Livorno marina. Its dark floors are complemented by oak touches around the loft, while the indoor plants create a homely feel. The unique feature of this apartment is that it’s completely allergy-free and strictly non-smoking >> Check Rates and Availability.

Forte dei Marmi

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This luxurious seaside resort should be at the top of your list when looking for a place to stay in Lucca province. Forte dei Marmi has long, sandy beaches and opportunities for high-end shopping. The Pontile is a pier that not only offers ocean views but also backdrops of the snowy Apuan Alps.

TOP TIP: Forte dei Marmi is quite small, so you’ll get by without a car if you’re content to stay in the city – if you’d like to explore further than the city boundaries, you’ll definitely need a car.

Luxury: Grand Hotel Imperiale

Nestled among pine woods, the Grand Hotel Imperiale sits just over 980 feet from the sea. Outfitted with neutral tones and splashes of color, this great hotel is set apart by its attentive and extremely friendly staff. From the bellman to the concierge desk, you’ll always find assistance >> Check Rates and Availability.

Midrange: California Park Hotel

Surrounded by towering trees and lush grounds, California Park Hotel attracts visitors with its terracotta roofs and white exteriors. But what’s truly impressive about this hotel is its closeness to the city center and several beaches along the coast >> Check Rates and Availability.

Budget: Hotel Acapulco

Hotel Acapulco is encircled by a green forest that creates a striking contrast against the hotel’s white exterior. The great advantage of booking this hotel is having quick access to the beach without compromising on serenity. A notable feature is that breakfast is served in the garden, but other meals are enjoyed at the on-site restaurant >> Check Rates and Availability.

Note: Average prices for Hotel Acapulco tend to drastically shoot up between June and early September.

Porto Santo Stefano

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Set along the Monte Argentario Peninsula, the port city of Porto Santo Stefano is known for its clear waters, crescent-shaped beaches, and wildlife reserves that define the Maremma region. The town has an intriguing back story riddled with bandits and malaria, but today, Porto Santo Stefano tastefully blends its seaside beauty and historic charm.

TOP TIP: Porto Santo Stefano is an easy town to explore on foot, but if you’d like to go on a few day trips through the surrounding region, then you’ll need to rent a private vehicle.

Luxury: Hotel Villa Domizia

Perched on a rocky outcrop, Hotel Villa Domizia features a verdant outdoor setting with sun loungers, umbrellas, and a swimming pool overlooking the Mediterranean Sea. This villa is particularly impressive because of its special fish dishes served at its onsite eatery >> Check Rates and Availability.

Midrange: Boutique Hotel Torre di Cala Piccola

Set on the craggy cliffs of Monte Argentario, Hotel Torre di Cala Piccola boasts a terrific exterior with a paste facade blended with stone elements. This boutique hotel boasts exceptional ocean views, whether in your room or in the dining area >> Check Rates and Availability.

Budget: The Apartment

If you’re looking for something intimate but don’t want to miss out on quick access to the sea, then this two-bedroom apartment should be right up your alley. Some distinctive qualities of this apartment are the multiple living rooms and access to airport transfers >> Check Rates and Availability.

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Where to Stay in Tuscany – Wrapped Up

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Tuscany is the region of Italy you visit when you’re looking for a diverse range of experiences, from the cultural richness of Florence to the tranquil beauty of its special towns.

The seaside allure of the Tuscan Coast surprisingly draws fewer tourists than the big cities. So, it won’t be a hassle finding where to stay in Tuscany. Before you plan a trip to Italy, first make sure you’ve added these southern Tuscany and the region’s coastal towns to your itinerary.

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