National Geographic Traveller (UK)

Best for country class


Florence has a smattering of top-of-the-range villa hotels dotted outside the centre. While most are found in the hills above the city, this property sits pretty on a bend in Arno. Though service can be

patchy, the onsite restaurant’s riverside setting is spectacula­r, and the rooms are spread between the Renaissanc­e-era villa and the modern accommodat­ion blocks scattered across the gardens. A compliment­ary shuttle service into town takes just 20 minutes and drops you off right by the Ponte Vecchio.

ROOMS: From €520 (£443), B&B. villalamas­

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