By Rhiannon Taylor, November 2016
On the outskirts of Florence, up a gravel road, sits Il Salviatino in all its grandeur. Why, yes this will do quite nicely you think to yourself. A welcome sparkling is served on arrival and you're greeted to an architectural marvel. An oversized stairwell sits proudly in the centre of the villa with archways peeling off to every side. This 15th century estate has been meticulously restored to perfection and adorned with artworks alongside modern Italian furniture.
Rooms are generously sized with antique detailing and a deep bed that oozes sex appeal. Warm colours are used throughout, accented with dark wood and leather pieces. The bathroom is clad with robes and some of the best quality olive oil body products to grace a hotel room. Views are of the Tuscan countryside and Florence city and despite the Duomo being visible from bed you'll want to spend your time downstairs in one of the common areas.
The library-cum-dining room is filled with titles from publishing houses Gelstaten and Taschen. It's quite easy to lose yourself reading about the history of Florence's art scene, but then it's also tempting to grab a bottle of wine and sit outside on the terrace. Overlooking the manicured gardens and Florence's skyline, sipping on Chianti, makes for a fabulous afternoon. It's quite easy to channel your inner Medici here, with the only glimpse of reality an occasional fellow guest wandering about the grounds.
THE TURN DOWN
ACCOMODATION CATEGORY: Luxury hotel.
ROOMS: Go for a room with a Dome View. The rooms are paired back, right down to the bare walls. They retain a few original touches such as the windows and doors, but the rest of the room is modern - albeit with aristocrat-style furniture. All rooms have rainshowers, some also have baths.
MINI BAR: Complimentary water at turn down. The rest at a premium.
POOL/GYM/SPA: There is a full service spa and a pool.
TURN DOWN SERVICE: Yes, water provided.
FEEL: Modern Medici.
A BIT OF HISTORY: This is an original 15th century villa that has been completely transformed and restored. Was formerly owned by the powerful Bardi family and an original Venetian marble bath tub, discovered during renovations, now features in one of the suites.
LOCATION: A short drive from the city of Florence.
RESTAURANT/BAR: The restaurant serves up incredible Tuscan cuisine, however the prices are steep. A room service lasagne came in at 21 euros excluding service charges and it was barely enough as a starter - prepare to splurge. The breakfast is included and is a changing personalised mini-buffet of meats, cheeses, eggs and pastries.
RATES: Starting at $500 AUD per night.
GOOD TO KNOW: Parking is on site and free. Utilise the concierge service, they're really knowledgeable and have great suggestions for dining.
I stayed courtesy of Il Salviatino.