Florence, Italy

Il Salviatino

Rates from (ex tax)$357.20

Price information

If you haven’t entered any dates, the rate shown is provided directly by the hotel and represents the cheapest double room (including tax) available in the next 21 days.

Prices have been converted from the hotel’s local currency (EUR372.00), via openexchangerates.org, using today’s exchange rate.

Style

Hip historic villa

Setting

Lush, leafy hillside

Boasting a museum-worthy cache of 19th-century frescoes, antique bath tubs and valuable art, hotel Il Salviatino is a sophisticated stay on a verdant Florentine hillside. This ravishingly renovated 15th-century villa is filled with exquisite details: bedrooms shine with polished oak floors and are scented with fresh orchids, and the baristas at the bar as breathtaking as the surrounding countryside.

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Facilities

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Need to know

Rooms

45 rooms, including 22 suites.

Check–Out

12 noon, but flexible, subject to availability; after 4pm, you’ll be charged an extra night. Earliest check-in is 2pm.

Rates

Double rooms from $357.20 (€338), excluding tax at 10 per cent. Please note the hotel charges an additional local city tax of €5.00 per person per night on check-out.

Price information

If you haven’t entered any dates, the rate shown is provided directly by the hotel and represents the cheapest double room (including tax) available in the next 21 days.

Prices have been converted from the hotel’s local currency (EUR372.00), via openexchangerates.org, using today’s exchange rate.

More details

Rates €444–€2,900, including American-style à la carte breakfast.

Also

Il Salviatino has a regular shuttle service into Florence.

Hotel closed

From mid-January to mid-March annually.

At the hotel

Treatment rooms, gym, library, 12 acres of landscaped parkland, free WiFi throughout, free shuttle service to Florence. In rooms: flatscreen TV, Nespresso coffee machines, minibar, free mineral water at turndown, iPod docks available on request. Every bathroom has LED-lit rain showers with seats, and some have a Jacuzzi or an antique bath tub. All guests can call on one of the hotel's team of 'ambassadors' during their stay.

Our favourite rooms

The Melodia, Tegliacci and Affresco Suites are grand and opulent, with restored fresco ceilings, imposing fireplaces and plump chesterfields. The Ojetti Suite has a dramatic sun room, the floor of which is the glass ceiling of the hotel’s tremendous main staircase, a private roof terrace and a Jacuzzi bath with a spectacular view.

Poolside

Open between April and October, the terraced pool area has three heated, cascading infinity pools, overlooking a green valley and surrounded by scented roses and lavender.

Spa

Set in a lush green corner of the hotel's grounds, Spa Il Salviatino uses products by Florentine perfumier and cosmetologist Dr Vranjes. It has a dedicated team of therapists, specialising in aromatherapeutic relaxation and anti-ageing treatments, and is open from 10am to 6.30pm for your pampering needs. In summer, there are four treatment rooms – two massage rooms and two double rooms for couples – with steam showers set amid rolling Italian gardens. In the winter – from November to April – the spa moves into the main building's two treatment rooms.

Packing tips

Some Italian designer chic so you’re as stylish as your surroundings; trainers and swimwear for gym and spa; flat shoes for exploring Fiesole.

Pet‐friendly

Smaller dogs are welcome to tag along free of charge, just not to meals in the restaurant. A dog bed and bowls are included and a dog sitting service is available on request. See more pet-friendly hotels in Florence.

Children

Welcome, with free cots provided for three-year-olds and under. Extra beds are €70–€140. Babysitting costs around €30 an hour (book two days in advance). The restaurant has a kids’ menu, and there are floats at the pool.

Food and Drink

Photos Il Salviatino food and drink

Top Table

La Terrazza has tables overlooking the Italian Gardens – you can even spy Florence’s Duomo in the distance.

Dress Code

Honour local heroes, with Gucci, Pucci, Cavalli or Ferragamo threads.

Hotel restaurant

In winter (October to April), La Cucina del Salviatino is set in the hotel's library, a formal space, with just a cluster of candlelit tables and impressive portraits. In summer (April to mid-October), guests dine on the terrace – and at night, count the stars as they do so. The cuisine is a reinvented take on traditional Tuscan fare. Crowd-pleasers include ricotta and spinach gnudi and swordfish fillet with lemon and rosemary. Picks from the wine cellar are reliably excellent, and light snacks are served poolside too.

Hotel bar

The Lounge Bar is a long, smart space on the ground floor, manned by baristas as beautiful as the surroundings. Patio doors lead out on to the balustraded balcony, which has wonderful vistas. The petite Pool Bar is open from April to September and serves light snacks and small plates.

Last orders

You can eat at any time, wherever you wish to dine.

Room service

The 24-hour room service includes a selection of light snacks and dishes.

Location

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Address
Il Salviatino
Via del Salviatino, 21
50137
Florence
Italy

Planes

Florence's main airport, Peretola (aka Amerigo Vespucci; www.aeroporto.firenze.it), is just a 15-minute drive away. It's served by Alitalia (www.alitalia.com) and (www.cityjet.com), among others, and processes a handful a flights to European cities such as Paris, Copenhagen, Brussels and Madrid. Alternatively, fly to Pisa airport with Ryanair (www.ryanair.com) – a direct train takes 45 minutes to get into Florence and costs €5; or catch a flight to Bologna, and make the one-hour journey to Florence (www.trenitalia.it).

Trains

The nearest rail station is Santa Maria Novella, a 10-minute drive from the hotel. Tren Italia run services through this station, also connecting to Milan, Bologna, Rome and Venice (www.trenitalia.it).

Automobiles

The drive from Florence to the hotel takes just 10 minutes, and the hotel has free parking.

Worth getting out of bed for

Spa Il Salviatino is worth dedicating a few hours of your life to, for its wonderful array of bespoke treatments. Try the skin-softening, sense-soothing 'Tuscany Pleaseure' wine-themed treatment package, which includes a blissful Italian-inspired aromatherapy massage, wine-must body wrap and exfoliating facial.

Ask the hotel to organise a private painting class, a cookery lesson, wine tasting or a session with a personal trainer. Il Salviatino can also arrange one-off experiences for guests, such as a visit to one of Florence’s skilled craftsmen to have shoes or a shirt made to measure. Explore the city’s boutiques, bars and galleries, and pick from the wealth of sightseeing options – admire the Duomo, visit the Campanile, trawl through the Uffizi’s collections and wander along the Ponte Vecchio. Walk through the olive groves and vineyards that lead to Fiesole and stop for a picnic.

Local restaurants

Vinandro, a cosy wine bar, is five minutes’ drive away in Piazza Mino (+39 055 59121), and serves delicacies such as tagliata (Chianina beef steak with rocket and parmesan); the menu is brief but authentic (remember to book). North, on the outskirts of Montebeni, Ristorante Tullio on Via Ontignano (+39 055 697354) is worth visiting for hearty steak and peposo (spiced beef stew). Tullio has a deli, so stock up on picnic provisions, too. Sit among the bottles and hanging hams at Olio & Convivium (+39 055 265 8198), an elegant little eatery on Via di Santo Spirito that specialises in wine and olive oil.

Local cafés

Sweet-tooths should stop for ice-cream at Gelateria Badiani (+39 055 578682) on Viale dei Mille, or Il Tucano, at 8 Via Gramsci (+39 05 55 95 94).

Reviews

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Anonymous review

Given that some of the world’s most exquisite and momentous cultural offerings hail from bell’Italia I have high hopes for Il Salviatino. My own job is to sell beautiful fantasy and spectacle on stage; and I believe in the words of Walt Disney when he said that fantasy and reality overlap. So as I decant my biggest, most fabulous gold jewellery and my finest Italian shoes into my modest leopardskin weekend case, I hope that after a brief flight I'll soon be feeling like Sophia Loren dating Michaelangelo on the set of a Fellini film. With the Ferrero Rocher ambassador waiting on me as I savour my Barolo.

As our driver pulls into the grounds of Il Salviatino passing through towering gates, the grand mansion rears into view at the top of the hill, all strong masculine and imposing lines among beautiful floral gardens, I realise my vision wasn’t so off. Imagine my delight as I emerge from the car to be greeted immediately by two handsome, immaculately groomed men in matching beige Italian tailoring, introducing themselves as my ambassadors for the duration of my stay. No gold-foil chocolates, but instead a much more fitting glass of welcome rosé champagne is offered to me and Mr Smith as our bags are whisked away to our awaiting suite. As there is no reception or check-in to mar the homely feel of the house, all we have to do is call our ambassador for any whim or request to be tended to. This must be the height of discretion and luxury.

The overall design feel of Il Salviatino is very masculine, elegantly executed, and not overbearing. It’s for grown-ups make no mistake, with dark heavy woods against white walls adorned with renaissance paintings, padded red velvet doors and vast high ceilings. Anything girlish or floral is kept to the stunningly manicured gardens. Our suite has a beautiful view of the terrace, and the skyline of Florence twinkles beyond.

Then I realise my bathroom has no bath, only a shower. This is a dealbreaker for me – Miss Blaize and her bubble baths are not easily parted, a very British trait I’m told. It is time to test my ambassador. My damsel-in-distress call is rewarded with a message flashing back on my phone: ‘Il Magnifico has been alerted.’ Within 15 minutes I am given a new room with a Jacuzzi bath and a 20ft bathroom and an even more beautiful view of the gardens. Il Magnifico is on my Christmas card list forever.

Mr Smith books for us to dine on the terrace overlooking the gardens, despite my wariness due to the heavy rain earlier. Yet warm evening sunshine prevails (these ambassadors really can work miracles) and our alfresco experience is superb, accompanied by soft melodies wafting over from the pianist. Classic Italian cuisine is of course flawless and I sample everything from tuna tartare, to meatballs and even wild pork. Penne with squid is a showstopper.

At the first sign of a goosebump, an ambassador appears at my side with an array of cashmere blankets to drape at my shoulders. A Hennessy nightcap in the library completes a beautiful and romantic evening. Vintage books are to be found all over the mansion, not just the library. Even in my room, there nestled next to GB Shaw’s plays is an unlikely source of romantic advice in the form of a small book from 1908 on ‘Modern Cement Sidewalk Construction’. Headings include ‘Don’t work for a rich cheap man and lose your reputation’ and ‘A lesson in the use of the expansion joint’. Wise words, indeed.

The next day, after a blissful breakfast of eggs Florentine – well, when in Florence – I fancy some retail therapy. A luxury shuttle deposits us in the town centre at – to Mr Smith’s dismay – the equivalent of Bond Street, albeit infinitely more picturesque, naturally. Like a homing pigeon, I bypass the labels that I can buy in London and snap up instead some fabulous vintage, including an adorable Moschino jacket. But what I really came for is the famous parfumerie, the Officina Profumo-Farmaceutica di Santa Maria Novella. Occupying a former church it is full of herbal potions, spicy syrups and exotic tonics in pretty bottles with charming apothecary-like labels. The stuff of dreams, it is the most sensual shopping experience I’ve ever known. Scents even spill out into the street so that Mr Smith has to drag away the person dressed in a Lagerfeld cape, turban and shades, madly sniffing at the windowsills. At least now I have my own fragrance with which to remember this amazing trip.

To relax from a day of shopping and sights, we seek out the spa. Il Salviatino is perfectly located so that you can dip in and out of the hustle and bustle of central Florence, and retreat back to the mansion for sanctuary. I select some of the signature Spa Il Salviatino treatments to revive myself – an Egyptian jasmine body massage (I wince at the thought of recommending the ‘grape-crushing’ treatment to Mr Smith.) Two and a half hours of pure heaven later, I emerge genuinely smelling of jasmine. So much so, that when I return to my room Mr Smith remarks that I am ‘glowing’, and he even checks to see if my feet are actually touching the floor.

Aperitivo is by far my favourite time of the day, and I couldn’t leave Il Salviatino without sampling their service. The hotel's signature cocktail proves to be my favourite; a classic dry martini and shaken to perfection – just like all that they do. Nothing here is nouveau in any sense – even the light fittings are discreetly concealed to retain a classic feel. But more than that, while this isn’t somewhere to experience on a budget, nor is it the place to have other people watch you spend your money; if that’s your wont, head for St Tropez. Il Salviatino is about discretion and stealth wealth. Every detail – from the fragrant rose jam at breakfast to the fresh white roses in the rooms – screams, or rather murmurs delicately, elegance and class. I really was Sophia Loren for the weekend, and I won’t lie, it was wonderful.

The Guestbook

Whenever you book a stay at a Smith Hotel with us, we’ll invite you to review it when you get back. Read what other Smith members had to say in Il Salviatino’s Guestbook below.

We loved

The room, the grounds, the views of Florence, the peace and quiet. Lots of great restaurants but getting a terrace seat overlooking the river at Borgo San Jacopo was the best. Also don't miss the great views at the cocktail bar at the Westin hotel .

Don’t expect

Modern facilities. This is very much a period place and very nicely done.

Rating

Stayed on 4 Aug 2016

We loved

Everything about this hotel, the rooms, the food, the ambience, the drinks, the library, the pool, the spa, the staff, the free shuttle into the heart of the city, the location, the views, everything! Grab the shuttle bus into city and experience Florence your way. Everything is worth seeing. We should suggest early evening, around 4 pm.

Don’t expect

Don't expect anything less than luxury and great treatment.

Rating

Stayed on 4 Aug 2016

We loved

The hotel is a renovated 16t Century villa - one of the lovliest places I've stayed in. Staff are incredible, food wonderful. Florence is beautiful - obvious trips to the Duomo and the Uffizi, walk along river and over the Ponte veccio, however we came across the medici palace which is worth a visit.

Don’t expect

Noisy party like atmosphere - lovely and quiet, went for our 25th wedding anniversary - couldn't have been better. 

Rating

Stayed on 29 Apr 2016

We loved

The building, the service, the barman, the breakfast! Hike up to Fiesole and look at the Roman ruins.

Don’t expect

Hubbub: the palazzo is serene, gracious and elegant, but (unless you bring your own) not a party.

Rating

Stayed on 21 Mar 2016

We loved

The proximity to Florence - a great base to explore from but not in the hustle and bustle of the city. Amazing food and drink and the hotel smelt divine. The staff were extremely friendly and the service was excellent

Don’t expect

Casual, laid back. It's a beautiful but quite formal hotel.

Rating

Stayed on 24 Sep 2015

We loved

The views.

Don’t expect

Reasonably expensive meals – these are off the scale.

Rating

Stayed on 10 Sep 2015

We loved

Everything about this hotel from its beautiful design to its breathtaking views over Florence. The staff were very attentive and could not have done any more for us. Breakfast on the terrace each morning was the highlight of our day. We could not have picked a better hotel for the last week of our honeymoon. 

Don’t expect

Any noise - set back in the peaceful hills of Florence, we could not wait to get back here after a busy day exploring the city.

Rating

Stayed on 7 Sep 2015

We loved

Everything - stunning and peaceful location, lovely personable service, beautiful rooms, gorgeous food, understated elegance.

Don’t expect

City centre location, but it's just 15 mins away by hotel shuttle or taxi.

Rating

Stayed on 26 Aug 2015

We loved

The top-notch, yet relaxed, service from all the staff. The location was also perfect -- close enough to town to be convenient, but away from the hustle bustle of the tourist throngs.

Don’t expect

To be right in the city centre, or to avoid the mosquitos in high summer!

Rating

Stayed on 25 Aug 2015

We loved

The house and gardens are beautiful and there is a real sense of history. The staff are also superb and extremely well trained, anticipating and accommodating whatever needs you may have; the concierge and staff have excellent recommendations. We enjoyed staying here and will return. The hotel is very much set up for adults and as this was what Mr Smith and I were looking for, we were very happy.

Rating

Stayed on 20 Aug 2015

We loved

Location away from Florence, Shuttle bus service to Florence, the pool area, the library/drawing room, the peaceful rooms, attentive staff. Nine out of 10.

Don’t expect

In terms of luxury, this hotel falls on the more attentive and, I thought, pretentious end of the scale; which plenty of people like. If you like your luxury relaxed and more homely then this possibly isn't the place but the staff, for all their being overly attentive, are all lovely with it.

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Stayed on 28 Jul 2015

We loved

The hotel and grounds are breathtakingly beautiful, and the view from the terrace looking over Florence and the Duomo are just stunning. You can see the care and attention the whole team pay to every aspect of your visit and the service you'll get at Il Salviatino is among some of the best I've experienced.

Don’t expect

Out of the Uffizi and in to your hotel. You're out of the heat and bustle of florence so getting in and out of the city is a 15 minute shuttle ride - on the hour shuttles are great but a shame they stop at 8 o clock as its nice to eat in the city a few nights - but a cab ride is only around 20 euros.

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Stayed on 7 Jul 2015

We loved

The hotel was just so incredibly beautiful, warm, friendly and welcoming to the whole family. The food and wine were exquisite.

Don’t expect

Lots of activity in the local neighbourhood - but Florence is only 20 minutes away!

Rating

Stayed on 25 May 2015

We loved

Luxurious and peaceful surroundings. You are no more than 15 minutes drive (in the hotel's minibus) from the centre of Florence, yet far enough to feel properly removed from the noise, hustle and bustle when needed. Excellent rooms and amenities, top notch food.

Don’t expect

The Smith extra (wine tasting) was actually free/available to anyone who happened to walk into the venue. Other than that - don't expect it to be cheap (but it is worth it!)

Rating

Stayed on 9 May 2015