For a trip to Florence and Tuscany, we agonized on whether to stay in a hotel in the heart Florence, outside Florence, or further in the Tuscany countryside. We ended up staying 2 nights at Villa La Vedetta and then another 2 nights in Colle Val D'Elsa. The Villa La Vedetta was a wonderful hotel and location. It was removed from the hustle/bustle and noise of Florence. There was a campground nearby but this wasn't an issue. The Hotel has a shuttle bus to/from a location near Ponte Vecchio - it took a few tries to understand exact location of the pickup spot; good to coordinate this in advance. The grounds are very special as the mornings and evenings sitting on the terrace over-looking Florence were without comparison. We enjoyed looking at the beautfiul pool, below the terrace and one of the restaurants, but unfortunately could not fit a swim into our schedule. The breakfasts were wonderful and we had an excellent lunch and dinner at the restaurant as well. We had 2 suites - the Belle Vista Suite and a suite across the hall. Both appeared to have been renovated in the past few years and were spacious. As to other reviewers, there are many hotels in Europe where shower takes a bit of skill because of the required handicap-accessibility. One evening, there was a birthday party on the terrrace and, after one request, the management was sure to make sure the noise died down at a reasonable time. Laura, who met and coordinated us on arrival, was excellent. We would definitely stay again, probably longer, and consider this as a base for trips to the Tuscan countryside.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- A true 'Urban Resort' unique in Florence. Romantic neo-renaissance villa, today a lavish hotel of only 18 deluxe rooms and suites in exclusive panoramic position on Piazzale Michelangelo, with breathtaking view of Florence only a few steps from Ponte Vecchio. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Villa La Vedetta Hotel Florence
- Hotel La Vedetta
- Boutique Hotel La Vedetta