My husband surprised me by taking me to Italy for our honeymoon. Florence was scheduled for the second leg of our trip, after four days in Santa Margherita at the Grand Hotel Miramare where they blew us away with beauty and service. I didn't think that there was any way that the Villa Cora could top or at least live up to our experience at the Miramare. Wow! They made a believer out of me as soon as our taxi drove through the gates in the driveway. The Villa Cora is remarkably beautiful. It somehow balances clean modernity with the ornate oppulence from centuries ago. The staff is professional, friendly and very, very helpful. They all speak English very well. Upon arriving, you are taken on a tour of the property and you can't help but wonder at the beauty and intracacy of each room, one grander than the next. It was a dream to actually be able to stay in a place that beautiful.
The hotel is located on the other side of the Arno but is walkable to everything, if you're up for a little hike (15 mins to the Arno & bridges). It's much less touristy and more relaxed and from the rooftop you've got a view of the city that makes standing in line at the Duomo seem totally unnecessary!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- VILLA CORA is a 5 star resort located in a 19th century mansion with a large park, bordering the gardens along Viale dei Colli, within walking distance from Boboli and Oltrarno and considered the "grand lady" of Florence southern hills. Its 46 rooms and suites, heated pool in the park, Gourmet's Restaurant and Spa make it the ultimate, exquisitely sophisticated "city resort". ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Grand Hotel Florence
- Grand Hotel Cora