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The Best Tuscan Hotels

A reader asked for some hotel recommendations in Tuscany. Below, some favorites.

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“Where would you recommend to stay in the Tuscany Region?”

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Years ago my father and I went on a road trip across Tuscany together. We started at Cetona on the border of Tuscany and Umbria. From there we took a daytrip to Orvieto, where the “Duomo,” the cathedral there, is not to be missed. Pienza was next, followed by Cortona, where we stayed at the Hotel Villa Marsili in a Villa in a 14th Century building inside the city walls. Vineyards in Montepulciano and Montalcino are only half an hour away. We then headed to Siena, where the main square and streets leading up to it are filled with food shops selling hand-rolled pici, glass jars of San Marzano tomatoes, cheese and other Italian specialties. Next was Firenze. In nearby Fiesole, there is a wonderful hotel named Villa San Michele. It’s one of the most luxurious and lovely hotels in Italy, so consider treating yourself. An ex-monastery, Villa San Michele’s façade was designed by Michaelangelo. It’s an incredibly luxurious place to stay and the Tuscan food is delicious. Finally in the walled city of Lucca, we stayed at a lovely 10 room hotel named Locanda l’Elisa. The leaning tower of Pisa is only an hour away, but the town of Lucca itself is full of monuments, monasteries, churches and cathedrals to see. We were on our way to the Hotel Splendido in Portofino, but our trip was cut short. I still daydream about staying there—it looks like it lives up to its name.

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