At a glance
Villa Cora overlooks the Boboli Gardens on the hills just outside the historic centre of Florence. It was an aristocratic house commissioned by Baron Oppenheim in the 1860s. Villa Cora is dizzying a mishmash of different styles. It has hosted major historic figures, including Napoleon’s wife and the composer Tchaikovsky.
It became a grand hotel in the 1960s. Today it’s widely considered to be one of the finest buildings in Florence and one of the world’s leading independent luxury hotels. Piazzale Michelangelo, the famous viewing point, is just a 10-minute walk away. The hotel is surrounded by rose gardens. Inside you’ll find trompe l’oeil frescoes, crystal chandeliers and parquet floors. The ballroom is so grand it would make Marie Antoinette blush.
- Built by Baron Oppenheim in the 1860s
- The ballroom would make Marie Antoinette blush
LGBTQ+ Italians enjoy a host of equality and anti-discrimination laws. However, same-sex couples are not able to adopt children together, and the country recently elected an anti-LGBTQ+ government. Italy is a very religious country, but the major cities are all home to vibrant gay scenes.
All 44 bedrooms are suitably grand. The suites on the first floor are the most impressive. You’ll have frescoed ceilings, parquet floors and a stunning four-poster bed. On the second floor, you’ll find a selection of rose-themed rooms. The third floor has a selection of rooms with direct city views. There is also a selection of rooms in the former stable block.
Chef Alessandro Liberatore presides over Le Bistrot. The food is served to an exceptionally high standard, as you’d expect. Gourmet dishes are made with seasonal ingredients. There are also regular foodie events, such as the champagne and pizza evenings.
When cocktail hour arrives head to the bar on the roof terrace. Sunday brunch is served with live music. Expect the finest Mediterranean breakfast every morning.
You can make use of the heated outdoor pool and the spa. Cooking lessons with the chef Liberatore are available to book.
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