by Stacey Zable
What family wouldn’t want to stay in a magnificent 15th-century villa? The restored Il Salviatino sits within the Tuscan hills high in a park overlooking Florence, only 15 minutes away. Convenient hourly shuttles from the hotel to the Duomo make it easy for families to have the best of both worlds: the chance to explore the city, combined with the relaxation and pampering of this exquisite property.
Exploring the villa is its own history lesson, with original artwork throughout the public areas and within guestrooms. Kids will enjoy hearing the tales of the Salviati family, who in the 16th century turned the 15th century farmhouse into something truly special with frescoes and furnishings. A 15-million euro renovation in 2007 brought much of the modern and luxury touches. Guests today can enjoy complimentary Wi-Fi, rain showers, Nespresso coffee machines, air conditioning and modern bathrooms. The property is a member of Preferred Hotels & Resorts.
Our Editor Loves
- Staying in a 15th-century villa
- Three-section outdoor pool, including kids' area
- Views of Florence and the Duomo
- Connecting Rooms
- Free Breakfast
- Free Wi-Fi
- Onsite Dining
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Each of Il Salviatino's 45 guestrooms and suites are individually decorated and are unique in size and shape. All guestsrooms include free Wi-Fi, air conditioning, sit-down rain showers, Nespresso coffee machines, Tuscan linen bedding, safes, cordless light controls, Plasma TV, and in-room complimentary mineral water. Refrigerators are available on request and movies are available on demand.
Select rooms feature bathtubs and connecting rooms, so be sure to request those if these features are important.
Family Junior Suites
Children will love their own little hideaway in these suites that feature a mezzanine with two beds accessible by spiral staircase. (Note that the spiral staircase is a little hard to navigate and is best for older kids.) The mezzanine overlooks the oversized main bedroom with a king-size bed. Some Family Junior Suites also include an oversized balcony with outdoor sofa, chairs, and tables, ideal for a quick dinner of foods picked up while exploring that day.
This magnificent room features a king-size bed and two single beds. The open space includes original wood paneling, an ornate fireplace, and a large bathroom.
Another option for a family of four with one king-size bed and two single beds, the large Tegliacci Suite boasts such original features as an oversized marble fireplace.
by Anna A
The location of the hotel and the views are truly amazing, but the food is far from being a fabulous Italian cuisine experience. I've visited a few hotels in Tuscany and dinner at Il Salviatino was far from being impressive - it lacked any flavour or taste, any pasta dishes very super average. Great marketing, but nothing special at all
Great spot! Il Saviatino is the best place ever! Usually I don't use TAdvisor but this time was for me compelling to help this place to reach the best
We had a large room with the view on the gardens that was lovely. The restaurant food was good but was a little disappointing to be served by the same persons for the whole stay! At restaurant we had dinner the night we arrived and we have being served by a young guy that was really nice, he was there also for breakfast the morning after and then again for lunch at noon! Also the restaurant manager (big guy with black dress) was always there and always him! Same at the reception, one man for the whole stay of two days! He helped us with the luggage helped by a porter, with check in, with museums, printing our plane papers! Don't misunderstand me, they where all friendly and professional but look like the hotel is a family business ran by 4 or 5 brothers! Improve your staff and this will be the best place on Florence.
Thanks to all the Brothers :-) great job!
Two-Tiered Swimming Pool
The family activities at Il Salviatino focus on time together. The two-tiered, three section swimming pool is open from April to October and is the ideal spot to unwind on a day off from sightseeing. Even after a day of seeing Florence's attractions, families can return to Il Salviatino around 4 or 5 p.m. and cool off and relax in the pool and comfortable lounge chairs surrounding it. The pool is open from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Next to the pool is La Spa Il Salviatino. Not only is it a place for mom and dad to relax and rejuvenate, it boasts a long list of treatment and beauty options. Even young guests can be pampered. Treatments for children ages 6 to 12 include facials, massages, manicure and pedicure. Teenagers can delight in a special facial for them, a body peel, chocolate and cocoa Swedish massage, and manicure and pedicure. Parental supervision is required. The spa is open 10:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Gardens and Terrace
The villa is surrounded by 12 acres of park, featuring trails and the 3,200-square-foot Italian Garden filled with intimate seating areas and greenery. In the summer months on select nights, live music is offered in the Italian Garden, with the view of Florence and the Duomo as an incredible backdrop.
This is one library kids will want to check out with floor-to-ceiling wood bookcases, oversized leather couches, and long wooden tables filling the handsome room. They'll feel as if they've stepped into a time-warp, especially in the evening when the candelabra are lit. It's a nice space for winding down with a bedtime story.
La Cucina, the main restaurant, uses vegetables, fruit and herbs from its own onsite organic garden, which help to inspire seasonal Tuscan dishes. Included breakfast is served as a "personalized buffet" brought to your table and can include eggs, fruits, pastries, breads, and more. If something is missing, guests only have to ask for it to be prepared exactly the way they or their children want it.
For lunch and dinner, "kid-friendly menus" can be prepared on request. Young guests will be thrilled with the pizzas and pastas. Even more amazing is the view, as meals are served on the terrace from June to September. Meal service is also available at the pool April through September. Year round, there is 24-hour room service.
Il Salviatino offers a half (breakfast and lunch or breakfast and dinner) or full (three meals) board option that includes meals onsite or in one of a list of local restaurants that feature seafood and pizzeria options.
Planning & Tips
All About the Extras
Parents can work off the excellent Italian food at the hotel's fitness center, which is open 24 hours.
The hotel's babysitting service is available for an additional fee.
Wi-Fi is complimentary.
Check-in time is 2, with check-out at noon.
The Art of Smart Timing
Il Salviatino's high and low season with the lowest rates and less crowds is in early April and October. The hotel's intimate size of only 45 rooms keeps the number of guests naturally low any time of year.
Il Salviatino is a 20- to 25-minute drive from Florence Peretola Airport. Private transfers can be arranged through the hotel. Florence's Santa Maria Novella Train Station for those arriving or leaving by train if exploring other parts of Italy during their stay is a 15-minute drive.
A complimentary shuttle service leaves from Il Salviatino's door for the 15-minute drive one block from the Duomo, where guests can pick up the shuttle back to the hotel.
For Mom and Dad
The spa is the ideal place to sneak away for time away from the kids, or parents can dine or have a drink on the restaurant terrace while enjoying the incredible view.