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Top Ten Romantic Accomodations

What is your type of Romance in Tuscany?

Selecting the top ten romantic places in Tuscany gave us a bit of a flutter, how can you chose only 10 out of the many wonderful and extravagant possibilities? Therefore, we gave ourselves a few guidelines.  We have defined romantic in this selection of top ten as places that have bedrooms with a whimsical decor or furnished with prestige. Spacious bathrooms and most definitely modern amenities.

We looked for B&B’s with a slow and leisurely breakfast, apartments in a panoramic position where sunsets were guaranteed and villas where there were abundant quiet corners in the garden for a bit of private time. We also searched out places that offered top class restaurants, helpful yet discrete services and those places where you can indulge in the fun of being in love, enjoying thermal water spas, long walks and small Tuscan towns.

Take a look at the ones we’ve selected!

1. Villa il Poggiale

Spa jacuzzi at Villa il PoggialeJacuzzi spa for two at Villa il Pioggiale

Where: San Casciano in Val di Pesa, Florence

Surrounded by the essence of Tuscany with olive groves, cypress trees and the characteristic soft rolling hills, the bed and breakfast accommodations Villa il Poggiale guarantees a romantic setting for your holidays.  We love a relaxing massage, a soak in the jacuzzi and then a glass of bubbly while lazing by the pool.  The “de Charme” decor is just the perfect touch for honeymooners, destination wedding events or simply a romantic getaway in Tuscany.

2. Hotel Ilio

Bedroom with an ocean view at Hotel Ilio

Where: Elba Island

Combine the beauty of Tuscany, the warm waters of the Mediterranean with a beautiful boutique hotel and you have a romantic dream come true.  The newly furnished rooms at Hotel Ilio are modern, sexy and suggestive.  We especially enjoyed being close to the beach and the way the rooms where nestled in a lush green garden.  You can lounge in the garden, splash about on the beach or stay in your room and listen to the waves as the lap up on the sandy coast.

3. Il Cellese

Fireplace in living room at il CelleseFireplace in living room at il Cellese

Where: Castellina in Chianti

Besides being situated in the romantic setting of Chianti with its vineyards and cantinas, Il Cellese perfectly blends the typical Tuscan country style with the famous Italian flair for innovative design.  We particularly loved the idea of cuddling up in front of the fireplace with someone special while sipping a glass of the latest Chianti Classic found on the adventure of the day.

4. Relais il Chiostro di Pienza

Italian styled garden at Relais Chiostro PienzaItalian styled garden at Relais Chiostro Pienza

Where: Pienza

This deluxe relais in the city center of Pienza presents an idyllic atmosphere for a romantic interlude, destination wedding or renewal of vows. The prestigious gardens,  dreamy decor and attention to the smallest of details create an unforgettable atmosphere.   We can’t help but admire the frescos on the arches and small murals in many of the rooms, a  delightful touch recalling yesteryear and the age of Romance.  The colors, the intimacy and the views at Relais il Chiostro di Pienza just captured our romantic whimsy.

5. San Giovanni in Poggio

Panoramic swimming pool at San Giovanni in PoggioPanoramic swimming pool at San Giovanni in Poggio

Where: Monteroni D’Arbia, Siena

If you are one to get excited by scenic vistas and sunset views, then you will fall immediately in love with San Giovanni in Poggio.  This classical Tuscan farmhouse turned vacation rental apartments is located in the heart of Val d’Orcia, complete with  Siena hills and classical cypress tree lined vias.  We adored the viewing area that Francesco, the owner, created with a bench especially placed o catch the last glimmer of sunlight.

6. Villa Arnilù

Bedroom at Villa ArnilùRomantic decor in bedroom at Villa Arnilù

Where: San Gimignano

This is a sensorial adventure near San Gimignano with perfect views, enchanting bedrooms and a delicious restaurant which will tempt you with decadence.  Though Villa Arnilù definitely covers the aesthetics of romance, our attention was drawn to the on site restaurant with candle lit dinners and visits to the characteristic “cantina.”  For those who associate Tuscan with good food, they will have found their romantic match here near the tower town of San Gimignano.

7. Il Sole del Sodo

Garden terrace at il Sole del SodoEnjoy the garden colors at Il Sole del Sodo

Where: Cortona

A fairy tale destination for lovers of all ages.  Il Sole del Sodo offers a charming example of country chic, with a whimsical garden area for sunning, romancing and stolen kisses.  Not only did we delight in finding our own secret corner in the meticulously maintained garden but we savoured each and every meal made fresh by the family.  Close to everything, even a walk into town this bed and breakfast located to the south of Arezzo is everything we dreamed about in Tuscany.

8. Il Bottaccio

Garden terrace at Il BottaccioPanoramic terrace at Il Bottaccio

Where: Campiglia Marittima, Livorno

The picturesque vacation rental apartments at il Bottaccio are just the right distance from the coast to make this a vacation of sun, romance and a bit of culture at Il Bottaccio.  Enjoy delicious meals, olive groves and the sound of the Tuscan silence for your romantic get a way.  We totally enjoyed the setting which gave us space to picnic in the garden after a day of exploring the nearby towns.  Small and mainly off the beaten track of mainstream tourism, we lived our Tuscan daydream.

9. Villa Romantica

Country style bedroom Villa RomanticaCountry style bedroom Villa Romantica

Where: Lucca

The name speaks for itself, Villa Romantica is set within the antique walls of the intimate town of Lucca.  You will delight in the friendly family run accommodation but also the wellness center and spa at Villa Romantica where you can program a decadent couple of hours on your own (or as a couple).  The cozy decor and the access to a jacuzzi, turkish bath massages and aromatherapy are just the right romantic touch after a day of adventure in the city center or nearby vineyards.

10. Palazzo Carletti

Spa at Palazzo CarlettiSpa bathrooms at Palazzo Carletti

Where: Montepulciano

This prestigious Palazzo Carletti is organized into spacious bedrooms with living room areas elegantly incorporates the original frescos from  the 17th and 18th century, marble and stone accents and lush furnishing.  We truly appreciated slipping into this fairy tale setting which melded the elegance of the antique architecture with the luxury of spa baths, a fully stocked mini bar and panoramic views of ValdiChiana and Lago Trasimeno.

Author: Donna Scharnagl

It has been over 24 years since I took my first steps in Italy and I still haven’t found a good reason to leave.  Between the food, the culture, the history, the art, the landscapes … did I mention the food? I have become a lifelong student. And I soon learned that Italians all have stories that long to be told; stories that paint a picture of how hard work produces character, how life is made of ups and downs and how good it feels to laugh.


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