The best Tuscany countryside hotels
Sometimes, a girl has to spoil herself. And if you’re into wine, stunning views, gourmet food, spas, and simply living la dolce vita, then there’s one place in Italy you need to get yourself to: Tuscany. This region isn’t just picturesque; it’s a haven for luxury countryside hotels, offering everything from breathtaking landscapes and medieval towns to UNESCO World Heritage Sites and outstanding castles. And let’s not forget the exceptional food and wine. If you’re a wine lover, exploring Tuscan vineyards, like the Chianti wine region, Brunello di Montalcino in Val d’Orcia, Vino Nobile di Montepulciano, and the Vernaccia in San Gimignano, is akin to paradise.
So, if you want to treat yourself to an amazing countryside experience, a stay in one of Tuscany’s top countryside hotels is a must. Whether it’s for a relaxing weekend, a romantic getaway, or a trip with friends and family, these 7 Tuscan countryside hotels I’ve selected will make your journey unforgettable.
Hotels in Montalcino: Castello Banfi il Borgo
Castello Banfi il Borgo is a hilltop heaven. Formerly an 18th century borgo which served as the dwelling of farmers who toiled for their noble landowners, it is now a luxurious Tuscan retreat. As your car pulls over on the gravel road of this ancient hamlet, you’re taken back in time to rural Tuscany. But wait until you step inside to be stunned by the refurbished interiors that still maintain that old-world charm.
Make yourself at home in one of the rooms and suites with panoramic views of the estate’s vineyards and olive groves, but don’t take too long, there is so much to explore at Castello Banfi! Sit down at the Borgo’s Enoteca and Wine bar to enjoy a glass of wine and fresh local products, visit Castello Banfi’s very own winery and wine cellar, and pamper yourself with vino-therapy treatments. Definitely don’t forget to take a dip in the swimming pool boasting stunning views of the bucolic vineyards of Brunello.
Address: Castello di Poggio alle Mura, Montalcino
Nearby: 18-minute drive from Montalcino, 1 hour from Siena
Hotels in Montepulciano: Villa Cicolina
Villa Cicolina is a Tuscan sanctuary. The villa dates back to the early middle ages and was the former countryside residence of a noble family of Montepulciano. Immersed in the Tuscan countryside, this delightful boutique hotel is perfect for those that want to explore Tuscany.
From splendid views and lovely Italian gardens to the wonderful infinity pool and jacuzzi overlooking the rolling Tuscan hills, your relaxing stay just begins. Savour traditional Tuscan culinary traditions and fresh local products from some of the world’s best cured meats and cheeses at the elegant countryside restaurant. Indulge in wine tasting at the estate’s wine cellar, dating back to the 1300s and definitely get your hands on a Tuscan cooking class, where Villa Cicolina’s Chef will let you in on some Tuscan culinary secrets.
Address: Via Provinciale, 11 , Montepulciano
Nearby: 25-minute walk from Montepulciano, 20-minute drive to Pienza
Hotels in Chianti: Villa Mangiacane
Villa Mangiacane is Renaissance beauty in the heart of Tuscany. Built by the Machiavelli family in the 15th century, this Tuscan countryside retreat is the perfect place for a weekend getaway. Tucked away in the world-famous Chianti Classico region, Villa Mangiacane is THE place for wine lovers.
Walk through the estate’s vineyards, visit the wine cellar and wrap up your wine experience with a guided wine tasting of three of the estate’s award-winning wines. Learn how to cook Tuscan-style under the supervision of Villa Mangiacane’s Head Chef, have a romantic private dinner overlooking the vineyards at the estate’s 15th century Loggia, or pamper yourself with relaxing spa treatments. If you’re an art enthusiast, wait until you see the centuries old frescoes and the variety of artwork exposed around the estates to be blown away.
Address: Via Faltignano 4, San Casciano in Val di Pesa
Nearby: 10-minute drive to San Casciano in Val di Pesa, 30-minute drive to Florence
Hotels in Greve in Chianti: Villa I Barronci
Villa I Barronci is a gem nestled in the heart of the Chianti region, offering a serene retreat with picturesque views of the Tuscan countryside. This charming villa, with its blend of traditional architecture and modern comforts, is the perfect base for exploring the enchanting vineyards of Chianti. A short drive takes you to the historic town of Greve in Chianti, where you can visit local wineries like Castello di Verrazzano and enjoy guided tastings of the famed Chianti Classico.
If you’re looking to add a touch of unparalleled elegance and relaxation to your Tuscan adventure, the Fonteverde Lifestyle and Thermal Retreat in San Casciano dei Bagni is a destination you should certainly consider. Nestled amidst the green hills of Siena, this retreat offers an experience that seamlessly blends history, art, and nature. The retreat is housed in a Renaissance-era building, beautifully restored to offer a luxury experience while maintaining its historical charm. It overlooks the breathtaking Val d’Orcia, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, providing guests with stunning views of the iconic Tuscan rolling hills.
Address: Via Sorripa 10, San Casciano in Val di Pesa
Nearby: 30-minute drive from Florence, 40-minute drive from San Gimignano
Hotels in Val D’Orcia: Fonteverde Lifestyle & Thermal Retreat
Guests can immerse themselves in wellness with the retreat’s natural hot springs and thermal spa, featuring seven thermal pools with stunning hillside views. The Equilibrium wellness philosophy guides the spa experience, promising a rejuvenating journey. Culinary delights await at two onsite restaurants, where traditional Tuscan cuisine meets creativity.
The retreat also encourages exploration of Tuscany’s beauty with various outdoor activities, ensuring a holistic and unforgettable Tuscan experience. The stunning Pordenone winery in Palazzone, acquired by Bulgari brothers Paolo and Giovanni, is just a 20-minute drive and it’s a must-visit.
Address: Località Terme 1, San Casciano dei Bagni
Nearby: 50-minute drive from Montepulciano, 20-minute drive from Palazzone winery, acquired by Bulgari brothers Paolo and Giovanni
Hotels in Maremma: Conti di San Bonifacio
Wine Resort Conti di San Bonifacio is a country-chic escape hidden in the Tuscan countryside. A magical place where you will spend unforgettable moments. From your suite, waking up everyday to the sight of the Tuscan hills and the estate’s vineyards is sensational. The estate looks like a postcard and is the perfect romantic getaway. Not to mention that it only has 7 rooms, guaranteeing complete intimacy.
Relax by the pool as the sun starts to set, enjoy an aperitivo, taste the resort’s wines or go on a guided tour of the wine cellars. If you’re a foodie, embark on a culinary journey at the estate’s restaurant, where everything is sublime starting with the freshness of the products. From the moment you step inside this Tuscan gem, I can promise you will be back again and again, season after season. Pampering, enjoying and living the life is what goes on at Conti di San Bonifacio. All in complete intimacy.
Address: Località Casteani 1, Gavorrano
Nearby: 35-minute drive to Grosseto, 1 hour drive to Montalcino
Hotels in Chiusdino: Relais Borgo Santo Pietro
Relais Borgo Santo Pietro is a five-star luxury paradise in Tuscany. Tucked away from the hustle and bustle of the Tuscan cities, this stunning countryside hotel is immersed in over 12 acres of private gardens and in a 13th century villa just outside Chiusdino. The second you enter the gates of Relais Borgo Santo Pietro, you leave every thought behind and enter a timeless oasis.
Dreams really come true at this lavishing countryside villa boasting one-of-a-kind rooms and suites with wood-beamed ceilings and frescoes. If you’re visiting in wintertime, cozy up by the fireplace, read a book and pamper yourself with therapeutic massages in between one gourmet meal and the next. If you’re visiting in the warm season, go horseback riding, stroll through borgo’s 200-acre estate and relax by the pool as you await sunset.
Address: Loc. Palazzetto, Chiusdino
Nearby: 30-minute walk to San Galgano, 40-minute drive to Siena