The following on accomodations in Tuscany was submitted by DK Eyewitness Travel.
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Italy is famous for its world renowned art, breathtaking landscapes and beautiful regions like Tuscany – so planning vacations in Italy should be child’s play. The people at DK Eyewitness Travel are helping you discover the wonderful region of Tuscany with accommodation hotspots taken from the DK Eyewitness Top 10 Tuscany Travel Guide.
Here are their Top 10 Places to Stay in Tuscany
1. Algebro Duomo, Montepulciano
Just steps from Piazza Grande and the cathedral, the family-run Duomo has rustic accents such as wooden dressers and cast-iron bedsteads alongside its otherwise comfortably modern decor.
2. Albergo Pietrasanta, Pietrasanta
In 1997 this 17th-century palazzo was opened as an exclusive hotel in the mining town of Pietrasanta, between Forte dei Marmi and Viareggio. It’s an opulent choice, with baths sheathed in marble.
3. Albergo Scilla, Sovana
In the centre of quaint Sovana, eight modestly-sized rooms mix the contemporary and the antique – engraved headboards, wooden dressers and exposed walls vie with modern baths and glass table tops.
4. Augustus Lido, Forte dei Marmi
This place incorporates the best of both worlds: a gorgeous beach-side villa, plus access via an under-the-road tunnel to the modern hotel Augustus, with its pool, restaurant and live music band.
5. Bellavista, Elba
Bellavista is everything an island retreat should be. The terraces of most rooms enjoy expansive views over the owner’s vines and olives to the wooded headland of Sant’Andrea. You can walk these paths to the resort’s beach or to a secluded cove. Rooms are simply furnished, tile-floored and comfortable.
6. Bernini, Siena
This is a tiny, much-requested hotel in owners Mauro and Nadia’s own home. There’s a friendly, homely atmosphere – Mauro may even entertain you with his accordion. Perched atop St Catharine’s convent, the whitewashed rooms are quiet, and two have views of the Duomo.
7. Castello di Gargonza, Monte San Savino
Castello di Gargonza is a medieval castle turned spectacular hostelry. Though far from civilization, it’s compensated by a fine restaurant and pool and feels less removed than many a rural retreat. Apartments are also available.
8. Castello di Spaltenna, Gaiole
Around the core of a 12th-century castle, this is the Chianti’s most luxurious inn. It sports a room for wine tasting, an outdoor pool and a plethora of antiques. Corner rooms, with their lattice of ceiling beams, are the best.
9. Castello Ripa d’Orcia, San Quirico d’Orcia
A fairytale hotel, hewn from a 13th-century castle and outbuildings immersed in the green hills of a nature reserve. Relaxation is the order of your stay, with an absence of TVs and telephones in the huge, country-styled rooms and apartments.
10. Cavaliere Palace, Arezzo
The cream of Arezzo’s sorry hotel crop, the Cavaliere Palace has been overhauled twice (in 1995 and 1999) to provide all amenities in modern and eminently comfortable rooms. It’s pretty central, and there’s a terrace for breakfast in warm weather.