Set near the banks of the Arno, the Antica Torre is a beautiful property that combines a 13th-century medieval tower and an 18th-century palazzo (palace) to create this charming and characterful hotel.
Entering Villa Cora, it’s clear that you’ve arrived somewhere special. From the ornate ceilings to the gilded chairs and beautiful mirrors, the property is really something to behold. Built in 1860 by Baron Oppenheim in lavish style, his eccentric touches can be seen throughout the hotel. The ground floor is composed of a number of elaborate entertaining rooms, from the Moorish Salon to the former games room, which comes complete with playing card designs on the ceiling. Outside, you’ll find a patio overlooking Florence, and a charming rose garden that leads down to the pool terrace and conservatory-style restaurant.
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The elegant rooms in Villa Cora are all beautifully furnished. In the main house, rooms on the third floor feature Moorish elements in their style. On the second floor, the rooms reflect the villa’s roses in their design. There are also two separate annexes: Villa Eugenia and Le Follie, with an underground corridor that links the main building to Villa Eugenia and the spa and pool area. Each room has air-conditioning, Wi-Fi and a TV.
Villa Cora overlooks Florence on the Oltrarno side of the river, just above the Boboli Gardens. Located a little out of town, the property offers a real air of peace and tranquility. To reach the middle of Florence, it’s around a 15 minute drive, but the convenient hotel shuttle offers easy access to the heart of the city.
Food and drink
Depending on the time of year, breakfast is served in the Moorish Salon, on the patio, or in the conservatory restaurant, Le Bistrot, which has a large outdoor terrace by the swimming pool. At breakfast, choose from a selection of fresh fruit, cheeses and meats, cereal, pastries, bread and croissants, along with eggs cooked to order. In the evenings, the restaurant menu offers gourmet-style dishes, as well as simple pasta dishes and salads.
Villa Cora is very family friendly - staff offer milk and cookies to children in the evenings, and a children's menu is available in the restaurant. It’s also possible to arrange interconnecting rooms or a larger family room for up to five people.
Facilities and activities
Villa Cora offers plenty of green space, along with a large swimming pool and terrace area in the gardens. There's also an underground spa with a small gym, tepidarium, sauna, and hammam, along with three private treatment rooms.
The property offers one wheelchair-accessible room, and rooms better suited for those with mobility issues can also be requested.
One of the best properties we’ve found in Florence, Villa Cora offers immaculate levels of service and sophistication. At the same time, it manages to be extremely family friendly – a rare commodity in a luxurious boutique hotel of this standard.
Florence tour ideas
Places & hotels on the map
Alternative places to stay nearby
Where possible, we like to offer a range of accommodation for each stop of your trip, chosen by our specialists as some of their favourite places to stay. To help you make the right choice, we give each property a rating based on its facilities and service, but we also look for hotels with distinct character or a location that can’t be bettered.
A classic hotel housed in a 15th-century palazzo (palace) and located just a few steps away from the Palazzo Vecchio and Uffizi Gallery, Hotel Bernini Palace has the atmosphere of a stately home, offering impeccable service and spacious rooms.
The Brunelleschi effortlessly combines its historic heritage with a smart and contemporary style to make it one of the most comfortable and well-located options in Florence.
The Hotel Degli Orafi has a spectacular bar and rooftop terrace which offers a unique vantage point over central Florence. While the rest of the hotel is rather simple, the rooftop terrace and central location, more than make up for the modest rooms.
Well located right in the heart of Florence, the Hotel Pierre offers a charming and comfortable base from which to explore the city.
Located next to the train station on Piazza Santa Maria Novella, this charming boutique hotel is set in a historic building composed of three palaces, the oldest of which dates back to the 16th century.
An oasis of calm and minimalist sophistication in the heart of Florence, the Palazzo Castri 1874 emanates a relaxed atmosphere away from the busy streets of the city. It boasts a chic interior design and is one of the few hotels in the city with a combined indoor and outdoor swimming pool.
Inspired by the classic 1960s film La Dolce Vita, the Portrait Firenze is a boutique hotel with chic interior design and impeccable service. The location couldn’t be better, overlooking the River Arno and just steps from the Ponte Vecchio.
Experiences while staying here
The following activities are designed to give you the most authentic experiences of the area where you’re staying. We work with local guides, who use their knowledge and often a resident’s eye to show you the main sights and more out-of-the-way attractions. Our specialists can also suggest outdoor pursuits and activities, such as cooking classes, that will introduce you to the traditions of the area’s inhabitants.
A full day guided walking tour around the highlights of Florence including the Santa Croce Basilica and the incredible Renaissance artwork of the Uffizi and Accademia Galleries.
Visit the beautiful medieval city of Siena before stopping in the countryside for a traditional Tuscan farmhouse lunch, followed by a visit to the hilltop town of San Gimignano.
A wonderful opportunity to visit a family truffle business, learn about the production process, go on a truffle hunt and enjoy a tasting lunch.