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October 1, 2013updated Mar 11, 2014

Rediscovering Italy

By Chris Boyle

Rose Garden and Villa / Il Salviatino“We used to stay in central Florence,” is a phrase you might overhear at Il Salviatino, a 15th-century, 45-key villa-hotel that feels more like the private home of your jetsetting, yet quintessentially Tuscan friend.

Perched on 12 rolling acres just outside the city, on the slope leading to the picturesque hilltop town of Fiesole, the property, with a serene terrace, beautifully restored Italian rose garden, and bi-level pool, overlooks Florence’s fabled skyline.

The first in what promises to be a stunning collection of boutique hotels, it was lovingly coaxed out of woeful disrepair by veteran hotelier Marcello Pigozzo and his son, who transformed it into a modern (meets classical) treasure worthy of the influential Florentine families who once called it home.

From gastronomy, artwork, and furnishings, to bath amenities and the products and fragrances used at the spa, every detail resonates with the quality of Italian craftsmanship.

Service is bespoke (remember, you are a guest in a home where it is impossible to overstay your welcome), and technology is as you’d expect of this century: Wi-Fi, Bose surround sound, HD TVs (albeit hidden within full-length, freestanding mirrors).

The Salviatino Collection’s second coup, Palazzo Victoria, opened last year, just a helicopter hop away in Verona.

Minutes from the Roman amphitheater that hosts world-class concerts and operas each summer, the hotel—three historic buildings fused by a sleek, white lobby “courtyard”—intrigues with a masterful mix of modern art and ancient Roman remains, and intertwining indoor and outdoor spaces.

A handsome bar with a pool table and striking fireplace draws locals and visitors  alike, as does Borsari 36—the only restaurant in town with a show kitchen—where you’ll feast on modern Veronese delicacies in a relaxed, refined ambience.

Though more hotel-like than its Florentine sister, Palazzo Victoria still evokes a sense of home with 74 accommodations whose subdued blend of classic and contemporary is the epitome of comfortable luxury.

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Should you fall in love with the Salviatino style and spirit (like we did), you’ll be pleased to hear that more properties from the group—in Rome, Venice, and a few undisclosed non-Italy destinations—are on the horizon.

Director of Sales & Marketing Silvia Manganaro


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