Exhausted from my overnight flight to Rome from the USA, and then my train ride to Florence, I was bound and determined to make it to my Firenze hotel to find my suite with a king-sized bed soon. It was not exactly in the center of Florence, but in a neighborhood on a hill overlooking Florence known as Fiesole. Fiesole is a hillside summer retreat neighborhood of wealthy Florentine families. I just happened to be staying in the grand dame of the neighborhood – the Il Salviatino!
This 45-room grand villa from the 15th century is an impressive masterpiece with a spectacular view of the town below. Getting to my hotel Firenze – Il Salviatino was not hard, it just took me a while to get here!
Luxury Firenze Hotel: Il Salviatino: Getting There
Firenze Santa Maria Novella Train Station
There was a long queue at the taxi line in Florence at the train station Firenze Santa Maria Novella when I arrived. I waited for almost 15 minutes until it was my turn to catch the next cab (No Uber here!). I walked up to the next taxi driver and told him my destination of Il Salviatino when I was told, “It is not possible!” Looking back through my journeys around Italy that month, I had to laugh about the times I have been told these simple four words in English!
“It is not possible!” He said.
“Everything is possible!” I said.
My friend and Italy expert Margie Miklas and I laughed a few times about this phrase during our romp throughout Italy!
Luxury Firenze Hotel: Il Salviatino – Florence, Italy
The cab driver looked around until he found another taxi driver to take me to where I wanted to go. I suspect it was “not possible” because I was not going towards the touristy parts of town. Instead, my ride was up into the hills overlooking Florence. He probably did not want to take me because he might not get a cab ride fare back and thus would be out of his needed cab fare money for the day!
Had I done a bit of homework, I would have known that Il Salviatino could have sent someone to pick me up with their concierge service, but when you travel like I do to 47 countries in 2016 and take a lot of travel photos, sometimes you don’t have the time to do a lot of the detailed research before hand! But now you luxury travelers can learn from my mistakes!
At only 15 minutes away from the city center of Florence, the Hotel Il Salviatino is one of the most luxurious hotels in all of Florence. And so off we went through the winding hills with Florence getting smaller and smaller in the rear view mirror as we climbed the hill to the grand estate. Once on the vast grounds, the white plaster façade of the building and main staircase entrance were quite spectacular.
I actually loved the moment that I got to peek into my deliciously decorated red and gold room with marble floors and frescoed ceilings. My oversized television that turned into a mirror when it was not on with a flashing note welcoming me to Florence was very chic!
Luxury Firenze Hotel: Il Salviatino
This medieval country house estate dates back to the 15th century and has been beautifully restored since its original owners built it in 1427. It is located hillside among parks and a vast outdoors surrounding, so there is a feeling of being in the countryside, even though Florence with its busy cobblestone streets down below the hill is close by.
At night, the staff would bring out a vast number of candles and outdoor lanterns to help decorate the luscious estate and give it that gorgeous nighttime glow. The entire estate is filled with 19th-century frescoes and antique furnishings and is candy for your eyes.
After a good rest, I was ready to explore the grounds and have dinner at its wonderful restaurant “Il Grappolo”, which has a fabulous outdoor setting overlooking Florence. I enjoyed “Grigliata di crostacei” (grilled shellfish – half lobster, shrimp, and red prawns), a glass of Prosecco, and a panoramic view on my first night in Florence!
Disclosure: The writer believes in full disclosure and wanted to let you know that this trip was provided by IL Salviatino. As is common in the travel industry, the writer was provided with accommodations, meals, and other compensation.
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