18 July 2012
Themed hotels in Tuscany and Umbria
Sleeping in an old convent or in a mill dating back to the Middle Ages, dipped in chocolate or in the jazz music near the well where the rebel virgins were thrown or in the large rooms of a 1200 paper mill. There’s a themed hotel for everyone on the hills of Tuscany and Umbria and all around their beautiful art cities.
We propose a tour of Tuscany and Umbria in unusual hotels. For a truly exclusive and refined stay in Florence there is Palazzo Galletti: a dozen rooms two steps from the cathedral, decorated in an absolutely classic style. Each room, basically a suite, has frescoes on the walls and antique furniture, terracotta floors and neo-classical trimmings, but all offer modern comforts, LCD TV, air conditioning and Internet access.
In Perugia, the Hotel Giò Wine and Jazz Area is strictly divided in two: 130 rooms are dedicated to wine lovers, with over 4,000 labels from around the world, while eighty rooms are dedicated to lovers of jazz, with musical corners, a music store, a library dedicated to jazz and a great selection of CDs that you can listen to in your room.
For lovers of chocolate a stop at the Etruscan Chocohotel of Perugia is a must. Chocolate greets visitors from check-in and follows them throughout their stay at the hotel, at the bar with tastings from around the world, at the restaurant with the Chocomenu, a menu of cocoa based dishes, appetizers to desserts.
In Pisa a must is also staying at the Hotel Relais dell’Orologio. Suitable for a romantic trip or also honeymoons, the hotel is housed in a prestigious tower/house of the fourteenth-century with a penthouse with fireplace and a library for relaxation. Behind the structure there is a lovely garden where breakfast is served and parties are held.
Also in Pisa, it is possible to stay within the old walls of a renovated convent, with a beautiful cloister where you can relax. All the rooms at the Hotel Santa Croce in Fossabanda, close to major tourist attractions of the city, overlook the cloister: the hotel also provides rooms for conferences and meetings.
From sacred to profane, for those who love old structures, there is also the Hotel L’Ultimo Mulino, in Gaiole in Chianti, near Siena. Guests will walk in an old medieval mill completely renovated but still maintaining its distinctive architectural features. Water is still there, although it no longer feeds the mill but a nice pool.
At Hotel La Vecchia Cartiera, Colle Val d’Elsa, in the province of Siena, all rooms are bright and airy because since 1200 the large windows had to get large flows of air to dry the paper. The hotel is housed in the most long-lived paper mill, which has been operative until 1979: its name was called Spedaluzzo.
In the centre of San Gimignano, the hotel l’Antico Pozzo is housed in a magnificent palace of the XV century, used over time as the headquarters of a religious order, a salon for the good society in the 18th century, and finally as a prestigious hotel. It is said that the virgins whom refused to submit to the lord were left for few days over the well.