Villa Cora

Florence, Italy

Villa Cora is located in a centuries-old park that overlooks the Boboli Gardens, on the hills just outside the historical center of Florence. It was converted to an exclusive grand hotel in 1960 and opened as we know it today in 2010, after a detailed three-year restoration.

Villa Cora features 45 accommodations between the main Villa, Villino, and La Follie, alongside a heated outside pool, gourmet restaurant, cigar bar, spa, and a rooftop bar with the most breathtaking views in all of Florence.

The story

The Villa was an aristocratic residence built at the end of the 19th century upon commission by Baron Oppenheim and it reflects the architectural styles of the period—it’s dominated by strong eclectic decor that imbues the villa with different, sometimes offbeat, artistic styles. Throughout the years, Villa Cora has become one of the most culturally significant symbols of the city.

Your stay

La Follie is a small two-room guest house located at the edge of the park that provides complete privacy—perfect if you’re checking in to turn off, and tune in.

Being part of Querido means being part of a big family. Querido really is an extension of Villa Cora outside Florence, which allows us to be in several places at the same time and gives us the opportunity to compare and collaborate with other wonderful properties in Italy and Europe, to exchange our thoughts, suggestions and ideas to improve services and offerings. It was truly wonderful to have support and help in the most difficult moments, like this past year, and to provide a united front to be stronger than ever as we reopen.

How to spend your time

If you’re going to venture outside of the hotel, lunch at Buca dell’Orafo is a must—but keep it on the downlow as this hidden gem offers just a dozen tables. Afterwards, a short stroll through the hotel’s rose garden will set you up for a lazy afternoon by the pool or rooftop bar.

Fall in love with

Getting to know Florence the way the locals do. Many of the hotel’s extraordinary team were born and raised in the city, and they always have the intel you need before you even know you need it.

Expect the unexpected

The hotel’s weekend buffet is something of a work of art—especially the eggs ‘sous vide’ which put on a colourful display both for your eyes and taste buds. Enjoy a long lingering brunch, and when you’re done, literally stop and smell the roses at the hotel’s gardens, featuring over 100 different varieties of rose.

The best time to visit

Anytime is a good time to visit Florence but we especially like spring when it’s a little quieter; summer for the unbeatable pool and rooftop; and fall for cooler evenings.

More to experience with Querido

From city life to the full Tuscan experience in just under an hour: extend your Italian vacation with a stay at Borgo Santo Pietro.

How to get there

Florence (FLR) airport is approximately 20 minutes away, and Pisa (PSA) airport is approximately 60 minutes away.