Viale Machiavelli, 18, Florence
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Photo courtesy of Villa Cora
Villa CoraSince its construction in the late 1800s by architect Pietro Comparini, at the behest of Baron Oppenheim, Villa Cora has been known as one of the most beautiful residences in Florence. Guests arrive through wrought-iron gates, which reveal manicured, rose-filled gardens and an imposing white mansion whose tall windows seem like eyes peering out.
The villa’s blend of Baroque, Renaissance, and 1950s styles is harmonious and elegant, with original frescoes complementing antique furnishings and pastel hues. Grand, ornately decorated halls are used as restaurants, bars, card rooms, and whatever else suits guests’ whims. Underground tunnels wind their way between the Roman-inflected spa, glamorous pool, and cigar bar, setting the stage for your very own Much Ado About Nothing intrigue. Service is understated and yet somehow manages to anticipate every whim, with that glass of chianti or an Aperol Spritz arriving at your poolside lounger just as you were thinking of it. If Villa Cora has always been this magical, it’s no wonder the likes of Emperor Akihito and Princess Eugenia (Napoleon III’s widow) have chosen to stay here throughout the centuries.