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Grand Hotel Villa Cora

Florence, Italy

Grand Hotel Villa Cora

Villa Cora is located in a centuries-old park that overlooks the Boboli Gardens, on the hills just outside the historical center of Florence. The villa is an aristocratic residence built at the end of the XIX century upon commission by Baron Oppenheim reflecting the architectural styles of that period. It is dominated by a strong eclectic decor that provides the villa with different, sometimes even bizarre, artistic styles. Villa Cora, inaugurated when Florence was the capital of the Kingdom of Italy, has become throughout the years one of the major cultural and cosmopolitan symbols of Florence.

Villa Cora earned its reputation by hosting international guests of great importance, such as Princess Eugenia, wife of Napoleon III, and the Russian composer Tchaikovsky. In addition, it has always been considered the most beautiful residence of the Tuscan capital. Villa Cora became an exclusive grand hotel at the end of 1960 and reopened in late 2010 after a detailed three-year restoration. In 2016, Villa Cora becomes part of The Leading Hotels of the World, an international collection of luxury independent hotels.


The hotel has 44 accommodation in total, between rooms and suites, divided into the villa and two adjacent buildings, which were restored to the minutest of details with the aim of conserving the original architectural style as much as possible. In the villa, there are 29 suites and rooms divided into 4 floors, each with its own style. The first, known as the "noble floor" is strongly characterized by its marvelous frescoes; the second is dedicated to the ex-empress Eugenia widow of Napoleon III and to the roses that were her favorite flower, while the third one is the floor dedicated to the Orient, in pure Moorish spirit.

Lastly, a pearl, the junior suite 401 inspired by the American fabulous '50's. Villino Eugenia is a small guesthouse overlooking the Boboli Gardens. Each of the 14 different accommodations has been decorated and furnished according to the bourgeois styles of the late 19th century with ceilings representing rare and exotic subjects. The SPA is located inside the Villino Eugenia.
Lastly, La Follie, a small guesthouse located at the edge of the park that surrounds Villa Cora , has a particular charm and discretion with only 2 rooms, providing complete and total privacy.


The Hotel offers every type of room: classic and deluxe, family, duplex junior suite and nine exclusive suites. Every detail was designed to create unique surroundings where luxury and elegance can combine harmoniously and the aesthetic taste is accompanied by high quality comfort. Every room is equipped with king size or twin beds, air conditioning, flat or plasma satellite TV, electronic safe, cable and wireless internet connection, telephone with integrated answering machine, private bathroom and a mini bar with a fine selection of local products.The bathrooms are made entirely in Carrara marble. They offer all the European comforts with either a bath or shower and have an exclusive assortment of courtesy beauty products by Maison Francis Kurkdjian.


Reception/concierge 24h
Free Internet point
Free Wi-fi
Breakfast room
Smoking area
Meeting room
Calidarium (heated floor area with hot tub)
Hammam (turkish bath)
Massages (by appointment)
Equipped gym
Restaurant Le Bistrot: in winter in the beautiful Sala Moresca, in summer in the winter garden by the pool
Large rooftop terrace with possibility of organizing events
Dedicated elevator
All rooms are connected to the villa via internal routes and heated
Antique decorations and antique furniture
Shuttle Service


The true luxury of our cuisine derives from the selection of excellent ingredients that outline the authentic flavours of Italian tradition. A cuisine which is very attentive to intolerances and ready to recommend various options that will delight our guests’ different tastes and needs.

Our breakfast buffet includes a variety of bakery products, like cakes, croissants and breads, fresh fruit and juices, eggs prepared in different ways, smoked fish, assorted cheeses and selected meats from Tuscany.

At lunch the casual menu offers the most famous Classics of the Italian tradition for a quick but tasty meal but also business lunches that guarantee full of privacy.

For dinner the gastronomic menu created by the Executive Chef Alessandro Liberatore offers a proposal of continuous research that presents only seasonal and mainly local products.


The spa "Bené" is located on the lower floor of Villino Eugenia and is equipped with a small gym, tepidarium, sauna, hammam and three rooms. The wellness center offers Asian and European massages as well as beauty treatments in collaboration with the beauty guru Sarah Chapman, the most appreciated and affirmed facialist in London, for skincare and with Officina Profumo-Farmaceutica di Santa Maria Novella, founded in Florence in 1612, for body rituals. Additionally , the center offers healthy restaurant menus in accordance with the programs.


Villa Cora hosts a large outdoor pool, located in the Italian park in the shadow of majestic oak trees. The pool water is heated all year round Peculiarity of the garden is the presence of more than 100 types of roses in soft pastel colors like white, pink and salmon, among the most precious varieties: British, French and ancient roses decorating the park between evergreen hedges. With an area of over 900 square meters, the beautiful park is perfectly suited for outdoor events and ceremonies in a romantic atmosphere.


Florence has many picturesque event spaces to choose from, however, none is more sought after than Villa Cora to host an exclusive party, special event or one-of-a-kind celebration.

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