Villa Cora is located inside a centuries-old park that overlooks the Boboli Gardens, on the hills just outside Florence’s historical center. 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, dominated by a strong eclectic decor.
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, and being 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. Starting from October 2016, the hotel is a member of Leading Hotels of the World.
Rooms & Suites – 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 are combined harmoniously, and 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 minibar with a fine selection of local products. The bathrooms are entirely in Carrara marble and offer all the European comforts with either a bath or shower and have an exclusive assortment of courtesy beauty products by Annick Goutal.
Dining & Bar – The kitchen offers a classic cuisine reinterpreted with seasonal products, mainly locally selected by the Executive Chef Alessandro Liberatore. For breakfast, the buffet includes various bakery products, like cakes, croissants and breads, fresh fruit and juices, eggs prepared in different ways, assorted cheeses, smoked fish, and meats. For lunch, from Monday to Friday, there is a special menu for business lunches. The cuisine identifies the true luxury with a manic selection of excellent raw materials to light the authentic flavors of Italian tradition.
Spa & Wellness – 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 and 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, healthy restaurant menus following the programs are offered by the center.
Pool & Garden – Villa Cora hosts a large outdoor pool, located in the Italian park, shadowing majestic oak trees. The floor of the area and the pool water are heated. Peculiarities of the garden include 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 over 900 square meters, the beautiful park is perfectly suited for outdoor events and ceremonies in a romantic atmosphere.