Viale Machiavelli 18, 50125
Date of Creation
Hotel General Manager
Vanessa Giovannelli, General Manager
History & Story
Villa Cora is an aristocratic residence built in 1868 when Florence was the Capital of Italy by the Baron Oppenheim as a gesture of love for his bride, Eugenia Fenzi. Throughout the years Villa Cora has become one of the major cultural and cos-mopolitan symbols of Florence. Today the Villa is admired for its grandeur and the wealth of the internal decorations, in which an eclecticism of styles from different periods can be noted. The splendor of all the time remains in evidence: the frescoes and marble public rooms are breathtaking and the guest rooms are beautifully furnished.
Villa Cora reopened on January 2011 after a detailed four-year restoration by Marianna Gagliardi together with the owner Antonella Gatti Fratini.
Main Strengths, Special Touch
• Our property is a resort within the city only 20 minutes walking distance or 10 minutes via our complimentary shuttle.
• Our property is the only in Florence with a heated pool that is open all year round
• Complimentary parking.
Villa Cora is located inside a centuries-old park that overlooks the Boboli Gardens, on the hills just outside the historical center of Florence that is only 20 minutes walking distance.
Key sites/activities in the area
• Museum: Galleria Dell’Accademia, Uffizi Gallery, Pitti Palace, Museo del Bargello & Palazzo
• Churches: Santa Maria del Fiore , Santa Croce and the beautiful Basilica of San Miniato al Monte.
• Shopping Area: only 45 minutes by car from Florence the luxurious outlet The Mall
• VID Program: Very important dog program
• VIB Program: Very imèportant baby program
• Over 100 different types of roses in our garden
• VIB Program: Very important baby program that includes pizza cooking class, painting lesson, swimming lesson (available during the summer), special amenities, treasure hunt
44 total rooms situated in 3 different structures offering every type of room: classic, superior, deluxe, junior suite and suite, family, duplex.
• Villa Cora
In the main villa there are 29 suites and rooms divided into 4 floors, each with its own style. The decorations were inspired by famous people who have stayed there, such as Emperor of Japan Akihito, to whom the imperial suite is dedicated, Princess Eugenia, wife of Napoleon III who had a great passion for roses, the oriental world, and the America of the 1950s.
• Villino Eugenia
What used to be the stables of the historic villa have been transformed into a small guesthouse overlooking the Boboli Gardens. With 13 different accommodations each 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.
• La Follie
Lastly, La Follie, a small guesthouse located at the edge of the park that surrounds the Villa Cora has a particular charm and discretion with only 2 rooms, providing complete and total privacy.
Restaurants & Bars
• Le Bistrot
Located in a luminous pool area and open daily for lunch and dinner (dinner in the summer only)
• Pool Bar
Near the swimming pool, where one can order cool drinks and cocktails and sip them in comfort on the poolside sun loungers
• Il Pasha
Located in our beautiful Moorish Room, open daily for Breakfast and dinner (dinner in the winter only)
• Le Bar Long
The bar dominated by a large glass table lit internally by LED lights, creating fascinating games of light on the refined original wooden dressers from the mid-1800s
• Cards Room
It is instead dedicated to tranquility, afternoon tea and reading.
• Cigar Room
A well-stocked cellar with an adjacent smoking lounge, where one can savour selected spirits and enjoy the best cigars from all over the world
• Bellevue Roof Terrace
Located on the Roof top of the main villa, a spacious and elegant terrace overlooking the Florentine monuments.
The newly appointed Executive Chef Alessandro Liberatore together with his team offers a territorial cuisine which respects the original gastronomic traditions and only seasonal ingredients are used.
The spa « Benè » is located on the lower floor of Villino Eugenia, and is equipped with a small gym, tepidarium, sauna, and hammam. 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 and an exclusive partnership with Officina Profumo-Farmaceutica di Santa Maria Novella, founded in Florence in 1612.
The heated open all year round outdoor swimming pool overlooks the sloping hills leading down to the city and enriches the wellness offering.
Corporate & Celebration Events
Villa Cora in Florence is one of the most attractive locations for organizing meetings and exclusive event with extreme elegance and offers several solutions: inside in our beautiful » Mirror Room” », » Moorish Room , »Cards Room » White Room » Le Bar Long” and outside in our century garden and why not starting with a welcome aperitif on the Bellevue roof terrace with a breathtaking view of Florence.
Extra Notable Features
• Cooking Lessons
• Wine Tasting
• Olive Oil tasting
• Bride’s Party
• Painting course
• Yoga classes
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