Set high on a hill overlooking Florence, Il Salviatino is awash with Renaissance charm. It's understated and luxurious, with mood lighting, a muted palette, clever touches (think TVs hidden behind mirrors), and a grand staircase. The 45 rooms and suites are beautiful: splash out on the top-floor Ojetti Suite (as Kate Moss did), or book the Dome View Junior Suite with stunning views of both the Duomo and the Tuscan countryside. Whether you head to the hotel's library or the Devarana Spa, the owners want you to treat the villa as your home. To help create the right atmosphere, they've removed the reception desk and guests rely on a team of 'service ambassadors'. Want tickets to the Uffizi Gallery at short notice? They'll sort it. Need lunch at 6pm? No trouble. Fancy a nightcap at the bar in the early hours? Someone will be there to mix your favourite cocktail. You'll feel at home from the moment you arrive. WOW FACTOR: The house-party feel and the idyllic countryside location. GO: Deluxe doubles from £428 B&B (salviatino.com). Meridiana (meridiana.it) flies to AmeriGo: Vespucci airport from £155 return.