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Sitting just outside Florence, in a centuries-old park overlooking the Boboli Gardens, the Villa Cora is a 19th-century mansion that’s as aristocratic as it gets. Maybe it’s the old-world opulence of its rooms and common areas, decorated (in some cases, exaggeratedly) in a riot of frescoes, antiques and gilded mirrors, or maybe it’s the setting of it, in a rose-filled garden, but this villa feels like the home of a true Florentine aristocrat. And for a long time, it was just that, the home of Napoleon III’s widow and later an Egyptian pasha. Befitting the setting, the facilities here are terrific and reflect different styles, from Empress Eugénie’s passion for roses to the eye-popping Moresca Room done in an oriental style of domed ceiling and faux-Rococo paintwork. The latter is the setting of the elegant Le Bistrot restaurant in winter; in summer, chef Alessandro Liberatore’s moves his playground to the garden, and there is nothing quite like it to end a day of sightseeing in central Florence. For more alfresco luxury- and Tuscan wow factor- head to the villa’s rooftop terrace where sunset aperitif to sprawling views of the city, the countryside and the Boboli Gardens is out of this world.