Auberge Resorts Collection has been appointed by Leeu Collection to manage Collegio alla Querce, Auberge Resorts Collection in Florence. Set to open in 2023, the 82-room resort will stretch across gardens on a rolling hill on the north side of Florence’s historic city center, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
A former cultural institution and boarding school turned luxury hotel, Collegio alla Querce, Auberge Resorts Collection will encompass three adjacent 16th-century buildings, including an original chapel and theatre. An extensive transformation will awaken the property’s storied and romantic history, dating back to the Italian Renaissance, through a rarefied art collection, distinct architecture and design, and spectacular, manicured gardens. Surrounded by soaring oak trees, a nod to Collegio alla Querce’s name, the resort’s grounds will boast expansive lawns and five levels of terraced Baroque gardens, the vision of Analjit Singh, founder of Leeu Collection, and landscape designer Franchesca Watson, in concert with local Florentine landscapers.
The design of Collegio alla Querce, Auberge Resorts Collection will exude a relaxed yet refined country house within a city context. Spanish father-son architect group, Esteva i Esteva, has been enlisted to preserve the structures’ original character while propelling the hotel into a new era of contemporary style. Spaces will infuse the Italian’s ancient love for geometry in architecture to flow organically and symmetrically. Local Florentine interior designers, ArchFlorence, will bring Collegio alla Querce, Auberge Resorts Collection to life with interiors that combine High Renaissance art with modern Italian design. Brilliant colors, locally sourced materials and contemporary pieces will complement antique pieces and walls of curated, decade-spanning artwork.
Rendering: Courtesy of Collegio alla Querce, Auberge Resorts Collection