Set near the banks of the Arno, the Antica Torre is a beautiful property that combines a 13th-century medieval tower and an 18th-century palazzo (palace) to create this charming and characterful hotel.
Hotel Bernini Palace
Hotel Bernini Palace used to be the residence of a wealthy Florentine family in the 15th century and overlooks the grand Palazzo Vecchio. Since the turn of the 18th century, it has been operating as a hotel - the first in the city, in fact, to have hot running water. When Florence was briefly the capital of Italy in the middle of the 19th century, this hotel even played an essential role hosting members of parliament during what was a pivotal time in Italian history, now remembered in the frescoes and artwork of the Parliament breakfast room.
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The corridors and rooms maintain their Tuscan heritage with paneled walls, Renaissance artwork and intricate Murano glass chandeliers. There's even a special ‘Tuscan floor’, which has a rustic, yet refined, decor that's reminiscent of Morocco, featuring wooden beams and large, old doors. The bathrooms are well equipped and a good size, featuring lovely marble flooring. The majority have both a bath and a separate shower. All rooms have free Wi-Fi, TVs and air-conditioning.
Ideally located for exploring the main historical sites of Florence or taking a stroll over the Ponte Vecchio, Hotel Bernini Palace is conveniently central and perfect for those who want to spend their time exploring the city. Despite being in the square of Palazzo Vecchio, it's accessible by car or taxi and is only a short drive from the train station.
Food and drink
The hotel’s restaurant, La Chiostrina, is set in a renovated 16th-century courtyard and offers delicious modern Florentine dishes for both lunch and dinner. The lobby bar has a stately ambience and is open from 10am until midnight, serving coffees in the morning through to cocktails and apertivos in the evening. Breakfast is an extensive buffet, served in the grand Parliament room.
Hotel Bernini Palace offers one of the best locations within central Florence. We find the service here particularly friendly and the refined yet welcoming atmosphere a great addition to any stay.
Florence tour ideas
Places & hotels on the map
Alternative places to stay nearby
Where possible, we like to offer a range of accommodation for each stop of your trip, chosen by our specialists as some of their favourite places to stay. To help you make the right choice, we give each property a rating based on its facilities and service, but we also look for hotels with distinct character or a location that can’t be bettered.
The Brunelleschi effortlessly combines its historic heritage with a smart and contemporary style to make it one of the most comfortable and well-located options in Florence.
The Hotel Degli Orafi has a spectacular bar and rooftop terrace which offers a unique vantage point over central Florence. While the rest of the hotel is rather simple, the rooftop terrace and central location, more than make up for the modest rooms.
Well located right in the heart of Florence, the Hotel Pierre offers a charming and comfortable base from which to explore the city.
Located next to the train station on Piazza Santa Maria Novella, this charming boutique hotel is set in a historic building composed of three palaces, the oldest of which dates back to the 16th century.
An oasis of calm and minimalist sophistication in the heart of Florence, the Palazzo Castri 1874 emanates a relaxed atmosphere away from the busy streets of the city. It boasts a chic interior design and is one of the few hotels in the city with a combined indoor and outdoor swimming pool.
Inspired by the classic 1960s film La Dolce Vita, the Portrait Firenze is a boutique hotel with chic interior design and impeccable service. The location couldn’t be better, overlooking the River Arno and just steps from the Ponte Vecchio.
Set on the hillside with beautiful views across Florence and the Boboli Gardens, Villa Cora feels more like a luxurious country house than a hotel. It’s just a short drive from the heart of the city.
Experiences while staying here
The following activities are designed to give you the most authentic experiences of the area where you’re staying. We work with local guides, who use their knowledge and often a resident’s eye to show you the main sights and more out-of-the-way attractions. Our specialists can also suggest outdoor pursuits and activities, such as cooking classes, that will introduce you to the traditions of the area’s inhabitants.
A full day guided walking tour around the highlights of Florence including the Santa Croce Basilica and the incredible Renaissance artwork of the Uffizi and Accademia Galleries.
Visit the beautiful medieval city of Siena before stopping in the countryside for a traditional Tuscan farmhouse lunch, followed by a visit to the hilltop town of San Gimignano.
A wonderful opportunity to visit a family truffle business, learn about the production process, go on a truffle hunt and enjoy a tasting lunch.