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.
Built around a 7th-century tower with foundations that include a Roman spa, the buildings that comprise the Brunelleschi are steeped in history. Entering the main reception, you pass under what was once the archway of the parish church of St Michael and into a hotel that seamlessly blends the historic with the modern. The various communal spaces offer glimpses of the original brickwork of the tower, beamed wooden ceilings and ancient stonework. Despite this, the hotel manages to achieve a chic and contemporary feel with arty black and white photographic prints decorating the walls and a dramatic transparent staircase linking the different floors.
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The rooms at the Brunelleschi are elegantly furnished and boast a good range of high quality modern amenities. Black and white photographic prints draw on elements of Florentine architecture, as does the etched glass design on the sliding bathroom doors. Due to the historic nature of the property, the rooms vary somewhat in size, but most categories feature either a combined bath and shower or separate shower depending on your preference (a number of the larger rooms and suites offer both). All the rooms have a flat screen TV, free Wi-Fi and air-conditioning; higher room categories also offer espresso machines.
The Brunelleschi is tucked into a quiet little square just steps from the Duomo and Piazza della Signoria, and just two streets away from the Piazza della Repubblica. The hotel is accessed by a narrow alley that opens out into the charming, shady square, which also hosts the hotel’s small outdoor terrace bar.
Food and drink
Breakfast is buffet-style with fresh fruit, bread, pastries, cold meats and cheeses, cereals and a small selection of hot options. The light and airy breakfast room looks out onto the historic tower. For dining during the day, there’s a small, informal restaurant that leads out into the terrace bar, where you can enjoy Tuscan-style dishes. The Santa Elizabetta restaurant in the tower offers a gourmet à la carte menu and an intimate dining experience.
Facilities and activities
The Brunelleschi provides a full concierge service as well as a good-sized fitness and exercise room for guests to enjoy during their stay. Maps showing good jogging routes around historic central Florence are available from reception. In the small museum underneath the property, you can explore the foundations of the tower, the remains of the Roman spa and other relics uncovered during the hotel’s renovation.
The Hotel Brunelleschi is a little gem, tucked away in a quiet square close to the highlights of Florence. The dedication of the staff means that service levels are high and we wholeheartedly recommend it.
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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.
A classic hotel housed in a 15th-century palazzo (palace) and located just a few steps away from the Palazzo Vecchio and Uffizi Gallery, Hotel Bernini Palace has the atmosphere of a stately home, offering impeccable service and spacious rooms.
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.