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 Santa Maria Novella
This elegant, historic hotel is composed of three old palaces. Its paneled walls are lined with traditional fabric hung with large, ornate Renaissance paintings of Italian landscapes, original family portraits or renowned historical figures. It has excellent views of Piazza Santa Maria Novella and is just a short walk from the Duomo in the heart of town. The rooms are bright with wooden floors and Florentine touches in the artwork and decor.
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The rooms are spacious and carefully designed so as to keep their palazzo (palace) heritage, in the artwork and antique furnishings, without feeling outdated. The style is quite minimalist in hue, utilizing just two shades at a time, to give a light, clean and restored elegance. The bathrooms are marbled and lavish and have either a bath or a separate shower. All rooms have a TV, air-conditioning and Wi-Fi. Some have views of the square, but these must be requested in advance. The marbled bathrooms are a good size considering the restrictions of being in an old palazzo.
Piazza Santa Maria Novella is a bustling hub full of restaurants and cafes, just a moment’s walk from the train station. The walls of the hotel are soundproof, so you’ll still have a wonderfully peaceful stay while being within easy walking distance of the Duomo, Uffizi, Ponte Vecchio and Piazza della Repubblica.
Food and drink
Heritage green walls and leather seats characterize the cozy seating area in the bar. In contrast, the mirrored walls, Italian oil landscapes in elaborate antique frames and an airy domed ceiling reflect a very different but equally sophisticated atmosphere in the grand breakfast room. A buffet breakfast is served here with friendly, efficient service and an excellent selection of hot and cold dishes.
This charming boutique hotel is a wonderful mixture of the old and the new, and places a real emphasis on style. We particularly like the sumptuous decor and attentive nature of the staff.
Florence tour ideas
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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 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.
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.