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.
Part of the Lungarno Collection hotels, this classic yet modern hotel radiates a sophisticated glamor brought to life by Italian designer, Michele Bonan. The walls are lined with drawings and black and white photographs to evoke the elegance of 1950s and 1960s Florence, with shots of Ferragamo himself, Brigitte Bardot, Grace Kelly and many more. There's a significant focus on tailoring your visit so you feel entirely at home. For example, you can specify breakfast, mini bar and turn down preferences on arrival, and can even send in family photographs for staff to place in your suite.
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All of the rooms are spacious and offer a range of 1960s design features, yet with a modern refinement. Although not all the rooms have views of the Arno, they more than make up for this in space. They each feature a small kitchenette and a bar that folds subtly away into a stylish wardrobe. They also boast large walk-in closets and smart marble bathrooms with baths and separate showers.
Although not directly on the riverfront, the Portrait Firenze is just a few minutes’ walk from the Ponte Vecchio, and it offers great views of the Arno River. From here, you’re approximately a ten minute walk from the Duomo and the heart of the city, and you can also easily walk to the Uffizi Gallery.
Food and drink
Breakfast is served in the Café Dell’Oro, which offers an excellent selection of both buffet and à la carte options alongside views of the Ponte Vecchio. During the day, a classic Italian bistro menu is also on offer. As the Portrait Firenze is part of the cluster of Lungarno Collection hotels along the Arno River, there are a number of restaurant and bar options nearby. The concierge staff will be happy to book a table for you.
Some rooms can interconnect to create a larger suite for families or small groups.
A fantastic boutique hotel in the heart of the city that expertly balances the glamor of 1950s and 1960s Florence with modern Italian interior design. This hotel is not only stylish but also pays great care to the comfort of every guest, making it feel like a pied-à-terre rather than a hotel.
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.
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.
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.