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Hotel Bernini Palace

Hotel Bernini Palace

Florence, Italy

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.


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.

OUR RATING: First Class

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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.

Tour ideas in Florence

Our itineraries are there to spark ideas for how you could include a stay at Hotel Bernini Palace as part of your trip. Treat them simply as suggestions, because every aspect of the trip we create for you will be yours to define.

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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 favorite 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.

    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.

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      Accademia and Uffizi Galleries walking tour

      Accademia and Uffizi Galleries walking tour

      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.

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    • Siena and San Gimignano tour with Tuscan farmhouse lunch
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      Siena and San Gimignano tour with Tuscan farmhouse lunch

      Siena and San Gimignano tour with Tuscan farmhouse lunch

      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.

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    • Truffle hunting and tasting lunch
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      Truffle hunting and tasting lunch

      Truffle hunting and tasting lunch

      A wonderful opportunity to visit a family truffle business, learn about the production process, go on a truffle hunt and enjoy a tasting lunch.

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