The former beating heart of Renaissance Italy will not fail to impress with its art, architecture and flamboyance. Gaze in awe at Brunelleschi’s dome and the Basilica di Santa Croce, walk the banks of the Arno and the Ponte Vecchio, explore the delights of the Uffizi and Academia and don’t forget that this is also designer shopping heaven and home to the likes of Gucci and Ferragamo.
This is a proud, exciting city where life is to be enjoyed; relax in the late afternoon with an aperitivo, dine on the finest rustic Tuscan food, taste your way around some superb chiantis and relish life the Florentine way. Oh, and sleep somewhere amazing. Here are our hottest Florentine boutique hotels.
J.K. Place Firenze
A 2014 and 2015 Condé Nast Gold Hotel.
Incredibly intimate and uber sophisticated townhouse on lively Piazza Santa Maria Novella
You cannot get any closer to the Florentine action than staying on lively Piazza Santa Maria Novella, and that’s exactly where this fashionable and elegant townhouse is. With a timeless approach and delicate touch JK Place feels intimate and sophisticated, in greys, whites and creams offset against shiny chrome and black lacquered tables. There’s even a bespoke JK Place scent that runs throughout, developed by perfumery maestro Dr. Vranjes.
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Historic palazzo in Fiesole promising a truly luxurious stay with heated pool, lush gardens, two restaurants and spa
You’ll be feeling like a well-heeled Florentine with a house in the hills when you stay at this magnificently restored 15th-century palazzo with rooms which are beautifully styled with contemporary flair. With such an imposing façade, lush manicured gardens with terracotta pots bursting with herbs, outdoor lounges and a new double level heated pool you may even start to wonder why anyone would want to stay in the hustle and bustle of the city (oh, and not forgetting the indulgent spa, fitness center, two restaurants and your own personal concierge so whether you’re looking for a restaurant, concert, bar or museum, you really are in the best of hands).
Design hotel where art, exceptional fusion food and luxurious, sophisticated rooms mingle effortlessly
In a city dominated by renaissance art and deep, rich history this chic urban bolt-hole brings modern Florentine photography, contemporary art exhibitions and stylish interiors – even the façade is often used as a canvas for big, bold installations. This is a true design hotel with good looks that feel utterly effortless, from its simple, uncluttered style to its Japanese-Italian fusion restaurant.
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We’ve also handpicked Riva Lofts where owner-architect Claudio Nardi has created a laid-back stylish retreat with nine suites and a swimming pool on the river Arno’s “rive gauche”.
And Continentale, a super romantic Ferragamo hotel in the heart of the city with extraordinarily good looks and a magnificent rooftop bar.
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Happy pootling and don’t miss an evening gelato from Gelateria della Passera in Piazza della Passera, they are lip-smackingly good!