Combine a medieval history with bar terrace views
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The hotel takes full advantage of its spectacular setting, offering views over the famous Ponte Vecchio covered bridge, the city’s Arno River lifeblood and across the characteristic terracotta of the Florentine rooftops. It’s no surprise that the hotel played a starring role in Helena Bonham-Carter’s A Room with a View – a 1985 adaptation of the E.M. Forester novel of the same name. As such, from its riverbank setting, you’ll have all of the city’s historic centre on your doorstep with everything from its famous Duomo and the gorgeous Santa Croce Basilica just a short walk away.
Despite the hotel’s often-modern sensibilities, you’ll still find traces of the site’s 13th century origins. Once an Augustinian convent, its rooms wrap around an ancient tower that was all but destroyed by the warring Ghibellines. All the rooms have been delightfully renovated, adding in satellite TVs and Wi-Fi to dark wood furnishings and fine Italian linens. You’ll also enjoy immaculately designed marble bathrooms where dark, veined accents are picked out against pearly white walls and floors.
Ever historic, the hotel’s breakfast room was once a 19th century ballroom. Today, its detailed frescoes look down on a delightful American buffet spread of cold meats, cheeses and freshly baked breads. There’s also panoramic bar with a terrace and roof garden that overlooks the Duomo and Palazzo Vecchio. Here, you can sit down to enjoy all the Italian favourites – the pizza and pasta, unsurprisingly, are particularly good. There’s also a full range of snacks if you’d prefer something lighter.
The hotel’s delightful terrace is also the perfect place to enjoy a romantic drink while taking in the views over the Palazzo Vecchio del Duomo. Of course, you’ll want to order a glass of the local Chianti. This dry Tuscan offering is packed full of flavour and is a favourite pairing for the local cuisine. For some time out, there’s also a small library whose exposed timber ceiling and wall paintings are particularly evocative. Beyond these, you’ll want to spend your time exploring Florence, given the hotel’s superb location.
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