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Antica Torre Tornabuoni 1, Florence, Italy
Despite being on Florence's grandest shopping street, Via de' Tornabuoni - neighbours include Dior, Ferragamo, Ermenegildo Zelda - you may well walk past this hotel as the brass nameplate is so discreet. And that sums up its style: elegantly old-fashioned and with a low-key glamour. Housed in two adjoining palazzi, one with a battlemented tower, rooms occupy the top two floors and offer a retreat from the bustling streets below. With their soft colours, parquet floors and sprinkling of antiques, they're quiet and spacious, some overlooking the River Arno. Meals are served in the rooftop dining room, also overlooking the river, or on one of Florence's finest rooftop terraces - both with stunning views of the river and Duomo.
The peaceful Santa Trinita church with is swirling frescoes by Ghirlandaio is next door, a beautiful refuge from the city.
The world-famous Uffizi gallery is a mere five-minute stroll from the hotel.
By plane: there are direct flights to Florence Airport from London (2 hours 5 minutes), Manchester (4 hours 25 minutes), Edinburgh (4 hours 55 minutes). The hotel is a 25-minute drive from the airport.
Style & Character
Anybody who wants to be in central Florence, but away from the bustling crowds, and who appreciates the grace and elegance of a historic building will like it here. With its discreet entrance off the busy street, and its majestic proportions - the medieval tower is battlemented - it feels like you're are entering your own private palazzo.
Service & Facilities
Starting the day with a coffee and ending the day with a glass of wine whilst enjoying those rooftop views is simply perfect.
- Free Wi-Fi
Rooms with views of both the river and the city's rooftops, are our favourites. Three of the rooms have balconies, which are a joy for gazing over the Florentine skyline. The spaciousness of each room, together with a lack of unnecessary clutter and ornaments, makes them calming retreats after the bustle of the city.
Classic, Deluxe, Grand Deluxe, Suites, Apartment
Facilities include: double bed, marble ensuite bathroom, free Wi-Fi
Food & Drink
Breakfast on the rooftop terrace is special; there can be no finer way to start a day in Florence than up here savouring your first caffé. It is a magnificent feast, from freshly prepared fruit to grilled vegetables and sweet cakes; stock up and it will keep you going until dinner.
Restaurant The Tower: locally-sourced produce, formal fine dining.
Panoramic Bar: romantic, stunning views of the cityscape.