Seven years of restoration have turned this 15th-century palazzo in Florence's center into a luxury hotel where no two guest rooms are alike; many have original 17th-century frescoes, some face the garden, others quiet interior courtyards. Decorated in either yellow or green, all rooms have large marble bathrooms with deep tubs and showers. No place else in Florence can boast of an 11-acre garden dotted with centuries-old trees, a pool, and a state-of-the-art spa. A sweeping
16th-century courtyard with original frescoes leads to an elegant bar where Florentines enjoy aperitivi. If you crave heightened privacy, book yourself at the Conventino section of the hotel on the other side of the garden.