A luxury bed & breakfast on the corner of the grand Piazza Signoria, this homey spot is housed in a 14th-century building that oozes with Tuscan history. The warm and welcoming staff encourage you to make their home your own and are incredibly helpful in planning every part of your stay in Florence. With a great attention to detail, spacious and artistic rooms, and a divine breakfast, this B&B is the perfect spot for high-end travelers looking for something wholly authentic.
YOU SHOULD KNOW If you’re not a morning person, you probably won’t love the church bells that ring around 7 am and then every hour on the hour. Maybe just bring ear plugs with you.
Every room is distinctive and is divided up by names such as: Michelangelo, Botticelli, Leonardo, and so on. In some rooms, you’ll find touches like original 18th-century frescoes or opulent day beds. Most have Renaissance art on the walls, giant armoires, hardwood floors, TVs that rest artfully on easels, and stunning views of the piazza.
YOU SHOULD KNOW While all the rooms have air conditioning, the units aren’t typically turned on until the middle or end of May.
Like the bedrooms, all bathrooms are wholly unique. All come with a bidet and towel warmers and feature CO Bigelow bath products.
On the main floor by the check in area is a small sitting room with various books and a set-up of fine Florentine teas by La Via del Tè.
If you book directly with the hotel, you’ll get the most personalized experience. The incredibly generous staff can help you find museum and train tickets, set up restaurant reservations, and help plan your entire trip in the city with no hidden or extra fees.
On the third floor of the building is the opulent breakfast area and kitchen. Open from 8-10 am, the breakfast is served at an elongated table with a variety of freshly baked pastries and eggs cooked however you like. The room looks over Piazza Signoria and is a refreshing way to start your day.
The kitchen is always open and available for guests. Help yourself to the refrigerator and feel free to grab whatever you like.
The B&B is on the corner of one of the busiest and most popular piazza’s in the city and is walking distance to every major attraction both north and south of the Arno River. Florence is small, so it’s generally easy to walk to everything.
Eat like a local and find great Tuscan cuisine at Ristorante Il Caminetto (6-minute walk). For a simple and stellar panini shop, check out Panini del Cernacchino (1-minute walk) with a wide range of five-Euro sandwiches.
Directly across the piazza is Rivoire (1-minute walk), a famous boutique where you’ll discover out-of-this-world chocolate and wine pairings. Just across the river is Golden View (5-minute walk) where you can sit on a terrace overlooking the Arno with a glass of Chianti.
WHY WE LIKE IT
This B&B is a rare find that offers the perfect mix of incredible service, great location, and luxury accommodations. The incredibly warm and welcoming staff will do everything in their power to make your stay in Florence enjoyable – including keeping their reception desk open 24-hours. Sure the church bells can be a nuisance (you are in Florence though so get used to it), but the property overcomes the noise with spacious rooms, a sumptuous breakfast, and an authentic feel that’s hard to replicate. High-end hotel fans who want to eschew the typical corporate chain will find lots to love here.