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Last updated: 31 October, 2022
Expert travel writer: Nicky Swallow

This elegant guest house offers warm hospitality and an atmosphere of genteel ‘Old Florence’, steps from Piazza della Signoria and the Uffizi Gallery.

Occupying the upper floors of a 15th-century townhouse with traditional boxed wooden ceilings, it is decorated in classic Florentine style with antique furniture, oriental rugs and paintings. The two best rooms have full-on views of Florence’s most famous piazza.

The welcome is warm and the service very personalised thanks to the hands-on approach of the owners. A delicious breakfast is served at a huge oval table.

The location couldn’t be more central; all the main sights, both north and south of the river, are within a 5- to 10-minute walk (15 at the most).

Surrounding area

Piazza Signoria is usually choc-a-block with tourists and tour groups, but the hotel is set on a narrow side street and thus feels slightly removed. It is flanked by tall, equally ancient palazzos.

Via dei Magazzini itself escapes the worst of the rivers of tourists that characterise this part of the city. The whole area is free of traffic.

There is easy access to a plethora of shops, restaurants and cafes.

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Key facilities

Airport transfers*
Beach: None
Fitness centre
Fitness classes
Golf course
Hot tub
: On-site *
Pool (adults only)
Pool (indoor)
Pool (outdoor)
Pool (kids)
Tennis courts
WiFi: Free

Food & drink

All inclusive
Kids menu
Restaurant on-site
Self catering
Additional charge

Room types


Room facilities

Air conditioning
Flat screen TV
Jacuzzi (private)
Pool (private)
Tea & coffee making facilities

Bedding options

2+ bedrooms
3+ beds
Connecting rooms
Rollaway/sofa bed

Bucket list experiences our writer says you must do in this destination, closest first

Gucci Museum

Florence, Tuscany, Italy[0 miles]

Dresses to impress at this museum dedicated to 90 years at the forefront of fashion. Admire gowns worn to the Oscars, along with oddities such as Gucci bicycles, sledges and scuba-diving fins.

Best for ages: 8+ | £6

Bargello Museum

Florence, Tuscany, Italy[0.1 miles]

An eclectic, world-class collection of sculpture, decorative arts and Renaissance masterpieces, housed in a former fortified prison.

Best for ages: 18+ | £6

Galileo Museum

Florence, Tuscany, Italy[0.3 miles]

Named after one of the most famous scientists in history, this fascinating museum holds a collection of more than 1,000 scientific instruments and related objects inherited from the Medici family and Lorraine dynasty – including two fingers belonging to Galileo.

Best for ages: 8+ | £9

Uffizi Gallery

Florence, Tuscany, Italy[0.3 miles]

The world’s largest and most important collection of Renaissance and Mannerist art, home to 5,400 works spans art history from ancient Greece through to 18th-century Venetian painting.

Best for ages: 18+ | £10

Other worthwhile experiences in this destination if you have the time or the interest, closest first

night view of Old Palace (Palazzo Vecchio) in Florence, Italy

Palazzo Vecchio

Florence, Tuscany, Italy[0.1 miles]

This imposing palace on Piazza della Signoria has been at the centre of power in Florence since its construction in 1299 and still functions as the town hall. Now partly a museum, its sumptuously decorated rooms reveal magnificent frescoes, coffered ceilings and hidden chambers. Book skip-the-line tickets online here.

Best for ages: 18+ | £8

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Scoppio del Carro

Scoppio del Carro

Florence, Tuscany, Italy[0.4 miles]

This traditional Easter festival sees a towering cart laden with fireworks pulled through the city by white oxen accompanied by a procession of flag throwers and drummers in colourful Renaissance garb. In Piazza del Duomo, a mechanical dove swoops down from the cathedral to light the blue touchpaper.

Best for ages: 10+ | Free | 1 day

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Palazzo Strozzi

Palazzo Strozzi

Florence, Tuscany, Italy[0.4 miles]

This 16th-century palazzo is home to one of Italy’s most innovative public art galleries. Rotating exhibitions showcase artists as diverse as Jeff Koons, Ai Wei-Wei and Bill Viola and Bronzino, Donatello and Pontormo. The ‘Strozzino’ gallery in the basement focuses on contemporary art and peripheral cultural events.

Best for ages: 18+ | £13

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The astonishingly beautiful region of Tuscany has it all: art cities and ancient hill towns, high mountains and long sandy beaches, alongside luxurious hotels and some of Italy’s best food and wine.

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