Renaissance elegance in the heart of one of the world’s most celebrated cities is guaranteed with a stay in this luxurious 5* Top Secret Hotel in central Florence. Each of the hotel’s traditionally furnished, spacious double en-suite rooms features a flat screen LCD TV, climate control, whirlpool bath, free high speed Wi-Fi and fully stocked minibar. The hotel’s onsite facilities include a car rental desk, laundry, 24 hour concierge, limousine service and night porter. Guests can dine in the hotel’s world famous fine dining restaurant which is highly regarded for its gourmet meals and exclusive atmosphere or indulge in a cocktail in the adjacent bar.
This elegant luxury hotel, close the centre, is popular with discerning travellers for its proximity to arguably the most famous landmark in the region of Tuscany, the Basilica di Santa Maria del Fiore. Referred to as simply The Duomo by locals, the Florence Cathedral dominates the city and has become symbolic of its Renaissance heritage. Famous not only for its vast dome but for the intricacy of its stone facades and colourful frescoes the basilica is also a recognised UNESCO World Heritage site. Daring tourists can climb the numerous stairs spiralling towards the dome for unrivalled panoramas over the Florentine rooftops and Tuscan countryside. Surrounding the Piazza del Duomo is a network of historic streets home to a host of premium Italian fashion retailers and boutiques perfect for those hunting souvenirs or fashionistas.
From the piazza the world famous Ponte Vecchio is within walking distance. A bridge connecting the two sides of Florence split by the Arno River, the Ponte Vecchio is notable for the row of shops that have been built into the medieval structure itself. Historically used as butcheries in the 16th century, today the shops have been transformed into art dealers and jewellers popular with tourists.
Across the Ponte Vecchio on the south bank of the city is the imposing Palazzo Pitti, a large Renaissance style palace set in immaculate grounds. Built and lived in by generations of Italian aristocracy, the palace is steeped in a rich and colourful history that tourists can immerse themselves in on their visit. As well as boasting numerous ornately decorated Royal Apartments, the palace features a silver museum, period costume gallery, carriage museum and several prestigious art collections. Surrounding the palace are the beautiful Boboli Gardens which make for a relaxing day out during the warmer summer months. The park features 17th century sculptures, ornamental ponds, water fountains and a Roman amphitheatre.