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Amazing luxury experience in a landmark hotel – 5 star – Florence

Don’t miss an amazing luxury experience in a landmark hotel! Premier customer service in a highly desirable city centre location is guaranteed by a cultural city break in this luxurious 5* Top Secret Hotel in Florence. The hotel’s traditionally furnished double en-suite guest rooms each feature an LCD flat screen TV, free high speed Wi-Fi, whirlpool bath, fully-stocked minibar and complimentary luxury toiletries amongst other excellent amenities. Onsite hotel facilities include a currency exchange, car rental desk, 24 hour concierge, banqueting facilities and valet parking. With a selection of fully-equipped conference and meeting rooms those on business are conveniently catered for and the hotel health club with spa, sauna, steam room and pool allows holidaymakers to relax and unwind.

Located just north of the Ponte Vecchio bridge, this Top Secret Hotel is the perfect choice for guests seeking to be in the midst of Florence’s historical and cultural heart. The Ponte Vecchio is world renowned for its unique medieval structure and the line of shops that have been built into the bridge itself. Formerly used as butcher’s shops, the shops are now home to souvenir sellers, art dealers and jewellers that are very popular with the passing tourists. The area surrounding the bridge is also populated with many chic Italian boutiques and high-end fashion stores making it ideal for tourists and lovers of luxury Italian design.

Just across the bridge south of the River Arno is the vast Palazzo Pitti, a sprawling Renaissance palace built and lived in by generations of Tuscany’s aristocracy. The entire palace is open to the public and as well as opulently decorated Royal Apartments, the palace is also home to a period costume gallery, silver museum, carriage museum and several prestigious art collections. Surrounding the palace are the beautifully maintained Boboli Gardens which are ideal for family days out during the warmer summer months. The park features ornamental ponds with water fountains, 17th century sculptures and a Roman amphitheatre.

The hotel is also within walking distance of arguably Florence’s most iconic sight, the Basilica di Santa Maria del Fiore or Florence Cathedral. Famous for its imposing dome which dominates the city skyline, the basilica as well as Giotto’s Campanile and the Baptistery enjoy UNESCO World Heritage site status and attract millions of tourists each year, making it one of the most popular attractions in all of Tuscany. Thrill seekers may wish to climb the multiple sets of stairs spiralling up to the dome itself for a vertiginous but unrivalled view over the city of Florence and its surrounding countryside.

 

5 star – Secret Hotel in Florence – 5 star – Florence

Located just north of the Arno River in the heart of Florence’s 17th century Renaissance style city centre, this luxurious 5 star Secret Hotel in Florence is ideal for both those on business and those on a cultural city break. This elegant hotel’s finely furnished, spacious double en-suite rooms all feature a flat screen LCD TV, free high-speed Wi-Fi, a Jacuzzi style bath, fully-stocked minibar and beauty table. Excellent onsite facilities include a car rental desk, currency exchange, dry cleaning service, valet parking and a 24 hour concierge. The hotel’s business centre with numerous fully-equipped meeting and convention rooms is designed specifically with business guests in mind, whilst the tranquil health club and spa is perfect for leisure guests wishing to relax and unwind.

Boasting a highly desirable central location within Florence, hotel guests are never more than a few minutes’ walk from the city’s main tourist attractions and historical landmarks. Just a short walk from the hotel is the must-see Basilica di Santa Maria del Fiore, also known as Florence Cathedral. With its large dome dominating the city skyline, the Duomo alongside Giotto’s Campanile and the Baptistery is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the most popular attractions in all of Tuscany. The dizzying heights of the dome are also accessible by stairs for the bravest of tourists, giving unparalleled views over the city’s rooftops and beyond.

The historic streets surrounding the Duomo are lined with chic boutiques specialising in celebrated Italian fashion and premium leather goods, perfect for souvenir hunters and fashionistas. As well as upmarket stores, the area is renowned for being home to some of the finest restaurants and eateries in the region. From Michelin starred eateries to authentic family-run bistros, tourists are treated to traditional Florentine cuisine ranging from specially cured meats to delicate antipasti.

Another nearby basilica boasting intricate frescoes and an ornate gothic façade is that of Santa Maria Novella which is just a short walk away. Containing paintings and artwork by one of the icons of the Renaissance era, the basilica is one of the most visited in Florence after the Duomo. When in the surrounding piazza, the Santa Maria Novella station is just opposite allowing guests to travel around the Tuscan region with ease. With excellent high-speed links to neighbouring cities of Bologna, Lucca, Livorno and Pisa tourists can take a day trip to explore what else Italy has to offer.

Elegant luxury hotel close the centre! – 5 star – Florence

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.

 

Smashing deal in a 19th century building! – 4 star – Florence

Close to some of the most iconic historical landmarks in the inimitable Renaissance city of Florence, this is a smashing deal in a 19th century building, divided into respectfully renovated suite apartments each fitted with a flat screen LCD TV, climate control, free high speed Wi-Fi, kitchen area and whirlpool style bath. Onsite hotel facilities include valet parking, 24 hour concierge, dry cleaning service, airport shuttle service and car rental desk. Those after rest and relaxation can take advantage of the hotel’s health club which features a spa, sauna, pool and fitness suite.

The hotel’s enviable location within Florence’s historic heart enables guests to explore the city’s main landmarks on foot. Just a short walk to the banks of the Arno River is the unique Ponte Vecchio bridge, famous for the row of shops built into the bridge structure itself. During the medieval times the bridge shops were used as butcheries but have now been transformed into upmarket jewellers, art dealers and souvenir shops popular with tourists. Also in the area is another one of Florence’s most iconic sights, the Palazzo Vecchio town hall. Famous for its stunning Romanesque architecture and prominence overlooking the Piazza della Signoria, the Palazzo is open to the public to view its ornate State Apartments and historical antiquities.

Just a stone’s throw from the palazzo is the Basilica di Santa Croce, one of city’s most popular basilicas alongside the Duomo and Santa Maria Novella. The church is renowned as the Temple of the Italian Glories for being the final resting place of illustrious Italian artists and sculptors such as Michelangelo, Machiavelli and Galileo. The basilica is the largest Franciscan church in the world and also features a unique monument dedicated to Florence Nightingale.

Visible from across the city and often regarded as one of the enduring symbols of Florence, the Basilica di Santa Maria del Fiore is a must-see for any tourist. Simply known as Il Duomo by some, the basilica boasts an instantly recognisable dome as well as colourful frescoes and intricate exterior facades. Alongside the adjacent Giotto’s Campanile and Baptistery the Florence Cathedral has been granted UNESCO World Heritage Site status and is one of the most visited attractions in all of Tuscany. The streets neighbouring the Piazza del Duomo are lined with exclusive premium boutiques and high end Italian fashion retailers, perfect for fashionistas or those just after a souvenir.

 

**Best Deal** Top rated luxurious renaissance palace – 5 star – Florence

For an unforgettable trip to one of the world’s most celebrated Renaissance cities make sure to book a night or two in this extravagantly luxurious Top Secret Renaissance palace located in the historic heart of Florence. The hotel’s beautifully furnished, spacious double en-suite guest rooms all feature a plasma TV screen with cable channels, a cosy living area, free high speed Wi-Fi connection, complimentary luxury toiletries and spa-style bath tub. The convenient and exceptional onsite hotel facilities include a florist, currency exchange, airport shuttle service, hair salon, 24 hour concierge and a limousine service. Those in Florence on business can make full use of the hotel’s extensive business centre with convention services, fully-equipped exhibition rooms and an executive lounge whilst holidaymakers can take advantage of the onsite fitness suite, masseuse and billiards/snooker room.

This exclusive premier Top Secret Hotel, ‘**Best Deal** Top rated luxurious renaissance palace – 5 star – Florence’, enjoys one of the most desirable locations in all of Florence, just a stone’s throw from all of the city’s most famous and iconic attractions and landmarks. Just a short walk from the hotel up the steps from the Piazza Giuseppe Poggi is the Piazza Michelangelo, situated on the river in the Oltrarno district of Florence. Boasting unrivalled panoramic vistas over the city’s historic skyline, the Arno River and the surrounding countryside of cypress trees and rolling hills, the views from this vantage point have been replicated for centuries in the form of paintings and postcards. The square is dedicated to the genius Italian Renaissance sculptor Michelangelo and duplicates of his most famous works are dotted around its perimeter.

Arguably the most famous sight in Florence is the magnificent Basilica di Santa Maria del Fiore or more simply, the Florence Cathedral. Just a few minutes from the hotel, this imposing basilica’s famous duomo can be seen from all over the city and has become symbolic with the entire Tuscan region. Featuring breathtakingly ornate facades and architecture as well as painstakingly detailed colourful frescoes on the inside, Il Duomo is one of the city’s most popular tourist destinations and a must-see for any Secret Hotel customers.

Hotel guests will enjoy the hotel’s proximity to Florence’s main airport Florence Amerigo Vespucci which can be easily reached courtesy of the complimentary airport shuttle service, meaning that the stress of organising an airport transfer is eliminated. Tuscany’s Florence Pisa airport is also only a short drive away, allowing guests to take a leisurely day visit to the famous Leaning Tower before jetting home.

Luxury stay with swimming pool in the centre – 5 star – Florence

Don’t miss the opportunity for a luxury stay with swimming pool in the centre! This opulent 5* Top Secret Hotel situated in central Florence boasts unrivalled views over the city’s historic skyline and is available at exclusive discounted rates to Secret Hotels customers. The hotel features finely furnished double en-suite guest rooms each fitted with a flat screen LCD TV, whirlpool style bath, free high speed Wi-Fi connection, complimentary luxury toiletries and a fully-stocked minibar, amongst other excellent amenities. As well as beautiful decorative gardens and a tranquil wellness area, the hotel complex also offers a 24 hour concierge, cocktail bar, gift shop and banqueting facilities. Guests are invited to cool off in the hotel’s heated outdoor swimming pool or to work out in the modern fitness suite whilst those in the area on business can utilise the onsite meeting and conference rooms.

Located just east of the Arno River in the centre of Florence, this Top Secret Hotel ensures that guests are in walking distance of the city’s main historic landmarks and tourist attractions. Hotel guests can make the short distance on foot to the stunning Basilica of Santa Maria Novella. Famous for its beautifully intricate gothic and early Renaissance frescoes by iconic Italian artists such as Botticelli, the basilica is a must-see for enthusiasts of both history and the arts. The Santa Maria Novella is opposite the city’s main railway station which shares the same name and is used by 59 million passengers each year. The hotel’s proximity to the station allows guests to take day trips to the surrounding cities of Bologna, Pisa and Livorno with ease.

One of Florence’s most iconic sights, the Basilica di Santa Maria del Fiore or simply Il Duomo, is right on the hotel’s doorstep. With its vast dome dominating the city skyline, the Florence Cathedral is one of the Tuscany’s most popular tourist attractions due to its stunningly intricate frescoes and detailed architectural facades. The basilica complex also includes Giotto’s Campanile and the Baptistery, both of which are also awarded UNESCO World Heritage site status.

A trip to Florence would be incomplete without paying a visit to the nearby Uffizi gallery, home to some of the most famous masterpieces of the Renaissance era. Exhibiting works by the likes of Titian, Caravaggio, Botticelli and Da Vinci, the Uffizi is regarded as one of the world’s finest art museums. Usually inundated with visitors and queues wrapping around the block, tourists are advised to book their tickets well in advance.

 

Elegant villa with a wow factor close to the city – 5 star – Florence

Those after a truly authentic Italian experience steeped in luxury and opulence need look no further than this secluded 5* elegant villa with a wow factor close to the city. Courtesy of Top Secret Hotels, customers can unlock unbeatable discounts on the hotel’s traditionally furnished double en-suite guest rooms which all feature a flat screen LCD TV, free high speed Wi-Fi, whirlpool-style bath, complimentary luxury toiletries and a fully-stocked minibar. This exceptional Secret Hotel guarantees its guests’ comfort and convenience by offering a 24 hour concierge, gift shop, night porter, valet parking and currency exchange. Guests may take full advantage of the warm Italian sunshine by cooling off in the hotel’s heated outdoor pool with terrace area or having a quiet moment in the beautiful decorative gardens.

Enjoying a tranquil location on the Arno River’s west bank in the Bellosguardo district of Florence, this exclusive Top Secret Hotel is perfect for those after some rest and relaxation in this picturesque setting of cypress trees and unique Renaissance architecture. Just a stone’s throw from the hotel are the world famous Boboli Gardens, one of the city’s must see attractions. A place in which to relax and unwind, the Boboli Gardens is a large park featuring a collection of 18th century sculptures, Roman antiquities and picturesque lakes and water fountains to enjoy. Whilst visiting the gardens, tourists may wish to explore the Pitti Palace, the Renaissance mansion to which the gardens surround. Fully open to the public, the palace houses several art collections and preserves the legacy of the Medici family, the former owners of the grand house.

Hotel guests can make the short journey across the Ponte Vecchio bridge to the historic city centre in order to explore the city’s most popular landmarks. Just north of the river is arguably Florence’s most symbolic sight, the Basilica di Santa Maria del Fiore or Florence Cathedral. World famous for its vast dome and stunningly intricate frescos and façades, Il Duomo is one of Tuscany’s most visited attractions.

From the Piazza del Duomo the famous Uffizi Gallery is just a few minutes’ walk away. Regarded as one of the world’s finest and oldest art museums, the Uffizi is home to iconic masterpieces by the likes of Caravaggio, Titian, Botticelli and Da Vinci. Attracting millions of visitors each year, the gallery is extremely popular especially during the summer months and visitors are advised to book tickets well in advance to avoid disappointment and long waits.

 

Grande luxe in lush villa with views of Florence – 5 star – Florence

Experience grande luxe in a lush villa with views of Florence. Secret Hotels customers are treated to fantastic deals on this 5* rated traditional Italian villa located just outside Florence’s historic city centre in the Campo Di Marte district. Featuring luxuriously designed interiors all in keeping with the city’s famed Renaissance heritage, the hotel boasts double en-suite guest rooms each offering a flat screen LCD TV, whirlpool bath, butler service, climate control and free high speed Wi-Fi amongst other fantastic amenities. Hotel guests can explore Florence with ease courtesy of the hotel’s complimentary city shuttle service and other onsite facilities including a limousine service, 24 hour concierge, library and valet parking, as well as a private outdoor pool and health club with spa treatments.

Set just to the east of Florence’s historic heart, this private villa affords its guests the peace and quiet of the suburbs all within just 15 minutes’ drive from the city centre itself. Just a stone’s throw from the famous Santa Maria Novella square, home to its stunning basilica which shares the same name, guests are never far from the city’s rich heritage and architectural beauty. The church is renowned for its intricate frescoes, ornate exterior façades and for the fact that iconic Italian artists such as Botticelli have contributed to the interior artwork.

Opposite the piazza is Florence’s main railway station, the Santa Maria Novella. Used by 59 million passengers each year, the station is popular with locals and tourists alike wishing to pay a visit to the nearby cities of Bologna, Pisa, Lucca and Livorno. With several high-speed lines, exploring the Tuscan region and beyond could not be simpler or faster. The hotel is also within a short distance by car to the city’s main Florence Amerigo Vespucci airport, meaning that guests need not worry about organising lengthy airport transfers or connecting flights.

Hotel guests can take advantage of the complimentary city shuttle service laid on by the villa in order to roam Florence’s historic streets and all that they offer. A trip to the finest city in Tuscany would be incomplete without visiting Michelangelo Square, Basilica di Santa Maria del Fiore, the world famous Uffizi Gallery, the Pitti Palace and the Boboli Gardens. All of these most popular tourist attractions are easily accessible on foot when in the city’s centre and guests can cross the Ponte Vecchio bridge to explore the grand houses and rolling countryside of southern Florence.

Historic charme in the heart of it all! – 5 star – Florence

5* elegance and luxury is guaranteed at unbeatable discounts for Top Secret Hotels customers booking a stay in this exclusive hotel oozing historic charme in the heart of it all. Each en-suite double guest room is finely furnished to a high standard and all feature a flat screen LCD TV with cable channels, whirlpool bath, complimentary toiletries, private balcony and beauty table. The hotel complex itself offers a complimentary airport shuttle service, currency exchange, 24 hour concierge, gift shop, car rental desk and a dry cleaning service. Hotel guests can relax and unwind in the tranquil surrounds of the health club which features a spa, fitness suite, beauty salon and sauna.

Art and history enthusiasts will enjoy the hotel’s close proximity to the finest art establishments Florence has to offer, with the Galleria dell’Accademia di Firenze just a stone’s throw away. The gallery is most famous as the home of Michelangelo’s iconic sculpture David, as well as a host of other priceless Renaissance paintings and antiquities. Extremely popular with tourists seeking a glimpse of Michelangelo’s most famous work, visitors are advised to book tickets in advance or arrive very early in order to avoid disappointment and long queues.

Also in the area is the highly regarded Uffizi Gallery, a critically acclaimed art museum and one of the finest in the Western world. Home to masterpieces by Renaissance icons such as Titian, Caravaggio, Botticelli and Da Vinci, the museum is a must see for any visitor to Florence. Similarly to the Galleria dell’Accademia di Firenze, tourists are advised to book ahead during the busier summer months.

As the hotel is situated near the banks of the Arno River guests are only a short walk from the Ponte Vecchio bridge, a sight which is symbolic with the city of Florence. Famous for the shops which have been built along the bridge itself, the Medieval structure was once home to the city’s butcheries and is now populated with jewellers, art dealers and souvenir shops.

On the other side of the Ponte Vecchio lies the extravagant Palazzo Pitti surrounded by the Boboli Gardens. Built in 1458, this sprawling Renaissance palace is a former home of the Grand Duchy of Tuscany and is now fully open to the public to admire its ornate architecture and lavish interiors. In addition to luxurious Royal Apartments, the palace also features several art collections, a Silver Museum, Costume Gallery and a Carriage Museum, all of which are extremely popular with tourists.

Exclusive haven a few steps to the city centre! – 5 star – Florence

Inimitable Italian hospitality in Florence’s most exclusive city centre neighbourhood is available at unbeatable rates courtesy of Top Secret Hotels. This extravagant 5* hotel boasts spacious and traditionally furnished double en-suite rooms each fitted with an LCD flat screen TV, whirlpool bath, free high speed Wi-Fi, climate control, complimentary luxury toiletries and a fully-stocked minibar. The hotel’s onsite restaurant specialises in authentic Italian cuisine made from locally sourced products making for a truly traditional culinary experience. Attached to the restaurant is a stylish and secluded cocktail bar perfect in which to spend an evening relaxing in. Those in Florence on business will enjoy the hotel’s onsite convention services with numerous fully-equipped meeting rooms and a secretarial service.

Boasting a highly desirable location, this exclusive haven, a few steps to the city centre, is an excellent base for holidaymakers wishing to explore all that the city has to offer. Just a few minutes’ walk away is the world famous Ponte Vecchio bridge which spans the Arno River. The medieval bridge is particularly notable for the fact that shops have been built into the bridge itself that were historically used as butcheries but are now a selection of jewellers, art dealers and souvenir shops today.

Just across the Ponte Vecchio to the south of the city is the sprawling Renaissance Palazzo Pitti, one home to generations of Italian aristocracy. The palace complex is home to several significant art collections, a Silver Museum, Costume Gallery, Carriage Museum and lavishly decorated Royal Apartments. Surrounding the palace are the Boboli Gardens, a park of manicured flowerbeds, 17th century sculptures, ornamental lakes and water fountains in which to relax in and enjoy.

Also a short walk from this Top Secret Hotel is Florence’s historic heart of basilicas, museums and palaces. Dominating the city’s skyline is the nearby Basilica di Santa Maria del Fiore, also known as simply Il Duomo due to its vast dome. Alongside the attached Giotto’s Campanile and the Baptistery the basilica complex is a celebrated UNESCO World Heritage site and one of the most visited attractions in all of Tuscany.

The hotel is also a short distance from Florence’s main railway station, the Santa Maria Novella. With regular, high-speed links to neighbouring cities such as Bologna, Pisa, Livorno and Lucca, hotel guests have ample opportunity to take a day trip to explore the wider Tuscan region with ease.