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** Best Deal ** Top rated luxurious Renaissance Palace

Enjoy a trip to the iconic Tuscan city of Florence in opulent, Renaissance luxury by booking a room in this traditionally elegant 5* Top Secret Hotel. Spacious double en-suite rooms are decorated in the period style with many antique Florentine furnishings as well as all the modern amenities including a flat screen LCD TV, minibar, high speed Wi-Fi connection and complimentary luxury toiletries. The hotel aims to make its guests’ stay as convenient as possible by offering free airport shuttle transfers, 24 hour concierge, currency exchange, valet laundry, florist and even a hair salon. For holidaymakers there is a fitness centre, gym and billiards room, whilst for those on business the hotel offers a fully equipped, modern business centre with numerous conference rooms and an executive lounge.

This top rated luxurious Renaissance Palace is situated at the centre of Florence’s culturally spectacular heart and the city’s main attractions are within short walking distance. For an iconic panoramic view over the Florentine skyline, particularly striking at night, tourists can walk the few hundred yards up to the Piazzale Michelangelo or Michelangelo Square. Located in the Oltramo district of the city, the public square encompasses a picturesque tree-lined terrace and several copies of Michelangelo’s famous sculptures, including a replica of David which is housed in Florence’s Uffizi Gallery. Offering views over the river Arno, the Ponte Vecchio and the Duomo amongst other world famous landmarks.

Both business and leisure travellers are catered for with respect to the hotel’s excellent transport links. Both Florence Airport and Milan Malpensa Airport are easily accessible via public transport, taxis or complimentary airport shuttle services from the hotel. Extensive rail and bus links allow visitors to make day trips to the countryside where there are an abundance of vineyards and rustic villas in which to sample the local Chianti wine and culinary delicacies. Visitors can also take the opportunity to visit other well-known cities in the region of Tuscany such as Bologna and Pisa, to experience the ubiquitous Leaning Tower.

Florence’s mixture of gothic, baroque and renaissance history is overtly apparent in the city’s swathes of intricate architecture and public buildings. Arguably the most famous architectural and cultural landmark in the city is the Basilica di Santa Maria del Fiore, or more commonly known as The Duomo. Instantly recognisable for its striking dome and ornate façade, the Florence cathedral attracts thousands of tourists each year who are also free to wander round the basilica’s spectacularly elaborate interior.  Also in the area, just 800 metres southeast of the Duomo is the Basilica of Santa Croce which serves as the burial place for numerous revered Italians from history such as Galileo, Machiavelli and Michelangelo.

Art enthusiasts are recommended to pay a visit to Florence’s Uffizi Gallery, one of the most famous art museums in the Western world. Home to masterpieces such as Michelangelo’s David in the Accademia Museum and Botticelli’s Venus, the sheer selection of Renaissance art on exhibition is second to none.