Situated on a narrow street that runs into Piazza della Signoria, Florence’s most celebrated square, this place is ideally located for visitors who want to be as close to as many of the city’s cultural sights as possible; the Ponte Vecchio, Uffizi and Duomo are all within five minutes.
There are ten beautifully-furnished rooms named after famous Florentines, each one different from the next. All have antiques, hardwood floors, beautiful marble bathrooms (a few with tubs, others with good big showers), fine fabrics and kettles for tea and coffee. Some are huge with canopied beds and views over the piazza (for which you pay a premium), some have frescoes, a couple are big enough for a third bed. The best views are to be had from the three self-catering apartments on the top floor, which are ideal for families.
There’s a dining room where breakfast is served and a couple of small, pleasant sitting rooms, one of which has a computer for guests’ use.
Eating and drinking
Ex-guests rave about the generous breakfasts here, which are served ‘family-style’ around a huge oval table. There are fresh pastries and fruit, home-made breads and jams and a choice of dishes to order if you want a cooked breakfast. There are plenty of good restaurants and bars nearby.
Alessandra and Sonia and their small team (that includes their three sons) really do try and make guests feel at home and are very helpful with booking museums and tours, suggesting restaurants and itineraries and so on. Guests often end up friends; I’ve even heard of invitations to share the family’s Thanksgiving dinner.
Who stays there
A real mixture of ages and nationalities; lots of word-of-mouth recommendations and return guests. Visitors who like the intimate atmosphere of a private home.
- Culture vultures
- Mature travellers
- Great views / scenery
Pros & Cons
- Homely atmosphere
- Piazza della Signoria location
- Quite a lot of stairs