The magnificent complex is considered one of the historic “tower houses” of Medieval Florence, and it preserves to this day the original architectural characteristics. It is an admirable example of how man is capable of taking buildings which were once devised for the purposes of war into oasi of peace, culture and hospitality.┬áGuests are surrounded by a unique atmosphere of charm and history, while at the same time enjoy an elegant and refined ambience, where the traditional fuses with the modern,
During the building of┬áFlorence’s Cathedral (1300-1400), most of the houses in the area of the the Piazza del Duomo were demolished with the exception of those at the north-eastern corner of the newly created square.
Some of the latter were located where Palazzo Niccolini al Duomo was subsequently erected. These buildings hosted the workshops of some of the most celebrated Florentine artists. Among them, was the famous sculptor┬áDonatello, who is
Residence Palazzo dei Ciompi formerly “Palazzo Pascolutti-Giani” is a 19th Century building composed of numerous completely renovated apartments.??The Residence was previously home to the “Accademia dei Risoluti”, which gave birth to the Florence theatre named “Alfieri”. On the main gate there is an engraving of the “Cavallo Sfrenato” (the galloping horse) symbol of the “Accademia dei Risoluti” whose motto was “valoroso destrier passa e non cura“, (brave horse passing
Palazzo Gamba offers elegant apartments with breathtaking view overlooking the Duomo of Florence featuring charming Florentine style and all the latest comforts of home and beyond. This historic building is surrounded by Florence’s most beautiful attractions, romantic spots like Ponte Vecchio and some of the world’s most important museums like the Uffizi, boutiques, refined wine bars, restaurants, clubs and typical outdoor leather and food markets. Continue reading…
Owned by the Brini-Batacchi family the Hotel Degli Orafi is well known worldwide , as the setting for James Ivory’s film “A Room with a View”. The film was the winner of 3 Oscars in 1985, including the one for the best set design.┬áThis magnificent 4-star luxury hotel is located in an ancient Florentine building dating back to the 13th century. You will find it in the centre of the city next to the River Arno and just a few steps away from the famous Ponte Vecchio & the Uffizi Gallery.?Formerly an Augustinian
The main characteristic of the┬áB&B Casa Schlatter is that of being not only acomfortable accommodation facility for a fine tourist who wants to visit Florence lodging with an antique, luxury residence but also a real┬ámuseum.During their stay ┬áour guests can enjoy the vision of many original pieces of C. Adolfo Schlatter, painter and sculptor realized in these rooms and never taken out of the house.You will then have the chance to discover the hidden treasure of a great artist, who lived and worked at the
The Borghese Palace Art Hotel occupies a wing of a grand, neo-classical palazzo on one of Florence’s oldest streets, a stone’s throw from the Uffizi Gallery and the Duomo. This boutique hotel offers a unique and sophisticated synthesis of the old-world charms of an historic Florentine palazzo and an appreciation of modernity, as is evident in its recently refurbished halls, one-off designer-decorated bedrooms, and the many original contemporary art works on the premises.
The Villa Fiesole Hotel is located on an ancient Etruscan hill, where you can still admire the vestiges left by that great culture. Firstly, you will be amazed by the incredible view over the city of Florence, only 3 km from our hotel which, in spite of this proximity, is surrounded by the peace of century old woods. You can’t help but be charmed by the impeccable and caring hospitality, by the stunning 19th century villa, with its frescos, and by the old green house, fully renovated. ┬áThe hotel’s 32
The Hotel Tornabuoni Beacci with its heirloom furnishings, refined elegance and modern comforts is a charming and enchanting location on Florence’s most elegant shopping street, the Via de’ Tornabuoni. ?The hotel consists of two Renaissance palaces, the Palazzo Minerbetti and the Palazzo Strozzi del Poeta, two unique buildings in the heart of Florence’s artistic and historical centre, close to the Ponte Vecchio bridge, the Uffizi Art Gallery and the Basilica di Santa Maria del Fiore with famous Continue reading…
Located steps away from Florence central train station, the Santa Maria Novella Hotel opens its windows onto the piazza with the same name. The view offers exclusive glances of Santa Maria Novella Cathedral. This hotel is a marvellous painting of history, art and culture dating back to the nineteenth century with the name of Hotel Nazionale, a stop for businessmen and artists from all over the world.┬áThe restoration, entrusted to Mrs.
The leading theme of the L’O Hotel is the international Haute Horlogerie (Fine Watchmaking) inspired, in particular, by the collections of vintage wristwatches. Here, some of the finest top-end watches become decoration details and interior suggestions. A strong personality and deep man’s traits are the base ideas of the L’O. The interior design, entrusted to Ms. Marianna Gagliardi, architect, aims to an extreme attention to details: a wide and fascinating sensory experience involving sight and
This little dynamic, energetic, contemporary “City Riad”, with its fascinating inner court, is located in a noble building at number 23 of Piazza Santa Maria Novella. The Rosso23, fully decorated in red and grey tones, is a high quality 3-star hotel, providing 42 rooms and very smart common areas with curious details. The fascinating staircase that leads to the upper floors is witness of the nobility of this building, nowadays home for our Guests.
The Universo Hotel is an eclectic three-star Hotel whose interiors are inspired by the Seventies and the pop culture. Essential but complete in its services, it is thought for young and fresh people who wish to discover the city from a privileged starting point, the one that you see, when you wake up in the morning, from the windows of its 44 rooms, 20 of which are “with a view” to one of the most characteristic piazzas.┬áThe rooms are equipped with one large bed or two beds, heating,
This prestigious guesthouse is located in the very center of Florence nearby the famous Cathedral of S. Croce┬á and between the┬áfolkloristic┬ámarket of┬á S. Ambrogio and the D’Azeglio residential quarter.Strategic location for all those driving to Florence while the b&b is just out of the traffic limited zone of Florence and there are 2 parking areas at 50 metres.This is the perfect accomodation for the indipendent travellers who would like to base in Florence and visit other attractive cities in the
NH Porta Rossa is a distinguished piece of Florence’s history built in the 12th century and one of the oldest hotels in Italy. The hotel is perfectly located in the pedestrianized historical center, just a few steps from Florence’s main attractions, such as the Duomo, Piazza della Signoria, Ponte Vecchio and the Uffizi Gallery.?The city’s historical center boasts a considerable number of Renaissance buildings, gardens, churches, museums, art galleries and ateliers. The hotel’s 72 rooms, combining classic
Recently refurbished, the ample and elegant NH Anglo American reflects history and the fascinating age of the city Citt├á del Giglio (City of Lirio). Its decor boasts antique furniture and impressive paintings of the Florentine school of 1800, which creates a private and elegant atmosphere for our clients. The Il Granduca Restaurant, is intimate and distinguished, offering a varied breakfast buffet and the more traditional dishes from Tuscanian and Mediterranean cooking. The congress centre, equipped with
Situated in the heart of the city, the NH Excelsior is elegant and pleasant, and has easy access to the city’s main attractions.?The hotel, recently completely refurbished, has 129 rooms all of which offer comfort and a modern design. The design features warm colours, natural materials and wood furniture. The pleasant atmosphere within the NH Excelsior is evident in our lobby area which comprises a spacious foyer and a bar, where you will be warmly welcomed.?The hotel restaurant, Al Rastrello,
The Hotel’s superb city center location, only 10 minutes walk from the Train station of Santa Maria Novella (800m) makes it the ideal choice for those arriving in Florence by train. In addition, the major monuments and places of interest are within with easy walking distance… simply take a pleasurable and scenic stroll along the Arno River (1 block away) until you reach famous attractions like the Ponte Vecchio (1.5km), Uffizi Art Gallery, and Palazzo Vecchio. One of Florence’s most expansive public parks
The hotel is a modern building with 6 floors, inluding the ground floor. It consists of 100 rooms, 3 meeting rooms with a capacity to seat 80 people. It is situated in the heart of the city, only a short walk away from the central train station and 1km away from the airport. It has an ideal location to reach the central offices, the university, the best shops as well as the splendid monuments (the famous Torre Pendente etc). The restaurant offers delicious local and international specialities.┬áWith an
What makes the Riva degli Etruschi a unique place is the three different forms of accommodation available: hotel, residence and villas.?These are all integrated in one complex, set in a 320,000 m2 park, with its Mediterranean pine forest leading down to the private beach, a stretch of very fine sand more than a kilometre long.┬áAccommodation are either an 87 room hotel, 33 Tuscan-style terraced residence apartments which can be rented for weekly stays or 252 villas.??A perfect solution for every need.
Italy is not only known worldwide as one of the “must see” destinations for its naturalistic, architectonic and artistic beauty, but also for its life style and the intangibile taste of “italian living”.┬áThis is what the demanding and discerning traveller finds at the Starhotels collection of hotels, located deep in the heart of the most beautiful Italian cities, as well as in Paris and New York: the absolute Italian style, the hospitality passion and warmth.
In Pienza, a place that preserves unaffected atmosphere of a time back, a few steps from the famous Piazza Pio II, is the Hotel Ark of Pienza.┬áA little and precious hotel that has its unique, because behind a door of no particular architectural prominence lurks a real home: family hospitality, a corner to sit in front of the fireplace.┬áA corner bar, with a family atmosphere that welcomes guests to taste a glass of wine or sipping a coffee; a breakfast room where breakfast and a buffet prepared with sweets, fruit,
Castel Bigozzi, one of the oldest and embattled castles of this area, rises in the land of Strove.┬áIn the Middle Ages this castle belonged to the ancestors of the ancient noble Montanini┬áFamily. Its coats of arms well relates its history: a red shield, like the earth that surrounds┬áit, a black lion, symbol of courage and battles, glory and defeat . Historical┬áchronicles in fact report that it was a place of refuge and protection for Ghibelline troops.┬áThe double room, with its beamed ceiling and spectacular views
Meleto Castle announces itself in the enchanting Chianti landscape at the end of a pleasant driveway lined with cypresses and junipers. The structure stands amid sun-kissed fields and vineyards, not far from the boundary between the ancient Republics of Siena and Florence, about 1 Km. from Gaiole in Chianti. Meleto welcomes the visitor, the tourist and the lover of nature. It’s like a parallel dimension to be experienced in its rhythms set by habits and customs, which have given rise to a
Our wireless connection service covers all areas of the building; 30 minutes of free use are included with bookings. All rooms, completely soundproof, are under constant and accurate revision to ensure best possible comfort for our guests. Lately the service “Sky TV” has been introduced, offering more than 100 unlocked channels. The restaurant is at the guests’ services with its different, internationally inspired menus – 7 days a week.┬áThe bar service offers a little menu and its support to those wishing
Located in the middle of the historical downtown area of Florence, overlooking Brunelleschi’s Cathedral, the Hotel brunelleschi is since many years one of the best four star hotels in the center of Florence. Just few steps away from the museum the Uffizi Gallery and other museums is the ideal hotel for vacation. As well the important shopping district and other attractions are in the direct neighbourhood of the Hotel Brunelleschi.┬áCompletely reconstructed, leaving the architectural
Once home to the Venetian painter Giacomo Favretto, the most representative of the city’s “realista” school during the second half of the nineteenth century, C├á Favretto opens up from silent, shaded side streets onto a stunning view of the Grand Canal. Originally built in the fourteenth-century, the home served throughout the years as residence to some of the more important Venetian noble families until 1951 when it was transformed into a “pensione”. San Cassiano now offers discriminating┬águests the
H├┤tel Marconi is located at the foot of the famed Rialto Bridge in the very heart of historic Venice with easy access to the public transportation system and the characteristic open-air markets. One of the city’s few exclusive h├┤tels in the 1930′s, H├┤tel Marconi offers 26 air-conditioned bedrooms with private bathrooms and all of the modern amenities.┬áWithin an inviting atmosphere of Old-World ease and charm, guests can enjoy a hot buffet in the sunny breakfast room or relax in the bar along the Grand Canal.
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La lodola’s features the charm of an eighteenth Century home located just outside the venerable Tuscan town of Val di Chiana.Our guests experience a unique atmosphere and an unexcelled sense of Tuscan hospitality.La lodola has been carefully restored giving the ancient structure a new life.You will find an intriguing mixture of antique furnishings and refined accessories from olden days.Each room has it own distinctive character.All are designed to create a warm and comfortable
Fattoria La Palazzina in Val D’Orcia – of distinctive fashion like the charme of a distinctive lady – standing nicely on top of a gracious hill glancing over the soft hills of Tuscany. All rooms are furnished with┬á late 1800′s and early 1900′s antique furniture 9 rooms on first floor, all with a nice view to the gardens and the valleys – fully furnished private bathroom in each of them,┬á with shower??Chalet. La Limonaia with two interconnecting bedrooms, both with private and fully furnished bathrooms,
We decided to re-structure an antique building from the 1300 century in the small square of the┬áBagno Vignoni village, mantaining the characteristic wooden beam ceiling and the antique floor in terracotta. The welcoming loft has just┬ásix double rooms, each one with a special touch, an old coat of arms, a tester bed or the splendid view over the misterious and mystic water-filled square of Bagno Vignoni. Each room has air conditioning and a particulary bathroom.┬áOur guests can relax
Grand Hotel Palazzo is one of the finest hotels in Italy; it’s been refurbished back to its nineteenth-century glory and to its earlier splendour. Rooms are 123 over 4 floors, including suites, junior suites, plus one royal suite on the first floor. The terrace floor hosts penthouse rooms with private balcony and great seaview, one solarium terrace with a little charming┬áoutdoor pool, a gourmet restaurant, an American-style bar and a roof garden.┬áGrand Hotel Palazzo offers to its guests two dining areas,
Palazzo Guiscardo is situated in an original Liberty style building that dates back to the 1800s.During the trasformation into a hotel we have been careful to respect this original style, in order to preserve and highlight the elements of the period. ??In particular the bathrooms have been carried out with prestigious local marbles,following the tradition of Pietrasanta,town of artists,sculptors and workshops.Every type of marbles gives its name to every room. ??The Hotel comprises 9 rooms of which
Immersed in the vineyards of Chianti, in the nearby of Siena, hotel Palazzo Leopoldo is an enchanted location in Radda in Chianti where to spend special holidays. The palca keeps its original structure in the external and in the interiors, where the modern furniture are together with ancient pieces, that underline the taste of the ancient Tuscan Signori. Frescoes, fireplaces and ancient furniture make it an unique scenery and give the guests a splendid atmosphere.┬áThe hotel Palazzo
This residence belonged to the one of richest and the most powerful families of Montaione, The Mannaionis. They are linked to its history from as far back as 1500. They played an important public role and were masters in the art of glass-making. They were land owners and their motto was “everything we can see till the horizon belongs to us”.?With the foundation of the Grand Duchy of Tuscany, first with the Medicis and then with the Lorenas, the Walls of the Castle were no longer considered
Park Park Hotel le Fonti is in the middle of the culture, art and nature of Volterra, one of the oldest site in Italy. Located in the heart of Tuscany, Volterra is easy to be reached from the airports, cities and beaches of the region. The Hotel is built in a strategic position on the west side of the hill of Volterra. The wide valley that extends for 20 km give you a great view over the Val di Cecina, the landscape is beautiful, in the clearer day we can recognize the net profile of Corsica Island.?The construction
Torre dei Serviti is a wonderful little Medieval Tower in Toscana, at Siena, in Casole d’Elsa village. The architectural complex of this AncientResidence has the most various and less known past of all the Medieval Village and it’s situated in the northern extremity of the town, where in the past existed the Gate said “ai Frati”, “to Friars”. Casole was an outpost of big strategic importance for the Republic of Siena, that acquired definitively the dominion after the victory of Montaperti in 1260.
The surrounding nature invites calm and relaxation; the hotel offers a pleasant way to pass the time. Relais Villa Baldelli is ready to envelop its guests in its charm and surround them with its attentions.┬áThe five senses awaken as soon as one proceeds between green lawns and splendid plants along the avenue that leads to the front of the marvellous building housing Relais Villa Baldelli, a country house dating from 1600 that takes its name from the Cortonese family who, for many years, made it their
The Valle di Assisi 4 star Hotel & Resort is located in Tordandrea, Assisi, in a strategic setting in the heart of Umbria, within easy reach of the most important art cities and main sites of interest for business activities, such as trade-fair and business centres.┬áThe Tordandrea Valle di Assisi 4 star Hotel & Resort is an elegant residence in the heart of Umbria, in the midst of green hills, vineyards and olive groves. It is complete with a conference
We are in one of the most beautiful┬áarea of Tuscany, between Siena and Florence, in the Chianti’s hills.┬áFew km away from our hotel┬áyou can visit historical towns such as┬áSan Gimignano, Monteriggioni and Siena.┬áThe Hotel Villa San Lucchese┬áis situated in the heart of Tuscany.┬áIt is a wonderful 15th century country┬áresidence completely renovated,┬áwhere the hospitality and the excellent┬ácuisine is a tradition.┬áIt has 36 rooms, with 2 suites,┬áoverlooking the luxuriant┬áItalian style garden and
Dragonetti Villa , a few kilometres far from L’Aquila, on the border of the Gran Sasso National Park , is the ideal place for the lovers of culture , of relax and nature.┬áSo different historical and naturalistic excursions are suggest to our guest , with the opportunity to visit the archeological sites, basilicas , noble palaces , medieval and renaissance churches, old village , castles, fortresses and to admire wonderful sights.┬áThe cultural events are numerous and interesting ; the ” Perdonanza Celestiniana ” ,
In the historic centre of Florence is the new and confortable Bed and Breakfast “Residenza Manzoni”. In one of the world’s most beautiful cities of art, the “Residenza Manzoni”, will provide you with all the comforts necessary to make your stay even more relaxing and pleasurable.??The bright sunny rooms, all equipped with private bathrooms and air conditioning, mini bars and televisions are very accomodating and peaceful, giving the bed and breakfast an atmosphere of complete relaxation. ??The “Bed
Your holidays in Tuscany, among green hills and charming┬ámedieval towns, staying in cozy and comfortable country-houses in order to meet fully the desire of relaxation.┬á’La Valle’ and ‘Fignano’ are two tourist complexes located very close to Montaione, near Florence, two old farmhouses with┬áapartments in Tuscany, today completely renovated and modernized to ensure their guests all the best in terms of comfort and relaxation.┬áThose looking for a
Welcome to the Hotel Fiorino Florence, affordable and cosy 3 star hotel located in the very heart of the historical city center right beside one its most famous landmarks: the Uffizi Gallery. As you can see from our Location┬ápage, the Uffizi is located deep within the cobbled streets of Firenze’s old town and also very close to the picturesque River Arno and the famous Ponte Vecchio.┬áHere at our cosy family run establishment we welcome guests from all over the world who are looking to enjoy the
Florence Hotel Giglio is located in an historic building on Via Cavour, a popular main street in the center of Florence, only a leisurely walk away from many of the most visited historical sites of Florence like the Florence Dome.┬áFlorence Hotel Giglio has recently been completely renovated to offer its guests all the modern comforts in a distinguished atmosphere.┬áOur ┬ámulti-lingual staff combines its professionalism with great courtesy always ready to assist the guest with whatever needs they may
Badia a┬ábuilt in 1645, which is surrounded by the hills of Tuscany┬átoday is a hotel four stars of the reference point for tourists and worldwide company. Luxury in Tuscany┬áis put together the elegant atmosphere with a refined and modern.┬áCombining an elegant tuscany┬áatmosphere with refined, modern service is the strong point of this setting, ensuring a unique and pleasant stay.┬áComfortable, quiet rooms, equipped with all the amenities, maintain an atmosphere of Tuscany.
Borgo Santinovo is an old medieval village that has been renovated and preserves all the charm of the typical architectural structures of that period: staggered roofs, porticoes, terraces, stone walls, practicable spaces scattered through the buildings.┬áThe park spreads among the farmhouse units and includes a nice swimming-pool (11×8 m.), a solarium (10×10 m.), and a green lawn shaded by mulberry-trees, pines, oaks and cypresses.┬áThe whole village is surrounded by vineyards and
In the lively heart of Palermo, just a short walk from Via della Libert├á and from the harbor, there is a small, exclusive charming hotel equipped with all the comforts and luxuries that you can wish for.Hotel Ucciardhome is the accommodation that combines high quality four-star hotel services with typical warm Sicilian hospitality: elegant details, a pleasant environment, a relaxing atmosphere and staff to cater for all your needs.┬áThe hotel is furnished in minimalist style using precious materials
At the very heart of Modica, into a┬ábuilding of the second half of the 19th century,┬áis L’Orangerie, a stylish Bed & Breakfast┬áwhere you can spend a relaxing and pleasant stay┬áas you enjoy the city’s tourist, cultural and┬ágastronomic attractions.┬áAll the rooms and apartments are equipped with stylish furniture, as a perfect combination of comfort and historical ambience; on the walls ranging in colors from coral to brick red, to cream-yellow and dark-green, are outstanding works of contemporary graphic
The Castle of Verrazzano is located on a hilltop in the Chianti Classico area, the first grape growing and wine producing area in the world to be determined by an official proclamation, made by the grand Duke Cosimo III de’ Medici in 1716.Its high position, over the Greve valley, overlooks the vineyards which fan out across the slopes to the edges of the wood further down the valley. The castle is known for being the birthplace of the family Verrazzano to which the Navigator Giovanni belonged.The castle
Villa Mangiacane is a noble and majestic villa set on a cypress shaded hill, just seven miles directly south of Florence and near the town of San Casciano. The name originated from Latin, Magna Cane, which literally translates to ‘great dog.’ The local dialect transformed the name into Italian and Mangiacane. The dogs in which the name refers are Neopolitan mastiffs, which were originally used to guard the villa.┬á Today the imposing stone dog sculptures atop the gate’s pillars pay homage to the history
In The Heart of the World-wide celebrated Amalfi Coast, the Hotel Tramonto D’Oro, literally “Golden Sunset” derives its name from the magnificent Sunsets, which anyone staying there, can enjoy from its spacious terraces, rooms and even from its roof-top swimming-pool. It is a family-run hotel, welcoming, ┬áconfortable and full of character. The Hotel is located in Praiano, between Amalfi and Positano, in a central location but still peaceful and quiet.┬áIt has been built in a typical
The village dates back to the 10th century and has recently been restructured┬á without changing the old Medieval architectural┬á features. Our guests are welcomed in elegant rooms and suites in the Castle and the Tower. In this magic natural environment┬á you will discover the stunning fragrances┬á of the Chianti district, an area that lures visitors any time of the year. The Castello di Tornano, an architectural jewel from the 11th century, presents a Chianti Classico DOCG of exceptional quality. Our recipe for
The village of Fonte de’ Medici dates back to 1400 and is located in the heart of the Chianti Classico region. Around the village lie the vineyards belonging to the Antinori family, which produce their best-known wines. The nearby Badia a Passignano was at the time a powerful Vallombrosian monastery and bears witness to the historic importance of this area.┬áThe proximity of both Florence and Siena, the beauty of the “Chianti” countryside, the wealth of its food and wine, together with the attention to its
A sophisticated country house hotel, nestles in the grey-green hills immediately above the town of Greve, ┬áa few steps from the medieval village of Montefioralle, in the heart of the Chianti Classico region of Tuscany. This 16th century noble villa commands an extraordinary vantage point over the unspoiled Chianti hills and their biblical landscape of vineyards, terraced olive groves and forest.┬áA vine leaf and a thistle, the coat of arms of this elegant hotel, perfectly convey the spirit of its very
Hotel Santa Caterina in Siena is a small cosy hotel located in a┬á restaured 18th century patrician villa, just a few metres away from one of the medieval gate entrances to the historical center of Siena. The wide and luxuriant garden where breakfast is served in the veranda offers a beautiful view over the splendid sienese landscapes. The refined but homely atmosphere and its priviledged location, make this Hotel the ideal place for a romantic and pleasant stay in Siena. Continue reading…