Warm and welcoming, this four star hotel is perfectly situated in its riverside location in peace and tranquillity just outside of the city. Guests staying here gain the advantage of a quiet spot but with the addition of the free city centre shuttle service you seem to be just a stone’s throw away. This hotel has a fine wine cellar which serves the chic restaurant and bar, while the staff are happy to advise you on your choice of wine to go with your meal. There is also a rooftop terrace for the ultimate in relaxation, perhaps for after a stint in the serene spa and sauna. Other leisure facilities include the use of the library and on site gym and library.
The 24 hour reception are friendly and can organise a plethora of services for you including city tours, theatre reservations, private car rental, currency exchange, night porters and room service, VIP, laundry and valet services, medical attention if needed, parking in the garage, access to the free lobby internet, postal and fax services, use of the banqueting facilities and complementary newspapers.
All the cool and chic guest rooms are equally as impressive as the rest of the hotel and feature air conditioning, bathrobes, slippers and complimentary toiletries in the en suite bathroom, cable and pay per view TV, complimentary mineral water, a telephone, a safe with note book plug, free internet access, a work desk, a mini bar, a hairdryer, a whirlpool or Jacuzzi bath and a daily housekeeping service.
Our top picks in the local area
Each year on 24th June is a bizarre and interesting chance to see ‘the beautiful game’ played how it once was traditionally played in Florence in medieval times. The Calcio Storico is defiantly one for older children and teenagers only, this game of football and intentional display of male masculinity is literally fought out by four teams of bare chested men from the four local districts for bragging rights in a dirt filled Piazza Santa Croce. Be warned, it can get pretty violent at times.
The gardens at Villa Gamberaia are widely regarded as the most picturesque in the region, maybe in the country, and are so beautiful a couple of lovebirds can do nothing else that to wander aimlessly and be seduced by the summer fragrances drifting down from the trees and plants.
Take in an operatic performance at St Marks Anglican Church. Even if you are not a lover of this musical genre, somehow in Italy it will capture your imagination anyway. Set in an intimate and colourful auditorium, you will be transported by the beautiful sounds.
Alice’s Masks produces theatrically intricate masks which you can also buy from this studio. In addition, there is the chance for you to take part in a mask making workshop and learn the art of papier mache mask making.
For eating out
Amon is a friendly and family run kebab shop and are served to you hot from the oven in piles of fresh pita bread in a surprisingly non greasy manner.
Capacaccia is the place for all you beautiful people to be seen at. When the sun goes down over this ‘so cool it hurts’ cocktail bar, punters spill out onto the pavements to partake in a little street side posing. Just remember your designer shades!