Firenze: an insider’s guide to the city

12 November 2022
Written by The Italy Insider
Insider's Guide

Florence, one of the most charming cities filled with art, culture and exquisite cuisine. From the world renowned Duomo di Firenze complex with its marvellous marble structure to the elegant cobblestoned streets like Via de’ Tornabuoni, also home to Salvatore Ferragamo museum. Explore the numerous art museums and historical palazzos with magnificent hidden gardens to up and coming districts in which, as day turns to night they thrives and becomes a hub for quirky cocktail bars and authentic trattorias. There is a lot to explore in the city, and due to its smallish size, much can be seen in only a couple of days. Scroll through our guide to find out our best selection of restaurants, cafes, bars, shops and hotels in the city.

Sunset across Florence
Skyline of Florence

Where to eat

haute cuisine

Enoteca Pinchiorri

With a total of 3 Michelin stars since 1993, Enoteca Pinchiorri always lives up to its formidable standards: inimitable dishes, an immense cellar (4 thousand labels), the presence of the patrons Giorgio Pinchiorri and Annie Féolde always. WEBSITE

Santa Elisabetta

Santa Elisabetta is the restaurant of the Brunelleschi Hotel with two Michelin stars. Located in the Byzantine tower of Pagliazza, the oldest building in Florence, chef Rocco De Santis serves meat from Pontassieve, fish from Livorno, caught according to season, and Florentine vegetables. Olives and citrus fruits instead come from the Amalfi Coast. WEBSITE

Gucci Osteria

Where to eat in Florence
Gucci Osteria

A complete journey between past and present, time and place, across three countries. Located within a historic palazzo, original stones 750 years old and antique Ginori 1975 ceramics have been preserved and integrated in the decor enriched by a tripudio di Verdi. The cuisine is an evocation of a love story between Chef Karime Lopez and her husband Takahiko Kondo transporting you to Mexico, Japan and Italy – destinations close to both Chefs who work closely with Massimo Bottura. Three tasting menus (as well as the possibility to chose a la carte) that represent the chefs souvenirs, memories and personal growth through an explosion of contaminations, flavours and techniques that blend in harmony. Favourite dish? The Cannolo that want’s to become a Cannellone – where each bite transports you from Sicily to Tuscany. WEBSITE

Fine Dining


The place to be for gourmet cuisine in Florence is Borgo Santo Pietro Saporium. Why? Let’s see. Among mirrors, crystals and luxuriant plants of a 50s styled room, it feels as though you walk into a theatre: in the open kitchen, Chef Ariel Hagen, from Florence, finishes his culinary creations with a scenography of perfect gestures that will never cease to amaze. When your dish is placed in front of you, you’ll be stunned by the aromas, textures and flavours of the land and sea. Meticulous attention is also paid to the vegetable, which becomes the protagonist of one of the three tasting menus. Everything is made with organic and seasonal Tuscan products, many of which are sourced straight from the farm of one of the most luxurious resorts in the region and in Italy: Borgo Santo Pietro. WEBSITE

Saporium Firenze

Regina Bistecca

Florence is a city of worship for lovers of art and meat. In fact, Florentine steaks are considered a patrimony on par with the Uffizi masterpieces. Given the inestimable importance of the dish, entrepreneur Simone Arnetoli and lawyer Matteo Perduca could never recommend the best place to enjoy it, so they chose to open Regina Bistecca in 2018, repurposing a historic antique bookstore 20 meters away from the Duomo. Their dream was to build a place that reflected their idea of the perfect restaurant: a refined but informal spot with excellent raw materials and a nice cocktail bar. WEBSITE

Cantinetta Antinori

Since 1957, Cantinetta Antinori has been an institution in the city. Like the chef, Franco, who has been preparing his famous tomato soup for 40 years, but also tagliata, cod and other delicious Florentine delicacies. WEBSITE

il Nugolo

One of the latest additions to the city, designed by three young individuals under the age of 30, bringing a breath of young air to the city. Nerina collects vegetables in her mother’s garden, where 30 types of tomatoes are also grown, including Nugolo, which gives the place its name. Simone and Antonio cook according to what’s in season: in winter, chitarra pasta with “pummarola” or tagliatelle with black cabbage, roasted chestnuts and veal stock. WEBSITE


Chic Nonna by Vito Mollica is a real treat. This restaurant is located in the rich Palazzo Portinari Salviati, at the intersection of streets leading to Piazza Duomo and Piazza della Signoria. The fascinating structure allows you to experience an interesting game of discovery, thanks to its nooks and crannies behind which you will discover frescoed rooms and intimate tables. Here chef Vito Mollica’s dishes proudly walk the road from kitchen to table, presenting guests with a new, experimental and élite idea of eating. WEBSITE

Where to eat in Florence
Regina Bistecca
Where to eat in Florence
Chic Nonna by Vito Mollica



The idea behind Cibrèo Trattoria comes from a complex alchemy of simple products. The norm in the restaurant’s kitchen is one, and it is very simple: no artifice. No frozen meals, vacuum-packed foods or any formula that could harm the authenticity of their dishes. Watching over this rule is a pot of soup, a fragrant soffritto and the bottle of the best oil. Suppers, ragouts, roasts and conviviality will arrive at your table, projecting you into the most authentic atmosphere. WEBSITE


There is nothing more solid and magical than a project born from young and motivated minds. In this case, Il Santo Bevitore, born from the passion of three young Florentines, stands in the beating heart of the Oltrarno offering a creative vision on cuisine, curated but informal. Definitely not to be missed is the terrine of chicken livers in Vin Santo ristretto and pan brioche, a real treat for fans of the genre. In addition to an extensive and sophisticated wine list, Santo Bevitore also offers dishes for celiacs and vegan suggestions, meeting all needs. WEBSITE


Perhaps it is not correct to include this place in our selection, because it will overwhelmingly and violently steal your heart. La Ménagère is an island, a world apart, a visual experience, a journey between multiple interconnected places. If after being enraptured by the ethereal elegance of the place you will have the desire to eat, your palate will be caressed by the talented chef Nicholas Duonnolo, with his complex idea of evolutionary cuisine with a very short supply chain, without forgetting some accents of oriental or South American cultures. WEBSITE

Il Santo Bevitore, Firenze
Where to eat in Florence
La Ménagère. Ph. Mattia Aquila


Atelier de’ Nerli

Atelier de’ Nerli treats diners with a special synaesthetic experience, combining its Art and Crafts Gallery with the culinary experience, all within the context of the Florentine Oltrarno. The curious thing is that everything that makes up the furniture, produced by the artisans left in the neighborhood, is purchasable. Let your eyes be ravished by unusual sofas and mirrors while your sense of taste is spoiled by refined culinary offerings and quality ingredients. WEBSITE


Giacomo Milano opens its 10th location inside the recently opened Hotel Il Salvatino, in the hills of Fiesole on the outskirts of Tuscany. Giacomo Bulleri, founder of the restaurant, returns to his origins in Tuscany for the second time, following the opening of Giacomo Pietrasanta. The menu is a blend of the most renowned tuscan and milanese classics with a refined approach. In fact, meticulous research goes behind the selection and provenance of each ingredient, for example the tomatoes in the signature Spaghetti al Pomodoro have been sourced from a farm in Puglia where a specific vegetable patch has been dedicated to Giacomo. Not to miss is the Bomba di Giacomo, a whipped cream sandwich that has become an icon to every Giacomo Milano restaurant. WEBSITE

Osteria del Cinghiale Bianco

On March 1, 1984, Massimo Masselli first opened the doors of what was to become one of the gastronomic landmarks in the whole city of Florence. From that moment, together with his loyal family, he has been serving traditional dishes with the providential genuineness typical of the Tuscan people. Osteria Cinghiale Bianco, set in an ancient 14th-century tower in Borgo San Jacopo, is the perfect metaphor for the Florentine mentality because it combines simplicity, tradition and joie de vivre. WEBSITE

Trattoria cammillo

This veracious trattoria covered in squares, ammennicles and framed newspaper clippings offers traditional dishes on its menu, all of them rigorously prepared in house. It may seem like just another eatery, but Trattoria Cammillo stands out for its very personal je ne sais quoi and leaves diners with an unparalleled sense of authenticity. Once you walk out their door, you’ll be filled with an exquisite sense of well-being. WEBSITE


I’Brindellone is an osteria named after the traditional Florentine wagon and is a favorite destination for those who want to taste real Tuscan cuisine, without stumbling into a touristy place. Among the selection of traditional dishes we find tagliolini with truffles, risotto with black cabbage and lampredotto, pappa al pomodoro, and the ever-present Florentine steak. The place is popular with Florentines who seek true Tuscan flavors, simple and tasty. Large portions and excellent value for money make this little treasure a coveted half, which is why reservations are recommended. WEBSITE

Catch of the day. Ph. Giulio Ghirardi
Giacomo al Salviatino


Where to eat in Florence
Tagliere at Le Volte

Imagine the combination of traditional Tuscan flavors with a meticulous search for taste and the highest quality ingredients. What will pop into your mind will be the closest thing to Le Volte restaurant, which awaits you nestled in the San Frediano district, amidst streets that tell the story of Oltrarno’s artisan workshops and Florentine culture. In this rich context, chef Leonardo Lanini brings to his dishes his passion for meat, passed down to him from his butcher parents. WEBSITE

trattoria SABATINO

We know that traveling sometimes means being away from family. If while you’re lost among the poetry of the Florentine alleys you’re overcome by a heavy sense of nostalgia, we know a place that will give you the warmth and hospitality you’ve been missing. Sabatino, the popular trattoria in the San Frediano quarter, is a homely setting where dishes are offered with the signature that only a mother or grandmother can leave behind. The menu, in which Florentine steak is never missing, changes daily, offering dishes that respect the dictates of tradition. WEBSITE


If you want to taste Florentine tradition while immersed in a special setting, Tranvai in Piazza Torquato Tasso will open its doors to you. Sitting in this osteria furnished like a late 19th-century streetcar and immersed in a convivial atmosphere, you’ll be able to taste dishes with strong flavors, including specialties of quinto quarto and offal. Don’t be intimidated: this place also has a delicate face that is reflected mainly in the desserts, where we find homemade tarts and zuppa inglese on offer.

Steak Home

Delicious spread at Steak Home

Steak Home is not your classic old restaurant for a classic Florentine steak; here, the meats are treated with the dry aging method, that is, a maturation in hi-tech cells that control air, temperature and humidity to obtain a tastier and more digestible meat. WEBSITE

Cafè & Breakfast


If you happen to be in Florence, whether for leisure, business or a day trip, you cannot fail to stop by Sforno. After a charming walk through the Oltrarno alleys, with your eyes full of Renaissance poetry, you can treat yourself with a genuine lunch while enjoying authentic Tuscan simplicity. This place announces its authenticity with its 1970s sign and then, inside, gives you an exquisitely country chic decor. Its selection includes the most celebrated Tuscan leavened goods (such as wood-fired bread and schiacciata) and quality shelf-stable products. WEBSITE

ditta artigianale

Ditta Artigianale is a true place of worship for coffee lovers, not surprisingly located in the former monastery of Sant’Ambrogio. The religious respect for this beverage is reflected in the absence of sugar at the tables: no additions are required to enjoy coffee. The café’s owner Francesco Sanapo was raised brewing cappuccinos behind the counter at his family’s bar, and eventually became an award-winning connoisseur, a devotee of the raw material.  This café offers you a unique way to enjoy your Italian-style break by enrapturing you with its overwhelming aromas and picture-perfect design. WEBSITE

Caffè lietta

A garden under the loggia in Piazza della Libertà, for a freshly baked slice of cake, tea, lunch with a glass of Tenuta degli Dei or a drink from the staff of the former Giacosa, the cradle of Negroni. Caffè Lietta is open from breakfast to aperitif (7am-9pm), Monday to Saturday, near the Fortezza da Basso. A must try, the famous flourishing piruli puddings filled with ricotta, cosmetics and delicious bouquets of flowers. WEBSITE

What to See

Museo Casa Martelli

The Museo Casa Martelli was the home of the noble Martelli Family, since the 14th century. This location preserves some of the most important collection of paintings in history – it was actually once one of the stops of the Grand Tour. One of the most picturesque parts is on the ground floor, two area seen as a winter garden painted with 18th century frescoes. Only available to visit on Saturday Mornings and Tuesday Afternoons with guided tours. WEBSITE


What to do in Florence
Gallerie degli Uffizi

When we thought the Uffizi Galleries had already reached its peak, we were wrong. After the health emergency, the museum reopened to the public, proposing a new wing of more than two thousand square meters. Inside are some never-seen masterpieces and some well-known ones, such as works by Parmigianino, Pontormo, Rosso Fiorentino and Daniele da Volterra. The last room, the fourteenth, is dedicated to self-portraits: a fascinating mosaic of faces that catch your eye to take you inside the canvas. For €18 you can purchase the 5 day Passepartoute which includes entry also to Palazzo Pitti & Giardino di Boboli. WEBSITE


Palazzo Strozzi is a masterpiece of Renaissance architecture, within which the flow of art is manifested in exhibitions and cultural activities. The palace is an international landmark and has its beating heart in the courtyard, a square open to Florentines and travellers, where concerts, performances, and contemporary art installations take place. Since 2006, the Fondazione Palazzo Strozzi has organised major exhibitions and shows ranging from ancient to contemporary art, opening its horizons to a dialogue between tradition and experimentation. WEBSITE


If you have been to the Galleria degli Uffizi, you cannot miss a visit to the Galleria dell’Accademia in Florence. This gallery is the second most visited museum in all of Italy and has the world’s largest collection of Michelangelo statues (the first of which was the iconic David). This institution dates back to 1784, when Grand Duke Pietro Leopoldo commissioned its opening as a place of study for the students of the nearby Academy of Fine Arts, and was designed specifically to house priceless works of art ( its scenographic architecture is evidence of this).  Take your time to hear your footsteps breaking the silence of the Gallery, while the works of major artists watch your slow romantic walk. WEBSITE


The wonderful Giardino di Boboli will give you a surreal and bucolic experience during your stay in the Florentine city. If you can gaze upon its beauty today, it is thanks to the Medici Family – among the most famous Florentine families – who oversaw its arrangement, creating the model of the Italian garden. This open-air museum is divided evenly, setting the pace between Renaissance statues, grottoes and fountains. A visit to the garden complements that of the Pitti Palace, of which it is an integral part, and allows visitors to breathe fully the spirit of court life. WEBSITE

What to do in Florence
Statua di Michelangelo


Here the artistic enterprise of Maestro Zeffirelli (director, screenwriter and set designer) comes to life with 250 works including set sketches, drawings and costume figurines. The exhibition, housed in the San Firenze Complex, illustrates the developments of his theatrical stagings and film productions, also through set photos. WEBSITE

L’Officina profumo-farmaceutica di Santa Maria Novella

Just take a step into the Antica Farmacia di Santa Maria Novella and you will find yourself in the year 1221. This venue is one of the oldest existing pharmacies and its atmosphere is steeped in tradition and mystery. Today it can be visited free of charge and it allows visitors to purchase their handcrafted perfumes and pharmaceutical mixtures. WEBSITE


Not many people know that the Museo dell’Opera del Duomo offers a very special view over the facade of Florence Cathedral, which has a very long and troubled history. The one that today is under the eyes of millions of tourists is not, in fact, the original: the first one was designed by Arnolfo di Cambio and demolished back in 1587. If you want to have an elite experience on your Florentine tour, you can admire it inside this museum. WEBSITE


Is it possible for classical and contemporary art to coexist in one space? Yes, according to the vision of the Marino Marini Museum. This artistic collection is housed inside the stone walls of the deconsecrated church of San Pancrazio, chosen for its perfect balance of space and light. WEBSITE


In the Iris Garden, the flowers indulge naked to the eyes of visitors, who are thirsty for their ethereal beauty. This garden, located at Piazzale Michelangelo, is the guardian of the city’s flower. Florence, in fact, is very attached to this botanical species, so much so that it chose it as its emblem (it is not a lily, as many erroneously believe). The area of this park is about two and a half hectares and offers impressive views of the city skyline. Together with this, its flower-lined paths, plazas, and steps will allow your soul to find the perfect balance. 


Is it possible to explain in a few words the reasons why Palazzo Vecchio is worth a visit? No. Let’s try, though. This Medieval fortress stands on the ancient ruins of a Roman theater and houses frescoes by two of the greatest artists of all time: Leonardo da Vinci and Michelangelo Buonarroti. If that excites you, so can the majestic Salone dei Cinquecento, which is filled with paintings, gilding and impressive sculptures. Or again, the Hall of Lilies and the Hall of Geographic Maps may amaze you with their richness. Yes, we said it was difficult to condense all this wonder. Perhaps, however, it will be even more difficult for you to walk the 406 steps up the tower of the building. But the view of the city will repay the effort, we promise.


If you are a fan of traditional craftsmanship, Antico Setificio Fiorentino will make your eyes sparkle. Founded in the historic district of San Frediano in the 18th century, it is one of the last remaining silk workshops in the world. Its priceless looms are embellished with a marvellous warper designed by Leonardo Da Vinci. In this place steeped in magic, your heart will be trapped in a weave of elegance and refinement. WEBSITE


The San Lorenzo Complex is the perfect destination for art lovers because it holds a staggering amount of masterpieces, such as masterpieces by Donatello, Bronzino, Filippo Lippi, Michelangelo and Brunelleschi. It consists of the Basilica, which is one of the main places of worship in Florence and holds priceless treasures, the Laurentian Library and a magnificent inner cloister.


It was Cosimo dei Medici who commissioned the Museo di San Marco in Florence, a true architectural masterpiece that coexists with the church and the parts adjacent to the cloister, still used as a monastery. This building today holds the world’s largest collection of works by Beato Angelico and is a must-see for all lovers of Renaissance art.


The Spedale degli Innocenti stands on the right side of Piazza Santissima Annunziata and it is the earliest architectural example of the Renaissance style. This building constructed between 1419 and 1445 to the design of Filippo Brunelleschi is a symbol of Florentine humanistic culture and an architectural model of elegance, proportion and harmony. Its curious name (“Innocenti” means innocent) comes from its former use as an orphanage. Today it is still a noble institution dedicated to childhood and the future of humanity.


Despite its classical and Renaissance imprint, Florence always proves to be open to the novelties of contemporary art. For this reason, street artist Clet Abraham chose it as his city and as a testimony to his artistic process. In fact, the Breton creative has his artistic workshop in Florence and interacts with its road signs to steal smiles from passersby and give them new food for thought. If you want to make your city tour even more interesting, try looking for them: every time it will be a pleasant surprise.

What to do

Panino at Procacci 1885

Looking for a quick pit stop for lunch during your day of exploring the city?Yes, we all know the All’Antico Vinaio which is incredible and serves warm focaccia filled with anything of your choice however there are always km long queue’s. Procacci, instead, is lesser known even though it has been around since 1885 and equally as exquisite. Take a seat in Via de’ Tornabuoni or order to take away and enjoy on the go a sandwich filled with delicacies from truffles and foie gras, butter and anchovies, prosciutto crudo mushroom cream and truffles and many more fillings. WEBSITE

explore Manifattura Tabbacchi

Manifattura Tabacchi is a new center for high craftsmanship, exhibitions, eating (at Bulli & Balene), playing in a mini token-operated recording room created in an elevator (Loud Lift). Since the 7th January it has been the headquarters of Polimoda. website



Where to Shop in Florence

Born in the heart of Florence, in a small, cobble stone street, Loretta Caponi is a sensational Italian artisan brand that began with the production of lingerie and tableware and has expanded with homeware, ready-to-wear and a bridal line on an international basis. The store is a historical atelier featuring frescoed vaulted ceilings and a unique collection of period furniture. Every design has been produced following a sartorial concept: prestigious silk and linen materials, embroidered or embellished with intricate lace and the option of personalisation. Recently, collections have been launched in harrods, matches fashion, net-a-porter and, soon to launch a dedicated spot in Harrods. As Loretta Caponi, founder, said “If anything, I make the statement” because instead of following the lines of fashion, Loretta Caponi is a visionary based on craftsmanship and recovery of prints from the archives, creating her own statement. WEBSITE


If you want to immerse yourself in an authentic Italian setting, the Mercato Centrale, or San Lorenzo Market, cannot be missing from your list. This gathering place, in fact, is the city’s oldest and most famous food market, a destination for Florentines and people from all over the globe. As you enter the ground floor, you get lost among the smells, flavours and genuine merchants who take you to a unique world of food that speaks of the countryside and history. If you still feel a discreet languor afterwards, you can move to the second floor of the structure, where there are street food offerings, many of them related to Tuscan and Florentine traditions. Outside, stores and craft stalls embrace the building, enclosing it in a tight ring of Tuscan authenticity. WEBSITE


Pylones is a 20th-century French brand whose locations include a shop in the Tuscan capital. Of course, it is not Italian, but you can trust us: it is worth a visit. Heir to folk arts and traditions, this brand twists, reinvents and colours objects. An exquisite meeting of genius designers throws you into a magical and paradoxical world born of imagination.


The first opening of the Ginori store in 1802 was this exact store in the heart of Florence even though the renowned brand was first founded in 1735 by the Marquis Carlo Andrea Ginori opened a porcelain factory. More than objects, Ginori is seen as a style icon and prime example of Italian craftsmanship. The flagship store is a showroom, a home (or one many would love to have) filled with the beautiful prestigious Italian ceramics that have made their way around the world. WEBSITE



A place that offers its own original and very personal vision, in the wake of the speakeasy style. If you are in the mood to sip unusual drinks and enjoy a beautiful Florentine courtyard, Il Locale is the right place for your soirée. The highly prepared bartenders will select the ingredients for your drink from the bottles organised on tall shelves, in the midst of classic and modern sculptures that dialogue tastefully, without ever falling into the cloying. WEBSITE

La Loggia roof bar

Perched over Piazza Santo Spirito, La Loggia belongs to Hotel Palazzo Guadagni and is a charming location for an aperitif. A beautiful, covered rooftop where you can drink a spritz and enjoy the view of the city from above, in a relaxed, friendly environment. WEBSITE


The local Il Santino is described as “a classic in Oltrarno.” It is a tiny place where you can enjoy authentic Italian-style eating. Yes, because Italy is not just a plate of pasta served comfortably at a table, it is also wine and “crostoni misti” eaten on a staircase. On the other hand, if you want to enjoy more comfort, maybe you can find a free table, who knows. One thing you will definitely find, though, is the philosophy of good eating and good drinking, surrounded by real Tuscan people. WEBSITE


Mad is known as a spiritual adventure of sophistication and bursting personalities. This union of vibrant elements could not but take place in San Frediano, the coolest street in Florence, in a venue where cerulean walls and exposed brickwork create a bohemian setting around the aperitifs of Florence’s viveurs. Here, the exuberant owners enliven the place with their party spirit and their long list of cocktails, in which many appear as twists on the most famous traditional drinks. WEBSITE


Can you keep a secret? If yes, you certainly can’t miss a visit to Rasputin, one of the three hidden Italian clubs. If you think finding it will be easy, you are wrong: this place with a speakeasy aesthetic does not have an entrance door; rather, it is recognised by an indentation in the wall and a brass bell, which will allow you entry. Once seated among the scarlet walls and period furnishings, you can soak your lips with their drinks, many of which suggest an unconditional love of whiskey. In this Gothic atmosphere you will enjoy the staff’s meticulous attention to detail, which will be the seal for an unforgettable experience. WEBSITE

Love Craft

Located in San Frediano, the nightlife area, Love Craft is a whiskey bar. They have over 200 bottles, from the precious scotch reserve bottled by hand in amphora and distributed in 216 bottles by Douglas & Laing to the Italian peaty scotch passed in Islay barrels. WEBSITE

Where to aperitivo in Florence
Loggia Roof Bar, Hotel Palazzo Guadagni
Cocktail in the making. Ph. Mike Tamasco

Where to sleep


A splendid group of hotels created by Matteo Perduca and Betty Soldi feature in Florence, filled with history and immaculate design. AdAstra (from the Latin “to the stars”) was named after its garden – the Torrigiani, the largest private garden in Europe – which in the 19th century used to have an exclusive view of the stellar panorama. In the magnificent and refined b&b, each of the 14 has a unique view of an exclusive glimpse of timeless Florence. This place is the fortunate meeting of antique parquet floors, frescoed ceilings and exquisite Florentine charm. If you wish to stay in the heart of the Florentine Oltrarno, then check out SoprArno Suites, a boutique bed and breakfast wisely styled. The choice of eclectic antique touches along with unique art pieces make this place a jewel, nestled between an inner courtyard and charming Via Maggio. Finally, a short walk from the center, 14 rooms complete the OltrarnoSplendid. Here, this space of charm fits perfectly into the Florentine cultural context, giving guests an immersive experience. And stay tuned as the property will be opening a fourth location in Spring. WEBSITE

Hotel Calimala

The nineteenth-century Palazzo degli Angeli is now the Hotel Calimala: 38 contemporary rooms designed by the London architect Alex Meitlis, who used furnishings and works by Ivo Bisignano, and an art collection curated by Carmel Ilan. On the rooftop there is Angel, a Middle Eastern bar and restaurant with a garden, swimming pool and an exceptional view. WEBSITE


Frimi has recently been inaugurated between the Fortezza da Basso and the train station. It’s a small hotel with retro rooms inspired by world renowned artist couples such as Frida Kahlo & Diego Rivera or Salvador Dalì & Gala. Among all the furnishings, objects by Florentine designers are exhibited, which can also be purchased. WEBSITE

Where to sleep in Florence
One of the room at Ad Astra
Where to sleep in Florence
Frimi Boutique Hotel

Numeroventi artist residence

One of the bedrooms at Numeroventi. Ph. Credits Renee Kemps
Details at Numeroventi. Ph. Credits Salva Lopez

Centrally located between the Duomo and Santa Croce, Numeroventi is housed within the early 16th century Palazzo Galli Tassi, a Signor palazzo as we would call it with high ceilings, original staircase and beautifully preserved frescoed interiors. The space is a studio and workspace for creatives as well as a boutique hotel that thrives within it’s simplicity. Six Suites and two apartments furnished with an artsy, contemporary and Scandinavian minimalistic approach which are the works of founder and designer Martino di Napoli Rampolla together with Andrew Trotter. Breakfast, which is a healthy selection of eggs, granola and X is served in the frescoed lounge and available to non-guests throughout the week upon reservation. Each artist leaves a piece of their works behind which is displayed throughout the rooms and communal areas and available to purchase. WEBSITE


Where to sleep in Florence
Hotel Palazzo Guadagni

Imagine gazing at a wonderful view of the city of Florence, with the immensity of Renaissance beauty in front of you. Palazzo Guadagni’s terrace, the Loggia, allows you to enjoy this scenery while you stay in one of its rooms, brimming with frescoed ceilings, antique fireplaces and incomparable views of the piazza and Florence’s main monuments. This impressive 1505 building is only a short walk from the city’s most fascinating and popular sights: Ponte Vecchio, Palazzo Pitti, and the Boboli Gardens, which can be reached by strolling among antique stores and ancient artisans’ workshops. WEBSITE

25 Hours hotel

Where to sleep in Florence
25 Hours Florence. Ph. Dario Garofalo

The hotels of the 25hours family summarise what a globetrotter, design-conscious tourist open to new encounters seeks when traveling. Each hotel – and each room – is different from the other and seems to be an experimentation ground in the furnishings and decorations, with an evident ironic touch. The 25 Hours Hotel Firenze is centrally and conveniently located in the Santa Maria Novella district and it’s design, curated by interior designer Paola Navone and her team, is eclectically inspired by Dante’s Divine Comedy and is full of allusions to this work, especially in the rooms that are either a passionate red colour or heavenly white. The lobby conveys conviviality and invites you to sit with a drink in hand, even before unpacking. There is a courtyard garden, a traditional Negroni bar and an Alimentari for groceries, snacks or an aperitif as well as a relaxation area that comprises of a Turkish Bath. If you’re in the mood to sit and relax then head to the Cinema Paradiso for a movie night in with popcorn. WEBSITE


Where to sleep in Florence on a budget
Rooftop Pool at The Social Hub

The Social Hub Firenze is a gathering place for travellers, students, and locals. This sparkling place is used for co-working, staying, studying and having fun. It is located in a renovated building with a rooftop terrace and swimming pool and it’s the ideal starting point for enthusiastic spirits seeking inspiration in Florence. WEBSITE

hotel savoy

Hotel Savoy

Located on the site where the Mercato Vecchio and the church of San Tommaso once stood, the Hotel Savoy features an extensive collection of artwork, including large paintings by renowned Italian artist Luca Pignatelli. Walking placidly through the building’s streets, you’ll be ravished by works by contemporary artists depicting shoes and hats, a tribute to Florence’s renowned reputation for craftsmanship and fashion. Luxury rooms, with stylish furnishings and breathtaking views, complete the setting for a dreamlike stay. WEBSITE


Where to sleep in Florence
Portrait Firenze

The Ferragamo family counts among its properties the Portrait, a five-star hotel brimming with charm, which appears in the collection of Leading Hotels of the World. Here the architect Michele Bonan has adorned the hotel with an aristocratic, contemporary charm that dances elegantly between the past and the present moment. In the structure, wood, cashmere and gold meet to open an interesting dialogue that has as its background the ethereal beauty of the Florentine landscape. WEBSITE


In 2017, after 50 years since its first inauguration, Hotel Lungarno was completely renovated and reborn, presenting itself in a guise of unparalleled elegance, echoing in the lobby the color palette of the iconic boats on the Arno: blue, white and leather. The property takes you by the hand and and tells a story made of art through its collection of more than 450 works and its luxury rooms and suites, some of which have terraces overlooking Renaissance masterpieces. Hotel Lungarno is a true living room on the water where the Borgo San Jacopo restaurant – 1 Michelin Star – shines among its points of pride. WEBSITE


Where to sleep in Florence
Noble Suite Cancelliere, Ph. Credits Peter Vitale

The Four Seasons Florence is described as “An urban retreat.” It is not complex to understand why: the hotel’s private garden is a unique treasure of statues, fountains and ancient trees. After strolling through the foliage of the green space, you can relax in one of the suites, where frescoes and original architectural elements take center stage. Don’t forget to indulge in the ultimate romantic experience at Il Palagio, a Michelin starred restaurant which presents itself to diners with an evocative, suspended and intangible mood. Sitting before the background of large windows and heavy curtains, here you can enjoy the best seasonal ingredients, chosen to support artisans who work with genuine and ethical methods, enhancing taste and quality. WEBSITE


Where to sleep in Florence
Bristol Winter Garden

The Helvetia & Bristol lives within the walls of a magnificent 19th-century residence in the beating heart of Florence’s historic centre. This place is special not only for its strategic location, but also for the masterful way in which the renovation has combined the comfort of the present, with the splendour of the past. Indeed, it is the old-world charm that will make your stay memorable: the hotel boasts extraordinary Art Deco interiors, marbles, 17th-century paintings, and splendid original salons. The splendour of the past is also reflected in the menu at the Bristol Winter Garden, the hotel’s restaurant, where chef Pasquale D’Ambrosio offers dishes that bring back memories and a pleasant nostalgia. Where else to eat? Cibreo’s very own setting within the hotel and the final bonus?waking up in the morning to an exquisite spread by world renowned Pasticciere Iginio Massari. WEBSITE


The Place

The Place lives in the beating heart of Florence and is surrounded by the cheerful whirlwind of daily city life, the vibrant local cultural scene and its priceless artistic heritage. This hotel boasts unparalleled attention to detail and is custom-designed for ambitious and discerning travellers who want to enjoy new experiences with an exquisite touch of elegance. Florence is unique and so should be the guests of The Place as they stay in one of the delicately but crisply decorated rooms. WEBSITE

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