Relais Santa Croce
Florence, Tuscany, Italy
This beautiful 18th century palazzo is a unique way of experiencing the finest Florence has to offer. With the atmosphere of a once private residence, Relais Santa Croce provides an escape back to the luxury of the bygone era.
At a Glance
The hotel is situated within the same building as the Enoteca Pinchiorri, a three-star Michelin restaurant
Housed in an 18th Century palazzo, the hotel has kept the original frescoes, be sure to ask the staff to point these out
The hotel's restaurant offers a fantastic selection of Tuscan wine to compliment the simple Mediterranean menu
For those with a sweet tooth, the hotel's complimentary cake and chocolates in the room on arrival are heaven
Located centrally Relais Santa Croce is a few minutes from the Uffizi Gallery and Ponte Vecchio
Although not part of the hotel, the Enoteca Pinchiorri, a three-star Michelin restaurant is situated within the same buildingScott Dunn team
Relais Santa Croce claims a number of exquisitely frescoed ceilings and walls while the decor flits between modern and traditionalScott Dunn team
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Relais Santa Croce is a blend of old and new, with walls lined with original frescoes lining rooms with a more modern decor. The decor is comfortable and elegant, with views across to the Santa Croce Basilica and Duomo.
During the time when the Palazzo was a private residence, the music room used to have a candlelit chandelier. Today wonderful frescoes still provide a beautiful backdrop where you can sit and relax after a long day drinking in the sights of Florence. In the corner of the room is a tiny doorway which leads to a secret room above the ceiling. Here the staff would raise up the chandelier and light the candles. From the second floor guests have access to the extraordinary room via a windowed viewing platform.
The hotel's restaurant Guelfi e Ghibellini offers seasonal regional menus with an innovative flair. The food has a distinctive Mediterranean character and is perfectly complimented by a selection of Tuscan wines. If you really feel like treating yourselves, situated within the same building as the Relais Santa Croce is the Enoteca Pinchiorri, a three-star Michelin restaurant.
Relais Santa Croce has 13 elegant guest rooms and 11 fabulous suites. The rooms overlook the rooftops of Florence, the cathedral Santa Maria del Fiore or the Basilica. Attention to detail is notable in all the rooms with period furniture, precious textiles and luxury finishes with wall panelling.
Children of all ages are welcome to come and stay at Relais Santa Croce. However, there are no specific facilities available except for a babysitting service and child friendly menus.
The Guelfi e Ghibellini restaurant serves delicious Mediterranean inspired dishes and fabulous Tuscan wines. The menu is seasonal and is updated every three months to ensure that the ingredients are fresh and are in season to provide the most flavorsome of dishes.
In the Bar and the Sala della Musica, the hotel offers aperitifs, snacks and afternoon nibbles.
Florence is a city brimming with history, art, culture and architecture. Every corner you turn you will come across another mesmerising building, a curious art gallery or a magnificent boutique. The concierge service at the hotel will be able to help arrange and give advice on the best places for you to visit during your stay.
Location & Directions
Florence, Tuscany, Italy
Relais Santa Croce is located in the heart of Florence, between Santa Croce Basilica and the Duomo and just a few minutes from the Uffizi Gallery, Piazza Santa Croce and the Ponte Vecchio.
When to go
Florence is an exciting place to visit at any time of the year, and most attractions are open all year round. The best time to visit Florence is in May, early June, late September and October. Days during those months are usually warm, and quite long. July and August are hot and humid with many tourists. Since most Italians leave their hot cities in the summer, many restaurants are closed in Florence.
Winter can get cold, particularly January but it is quiet. Temperatures are more favourable in the spring and autumn months.