Florence is a city full of history and culture. With striking buildings, formidable galleries and treasure-crammed churches, it’s a city that oozes luxurious elegance. Famous for its rich art history, Florence is considered the birthplace of the Renaissance.
Established as the cultural capital of Italy in the fifteenth century, Florence flourished with the arrival of the Renaissance. Since then the city’s legacy has lived on, and Florence is still a hotspot for art and culture to this day – the Uffizi Gallery is one of the world’s most famous galleries, and is one of the oldest in the western world. Despite its relatively small size, Florence is overflowing with art galleries and magnificent architecture, and around every corner there is a new sight to take your breath away. From the Ponte Vecchio to Michelangelo’s David, and many more in between, Florence has an extensive list of must-see sights within its narrow, winding streets. On top of this, a bustling food scene adds to Florence’s charm, and the Mercato Centrale, the city’s oldest food market, is well worth a visit to soak up the atmosphere, and of course for a bite to eat!
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Hotel Savoy, a Rocco Forte Hotel
Best for: Culture, Couples
Hotel Savoy offers luxury and style in the heart Florence, with the Ponte Vecchio, the Uffizi and the Duomo all within easy reach. At the Hotel Savoy you will experience the highest standards of cuisine and impeccable service.
Best for: Culture, Couples, Short Break, Spa & health
Set high on the hills of Fiesole in a converted 15th century villa with breathtaking views across Florence, Il Salviatino is the perfect place to escape the city bustle while still being close enough to dip into Florence's many diversions when you wish.
Best for: Culture, Short Break
Portrait Firenze is the newest addition to the Ferragamo empire in Florence and adds another dimension to the Lungarno Collection. Portrait Firenze is a new concept for a hotel with a strong focus on incredibly personalized service and exclusive luxury.
Best for: Couples, Culture
Set in the heart of Florence, Hotel Brunelleschi is located just moments from the famous Cathedral, or Duomo. Many of the luxurious suites on the upper floor offer fantastic views of the city, and the major sights and shopping streets are just steps away.
The Place Firenze
Best for: Culture
The Place Firenze is an elegant boutique hotel situated in the center of Florence on one of the most renowned piazzas, Santa Maria Novella. The luxurious rooms and rooftop terrace create a peaceful haven to return to after a day exploring the city.
Belmond Villa San Michele
Florence, Tuscany, Italy
Best for: Couples, Culture
Belmond Villa San Michele has to be one of the most romantic hotels in the world, with beautiful Italian gardens bursting with fragrant roses, set in a 15th century monastery and offering breathtaking views over Florence and the Tuscan countryside.