Continentale

Florence, Italy

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At a Glance

  • Lots of accents of pink add a warmth to the hotels otherwise white and cream decor

  • The Continentale has a phenomenal roof terrace - a very stylish place to be seen with amazing views over city

  • A boutique hotel that still manages to squeeze in 3 treatment rooms so be sure to book a massage after a hard days sightseeing

  • Owned by the Ferragamo family the Continentale is a highly stylish boutique accommodation choice

  • La Terrazza Rooftop Bar is the best place to see Florence with its 360 degree panoramic views

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Best time to Visit

Good time to visit

Average time to visit

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.

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Insider's View

Honeymooners must consider the honeymoon suite - a duplex with a four poster bed and huge windows overlooking the Arno while upstairs there is a big bathroom with double width bath again with amazing river views.

So close to Ponte Vecchio, be sure to wander across the bridge and find yourself emerged in little peaceful side streets.

After exploring Firenze and seeing the sights, find peace and silence in the Contintale’s relaxation room. Take a seat on the couch bed, grab some of the provided watercolor paints or a book and watch the world go by on the Ponte Vecchio.

Get away from the crowds on the Ponte Vecchio below with a cocktail on the rooftop bar with views over the city.

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Description

Overlooking the Ponte Vecchio, the vibrant and dynamic Continentale hotel is the place to be and be seen in Florence. Architect Michele Bonan has created a unique retrospective of Italian fashion and film of the 1950s.

Owned by the Ferragamo family, the Continentale pays homage to the happy-go-lucky feel of the 50s and 60s with bubble-gum pink accents for a totally zeitgeist experience in the middle of the romantic Italian city.

The 43 guest rooms are lovingly appointed with sheer-draped beds, light wood furniture on oak floors and flowing curtains that catch the Tuscan light. The interior designer created oak desks and chairs trimmed with leather and steel to evoke the feeling of a 19th-century steamer trunk. Simple and functional bathrooms gleam in white with Corian sinks elegantly perched on oak bases. Black and white photographs taken by fashion designers such as Pucci and Fabiani in the 50s and 60s in Florence adorn the guest rooms.

La Terrazza Rooftop Bar is the crowning glory of the Continentale, with spectacular 360 degree views across the Florentine skyline and surrounding hillside, best enjoyed with a drink in hand.

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Accommodation

Continentale has 43 1950s style inspired rooms and suites. The rooms are decorated and furnished in light and airy colors. On the walls are pictures by great Florentine fashion photographers and the furniture has been created by international designers giving each room a special and glamorous feel.

Childcare

Children of all ages are welcome to come and stay at Continentale. Cots and extra beds can be added to some of the room. However, there are no other facilities available for children.

Facilities

Continentale does not have a restaurant, however they will happily recommend and make reservations at the excellent choice of restaurants nearby. Guests can also enjoy meals in other outposts of the Lungarno Dining Collection, whether at the Michelin-starred Borgo San Jacopo at Hotel Lungarno or at the more casual Caffe dell'Oro at Portrait Firenze.

Activities

With its central position on the famous Ponte Vecchio, Continentale is a great location to stay at to explore the wonderful city of Florence. Florence is bursting with art galleries, striking buildings and treasure crammed churches. The hotel will help to arrange any tours you may want to go on and advise you on activities suitable for your preferences to make your stay as enjoyable and as easy as possible.

Reviews

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Sarah Byrne (Staff)

The Continentale is charming with clean lines yet with a feminine flair. Perfect for a girls weekend away.

Experiences

  • Classic walking tour of Florence

    Explore the city's most famous landmarks with your private guide who will be able to bring these well known sights to life. Highlights include Cathedral Square and the iconic Duomo, the Accademia Gallery and the Ponte Vecchio.

  • Florence by private boat

    Take to the water and explore the city of Florence from a new perspective, on board a private boat. Cruise along the Arno with your private guide, enjoying views of the city's landmarks.

  • Fresco workshop in Florence

    Learn the fascinating art of fresco painting under the guidance of a real expert. Discover how these beautiful works of art are created before trying the techniques for yourself.

  • Gelato making workshop in Florence

    Learn how to create delicious and authentic Italian gelato in a private workshop with a professional chef. You'll discover the history behind this delicious dessert before making and tasting your own gelato.

  • Private Florence market tour and cooking class

    Head to one of Florence's bustling markets with a professional chef, where you'll choose your ingredients before heading to the kitchen and learning how to cook traditional Italian dishes.

  • Tour of the Duomo with an art historian

    The impressive Duomo, also known as the Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, is one of the most iconic monuments of Florence. Explore this incredible complex with your private guide and learn about its history and architecture.

  • Tour of the Uffizi Gallery with an art historian

    Discover the stunning works of art in the Uffizi Gallery with your private art historian guide and admire important Renaissance masterpieces by Italian artists including Botticelli, Leonardo da Vinci and Michelangelo.

  • Tour of the Uffizi Gallery with an art historian

    Discover the stunning works of art in the Uffizi Gallery with your private art historian guide and admire important Renaissance masterpieces by Italian artists including Botticelli, Leonardo da Vinci and Michelangelo.

  • Wine tasting in Chianti

    Travel through the beautiful Tuscan countryside to discover the wines of Chianti, the area's most celebrated wine region. Visit two wineries to taste the local produce and enjoy a delicious lunch.

Vacation Ideas

  • Highlights of Italy

    Florence, Tuscany & Rome

    from $4900 pp 9 nights

    • Learn about the fascinating history of Italy with guided tours in Florence and Rome
    • Get to grips with local cuisine in a gelato making masterclass
    • Admire the spectacular scenery of Tuscany, where medieval villages are dotted among the rolling hills

Location & directions

Florence, Italy

Continentale is located beside the Arno river at Ponte Vecchio in the heart of Florence.

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