Portraits of 17th century aristocrats preside over the grand entrance hall, which opens into a charming winter garden.
The blink-and-you-miss-it entrance and understated façade of this gem in the city’s centro storico provide an air of exclusivity, particularly appreciated by returning guests. Portraits of Italy’s 17th-century aristocracy cast a watchful eye over the hotel’s grand entrance hall, which opens into a charming Belle-Époque winter garden, where Florentine noblemen and local literati would meet for late night drinks (the hotel opened in the mid-19th century). A sweeping, wide staircase leads to the guest floors, each of which is filled with antique furniture and ornaments. From the enormous portrait windows of the fifth-floor suites, Brunelleschi’s famous cupola atop the Duomo appears within touching distance—a classic view of Florence.