We add our voice to the glowing reviews. We stayed four nights, leaving August 2. I will say in detail below the reasons we liked building - but the best reason to select Antica is the exceptionally gracious and helpful staff. Daniel, Mika, Martina and Rita among others helped us navigate the city and were a wealth of English speaking, useful knowledge. They were also very responsive to emails before we arrived. The staff just makes this place a world class hotel.
Antica has that "pinch me I'm in Italy" feeling many travelers go for. I don't want to fly 4,000 miles to stay in a room that could be anywhere! Antica oozes Italian charm. Our room was an apartment which was had a small kitchen and big living room plus a bedroom. We are a family of two adults and three older teen boys. Bathroom was consistent with European baths. Whole place is clean and yes, the views are once in a lifetime. Breakfast was better than average for Italy and included hot items like eggs and bacon. Great espresso!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- We personally enjoy welcoming our guests, we wish to reinvent the concept of hospitality, and we have the inspiration to provide the warmth of home in every detail. This is how the Antica Torre di Via Tornabuoni 1, Florence came to be: a tower-house built in the mid-12th century by the Guelph family of Ruggerini. At the beginning of the 20th century, this palace became "Pensione Piccioli," and quickly turned into a privileged residence for aristocrats and English writers. Closed after the Great War, Pensione Piccioli reopened in 2001, as a Period Residence called "Antica Torre di Via Tornabuoni 1." Thanks to attentive restoration to preserve all its original charm, the evocative ambiance of the Palace on Via Tornabuoni has regained life and warmth. This magnificent complex is considered one of the typical "tower-houses" of Mediaeval Florence, and, to this day, it still preserves all its characteristic architectural elements: it is an admirable example of the human ability to convert buildings built for war into oases of peace, culture and hospitality. In this ancient tower, we have created a world of harmony, privacy, and attentiveness to our guests' needs. Luxury, peace, and beauty are all in traditional Italian style, and give the concept of comfort new aesthetics. Almost all rooms enjoy an enchanting view of the city or the Arno River, and all are furnished with the highest in comfort: satellite plasma TVs, DVD players, wireless internet connection, direct line telephone, minibar, electronic safe, air conditioning and heating, private marble bath with tub and/or shower, hair dryer, slippers and shoehorns. Some of the Rooms and Suites are decorated with a Renaissance flair: with frescoes, drapes in coloured precious fabrics, bathrooms in red Alcantara or Gold Calacatta marble, and romantic four poster beds. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Antica Torre Di Via Tornabuoni Hotel Florence