I LOVE this establishment. Located in the posh area of Florence on a corner overlooking the Arno, Antica Torre's rooms are placed in two towers, one of which is medieval. You wouldn't know the age from the inside which is very nicely decorated in a subtle, modern style that manages to keep an air of old grace.
The hotel offers extraordinarily helpful desk staff, a really wonderful full breakfast each morning, bar service, and gratis coffees, teas, and other beverages at all hours.
Really though, the highlight is the stunning view from just about every angle. I was in room 402 with a insane view of the Duomo and rooftops, and all the towers in the distance, right out of E.M. Forster. Two rooftop terraces allow 365 degree views of Florence, with one terrace riverside and the other Duomo-side.
Access to attractions is very convenient by foot, and I couldn't have asked for a better experience in Florence.
- 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