Where to stay in Florence

The city of Florence is made up of five administrative districts, district number one being the historical and most visited one. It is surely easier to mention the historical districts that date back to the year 1343 and still identify the four districts referring to the Florentine Historical Soccer, Calcio Storico Fiorentino. For those who are not familiar with this event, for centuries the Calcio Storico has been one of the most popular and cherished traditional events in the city and for the Florentines. The players wear traditional costumes and are by no means playing a sport; rather, they fight hard for victory, and no blow is illegal. The Florentine districts are San Giovanni, Santa Maria Novella, Santo Spirito, and Santa Croce, representing the heart of the city, where the Florentine history concentrates and where everything had its beginning. Another way to get around Florence is based on its river, the Arno: Florence has its Rive Gauche too, the Oltrarno, literally “Beyond the Arno”, or “Diladdarno”, as referred to by the locals. This area includes the banks opposite the area where Palazzo Vecchio and the Cathedral are.

The Oltrarno is where Palazzo Pitti, the Boboli Gardens, the church of Santo Spirito are located, as well as several other important monuments. If you really want to feel part of the historical center, I strongly suggest staying at a B&B with a breathtaking view of Piazza Signoria: Casa del Garbo is located in that square and you can’t miss Palazzo Vecchio from most of its windows. Another fantastic venue is the Baglioni Hotel, in piazza dell’Unità near the main station. During the warmer months, cocktails and aperitifs are served on its rooftop terrace opening directly on Brunelleschi’s dome. Another hotel famous for its views of Florence is the Antica Torre Tornabuoni, in the street bearing the same name, with a unique view of the Ponte Vecchio, Florence’s oldest bridge. If you like the idea of staying in the old town, you may want to experience a few nights at the Lungarno, the elegant hotel on Borgo San Jacopo, with its breathtaking view of the Arno, and most of all of the Ponte Vecchio.  This is the only hotel in Florence offering the possibility to reach out and almost touch the old bridge, but don’t forget to try out Peter Brunel’s Michelin starred cuisine at the exclusive restaurant Borgo San Jacopo. If it’s peace and quiet that you are looking for instead, opt for the B&B Colle Ginevra, for a peaceful stay a stone’s throw from the church of San Miniato a Monte, offering a unique view of the entire city.

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