Welcome to Florence
Just 200 metres from Firenze Santa Maria Novella Train Station, modern Hotel Londra offers free Wi-Fi throughout the hotel. The air-conditioned rooms are stylishly furnished and there is a free sauna and gym. Each soundproofed room provides a satellite TV, minibar and desk. Some also have a seating area with tea/coffee facilities. A full breakfast including homemade cakes plus cold cuts and eggs is served starting from 06:30. Restaurant One specialises in Tuscan dishes and Italian cuisine, while the Garden Lounge bar hosts a happy hour with appetizers and freshly-made finger food. The 24-hour front desk can organise room service and tours. A concierge service and business centre are also available. Hotel Londra is a 5-minute walk from Fortezza da Basso congress centre. The Duomo is a 15-minute walk away.
The seven-floor Hotel Londra offers a fitness room, sauna, and complimentary high-speed Internet access in the lobby. A 200-seat convention center is also available. The Il Giglio restaurant serves Tuscan specialities for lunch and dinner. The minimalist gray-and-white One restaurant serves Italian cuisine for lunch and dinner. Bar One serves cocktails and espresso amidst rattan furnishings and fuchsia banquettes. Self-parking is available on site (surcharge).
The Ariele is located in Florence’s Porta al Prato area, a 15-minute walk from both Ponte Vecchio and Santa Maria Novella Train Station. It offers free Wi-Fi and traditionally furnished rooms. Staff are available 24 hours a day. Rooms at the Hotel Ariele are air-conditioned and come with satellite TV and a private bathroom. Some rooms offer views of a quiet garden. A buffet breakfast is served in the peaceful courtyard garden in fine weather. On request, it is served directly in the guest rooms. At reception you can book trips to the Uffizi Gallery or Florence Cathedral, both a 15-minute
Dining options at the hotel include a bar/lounge. A complimentary breakfast is available. Complimentary wireless Internet access is available in public areas and an Internet point is located on site. The staff can provide concierge services and tour assistance. Additional amenities includemultilingual staff, a garden, and a fireplace in the lobby. Guest parking is available on a limited first-come, first-served basis (surcharge). Nearby parking is also available.
Hotel Golf is an elegant establishment just a 10-minute walk from Santa Maria Novella station. It combines original artworks and marble with modern facilities, including free Wi-Fi. This central hotel features a convenient, free car park. Leave your car and explore Florence on foot. Walk to the Fortezza da Basso conference centre in only 5 minutes. The hotel has excellent public transport links and there is a bus stop just 100 metres away. Each of the guest rooms at the Golf Hotel is tastefully decorated. They all feature marble floors and stained-glass lamps and windows.
The hotel offers a bar/lounge. Guests are served a complimentary breakfast. Complimentary wireless Internet access is available in public areas and an Internet point is located on site. Additional amenities include concierge services, room service (during limited hours), and dry cleaning/laundry services. Guest parking is complimentary, and available on a limited first-come, first-served basis. This is a smoke-free property.
The principal Tuscan city of Florence (Firenze) nestles below the wooded foothills of the Apennines, along the banks of the Arno River. The works of Botticelli, Michelangelo, Bruneschelli, Leonardo da Vinci, Boccaccio, Alberti, Masaccio, Donatello, Vasari and Fra Angelico imbue the city with the magnificence of their contribution to art and life. The city itself is muse to some and home to many stylish citizens, who enhance the cobbled streets and fashionable piazzas with their inimitable Italian flair.
The heart of the city, where everyone from tourist to tout seems to congregate, is the Piazza de Duomo and the Piazza della Signoria. The statues dominating the Piazza della Signoria commemorate major historical events of the city’s life, and the magnificent Palazzo Vecchio still performs its original role as Florence’s town hall. The adjacent Uffizi is the oldest gallery in the world, with a collection of the greatest works of the Renaissance commissioned largely by the Medici family. The man who founded the great long-ruling Medici dynasty was Cosimo il Vecchio. His legacy is imprinted in the city’s northern area, marked by the churches of San Lorenzo, San Marco and the Palazzo Medici Riccardi.
The western stretches of the city are formed by Florence’s railway station at one end and the Ponte Vecchio at the other. The quaint Ponte Vecchio bridge was built in 1345, and was one of the few areas to emerge unscathed from the wartime bombs. Little workshops that used to belong to butchers, tanners and blacksmiths peer onto the river from their timber supports. The church of Santa Maria Novella also rises from the city’s western boundaries in true gothic splendour, preserving some of the most important works of art in Florence.
The Oltrarno (meaning ‘over the Arno’) area became the place from which the Medici ruled from the Palazzo Pitti. The magnificent Boboli Gardens were designed and laid out around it. The area surrounding Via Maggio and Piazza di Santo Spirito boasts a collection of other palazzi built during the late-16th and 17th centuries.