Why so chic?
Why travel experts chose this hotel
Great for hitting the shops
Close to the sites of Florence
Attentive service and homely atmosphere
Only when you book with Chic
Room upgrade (subject to availability)
Early check-in / late check-out (subject to availability)
Situated on Florence's pedestrianised, high-end shopping street, Antica Torre di Via Tornabuoni 1 is a luxury boutique hotel housed across two historic buildings: a 13th-century tower and Palazzo Gianfigliazzi. They stand proudly a stone's throw from Ponte Santa Trinita and just a few minutes' walk along the banks of the Arno to the famous Ponte Vecchio, with its dinky jewellery shops. An ideally located place to stay in Tuscany's capital; you'll feel looked after and cared for right from the outset.
Breakfast at Antica Torre di Via Tornabuoni 1 is a traditional Italian buffet, with fresh bread, cakes baked daily, seasonal fruit and pastries. During the summer months, and sometimes even during the cooler ones, it's served on alfresco, where guests can enjoy views of the river and out to the city.
The property's two tower-top terraces – dome and Arno – gives guests vistas over two sides of Firenze; sit up there and enjoy an apéritif or two before settling in for dinner at rooftop restaurant The Tower. Enjoy the likes of pappardelle with wild boar while admiring the views to the Duomo.
Being so centrally positioned, the hotel has many dining options right on the doorstep. Ristorante Parione is just a few minute's walk away: slightly hidden away, enjoy authentic Tuscan fare (think slow-cooked wild boar and the famous Florentine steak) and truly excellent service. And foodie neighbourhood Oltrarno is just across the bridge: we recommend checking out Gurdulu for innovative cocktails and modern, seasonal fare.
The individually decorated rooms and suites at Antica Torre di via Tornabuoni 1 are sophisticated and elegant, with traditional and contemporary elements blending seamlessly. There are 11 types to choose from ranging from Classic to Presidential. Some boast a terrace, others have large windows; all feature a marble en-suite.
Florence is the perfect city to explore on foot. Uffizi Gallery is a 5 minute walk along the river from – make a stop there before cutting in and taking a pit stop at artisan gelateria Perché no! for a silky-smooth scoop or two. Then continue to Piazza del Duomo where you'll find Santa Maria del Fiore Cathedral and Brunelleschi's octagonal dome – the exterior of the huge Gothic church is covered in an eye-catching mix of pink, white and green marble. The square is also home to the Baptistry of San Giovanni, 84.7-metre Giotto's bell tower, and the Crypt of Santa Reparata.
Walk 5 minutes more and reach Galleria dell'Accademia, where David by Michelangelo is on display (or check out the replica close to the hotel).
It's worth noting that queues for all of the above can be incredibly long; consider buying tickets in advance.
Over the other side of the Arno sit the well-tended Boboli Gardens and Giardino Bardini – peaceful, green spaces that are home to an array of flora, sculptures and fountains. They may be hilly (particularly the former), but make it to the top and enjoy views of the city. Tip: entry to one gains you access to the other.
For a day trip, head to the Tuscan countryside where vineyards await; we recommend Panzano, a small hilltop town located just over an hour away. Dario Cecchini's butchers and restaurants can also be found there (the star of an episode of Chef's Table on Netflix) – ejoy atmospheric, lively surrounds and an array of beef (including the lauded bistecca alla fiorentina). Also worth visiting: Il Vescovino, not only for its wonderful terrace setting, but first-rate Italian fare (truffle pasta is a must), and Le Fonti winery – pick up a bottle of Chianti to take to Dario's.
How to get there
Exit the A1 highway at Firenze Impruneta (Certosa) and continue in the direction of the city centre "Centro" on Via Senese. Turn right onto Via Gelsomino then left onto Viale del Poggio Imperiale to a round square with a big statue. Access the city centre through the old city gate "Porta Romana" and continue on Via Romana. Bear left into Via Maggio and at Santa Trinita bridge turn left onto Lungarno Guicciardini. Turn right at Ponte alla Carraia (traffic light), cross the bridge, enter Piazza Goldoni, and turn right into Via Del Parione. At the end of Via Del Parione, turn right onto Via Tornabuoni where the hotel is located (opposite Ferragamo). Stop to unload luggage in front of the Antica Torre and have ask the reception call for the valet parking.
Florence airport is 30 minutes by car.
The airport tram is super quick, easy and cheap: ride 15 minutes to Unità and then walk 10 minutes to the hotel.
Free parking is available.