When travelling we try to #LiveLikeALocal as much as possible, usually staying in guesthouses or B&Bs with friendly hosts that have been an integral part of our travel experience. Florence was no exception. We stayed at the stunning Palazzo Belfiore, in the Oltrano quarter of Florence. A neighbourhood as full of local Florentines as tourists. The location couldn’t be better and we loved being on a quiet street closed to traffic, only a 3 minute walk from the celebrated Ponte Vecchio bridge and 2 minutes from the majestic de’ Medici Palazzo Pitti. Upon arriving at Palazzo Belfiore we were welcomed warmly by the wonderful Federico. He, along with his sister Francesca, transformed seven apartments set in a 15th century noble house and opened them up for the world to visit. We entered the gorgeous Leone X apartment to find a lovely gesture of fine Tuscan Rosé wine and a delicious custom-blended tea, created especially for Palazzo Belfiore by a local tea and chocolate artisan Oro Nero (it even contains chocolate!).Federico can even arrange a cooking class for you in your apartment, artisan workshops or programs for children. Our apartment certainly felt like home with thoughtful touches including a homemade recipe to make the Florentine classic “Pappa al pomodoro” along with the ingredients, a fantastic salon hairdryer and hair straightener!
Each room is scented by a fresh oil home fragrance called AquaFlor Parfum that we had to go and get for ourselves!
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We loved our stay in at Palazzo Belfiore and it’s a perfect way to feel like a local immersed in the Oltrano quarter of Florence! It’s truly #YourHomeAwayFromHome!
Steps away from Palazzo Belfiore is the Ponte Vecchio bridge leading to the famous Duomo, which we explored during a fantastic walking tour around the city! The Medici tour is fantastic and we loved learning about the Vasari Corridor. An enclosed elevated passageway was built and used by the Medici family in Florence to connect their two homes (or palaces!) as they felt insecure in public. It runs from Palazzo Vecchio, across the River Arno and on top of the ancient bridge, Ponte Vecchio, to Palazzo Pitti.
Apart from relaxing in our gorgeous apartment and walking around the streets of Florence, we spent the rest of our time enjoying traditional Tuscan dishes.
To celebrate a special occasion (we were celebrating our anniversary!) or just to enjoy a taste of quintessential Tuscan food, look no further than Hotel Brunelleschi. A spacious 4-star hotel nestled in a courtyard in the centre of Florence, giving rooms a magnificent view of Florence’s famous cathedral, Brunelleschi’s Duomo.Hotel Brunelleschi, immortalised in Dan Brown’s books ‘The Da Vinci Code’ and the recent ‘Inferno’, allows you the opportunity to stay in a Byzantine Pagliazza Tower from the 6th century and a medieval church. The interior however is anything but medieval. The hotel was fully refurbished in 2013 and combines luxurious features and stunning vistas to provide a memorable experience.
The Pagliazza Tower of Hotel Brunelleschi originated in the 6th century and was previously a prison. It even contains a private museum in the basement featuring Roman baths and artifacts. The museum is open to hotel guests, accompanied with a hotel member of staff. The breakfast room of the hotel retains the original features of the building of St.Michael’s Church, including the baptism font. Culture, history and luxury for guests under one roof.
We were excited to try the traditional meets contemporary Tuscan menu at Osteria della Pagliazza, which featured a welcome drink of Prosecco ‘Valdo’ Doc Extra dry, a selection of cold cuts of meat, home made pasta, Tuscan soups, a bottle Santa Cristina, I.G.T, Farm Antinori wine and mineral water for 49 Euros. The hotel also has the Restaurant Santa Elisabetta resaturant, the ‘gourmet temple of Florentine gastronomy’, the Tower Lounge bar and a stunning Breakfast Stemma Room for guests. The Santa Elisabetta restaurant is the perfect spot for that special proposal or a romantic dinner.
Our meal was incredible and Hotel Brunelleschi’s Tuscan menu is perfect to experience the best food that Tuscany has to offer with a luxurious touch.
Have you visited Florence? Let us know in the comments below!
Palazzo Belfiore, Via dei Velluti, 8, Firenze, Italy
+39 055 264415. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Hotel Brunelleschi, Piazza Sant’Elisabetta, 3, 50122 Firenze, Italy
+39 055 27370. Email: email@example.com
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