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Updated: April 26, 2022
• Location: Via del Moro, a block south of Piazza Santa Maria Novella.
• Hotel website: palazzodicamugliano.com
• Hotel phone: +39 055 26 54 578
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Palazzo di Camugliano – An aristocratic stay in an elegant 16th-century palazzo.
Fans of a noble lifestyle will enjoy the Palazzo di Camugliano. Still owned by the Marchese and decorated with family pictures and antiques, you are encouraged to feel like a privileged guest of the family here. The staff is very attentive and will go to great lengths to understand your needs. The hotel is very welcoming, with extras including tea, aperitivo before dinner, and sweet treats in the room. The sixteenth-century palazzo is full of original frescoes and stucco to transport you back in time, albeit with modern comforts. The eleven rooms and suites are very different, though all are beautiful and large, so your experience may well differ depending on the room. Features include custom headboards or four-poster beds, antique furniture, marble bathrooms, and soaring, frescoed ceilings. There are several beautiful sitting rooms and a lovely first-floor hanging garden for hot weather.
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Palazzo di Camugliano – Location
- Address: Via del Moro, 15.
- Area: Excellent location between Santa Maria Novella and the river. On the edge of the historic center, surrounded by great restaurants and boutiques, and close to those in Oltrarno too. High fashion on Via de’ Tornabuoni is just a 3-minute walk (0.1 mile) away. Piazza della Signoria and the Duomo are both strollable at 9 minutes (0.4 mile) and 7 minutes (0.4 mile) respectively. The main train and bus station, Stazione Santa Maria Novella, is also conveniently close, an 8-minute walk (0.4 mile).
- How to Get There: From Florence Airport, Peretola, you can take the T2 tram; it’s a 20-minute trip to the terminus at Unità at only €1.50, then a 5-minute walk (0.3 mile) to the hotel. From Pisa International Airport, trains and buses both run to Stazione Santa Maria Novella, an 8-minute walk (0.4 mile) from the hotel. The station itself is a common arrival point from within Italy.
- Private Transfer: We use and recommend Welcome Pickups car service. Booking through a private car service will cost only a bit more than a taxi – about €45 from Florence Airport and about €170 from Pisa International Airport – but can be worth it to avoid the long taxi queue and for the convenience of paying ahead.
- Handy to: Santa Maria Novella, Duomo, Mercato Centrale, Oltrarno.
Palazzo di Camugliano – The Basics
- Ages: Guests tend to be international, mid-40s and up, including some families, looking for a homey or historic stay. Children are welcome.
- View: Some rooms open out on to the hotel’s hanging garden.
- Kitchen: The Luxury One-Bedroom Apartment comes with a handy kitchenette with a hob, microwave, and fridge.
- Private Pools/Jacuzzis: Some suites have bathtubs.
- Laundry: Laundry, dry cleaning, and ironing services are available (extra charge).
- Parking: On-site parking is available for €40 per day. Note: Driving in Florence is not fun and walking will get you to most places faster.
- Extras: 24-hour front desk and concierge service. Airport shuttle can be arranged (additional charge). Elegant sitting rooms and a hanging garden. Welcome drink; juices, tea, and homemade cakes available all day in the buffet room; aperitivo before dinner. Coffee, tea, minibar, and biscuits in the rooms and complimentary Argan Source toiletries, robes, and slippers in the bathrooms. It is possible to book one of the palazzo’s halls for a private catered dinner.
- When to Book: Book 3-4 months in advance for the summer high season.
- How to Book: Booking.com will have the best rates.
- Phone: +39 055 26 54 578
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Website: palazzodicamugliano.com
Palazzo di Camugliano – Amenities
- Pool: No pool.
- Spa: In-room massages on offer.
- Fitness Center: No fitness center on-site but free access to gym next door.
- For Disabled Guests: There is one adapted room with extra space and a walk-in shower. There is also an elevator to the 1st floor where almost all rooms are located. However, it is an old building and there is no step-free access from the street. Call to discuss your needs with the hotel in advance.
- For Families: Cribs are available for free. Extra beds are €40 per night for children up to 12 years old and €80 per night for older children. High chairs, cots, and extra beds are available on request. There are a babysitting service and kids’ DVDs and music on offer.
- Activities: The concierges are more than happy to arrange exclusive activities for you in the city and surrounding countryside, e.g. cooking classes, food and wine tastings, and even a trip to Tenuta Camugliano, the Marchese’s farm estate.
- Other Facilities: Pets are allowed (possible additional charge).
Palazzo di Camugliano – Food and Drink
- Restaurant: No hotel restaurant but guests can order in food to their room from a restaurant outside. It is also possible to organize a formal catered dinner at the palazzo. Lots of dining options are an easy walk away.
- Lounge/Bar: Guests can enjoy drinks throughout the hotel’s common areas and in the garden. Order from housekeeping before 9pm; after-dinner drinks can be pre-ordered.
- Breakfast: Superb quality breakfast, always included in the room price, made to order, and with waiter service. Served 7:30-11am in the dining room or out in the garden. Features cheeses, yogurt, cold cuts, porridge, eggs, bacon, and fresh fruit, all from small local producers.
- Room Service: Room service is available.
Palazzo di Camugliano – Rooms
- Room Types: Deluxe • Deluxe King • Prestige • Junior Suite • Junior Suite King • Suite • Luxury One-Bedroom Apartment • List of all Rooms
- Smoking Rooms: Palazzo di Camugliano is 100% smoke-free.
- Best Room: The suites are very different and often extravagant. The Baldacchino Rosso is a very dramatic and massive 80m² Junior Suite King, all in red, with a grand four-poster bed and parquet floor. The Alcova Junior Suite is very romantic, with Baroque stucco and its bathroom in a curtained alcove. The Cigno Suite is around 60m², with a frescoed ceiling, separate living room, and French doors opening into the garden.
- For Families: Deluxe King rooms and Junior Suites can accommodate 3 people. Suites have 2 bedrooms and can sleep 4. The Apartment has a bedroom and a large sofa bed to sleep 4 people, along with a handy kitchenette. Rooms tend to have plenty of space for extra beds.
Palazzo di Camugliano – Local Transport
- Walking: Walking in Florence is a pleasure as well as the most efficient way to get to most places. The big attractions are all very close: the Ponte Vecchio is a 9-minute walk (0.4 mile), Piazza della Signoria is 9 minutes (0.4 mile), and the Duomo is 7 minutes (0.4 mile). The main train and bus station, Stazione Santa Maria Novella, is 8 minutes (0.4 mile) away.
- Tram and Bus: Both operate from a hub at Stazione Santa Maria Novella. Local buses, run by ATAF and Linea, serve the city from here, e.g. the C4 runs across the river to Santo Spirito and then east to the San Niccolò neighborhood. Two tram lines also operate, connecting the suburbs to the city center; the T2 is particularly useful, as it runs from nearby Unità directly to Florence Airport, Peretola. Intercity and international train and bus services also run from here, including to Pisa International Airport.
- Taxis: A taxi from Florence Airport to the hotel will take around 20-30 minutes and cost €22, with a €1 charge per bag. One from Stazione Santa Maria Novella will cost around €5-8. While Uber is not available, other taxi apps exist, the biggest being Free Now. Note: Walking will get you to most places within the city more easily.
Palazzo di Camugliano – What’s Nearby?
Recommended Nearby Tours
- Curious Appetite – Italian-American food writer Coral Sisk and her knowledgeable team run a variety of private and small-group tours around the city, focusing on gourmet experiences from markets to aperitivi and gelato to progressive Tuscan food. Tours start at around 2.5-3 hours and $105 per person. Starting point depends on the tour.
- Florencetown Boat Tour – See the city from a whole new angle, cruising down the river in a barchetto (a traditional Florentine gondola). Tours depart at 5pm and 6pm and last around 1 hour, long enough to enjoy a chilled glass of wine. The departure point is the Florencetown Tours & News Stand on Piazza della Repubblica (0.4 mile).
Best Nearby Restaurants
- Il Santo Bevitore – Enjoy classy modern Tuscan food by candlelight in this stylish, vaulted venue. Highlights include handmade pasta with spicy nduja sausage and a delicious wine list. Do book ahead, or arrive early, as it is a favorite with locals. (0.3 mile).
- Irene – Retro chic bistro with a terrace on Piazza della Repubblica, owned by Hotel Savoy. Celebrity Chef Fulvio Pierangelini serves up creative delights like octopus, beetroot and radicchio salad, sweet pumpkin ravioli, and ice cream. (0.3 mile).
- Essenziale – Hip warehouse restaurant where young chef Simone Cipriani reinvents Tuscan cuisine with an international edge. Intriguing dishes such as olive oil ice cream with meringue are brought to you and explained by the chefs. The tasting menus are 6 courses for €65 and 8 courses for €80. Reserve in advance. (0.4 mile).
- #RAW – Bringing raw vegan food and minimalist style to meat-loving Florence, #RAW is a real departure from the norm. Nourishing salads, gently warmed burgers, and tacos are on offer, to be washed down with cold-pressed juices or smoothies. (0.4 mile).
- Trattoria Mario – A local legend by Mercato Centrale, well worth the walk. It’s a packed, family-owned spot that’s been feeding hungry locals Tuscan specialties since 1953. The bistecca alla fiorentina is one of the best in town. Open for lunch only. (0.5 mile).
- Ora d’Aria – Michelin-starred Tuscan chef Marco Stabile balances tradition and innovation in his gourmet menu at ‘Hour of Air’, and very refreshing it is, too. The lunch menu is a selection of ‘Tuscan tapas’ or small plate servings of dishes like pigeon cooked three ways with foie gras. Reserve in advance. (0.5 mile).
- La Ménagère – Super cool space in San Lorenzo housing a restaurant, café, downstairs jazz venue, and even a flower and homeware shop. Great choice for breakfast through to cocktails and dinner. (0.5 mile).
- La Cova – Munch authentic Spanish tapas and pintxos and sip yummy Cava at the bar of this cool Santo Spirito location. The menu changes regularly, so there are usually new delights to discover. (0.5 mile).
- Berberè – Hip, raw brick pizza place that simply sells organic sourdough pizza and craft beer to a cool, young crowd of fans. 10-minute walk (0.5 mile) to the San Frediano branch and 14-minute walk (0.7 mile) to the Santa Croce branch.
- Enoteca Pinchiorri – Tuscany’s only Michelin 3-star restaurant inside a grand palazzo hotel. Chef Annie Féolde uses French techniques to create sophisticated Tuscan-based cuisine – think pigeon in a cocoa bean crust and risotto with sea scallops and roasted veal marrow. Tasting menus start at 7 dishes for €275. Book well in advance. (0.7 mile).
- La Leggenda dei Frati – The chicest dinner-with-a-view in Florence, located on a hill in Giardino Bardini. The cuisine is Michelin-starred gastronomic Italian and worth it if your budget can handle it – tasting menus range from €115 to €140. Reserve in advance. (0.8 mile).
- Caffè Cibrèo – Florentine superstar chef Fabio Picchi runs this block in Santo Croce, with no less than 5 restaurants, including the dinner theater experience that is Teatro del Sale and Tuscan fusion dim sum at Ciblèo. Check out Caffè Cibrèo for a lovely Tuscan breakfast, a light lunch, and 3 set menus at dinner (€40–60). The emphasis is on seasonal ingredients and great service. (1 mile).
Best Nearby Bars and Breweries
- Manifattura – Central cocktail bar with vintage style and music. Come celebrate all drinks Italian with noted mixologist Fabiano Buffolini – try one of many negronis – along with tasty small plates of Tuscan food. (100m).
- Il Santino – Small but mighty wine bar owned by neighboring Il Santo Bevitore. Great place for a glass of wine or artisanal beer with friends. The menu also suggests food pairings to go with your wine, focusing on cheeses and cured meats; there are also more substantial small dishes. Note: It gets very busy during aperitivo hours. (0.3 mile).
- Love Craft – Dedicated whisky bar in cool San Frediano, with a serious collection from €5 a glass. (0.3 mile).
- MAD – Souls and Spirits – Tiny but very warm place, with the kindest bartenders serving inventive, and most importantly, madly delicious craft cocktails. (0.3 mile).
- Amblé – Hip hangout with colorful furniture (that you can buy) and its own radio station. Great for a cocktail at aperitivo hours, when it gets busy, and tramezzini (Italian sandwiches) any time. (0.3 mile).
- La Terrazza – Super swanky rooftop bar perched on the Hotel Continentale. Definitely pricey – think €20 per cocktail – but the panoramic views over the Ponte Vecchio are divine. (0.4 mile).
- PanicAle – Hipster bar by Mercato Centrale, where the kind staff delights fans of craft beer and inventive cocktails. (0.4 mile).
- Le Volpi e l’Uva – Brilliant, unassuming wine bar/bottle shop by the Ponte Vecchio. Head here for aperitivo to try exciting wines sourced from small Italian producers, paired with delightful crostone (toasted sandwiches) and cheese or meat platters. The knowledgeable staff also runs wine tastings. (0.6 mile).
- Enoteca Pitti Gola e Cantina – Sample handpicked Tuscan and other Italian wines from small producers with a view of the spectacular Palazzo Pitti. Enoteca also offers a seasonal food menu and wine tasting flights. The team recently opened the lovely restaurant Osteria dell’Enoteca not far away. (0.6 mile).
- Angie’s Pub – Friendly, good value central bar. People come for the relaxed vibe and decent beer selection, and on weekends, for the DJs who perform till late. (0.7 mile).
Best Nearby Cafes
- La Cité – Cool and eclectic café/bookshop/jazz lounge. Great for a coffee in the day, a cocktail at night, and deep conversations any time. (0.3 mile).
- Caffè Rivoire – Historic, elegant café with a lovely terrace right on Piazza della Signoria (though it’s pricier than the bar inside). Famous for delicious chocolates and negronis. (0.5 mile).
- Ditta Artigianale – Florence’s no.1 specialty coffee bar and roaster. Attracts crowds of hipsters with its delicious coffee, decent food, and laid-back air. They also boast a killer gin selection (over 150 types). 15-minute walk (0.7 mile) to the central branch on Via dei Neri and 10-minute walk (0.5 mile) to the Oltrarno branch.
Nearby Shopping & Cool Shops
- Via della Spada – High-end and fashion forward boutiques are the name of the game here. Check out quirky accessories and homewares at Mio Concept, vintage designer pieces at Marie Antoinette, and the chicest of hats at Grevi. (50m).
- Via dei Fossi – Another great location for arty boutiques and antique shops. Find vintage glamor at Epoca, beautiful dresses and bags at Atelier C, and impeccable made-to-measure suits at Sartoria Vanni. (75m).
- Via de’ Tornabuoni – Florence’s most glittering parade of boutiques starts at the Ferragamo flagship store and museum by the river. Get your fix of luxury brands, especially Italian ones, here. (0.1 mile).
- Officina Profumo-Farmaceutica di Santa Maria Novella – The grandest pharmacy you’re ever likely to see, the Officina was founded in 1612 by the local Dominican monks. It still sells traditional herbal remedies as well as luxury skincare and perfumes, all in a beautiful 19th-century interior. Great for gifts. (0.2 mile).
- Flow Store – Luxury and vintage clothes for men and women in a deeply cool exposed-brick setting. Flow also sells books and music and hosts events. (0.2 mile).
- Luisaviaroma – Swish, eye-catching boutique carrying men’s and women’s designer ware, along with more niche brands. There’s a cool first-floor café if you need a break from all the shopping. (0.3 mile).
- Benheart – Gorgeous handmade leather shoes, jackets, and accessories for men and women from local star Ben, who founded the company after a heart transplant. 7-minute walk (0.3 mile) to the flagship store on Via dei Calzaiuoli.
- Sbrino Gelatificio Contadino – A fairly new gelateria whose passionate owners make mouthwatering gelato on-site daily. They source their ingredients in Italy – the organic milk comes from a Tuscan farm – and they have a winning way with flavor, from ricotta and fig ice cream to dark chocolate sorbet. 7-minute walk (0.3 mile).
- S. Forno – Truly artisanal bakery from the good people of Il Santo Bevitore. Their flour tends to be locally sourced and slowly fermented, and the resulting products – breads, schiacciata (the local flatbread), cakes, and even bagels – are to die for. (0.4 mile).
- Borgo San Jacopo – Oltrarno, the south bank of the river, is known for its artisans and antique shops. Start exploring on Borgo San Jacopo, with leather-look washable paper bags at Uashmama, Tuscan wines and other foodie gifts at Obsequium, and vintage clothes and jewelry at 9 ROSSO Firenze. (0.4 mile).
- Bjork – Nordic-style white, airy concept store selling everything from stylish clothes to art, photographs, and books in Oltrarno. (0.4 mile).
- Basilica di Santa Maria Novella – This 13th to 15th-century basilica and monastery, built by Dominican monks, is an artistic treasure trove and so very Florentine. Note the Holy Trinity by Masaccio, the Nativity by Botticelli, the Tornabuoni Chapel decorated by Ghirlandaio, and more. (0.2 mile).
- Museo Salvatore Ferragamo – Exciting museum in the basement of Ferragamo’s palazzo, which holds exhibitions on art and fashion in a social context, though there is also space devoted to the life and shoes of Salvatore Ferragamo. The wonderful staff is happy to guide you around the collection. (0.2 mile).
- Duomo – Simply iconic, the Renaissance cathedral is topped by Brunelleschi’s groundbreaking dome. Climb to the top and you can see the double-shell construction for yourself; advance booking online or at the ticket office is necessary. A ticket will also get you into the campanile (bell tower), the baptistery, and the fantastic Museo dell’ Opera del Duomo. Here, on the site where Brunelleschi and Michelangelo once worked, you can see Ghiberti’s original Doors of Paradise, Donatello’s haggard Mary Magdalene, and learn about how the Duomo was built. (0.4 mile).
- Ponte Vecchio – An icon, the only bridge to survive the German occupation of the city. A pretty cluster of jewelry shops still occupies it and above them rise the arches of the Corridoio Vasariano. This private passage was built for the Medici and links the Uffizi and the Palazzo Pitti. (0.4 mile).
- Palazzo Vecchio – 14th-century fortress, built for and still home to the city government. The museum’s standouts include the Quartiere di Leo X (the apartments of the Medici pope), Donatello’s ‘Judith and Holofernes’, and the Salone dei Cinquecento created for the ruling council of 500 and painted by Vasari. There is a fantastic panorama if you climb the spiky Torre d’Arnolfo. (0.5 mile).
- Museo Nazionale del Bargello – Former prison, now home to the best collection of Renaissance sculptures in the city. Wander the quirky building and encounter works by Donatello (including a David that was the first nude statue since antiquity), Cellini, and Michelangelo. (0.5 mile).
- Galleria degli Uffizi – The top treasure-house of Italian Renaissance art in the world. The dizzying collection, arranged chronologically in a palazzo by the river, runs from the ancient Greeks to the 18th century. The highlights are the Renaissance masters – Giotto, Leonardo, and Michelangelo, and a whole room dedicated to Botticelli. Unmissable. (0.5 mile).
- Palazzo Pitti – Only in Florence would a banker build a palace fit for a king. Duly taken over by the rulers of Tuscany, from the Medici to the House of Savoy, you can now visit their royal apartments, treasury, and art collection, which features more Raphaels than anywhere in the world. There’s even a fashion museum and a gallery of Italian modern art. (0.6 mile).
- Galleria dell’Accademia – Always busy art museum, famously home to Michelangelo’s David. The masterpiece has a room to itself but he’s not the only Michelangelo here, and there are also works by other Renaissance greats, from Ghirlandaio to Botticelli. (0.7 mile).
- Basilica di Santa Croce – Striking 14th-century Gothic cathedral. Built by di Cambio, with frescoes by Giotto, but the real highlight is the glittering array of Renaissance figures who rest here, from Michelangelo to Galileo and Macchiavelli. (0.7 mile).
Nearby Markets or Grocery Stores
- Pam Firenze Ottaviani – Small branch of popular Italian supermarket. Good selection of groceries and essentials, especially fresh fruit and vegetables. Open till 10pm daily. (50m).
- Mercato Centrale – Florence’s oldest and biggest food market is not to be missed. It’s packed to the brim with produce on the ground floor and artisans running food stalls on the first, with everything from luxury burgers by La Toraia to chocolates and ice cream by Cristian Beduschi. There’s even a cookery school up there if you want to dive further into Tuscan gastronomy. (0.4 mile).
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