Palazzo di Camugliano Hotel in Florence, Italy

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Updated: April 15, 2020

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Review of Palazzo di Camugliano Hotel in Florence, Italy.

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.

Palazzo di Camugliano – Location

  • Address: Via del Moro, 15, Florence, 50123.
  • 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.
  • 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: [email protected]
  • 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
  • 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. 8-minute walk (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. 5-minute walk (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. 6-minute walk (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. 8-minute walk (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. 8-minute walk (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. 9-minute walk (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. 9-minute walk (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. 10-minute walk (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. 10-minute walk (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. 15-minute walk (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. 19-minute walk (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. 19-minute walk (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. 1-minute walk (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. 5-minute walk (0.3 mile).
  • Love Craft – Dedicated whisky bar in cool San Frediano, with a serious collection from €5 a glass. 6-minute walk (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. 6-minute walk (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. 7-minute walk (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. 8-minute walk (0.4 mile).
  • PanicAle – Hipster bar by Mercato Centrale, where the kind staff delights fans of craft beer and inventive cocktails. 9-minute walk (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. 12-minute walk (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. 12-minute walk (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. 13-minute walk (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. 6-minute walk (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. 9-minute walk (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). 13-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. 1-minute walk (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. 1-minute walk (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. 3-minute walk (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. 4-minute walk (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. 5-minute walk (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. 7-minute walk (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. 7-minute walk (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. 8-minute walk (0.4 mile).
  • Bjork – Nordic-style white, airy concept store selling everything from stylish clothes to art, photographs, and books in Oltrarno. 8-minute walk (0.4 mile).

Nearby Attractions

  • 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. 3-minute walk (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. 5-minute walk (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. 7-minute walk (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. Closed till 2021 for refurbishment, this private passage was built for the Medici and links the Uffizi and the Palazzo Pitti. 9-minute walk. (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. 10-minute walk (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. 11-minute walk (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. 11-minute walk (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. 12-minute walk (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. 13-minute walk (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. 14-minute walk (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. 1-minute walk (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. 8-minute walk (0.4 mile).

Palazzo di Camugliano – The Hotel

The hotel is located in a 16th-century palazzo.

Guests enter the 16th-century palazzo from its pretty enclosed courtyard. The hotel is on the 1st and 2nd floors.

The sitting rooms are old and beautiful.

One of the beautiful salotti (sitting rooms), full of antique furniture, with frescoes on the walls and an incredible painted beamed ceiling.

The second sitting room is more elegant.

The second salotto is more intimate in muted blue tones.

The hidden hanging garden is great for enjoying drinks.

The hidden hanging garden where guests can enjoy breakfast or a drink any time.

The buffet room serves snacks and beverages through the day.

The buffet room, where snacks, juices, and hot drinks are available throughout the day. French doors open onto the garden.

Breakfast is served in the dramatic hall.

The dramatic frescoed hall where breakfast is served by waiters. The hall can also be reserved for a private dinner.

The Stelle Deluxe rooms is in a former family chapel.

The Stelle Deluxe room, in the former family chapel, is around 30m², with original stained glass, ceiling decoration, sitting area, and a custom headboard.

The Alcova Junior Suite is very romantic.

The Alcova Junior Suite is a very romantic 50m² room that can sleep 3 people. It was once the Marchese’s conjugal bed. It features a parquet floor, frescoed ceiling, and amazing Baroque stucco.

The suite's bathroom is in a large alcove.

The bathroom in the Alcova Junior Suite is in a large alcove decorated with stucco.

The large bathroom has a spa tub.

It has a bathtub, sink, and closet space on 2 sides, as well as a WC and a bidet.

The bathroom also has a separate rain shower.

The bathroom also has a separate shower cubicle.

The Baldacchino Rosso Junior Suite King is red and extraordinary.

The Baldacchino Rosso Junior Suite King is an extraordinary red room which sleeps 3. It is a former ballroom, around 80m², and features a custom four-poster bed, sitting area, and dining table.

The Cigno Suite has a frescoed ceiling and four-poster bed.

The Cigno Suite is a very special room, around 60m², with a frescoed ceiling and dramatic four-poster bed.

Its living room has a marble fireplace.

The separate living room in the Cigno Suite features a superb marble fireplace.

The living room opens on to the garden.

The suite has French doors opening from the living room into the garden.

The marble bathroom is spacious and has a bathtub.

The marble bathroom in the Cigno Suite is spacious, with a roll top bath and shower, twin sinks, WC, and bidet. Argan Source toiletries are provided throughout the hotel.

Marchese di Camugliano's antiques are on display throughout the property.

Antiques owned by the Marchese di Camugliano are on display throughout the hotel.

Mio Concept is a funky boutique.

Come out of the hotel entrance and turn left. Via della Spada, full of boutiques like Mio Concept to delight fashion-forward shoppers, is just steps away.

Flow Store sells cool men's and women's fashion.

Flow Store, with its seriously cool vibe and men’s and women’s fashion, is a 5-minute walk.

Benheart sells beautiful leather accessories.

Beautiful leather designs at Benheart are 7 minutes away.

The Ponte Vecchio is just a short walk south.

Just a few minutes south from the hotel is the river and the iconic Ponte Vecchio. Here it is viewed from the Uffizi.

Palazzo Pitti has a great collection of art.

Cross the bridge to the south and continue straight for 4 minutes. You’ll find the grand art-filled Palazzo Pitti on your left.

La Cova close by serves great Spanish tapas and wine.

Just 1 minute north on Sdrucciolo de’ Pitti are fine Spanish tapas and wine at La Cova.

#RAW serves modern vegan fare.

4 minutes away is #RAW with its inventive raw vegan cuisine and smoothies.

Il Santo Bevitore serves a contemporary Tuscan menu.

Continue up Via Sant’Agostino, then right on Via dei Serragli to Il Santo Bevitore, for some of the best contemporary Tuscan food around. 4-minute walk.

MAD – Souls and Spirits is a great bar nearby.

Head west on Borgo San Frediano to find some of the best bars in Oltrarno – Love Craft, Cité, and 2 minutes away, MAD – Souls and Spirits.

Bjork is a cool concept store.

Head back east for 5 minutes, taking a slight right on Via dello Sprone to find Bjork, a super white and super cool concept store.

Obsequium has a great wine collection.

More great shopping is steps away on Borgo San Jacopo. Go back up Via dello Sprone and right for gems like Obsequium’s wine collection.

Uashmama sells unique stuff like washable paper bags.

Find fantastic bags made of washable paper (yes, really) at Uashmama, also on Borgo San Jacopo, 1 minute east of Obsequium. 9 ROSSO Vintage is just across the street.

La Terrazza rooftop bar offers fantastic views.

Go left at the end of Borgo San Jacopo and recross Ponte Vecchio to the north bank, a 2-minute walk. Right by the bridge is the Hotel Continentale and La Terrazza rooftop bar, for superb views and extravagantly priced cocktails.

Amblé serves great aperitivos and drinks.

1 minute west on Chiasso Dei de Bene is Amblé, a great, laidback choice for aperitivos and drinks.

Via de’ Tornabuoni has the city's best boutiques.

For the glitziest shopping in the city, head 3 minutes east to Via de’ Tornabuoni.

Galleria degli Uffizi exhibits Renaissance works.

Galleria degli Uffizi with all its Renaissance treasures is 5 minutes away. Head back southeast on Borgo Santi Apostoli and continue straight on Via Lambertesca. The spiky Palazzo Vecchio is just to the north.

Angie's Pub has a very friendly vibe.

Friendly Angie’s Pub is a 13-minute walk east of the hotel.

Ditta Artigianale is a good place for coffee or gin.

Across the street is fine coffee and gin at Ditta Artigianale.

Berberè serves artisanal pizza and craft beer.

1 minute away is artisanal pizza and craft beer at Berberè.

Enoteca Pinchiorri is Tuscan's only Michelin 3-star restaurant.

Tuscany’s only Michelin 3 star restaurant, Enoteca Pinchiorri, is inside the palazzo hotel Baglioni Relais Santa Croce. 15-minute walk.

Museo Nazionale del Bargello showcases fine sculptures.

Find fine sculptures in a former prison at Museo Nazionale del Bargello, 5 minutes west.

Santa Maria Novella is a lovely basilica nearby.

3 minutes north of the hotel is the lovely basilica of Santa Maria Novella. Go left out of the hotel on Via del Moro, turn left on Via del Sole, then cross Piazza di Santa Maria Novella.

Mercato Centrale is Florence's biggest and best market.

7 minutes from the church is Mercato Centrale, Florence’s biggest and best food market, full of fresh produce and artisanal food stalls. Around the covered market is one of the best places to shop for leather goods in the city.

Trattoria Mario serves great Tuscan fare.

Trattoria Mario, one of the best places for a filling Tuscan lunch, is just 1 minute east of the market.

La Ménagère is great for coffee and meals.

2 minutes away is funky La Ménagère, great for coffee, bistro lunch, or a gourmet dinner.

Michelangelo’s David can be found at Galleria dell’Accademia nearby.

Head nort for 13 minutes from the hotel to find Michelangelo’s David at Galleria dell’Accademia.

The incredible Duomo is just a short walk south.

From there, head 7 minutes south on Via Ricasoli to reach the incredible Duomo.

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