When you step through the doors of this hotel, you'll feel like you've stepped back in time to another era. The architecture goes back to the Renaissance, and the furnishings in the common areas may help you imagine that you've arrived at Italian villa at the start of the nineteenth century. In particular the breakfast room is well appointed with period furniture and tableware that are different from what you'd find in a more modern hotel. The lodging rooms vary widely in terms of furnishings, and because it is an historic building the plumbing gets squeezed into existing spaces that can make for some awkward movements in bathrooms. I think this only adds to the charm of the experience. I've stayed at this hotel four or five times and find that the rooms in the back of the hotel overlooking the gardens of Accademia are a bit larger, and require you to navigate through many old hallways where there are historic details to discover at every twist and turn. On my last stay, the hotel was hosting a large tour group, and since we were a couple traveling on our own the manager asked if we'd mind giving up our standard room and take the suite at the top of the hotel. What great luck, and what kind and thoughtful staff who orchestrated that win-win. There are many nice hotels in Florence that provide comfortable lodging, but this beauty does that and more by giving you an experience you'll remember for a lifetime.