The Lungarno is one block from the Ponte Vecchio, yet so quiet and gorgeous views of the bridge and river. Staff is extra warm and friendly for the upscale hotel it is. We were upgraded to a double balcony with beautiful views, chairs and table. Many good trattorie in the area that are good values, as well as several that you need to book ahead. We ended up extending our stay by several days. Can't say enough about the staff. They were so helpful for giving tips for tours and eateries. Rooms were beautifully decorated, comfortable, clean, great amenities and plenty of towels. No noise even with the close proximity to the Ponte Vecchio with people crossing at all hours. We've been to Florence many times but we will go back to Lungarno in the future.