I liked the Torre Guelfa. It is actually a 13th century palace, which is pretty cool. Our room was fairly spacious and we had nice tall windows and tall ceilings. We were on the third floor, which is where the breakfast room was, so that was quite convenient. There is also a really nice lounge on the third floor. I imagine if you were spending an extended amount of time at the Torre Guelfa that would be really nice as a way to sort of spread out from your room whilst still relaxing from your day. I only hung out in there once, the day we left, and I only ever saw one other person in there; however, it is a really nice space with a good energy.
Breakfast is good. The waitstaff will bring you coffee, hot chocolate, whatever your morning drink may be. I enjoyed their juices as well. The food was very typical--cold meats and cheese, a few pastries and toast, fruit, yogurt, and muesli. You can definitely get a good start to your day there, though, and then later eat an adventurous meal elsewhere!
The rooftop terrace is definitely the big selling point for this hotel. We sat up there every night watching the sun go down while starlings swam through the skies around us. It was incredibly peaceful and beautiful. The bartender up there is very sweet and knowledgeable about the city--she speaks several languages.
Florence in general took me a little while to warm up to. At first it seemed really overcrowded and strange. Like an Italian Disney or something. I can tell you, though, that the Pitti Palace is awesome, and there weren't a ton of people there. The ponti at night--I especially like the Santa Trinita--that is just down from the hotel--are lovely. Musicians and lovers and bike riders. We saw a sort of informal roller derby and listened to student violinists. Very romantic.
My two favorite restaurants in all of Italy were in Florence--Trattoria Marione which is on Via Spada, just around the corner, and Osteria Coccotrippone.
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