We flew into Pisa airport and beforehand I was a bit worried about how we were going to get from Pisa airport to Florence without speaking any Italian. I searched several websites but in the end just decided to get on with it. It was actually very easy. At Pisa airport, on leaving departures turn to the right and you can buy train tickets at an information desk. They charge an additional euro admin fee but it was worth it. The station is at the other end of the airport and we were lucky to be able to get the direct one into Florence. At the station we took a taxi which cost just over 9 euros but as it was raining we decided it was well worth it. The hotel is at the end of Via Tornabuoni and there are roadworks going on outside but that didn't bother us at all. We had a delightful room, the views weren't exactly amazing but the bed was really comfortable, the room warm and the bathroom very luxurious with lovely white fluffy towels. There is a lift which takes you up to the bedrooms but it is small and extremely slow! However, the overwelming feature of this hotel is the roof terrace - the views over Florence are absolutely breathtaking. As we visited in December, it wasn't really the weather to be sitting outside but we were able to go out and take some photos. Breakfast was also served on the terrace - inside but you still got the amazing views. There was plenty to choose from with fresh fruit through to bacon and scrambled eggs and all was served beautifully. In the evenings, after going out to dinner, we went back up to the terrace and had a nightcap. Again, it was all about the views, the main attractions were lit up and one night we witnessed a thunder and lightning storm. The hotel is set in an ideal location, being at the end of all the high end designer shops such as Tiffanys, Prada and Salvatore Ferragamo. All the main sites were well within easy walking distance. We did go on the open top bus which we caught just across the road from the SMN train station and a one day ticket cost 16 euros each and we found this to be an excellent way of seeing both inside and just outside of Florence. We had a wonderful stay at the Antica Torre di Via Tornabuoni, the staff were extremely polite and helpful and I would definitely recommend it to anyone visitng Florence.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- We personally enjoy welcoming our guests, we wish to reinvent the concept of hospitality, and we have the inspiration to provide the warmth of home in every detail. This is how the Antica Torre di Via Tornabuoni 1, Florence came to be: a tower-house built in the mid-12th century by the Guelph family of Ruggerini. At the beginning of the 20th century, this palace became "Pensione Piccioli," and quickly turned into a privileged residence for aristocrats and English writers. Closed after the Great War, Pensione Piccioli reopened in 2001, as a Period Residence called "Antica Torre di Via Tornabuoni 1." Thanks to attentive restoration to preserve all its original charm, the evocative ambiance of the Palace on Via Tornabuoni has regained life and warmth. This magnificent complex is considered one of the typical "tower-houses" of Mediaeval Florence, and, to this day, it still preserves all its characteristic architectural elements: it is an admirable example of the human ability to convert buildings built for war into oases of peace, culture and hospitality. In this ancient tower, we have created a world of harmony, privacy, and attentiveness to our guests' needs. Luxury, peace, and beauty are all in traditional Italian style, and give the concept of comfort new aesthetics. Almost all rooms enjoy an enchanting view of the city or the Arno River, and all are furnished with the highest in comfort: satellite plasma TVs, DVD players, wireless internet connection, direct line telephone, minibar, electronic safe, air conditioning and heating, private marble bath with tub and/or shower, hair dryer, slippers and shoehorns, and Dr Vranjes scented essences. Some of the Rooms and Suites are decorated with a Renaissance flair: with frescoes, drapes in coloured precious fabrics, bathrooms in red Alcantara or Gold Calacatta marble, and romantic four poster beds. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Antica Torre Di Via Tornabuoni Hotel Florence