Hotel Brunelleschi

  • City Breaks, Italy, Florence

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Widely regarded as one of the best hotels in Florence, the Hotel Brunelleschi is a testament to Florentine architecture and history. Its symbol, the Pagliazza Toewer can be dated back to the sixth century and the interior is still formed of exposed stone, wooden beams, large arched windows and vaulted ceilings. Those interested in the building's past will be fascinated by its small private museum that shows the painstaking reconstruction process that took place, uncovering the precious Roman ruins of a Calidarium, before it became a hotel.

The owners of this superb four-star property have carefully and lovingly restored the rooms and created a luxurious space with Baroque furnishings, local artwork and sleek designer furniture all contributing to the seraphic views of the surrounding city. Breakfast is served in the large and airy dining room each morning and the gourmet restaurant Santa Elisabetta is one of Florence's finest and is listed in the 2019 Michelin Guide. A choice of tasting menus, as well as the Gran Carte, are offered in an intimate setting with just seven tables.

Hotel Brunelleschi is perfectly located for exploring this great city. Your first port of call should be the Via dei Calzaiuoli which is an expansive and pedestrianised district sat in the shadow of the Duomo and is home to both designer boutiques and local shops some of which are run by family names dating back to the 15th century. Some fantastic cafes such as Sebatino, famed for their espressos, and ice cream shops such as Gelateria dei Neri are firm local favourites and for good reason - the limoncello sorbet and honeycomb ice cream from the latter are exceptional!

Transfer time: approx. 30 minutes by private car from Florence Airport or approx. 1 hour 20 mins by bus & train or private car from Pisa Airport

Added value

Save 10% on the hotel price for holidays booked at least 30 days before departure (excludes fair dates and high season)

Save 11% on the hotel price for holidays of 3 nights or more (excludes fair dates and high season)

Free three-course dinner per person (excluding drinks) at Osteria del Pagliazza for holidays of 3 nights or more between 28 Jul - 31 Aug, 03 Nov - 22 Nov 19, 24 Nov  - 25 Dec 19 and 10 Jan - 03 Apr 20, 26 Jul - 28 Aug 20, 01 - 27 Nov 20, 03 Jan - 11 Jan 21 and 14 Jan - 28 Feb 21 (peak dates are excluded)

Rooms
  • No. of rooms: 96
  • No. of buildings: 1
  • No. of floors: 5
  • No. of interconnecting rooms: 6

Annexes

NO

  • Official rating: 4

Rooms

Classic Executive Rooms have a minimum size of 18m² and views of views of tiny courtyard Piazzetta del Giglio. They are elegantly decorated in a contemporary style with parquet floors, double or twin beds, air conditioning, TV, minibar, free wifi, tea & coffee making facilities and a safe. They can sleep up to two adults.

Superior Executive Rooms measure 21m² and sleep up to three adults. They have a double four poster bed, walk in wardrobe and views over tiny courtyard Piazzetta del Giglio.

Deluxe Rooms offer plenty of space with 26m² and sumptuous furnishings. They can sleep up to three adults and can either have one double or twin beds. Rooms with views over the Duomo are available for a supplement. Deluxe Rooms are available on request, please call to book.

Family Rooms are comprised of two spacious interconnecting Deluxe Rooms and can sleep up to six people. They are available on request, please call to book.

Junior Suites have views over Via dei Calzaiuoli or the hotel's tiny courtyard Piazzetta del Giglio and they have a lovely seating area. They can sleep up to three adults and are available on request, please call to book.

  • Lift accessible: Yes
  • Lift serves all floors: Yes
  • Access ramp: No
Florence

The Tuscan capital of Florence is a city made by art lovers for art lovers. The Renaissance took its first steps here in the 15th century, painting the city with architectural wonders like the Palazzo Pitti and Uffizi Gallery.

Climb to the top of Florence Cathedral – Il Duomo – to admire a skyline sculpted from Gothic towers, domes and terracotta rooftops. That’s where you’ll also discover how small Florence is. Best explored by foot, you can easily wander the UNESCO-listed city centre in a day.

Had your fill of Michelangelos and da Vincis? It’s time to explore Florence’s other love – food. Finish off your day with a Florentine steak or settle down with a glass of Chianti sourced straight from the Tuscan countryside.

Inghams operate a telephone Rep service in Florence.

Things to do in resort

Piazza della Signoria

You’ll find yourself drawn to this sprawling L shaped piazza frequently as you explore Florence. The Piazza della Signoria is the main square and marks the heart of the Renaissance city. Dominated by the towering structure of Palazzo Vecchio, close to the Ufizzi, Ponte Vecchio and the Duomo, it’s the gateway to many of the city’s most famous attractions. The piazza remains largely unchanged, lined with ancient terracotta houses and palaces. There’s plenty to see in the square itself as its filled with sculptures and fountains, including a replica of the famed Michelangelo’s David (see the original in the Accademia Museum) and the Fontana del Nettuno with its beautiful sculpture of Neptune.

Museo di Palazzo Vecchio

Florence’s town hall is a symbol of Florene’s powerful past. Built in the style of a castle with a tower reaching 94 metres, the building stands tall in Piazza della Signoria. Art and history have been bound together here for centuries. Take a look inside to discover Giorgio Vasari’s "Salone dei Cinquecento" (the hall of the five hundred). The great hall measures 54 metres long by 23 metres wide and was decorated by two of the great Florentine artists, Leonardo da Vinci and Michelangelo Buonarroti.

Ponte Vecchio

This is possibly the most famous bridge in the world and one of the few in Italy that survived WWII. The bridge makes up part of the Vasari Corridor, a passageway that connects Palazzo Vecchio with Palazzo Pitti and crosses the River Arno. The enclosed bridge is lined with artisan shops selling glittering jewels. Many of the shops that remain have been passed down from generation to generation. Browse the shops as you wander to the other side of the river.

Palazzo Pitti

On the south side of the River Arno the striking Palazzo Pitti stands at the base of Boboli Hill. It was built in the mid 1400’s by the Florentine Banker, Paulo Pitti to challenge the Medici family and is thought to have been designed by the great renaissance architect Brunelleschi. Unfortunately, the ambitious banker died before its completion and in 1550 it was bought by his rival, Cosimo I di Medici as his Grand Ducal residence.

Boboli Gardens

Located just behind Palazzo Pitti you’ll find the Boboli Gardens. The green expanse was established by the Medici family in a layout that is now known as the Italian style, a model used in many European court gardens. Today it’s a lovely tranquil space in the city, it’s not just a garden but an outdoor museum where you’ll see beautiful examples of Renaissance sculpture, the unique rococo architecture of the 18th century Kaffeehaus pavilion, fountains and even grottoes. Get a real feel for court life as you take a stroll through the manicured gardens.

Oltrarno Craft Shops

The labyrinth of streets that surround Palazzo Pitti are home to lots of tiny artisan shops and workshops like shoemakers, bookbinders and ceramicists. The Oltrarno area literally means ‘the other side of the Arno’. It’s just over Ponte Vecchico and is much quieter than the heart of the city. It has lots to offer with friendly bars and small family run restaurants and is great for those who want to wander slightly off the beaten track.

Mercato Centrale

Mercato Centrale is also known as Mercato di San Lorenzo and has long been a destination for Florentines and tourists alike. It’s a vibrant covered market in the heart of the town where you’ll find fresh Tuscan produce and a feast for all of the senses. The beautiful building has a wrought iron and glass structure and was designed in the 1970s by Giuseppe Mengoni. After a redevelopment in 2014 the top floor has become a foodie destination where you’ll find some of the best street food in the city as well as gourmet cuisine. Head hrer for delicious food and to experience an authentic Italian market.

Uffizi Gallery

This is a must see attraction for any art lover. The world famous Ufizzi Gallery is home to outstanding collections of paintings and sculptures from the middle ages to modern times, housed on the first and second floors of the beautiful 16th century building, designed by Georgio Vasari

Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore

The iconic cathedral with its magnificent Renaissance dome, designed by Filippo Brunelleschi, began construction in the 13th Century and took two centuries to complete. You’ll understand why when you see the amazing architecture and beautiful artistic detail that has gone into it. From its innovative design, in the early 15th century when the dome was constructed it was the largest in the world, to the beautiful artworks, a fresco of Last Judgment adorns the dome was designed and painted by Giorgio Vasari and Frederico Zuccari in 1572. You can even climb the 463 steps to the top of the cupola where you can admire the frescos up close.

Accademia Gallery

The Galleria Dell’Accademia is home to Michelangelo’s large marble sculpture of David, housed in the Hall of the Prisoners. Although it’s one not to be missed, give yourself time to explore the other halls in the gallery. They will be much less busy and hold some of the finest examples of painting, sculpture and even ancient musical instruments in Italy.

Local foods to try

Schiacciata is a thin salted bread coated in olive and seasoned with herbs. Try it topped with cheese for a tasty afternoon snack.

Bistecca Fiorentina is one of the most popular dishes in Tuscan cuisine. It’s a grilled Florentine t-bone cut steak seasoned with local herbs and it’s typically served rare. The meat is from traditionally from Chianina cattle – an ancient Tuscan breed.

Crostini di Fegato are bite sized pieces of fresh (usually white) bread topped with chicken liver Pâté.

Ribollita is a Tuscan bread soup made with canelli beans, potatoes and vegetables such as Kale and carrots, creating a creamy textured hearty dish.

Tagliatelle Funghi Porcini e Tartufo is a pasta dish made with local truffle and porcini mushrooms. The thin, flat tagliatelle pasta is tossed in the mushrooms sauce, creating a simple yet delicious dish.

Lampredotto is one for the adventurous pallet. It’s a sandwich made of thinly sliced tripe that’s boiled in broth and seasoned. This is a traditional street food dish for the adventurous palette that you’ll either love or hate, much like the locals do. Try it with spicy red sauce.

Papardelle al Cinghiale is a dish made with Papardelle, the long, wide and flat pasta, coated in a rich meat ragu sauce. The meat is usually wild boar.

Gelato is famous thought Italy, but Florence has some of the best the country has to offer. We’d recommend seeking out the small batches of hand-made ice cream rather than being enticed by the artificial coloring often sold by street vendors near to tourist attractions. Pistachio is a firm favorite!

Location in resort
  • Longitude: 11.25577
  • Latitude: 43.771716

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Facilities

Restaurants and Bars 

Santa Elisabetta Restaurant is open for dinner service and is regarded as one of the best dining experiences in Florence. Michelin nominated chef Rocco De Santis and his team offer an outstanding selection of traditional Italian cuisine and contemporary dishes ranging from premium-quality beef tartare to handmade ravioli and decadent desserts.

Osteria Pagliazza offers an elegant menu using ingredients from the surrounding areas to evoke the true taste of Tuscany. Also overseen by chef De Santis, you can expect a range of specialties including selected cold cuts and cheeses or traditional Pici.

Tower Bar located in the Torre dela Pagliazza is famed for its luxurious take on traditional bar snacks such as gold leaf cheeseburgers, towering club sandwiches and a wide range of fish dishes all of which can be washed down with a glass of Perrier-Jouet during their nightly champagne happy hour! 

General Facilities 

  • Free wifi
  • Fitness room with state of the art Technogym equipment
  • Seasonal outdoor patio
Meals

Breakfast is served in the large and airy dining room each morning from 7am - 10.30am with a multitude of options from the standard continental fare of fresh pastries, jams, bread, cold meats, cheeses and yogurts as well as hot options such as sausages, bacon and eggs. Fresh coffee is made to order and teas, juices and mineral water are also available.

Board basis options available

  • Bed & Breakfast
Location in resort
  • Longitude: 11.25577
  • Latitude: 43.771716

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Hotel Brunelleschi
Florence, City Breaks,Bed & Breakfast
10/08/2020 - 3 nights
3 adults
From London Gatwick
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