Hotel Brunelleschi

  • City Breaks, Italy, Florence

  • 4

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Hotel Brunelleschi is one of the most iconic hotels in Florence. Its Pagliazza Tower 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. There’s an incredible history in these walls and you can learn all about it in the hotel’s private museum. It shows the painstaking reconstruction process that took place to uncover the Roman ruins of a Calidarium, before it became a hotel.

The interiors of this hotel are stunning and it's been awarded the Top Luxury Boutique Hotel in Europe for 2019 by TripAdvisor. Expect luxurious rooms with Baroque furnishings, local artwork and designer furniture. Upgrade to a Duomo view room for something really special. We love eating in the Tower Bar for a casual dinner or aperitivo. If you’re celebrating an occasion or just feel like spoiling yourself, head to the gourmet restaurant, Santa Elisabetta. It’s one of Florence's finest and has two Michelin stars!

Hotel Brunelleschi's perfectly located for exploring. Your first port of call should be the Via dei Calzaiuoli, a pedestrianised district in the shadow of the Duomo. There are 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. The limoncello sorbet and honeycomb ice cream from Gelateria dei Neri are amazing!

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.

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24/7 support & tailored advice from our local resort team

All holidays include flights from the UK and transfers


Florence is a city made by art lovers for art lovers. Botticelli, da Vinci, Michelangelo, the Medici clan… a whole roll call of famous names lived in the city in the 15th century. These thinkers, artists and political theorists sparked a flurry of art and ideas that we now call the Renaissance. Walking holidays in Florence uncover a work of art around every corner, from the cathedral’s magnificent Brunelleschi Dome to footpaths that lead to sculptural gardens. You can still feel that vital spark here, too – especially when people spill out onto the streets on warm summer evenings to put the world to rights over a glass of Chianti.

Discovering Florence on foot

The streets of Florence are a walkable work of art, with the Piazza del Duomo a great starting point. From here, roads run parallel to the Arno, framed with world-famous galleries, restaurants, wine bars, churches and shops. Ponte Vecchio, with its medieval wooden-shuttered shops and arches over the river. From there, it’s a climb up to Palazzo Pitti, and up again to the Boboli Gardens for views over the city below. Walking tours led by local guides are the best way to learn about the Florentine past and present, revealing just how the Renaissance transformed Europe.

Eating out: feasts alla Fiorentina

Regular refuelling is required to get you around all those galleries and beautiful streets. It’s a good thing, then, that Florence is piled high with hole-in-the-wall bars, pizzerias, Michelin restaurants, family trattorias and markets. City specialities include supersized steaks (bistecca alla Fiorentina), arancini, bread salad (panzanella; more delicious than it sounds) and thin-crust pizza.

As for a digestif, sweet vin santo is served with cantucci – the Florentine edition of biscotti. Crema Fiorentina gelato is a must-try too, whipped up for a Medici wedding in the 17th century and flavoured with a generous glug of honey. For a more hands-on approach, sign up to a cooking class headed up by a local chef who’ll teach you the tricks of cooking up a Tuscan feast

A window into the world of Tuscan wine

Florence makes itself at home in the heart of Chianti country. Visit a wine estate in the hills to learn all about the history of the first named wine region in Italy. Back in Florence city centre, almost 200 wine windows (or buchette di vino) are ensconced in walls around the city; originally used to sell drinks and food at the time of the plague. Seek out the functioning few, some of which were revived at the height of the Covid-19 pandemic. Negronis are the cocktail of choice in Florence, sipped in a sun-warmed piazza or at the pop-up beach bar that emerges like a mirage on the banks of the Arno each summer.

Exploring Tuscany

It’s hard to believe that anyone can have their fill of Florence, but if you’re curious about what lies beyond the city limits then there are plenty of easy explorations to hand. In the north, streets zigzag into the green hills stacked behind the city, past churches, grand villas and panoramic picnic spots. Sedate strolls come courtesy of the riverside walking and cycling path along the Arno, which wanderers can trace east to Girone. For a complete change of scene, Pisa and Lucca and Montecatini are within day-tripping distance by train or coach, as well as dreamy Tuscan hilltop towns such as Montepulciano.

Why book a summer holiday in Florence with Inghams?

At Inghams, we do walking holidays differently. With no fixed itinerary, you have more time in your destination and the freedom to walk as much or as little as you like, discovering some of Florence's best activities at your own pace.

With over 85 years of outdoor travel experience, our holiday packages to Florence include flights, transfers, and accommodation, so you can relax and leave the small details to us. Our experts can help you choose the best holiday for you, and our team in resort can give you the inside scoop on how to spend your time away with us.

  • No. of rooms: 96
  • No. of buildings: 1
  • No. of floors: 5
  • No. of interconnecting rooms: 6
  • Official rating: 4

Local Fees and Taxes

A tourist tax of approx. €7 per person per night is payable locally. 


Classic Executive Rooms are at least 18m² and have views of Piazzetta del Giglio. They're decorated in a contemporary style with parquet floors, double or twin beds, air conditioning, TV, minibar, free Wi-Fi, tea & coffee making facilities and a safe. They can sleep up to two adults.

Superior Executive Rooms are about 21m² and sleep up to three adults. They have a double four poster bed, walk-in wardrobe and views of the courtyard.

Deluxe Rooms offer plenty of space at 26m². They can sleep up to three adults with a king size double or twin beds.

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 are about 40m² and have views over Via dei Calzaiuoli or Piazzetta del Giglio and they have a separate studio lounge seating area. All the suites have a Nespresso Machine in the room and are part of the Suite & More Program. They can sleep up to three adults or two adults and two children and are available on request, please call to book.

One Bedroom Suites are about 45m². All of the suites have been beautifully designed by architect Benelli. They look out over the pedestrianised vie del Corso or the piazza Del Giglio. This room sleeps up to three people and is available on request, please call to book. 

Two Bedroom Suites are about 45m² and are furnished in an elegant contemporary style. They have a whirlpool bath and sleep up to six people. This room is available on request, please call to book. 

Bargello Suite is about 45m² and overlooks the famous Santa Croce Church and Bargello. This luxury suite has a king size bed and sleeps up to three people. It's available on request, please call to book. 

Duomo Suite is about 45m² and overlooks Brunelleschi's celebrated cupola. The room with unrivalled views is elegantly equipped with a four poster bed and has a spacious walk in wardrobe. It sleeps up to three people and is available on request, please call to book. 

Balcony Suite is about 45m² and is positioned on a corner of the hotel with a balcony with breath-taking views. It has a king size canopy bed and sleeps up to three people. This room is available on request, please call to book. 

Pool Suite is about 55m² and has views of the via de'Calzaiuoli. This duplex suite is comprised of a ground floor living room and a first floor bedroom with a king size four poster bed. It has a 20m² terrace with a whirlpool. This room sleeps up to three people and is available on request, please call to book.

Tower Suite is about 66m² and looks over the Duomo and the Palazzo Vecchio. The suite is spread across two floors. The ground floor has a whirlpool bath and a cosy living room with a sofa bed. The main bedroom is on the first floor. This room sleeps up to four people and is available on request, please call to book.

Single Occupancy Rooms are available on request, please call to book. 


This hotel can cater for accessibility needs. Please let us know about any accessibility requirements at the time of booking.

  • Lift accessible: Yes
  • Lift serves all floors: Yes
  • Access ramp: No
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Fitness room with state of the art Technogym equipment
  • Seasonal outdoor patio
  • Selection of local and international newspapers

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

Santa Elisabetta Restaurant has two Michelin stars. It's open for dinner service and is regarded as one of the best dining experiences in Florence. 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 has an elegant menu using ingredients from the surrounding areas. Also overseen by chef De Santis, you can expect a range of local specialties including selected cold cuts and cheeses or traditional Pici.

Tower Bar is in the Torre della Pagliazza and 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. 

Board basis options available

  • Bed & Breakfast
  • Half Board

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