Hotel Cellai

  • City Breaks, Italy, Florence

  • 4

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The Hotel Cellai's part of a 19th century palazzo in central Florence so you get a real sense of authenticity when you stay here. The family who own the hotel have done it up in a modern-meets-antique style. We love the original works of art and the hand-picked antiques dotted around the place. Our favourite place to relax at the end of the day is the roof terrace. The flowered roof garden is a fantastic place for aperitivi and has unforgettable views.

The hotel’s in the perfect location for exploring Florence. You don’t have to wander far before coming across Michelangelo’s David or Brunelleschi’s dome. Try shopping like a local in the San Lorenzo food market; it’s just around the corner from the hotel and a great place to pick up some delicious Tuscan delicacies.

Transfer time: approx. 25 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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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: 55
  • Official rating: 4

Local Fees and Taxes

Resort tourist tax of approx. €7 per person per night, payable locally. 


Classic Rooms sleep up to four people and are all individually decorated with various antiques, period furnishings and paintings. The rooms are light and comfortable with a writing desk, air conditioning, TV, minibar, safe, bath or shower and hairdryer.

Superior Rooms are more spacious and sleep two people. 

Classic Single Rooms are a great choice for solo travellers. 

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

Longitude: 11.2530642
Latitude: 43.7794502

  • Central location
  • La Terazza flowered roof garden 
  • Wine and cocktail bar 
  • Library
Family Facilities
  • Babysitting is available on request (payable local)

Each morning you'll wake up to a breakfast buffet with eggs, salami, ham, cheese, fresh fruit, bread, cereal and fresh coffee.

Breakfast is served in the Winter Garden which, in the 19th century, was used as a workshop by sculptors at the Academy of Fine Art.

Board basis options available

  • Bed & Breakfast

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07/08/2024 - 3 nights
2 adults
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Hotel Cellai
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