Set in an 11 acre botanical garden that is home to two restored Renaissance buildings (a fifteenth-century palazzo and a sixteenth-century former convent) the Four Seasons, Firenze is steeped in history. With its vast park, exquisite dining and state-of-the-art spa, it sets the standard for luxury in Florence.
Upon entering the lobby guests are welcomed by a Renaissance loggia, decorated with original reliefs and stuccoes, a reminder this is a cut above the average luxury hotel. Set between the two buildings in the estate, décor is elegantly sumptuous and tasteful in an old Parisian style crammed with oil paintings and antiques.
The 116 rooms and suites are individually decorated with silk, velvet, marble or antique furniture and are resplendent with frescoes and ceiling murals. Amenities are by Florentine master parfumier Lorenzo Villoresi.
Dine al fresco at the opulent one starred main restaurant, Il Palagio, which lives fully up to the hotel’s exacting standards. Chef Vito Mollica keeps things real and Tuscan, even while he’s experimenting with flavour combos and cooking techniques. The wine list is inventive as it is extensive.
Set in the beautiful Giardino della Gherardesca, adjacent to the swimming pool and spa, Al Fresco enjoys an enviable location under the shade of one of its majestic trees. Chef Vito Mollica revisits some italian classics at lunchtime, evenings are all about pizzas and the grill..
The glass-roofed Atrium bar is a pleasant venue for tea or aperitivi with vaulted ceilings, elegant décor and lovely views of the inner gardens. As the main meeting place, the Atrium Bar is the place to see and be seen in Florence accompanied by live piano music in the evenings.
Wander the interlacing pathways of the beautiful gardens and discover original statues and fountains and down the tree-lined path to the two-story herbal spa, where state of the art treatments await behind glass mosaic walls. Or if this all seems too much lounge beside the garden swimming pool with refreshments to hand.