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Florentine Flair: Four Seasons Hotel Firenze is a Destination Unto Itself



Four Seasons Hotel Firenze Palazzo della Gherardesca Lobby. Photo: Peter Vitale

The Duomo. Palazzo Vecchio. The Uffizi Gallery. Florence’s listing of most desired locations additionally features a barely much less apparent however equally spectacular locale – the Renaissance-era Four Seasons Hotel Firenze. Every bit as historic and extraordinary as its host metropolis’s marquee points of interest, this beautiful former Sixteenth century convent and fifteenth century palace options all the things for which guests to The City of Lilies pilgrimage – artwork, historical past, structure, tradition, and delicacies. It’s all right here in a single gorgeous bundle. 

Four Seasons Hotel Firenze Palazzo della Gherardesca Lobby Alcove. Photo: Barbara Kraft

If lodging elsewhere within the metropolis, you’ll need to add Four Seasons Hotel Firenze to your itinerary with a purpose to discover the 11-acre Giardino della Gherardesca that adjoins the resort’s two buildings through which its 116 rooms and suites are positioned. Reserve a desk within the luxurious, Art Nouveau-era Atrium Bar to take pleasure in a customized Negroni served from the enduring drinks trolley, and afterwards, stroll on winding paths all through the plush grounds peppered with whimsical statuary and glowing fountains. You’ll spot the dome of the majestic Duomo, with the belief that this city sanctuary is near the motion, but sublimely located simply past attain of the madding crowd. This is the most important personal backyard within the metropolis of Florence, and it’s spectacular. 
Four Seasons Hotel Firenze Giardino della Gherardesca. Photo: Mathias Hamel

If staying on property, fortunate you. In addition to exploration of the gardens, you’ll benefit from the newly renovated swimming pool and scorching tub, the state-of-the-art health heart, and the charming and bespoke service that may be a hallmark of the Four Seasons model. You’ll have time to indulge your intrigue within the bas-relief, mythological story depictions that line the partitions of the sunshine crammed foyer, round which a number of luxurious boutiques are located. You’ll benefit from the unhurried pleasure of an al fresco lunch overlooking the backyard, the place the air is scented with blossoms from the potted orange bushes. You will take pleasure in a day by day, bountiful buffet breakfast, the place each culinary want is met and exceeded. And after a day of exploration, you’ll sleep superbly in your customized Four Seasons Bed, after having fun with a soothing soak in your marble tub.
Four Seasons Hotel Firenze Swimming Pool. Photo: Peter Vitale

Each of Four Seasons Hotel Firenze’s 116 rooms and suites are located in both the fifteenth century Palazzo della Gherardesca, web site of the formal foyer and flagship Michelin-starred Il Palagio restaurant, or throughout the backyard within the smaller and quieter Villa, a former Sixteenth-century convent that options its personal check-in and concierge, and Magnolia Bistro, a greenhouse gem of a restaurant the place breakfast is served attentively and dinner service begins this summer time. More than a dozen completely different room classes present alternative, and practically all are totally distinctive in dimension and design. Each options interval furnishings and artwork, and wealthy textiles. Some rooms characteristic authentic palazzo components akin to frescoes, friezes, and bas-reliefs. The Renaissance-authentic Noble Suite includes a frescoed vaulted ceiling within the bed room and a wide ranging paneled and gold adorned ceiling within the separate front room. The Gallery Suite preserves particular person options of the unique structure, akin to paneled ceilings or frescoes within the bed room. A white marble tub takes heart stage within the ornate rest room of the Stephenson Suite, and Chinese silk wallpaper is a spotlight of The Volterrano Suite. For final decadence, e book the opulent Royal Suite, positioned within the former nobles’ quarters on the Palazzo, and revel in painted vaulted ceilings, authentic Capodimonte Maioliche-style ceramic flooring, seventeenth century frescoes, and park views from each window. 
Four Seasons Hotel Firenze Villa. Photo: Peter Vitale

Noble Suite Cancelliere. Photo: Peter Vitale

Gallery Suite Volterrano. Photo: Peter Vitale

Executive Chef Paolo Lavezzini helms the kitchen at Il Palagio, the place he has additionally refined the eating room ambiance to make it extra intimate. Lavezzini makes use of conventional and easy components, getting ready them flippantly and arranging hanging displays in distinctive combos that mix flavors, consistencies, and textures. His six-course Della Gherardesca tasting menu begins with an aperitivo field of snacks akin to juniper tart and purple beetroot in shapes impressed by the backyard. Then come surprising choices akin to a dessert-like starter of marinated eggplant with pecorino, tomato and rhubarb ice cream; comforting agnolotti full of guinea fowl, Parmigiano Reggiano cream, and porcini mushrooms like his grandmother used to make. Lavezzini in impressed by the resort, which he views as one thing out of dream – enormous, fabulous, and immeasurable. He strives to take the visitor expertise even additional through his delicacies.

Four Seasons Hotel Firenze is the one resort within the coronary heart of Florence with an on-site spa. The expansive sanctuary gives a variety of luxurious remedies in a sublime surroundings, adjoining to which is each the resort-like swimming pool, and a shaded backyard furnished with chaise lounges. The separate quarters of the health heart stand prepared while you’ve not hit your 10,000 steps organically whereas strolling town. 

To totally uncover Florence’s magnificence, each the plain and the obscure, ask your Four Seasons Hotel Firenze concierge for ideas. The educated workers may also help organize all method of excursions for no matter your pursuits – together with wine. (Florence is inside a brief distance of Chianti.) But, you’ll not be faulted in case you merely determine to remain throughout the partitions of the Four Seasons Hotel Firenze property, the place one of the best of Florence is all inside simple attain.  

All images courtesy of Four Seasons Hotel Firenze

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