Florence 2015 – Antica Torre di via Tornabuoni
In the month of October, 2015 we enjoyed our second stay at a lovely boutique hotel in Florence, the “Antica Torre di via Tornabuoni No. 1”. Yes, it’s a long name. But stick around and get to know this place and its history, and you’ll find that it’s worth the effort to remember all of those syllables.
The tower dates back to the mid-1200’s, according to the hotel’s website. When I’m in Italy, I can never quite get used to that feeling of living in antiquity, while being fully in the present. And I don’t know that I’d want to get used to it; that’s what makes the journey so much fun.
Florence is a wonderful, magical city, brimming with history, and a hotel dating back to the mid-thirteenth century seems the perfect base from which to explore it.
We’ve stayed at this hotel twice, once in 2013 and most recently in October, 2015. Before our second visit, I’d heard that the hotel was undergoing some renovation, and so I wasn’t sure what to expect upon arrival. I needn’t have worried though. I was more than amazed at the wonderful room that we were assigned – a “Library Jr. Suite” overlooking the Arno. This was my favorite hotel room of the 2015 trip, although Glenn disagrees, and gives that honored title to our room in Santa Margherita Ligure.
Step in, and see for yourself…
The attributes of this room that I thought were over-the-top wonderful were of course the view, but also the spacious feel of the suite, including the window bed and a second full sized bathroom. I’ve never enjoyed a second bath in a hotel room before, and I have to say that after two weeks of traveling it was nice for us to be able to retreat to our separate corners, if only for a few minutes.
There was a very substantial breakfast buffet offered every morning, with the option to dine on the rooftop patio, weather permitting.
Speaking of the rooftop patio, the hotel boasts one of the most pleasant rooftop bars that I’ve experienced in Italy. Offering comfortable chairs and couches for footsore patrons, the patio is the perfect place to unwind and enjoy a glass or two of wine before dinner. The views of the city are breathtaking, especially at sunset. Unfortunately my phone camera photos are not perfect, but you get the idea.
If you’re looking for an upscale boutique hotel in Florence with unique rooms and superb views, consider the Antica Torre Di Via Tornabuoni No. 1. Two thumbs up for location, style, and comfort.