Planning a trip to Italy? Unless you're lucky enough to have family, you'll have to find accomodations. This series of articles focuses on Florence luxury hotels. On the way we describe multiple tourist attractions in the neighborhood. Each article includes beautiful photos the reviewed luxury hotels. Each hotel mentioned has a live link (we test them just prior to posting) to its English-language website. Keep coming back, we are adding new destinations all the time. Let's find a Florence Cathedral luxury hotel.
The Florence Cathedral is known as the Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore or simply the Duomo. This majestic late Thirteenth Century to Fifteenth Century building defines the center of Florence. Don’t you dare miss this spectacular site. If you are in good physical shape you might want to climb the 463 steps to the top of the dome for a majestic view of Florence and its surroundings. Here are some hotels that you might consider which are located close to the Duomo. For your convenience we have listed these hotels in approximate order of cost, starting with the least expensive. We have personally verified all website addresses making sure that they include English-language pages.
The Hermitage Hotel.
The Hermitage Hotel is situated quite close to the famous Ponte Vecchio, one of the world’s most famous bridges with goldsmiths and jewelry shops. It only has 27 rooms and 1 suite so you may want to reserve early. You’ll love the rooftop terrace and its garden. This is a three-star hotel and is priced accordingly. The hotel address is Vicolo Marzio 1, Piazza della Signoria. The Hermitage Hotel website is www.hermitagehotel.com
The In Piazza della Signoria Hotel.
The In Piazza della Signoria has ten antique-furnished bed and breakfast rooms and three apartments that contain a small kitchen. This is part of a Fifteenth Century Palace. The hotel address is Via dei Magazzini 2. The In Piazza della Signoria website is www.inpiazzadellasignoria.com
Hotel Helvetia and Bristol.
The Hotel Helvetia and Bristol has 54 rooms and 13 suites. Its guest list includes Igor Stravinsky, Bertrand Russell, and Enrico Fermi as well as many Italian artists, but hardly starving artists. There is a restaurant-bar. The hotel address is Via dei Pescioni 2, Piazza della Repubblica. The Hotel Helvetia and Bristol website is //helvetiabristol.warwickhotels.com
The Hotel Savoy is quite near the Uffizi Gallery, a fantastic art museum open to the public for over four centuries, and the Ponte Vecchio. It belongs to the Rocco Forte Hotel chain of 13 European hotels with more coming in the Middle East. This hotel has 102 rooms and suites and offers a children’s program and a restaurant. The hotel address is Piazza della Republica 7. The Hotel Savoy website is www.roccofortehotels.comAnd wherever you go and whatever you do, check out the fine Tuscany or other Italian wines.
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Great hotels near the Cathedral in Florence, Italy