The Four Seasons Florence brings new levels of service and professionalism to hotel keeping in a city where bella figura (putting on a good show) too often supersedes substance. To look out over - or stroll in - private floral gardens is a pleasure rarely experienced by hotel guests in the historic centre.
This is a supremely comfortable palace from which to explore the city's architectural and art treasures with everything needful on hand, from tailoring repairs to computer support. For privileged access to private art collections and personal shopping one has but to ask the concierge. And in Florence, of all cities, one should.
Families of all ages
Good disabled access
Things to do at the property:
Yoga in the private Giardino della Gherardesca
Long leisurely al fresco brunch around the pool with the world's newspapers
Rossini cocktails in the 500 year old Palazzo della Gherardesca
Have the spa banish foot fatigue - and the rest - with the celebrated Iris Emotions treatment
Romantic candlelit tasting menu at Il Palagio: seven superlight courses
Things to do nearby:
Privileged access to the Vasari Corridor connecting Palazzo Vecchio to Palazzo Pitti
Family expeditions including the Children's Museum
Lunch at the Villa San Michele, Fiesole, overlooking the city
Behind the scenes tour of the Duomo
Personal shopping by appointment at designer boutiques and speciality shops
For long weekends at least it is worth flying into Firenze municipal airport, much closer than Pisa.
Museum access is best arranged by the concierge to avoid the crowds
Florence in high summer can be humid and crowded (though the Four Seasons does provide the best antidote).
The best cooking is no longer found at the most famous - or expensive - restaurants
The idea for Red Savannah was always based on a clear market need. A small team of the most experienced travel designers, supported by the latest technology and delivered with the lightest touch. In short, a travel company redefined for the 21st century.