The sophisticated Hotel Lungarno belongs to the Lungarno Collection, owned by the Florence-based Ferragamo family. Every bit as stylish as the Salvatore Ferragamo fashion brand, Hotel Lungarno is set in a historic townhouse on the left bank of the Arno River, between Ponte Vecchio and Ponte Santa Trinita, and within walking distance of all of the wonders of this glorious Renaissance city. It’s the River Arno which provides the inspiration for much of the hotel’s décor, with nautical elements subtly incorporated into the fabric of the hotel evoking the feel of an elegant cruise liner, albeit it one with a vast collection of art, including prints by Picasso, Cocteau and Antonio Bueno and black and white fashion photographs from the 1940s and 50s. There’s no spa, pool or gym, but in-room treatments can be arranged and yoga mats provided – and if you fancy seeing Florence on two wheels, bicycles are available to hire.
The hotel offers 65 rooms and suites, each an elegant blend of times past and present, furnished with antique and contemporary pieces and subtle nautical references. Much of the accommodation overlooks the River Arno and the Ponte Vecchio, while rooms at the back of the hotel have views over the Oltrarno quarter, towards the Boboli Gardens and the Basilica of Santa Maria del Santo Spirito. The most spectacular vistas are from the two-bedroom Rooftop Terrace Suite, which boasts a 360-degree panorama of Florence, though for a real flavour of this historic city, there’s the Studio Torre Suite, housed in the 12th-century Barbadori Tower, with exposed brick walls and floor-to-ceiling windows.
Couples / romantics
THINGS TO DO AT THE HOTEL
Marvel at the views over Florence with a Negroni from La Terraza rooftop bar
Take a themed tour of the hotel's extensive art collection, featuring over 450 pieces
Feast on Michelin-star cuisine at the riverfront Borgo San Jacopo
Sooth tired limbs with an in-room massage treatment
OUT & ABOUT
Take a painting lesson with local artist Robert Guarnieri
Slow the pace with some urban river rafting on the Arno
Immerse yourself in haute couture at the nearby Salvatore Ferragamo museum
Arrange a visit to the historic atelier of Florentine jewellers Frantelli Piccini
Hop on a bike to explore the city's atmospheric streets from a different perspective
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