City Guide: Florence

Florence’s famed Ponte Vecchio. 
Florence’s famed Ponte Vecchio. 

Where to Stay: Four Florence hotels we love.

Working fireplaces and stacks of books lend a stylishly homey feel to 20-room J.K. Place Firenze, located on the same piazza as the Basilica of Santa Maria Novella. The atrium courtyard’s family-style table beckons you to linger over a long lunch with friends. 

Owned by the Ferragamo family, the 63-room Hotel Lungarno recently reopened after an extensive refurbishment. It retains its chic nautical style, impressive art collection, and incredible location directly on the Arno River. Also owned by the Ferragamos, the 37-room Portrait Firenze possesses a contemporary, masculine decor that sets it apart in a city of old-world tradition. Spacious suites offer well-stocked kitchenettes; request one overlooking the Arno with views of the Ponte Vecchio. 

Set above the Boboli Gardens, minutes from the city, 44-room Villa Cora feels like the opulent residence it once was, brimming with frescoes, fine art and furnishings, and lots of formal swagger. Its heated outdoor pool is a welcome respite after a day of sightseeing, and the seasonal Sunday brunch is a must. 

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