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ANTICA TORRE DI VIA TORNABUONI 1 is a fine example of a medieval Florentine “tower-home,” built in the early thirteenth century as a fortification against war but eventually converted into an oasis of peacetime hospitality. Opened at the turn of the twentieth century as the Pensioni Piccioli, it quickly a favorite with visitors from across the continent. Closed after World War I, it languished until 2001, when a new generation of the same owners restored it to its period-correct glory and reopened its doors to travelers—not so much as a hotel or bed and breakfast but as an immersive cultural experience. Some of the most enchanting views of Florence and the Arno River can be had from this tower, either from one of the sixteen rooms and eight suites, or from the several terraces, including those located at the rooftop breakfast salon and Panoramic Bar

The home occupies a prime spot in the city along the Via Tornabuoni, famed for its wealth of high-end designer shops, and it is also located just a few steps from the Ponte Santa Trinita, Ponte Vecchio, the Duomo, and the Santa Maria Novella train station. All rooms and suites are furnished with the best amenities available to ensure a comfortable stay, while colorful Renaissance-era frescoes, fine art, luxurious drapery, marble accents, and romantic four-poster beds lend period flair. The Hammam Suite in particular is designed for those guests who seek extra rest and relaxation. Adjoining the suite is a wellness room with a chromotherapy system, double jacuzzi, Turkish bath for two, and two sun loungers. Enjoy a cocktail, beer, or fine wine at the Panoramic Bar before heading out into the neighborhood for dinner at one of the many area restaurants. Come morning, enjoy a bountiful breakfast buffet in the unique Sound Immersion salotto. Located on the seventh floor, the salon features freshly made American and European-style items, served on fine Richard Ginori porcelain, while the soothing sounds of carefully chosen musical interludes start your day off on the perfect note.

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