Inspired by the concept of a Parisian hôtel particulier, this ravishing boutique beauty enjoys a privileged position within one of Florence’s largest private gardens; a wraparound terrace makes the best of the views. Inhabiting the top two floors of the aristocratic Torrigiani family’s private residence, its 12 rooms are delightfully quirky thanks to the magpie owners’ penchant for winkling out the unusual and eccentric, so within the context of an elegant, 18th-century mansion (original parquet floors, chandeliers, fine stucco work, the odd fresco), you can expect an optician's counter used as a breakfast bar, boot lasts as lamp bases and a collection of snow globes. The individually-decorated bedrooms feature gorgeous Farrow & Ball colours, roll-top baths complete with rubber ducks and lots of intriguing knick-knacks. The best rooms have direct access to the terrace through lofty French windows, while two romantic love nests are secreted away in a cottage in the garden. Breakfast (steaming cappuccino, warm pastries, prosciutto and fresh ricotta) on the terrace is a real treat and will set you up for a hard day’s sightseeing.
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