Arty on the Arno
What it is
A medium-sized hotel with a great location and a dazzling collection of art.
What it isn't
Replete with amenities. There’s no gym or spa.
What we think
One of the Ferragamo family’s portfolio of hotels, the Lungarno boasts a prime location near the Ponte Vecchio, right along the Arno River (literally—room balconies overhang the water). With elegant cornicing and classical framing, the 68-room hotel is one of the river’s most elegant options. A stylish rework by designer Michele Bonan has accentuated the proximity to the water, with deep blues and whites echoing the outside flow. Enhancing the calm yet sleek interior are 400 pieces of 20th-century Italian art from the family’s collection (plus a smattering of Picasso and Cocteau). Both the Picteau Bar and the Borgo San Jacopo restaurant have terraces on the Arno; should the romantic location overwhelm you (which it will), the hotel can arrange a private balcony dinner for two.
You're here because
Who doesn’t love front-row seats to one of Florence’s most iconic views?
Lounging on your private balcony, the Ponte Vecchio seemingly close enough to touch, you listen as the relaxed bustle of late-evening strollers is replaced by the cheerful footsteps of your private waiter. In his wake he leaves one of Chef Peter Brunel’s signatures: yellow potato spaghetti with pesto sauce.
Restaurants & Bars
BORGO SAN JACOPO -- contemporary Italian cuisine at our riverside Michelin-starred restaurant.
PICTEAU LOUNGE BAR -- classic cocktails in the company of Picasso, Cocteau and the Ponte Vecchio.
LA TERRAZZA LOUNGE BAR --drinks on top of its medieval Consorti tower, just one step away from heaven and the famous sights of Florence
Riverside in Oltrarno, right by the Ponte Vecchio. All of Florence’s main monuments are within walking distance, but the Palazzo Pitti and the Uffizi Galleries are especially close. Florence airport is a 45-minute drive.