After a fabulous handmade Italian breakfast offered in our open terrace, head towards Piazza della Repubblica and Via Calimala to begin your excursion. Here you can see the unique Orsanmichele Church, built in 1337. Going right to the short section of Via de Calzaiuoli you head to the Piazza della Signoria, where you can admire some remarkable masterpieces, such as the Fountain of Neptune representing the Roman god of the waters, in Italian “Nettuno”. On the right side of the square stands Loggia della Signoria in which you can find many works such as: Perseus; the Rape of the Sabines; Hercules fighting with centaur Nessus; Menelaus supporting the body of Patroclus.

Before leaving the square visit Piazzale degli Uffizi, where the impressive and harmonious construction of Cosimo I brings together all the administrative offices scattered around the city on the large rectangular courtyard, where there were public parties. Before going to Ponte Vecchio you should have a stop-off at via dei Georgofili. On 23 May 1993 at approximately 1am there was a car bomb attempt that procured the collapse of “Torre dei Pulci”, home of the Academy of Georgofili, and the damage of some rooms of the Uffizi Gallery and the Vasarian Corridor, the total loss of some masterpieces in the art gallery and the death of five people. Return to the Piazza della Signoria, and head for the short via Vacchereccia, turn left into via Por Santa Maria after which you’ll be facing Ponte Vecchio, the oldest bridge in the city. This bridge was rebuilt several times and since 1593 there have been craftsmen working in their shops, goldsmiths and jewelers keeping tradition alive. As soon as you cross the Ponte Vecchio continue to Via de' Guicciardini in order to reach Piazza Pitti, which is dominated by the magnificent Palazzo Pitti. In the mid-sixteenth century, the building was sold to Cosimo I de' Medici, who resided in the palace with his family. From 1865 to 1870 during the period when Florence was capital of Italy, the palace also became home to the sovereign family of Savoy. 

After having enjoyed a snack accompanied by a fresh Italian red wine at the famous Enoteca "Le Volpi e L'Uva" head towards two important squares in Florence: Piazza Santo Spirito and Piazza della Passera. The first one was built in the thirteenth century to accommodate the crowds that attended the prayers of the Augustinians, the holders of “Basilica Santo Spirito” and is surrounded by numerous century houses among which Palazzo Guadagni. Piazza della Passera is a small square known as “Canto ai quattro leoni”, characterized by host numerous cultural events.

From Piazza della Passera cross Via Maggio and then cross Ponte Santa Trinità, built by Bartolomeo Ammannati with the advice of Michelangelo. Unfortunately during the second World War the wonderful bridge, along with most of the others, was blown up by German troops and was rebuilt in 1958. Crossing the bridge you enter Via de' Tornabuoni and on the right side will be Palazzo Spini-Ferroni. It was originally Tornabuonis’ property, then passed into the hands of many families to end up in 1846 to the City of Florence, who established several offices until 1871. Today the palace accommodates the Shoe Museum. Beyond the Palace you come across Piazza Santa Trinita with the beautiful church and the monumental column of Justice. Via de' Tornabuoni is not only known for its important historical buildings but also for the many designer shops that are located there, such as Cavalli, Gucci and Prada. Head to Piazza de' Davanzati where there is the homonymous palace that is now the Museum of the Old Florentine House. 

After such a long day of exquisite culture, you'll be sure to enjoy your the luxury of you Be ONE room...

 

Be ONE

Be ONE Art and Luxury Home is a luxury boutique resort located in the heart of Florence, the birthplace of the Renaissance, recognized as one of the most beautiful cities in the world.

The resort is located in a privileged position; it is walking distance from the countless historical artistic attractions that Florence offers. Be ONE is also brilliantly located for those who love to do shopping in the best boutiques in the city.

Hidden on the 3rd and 4th floor of an historical building in Piazza della Repubblica, the small boutique resort's common areas, rooms and the comfortable lounge/bar have been treated in detail by an internationally renowned architect. Brightness of the surroundings and attention to detail, elegant fornitures signed by Fendi luxury living.

Be ONE counts, for the moment, 8 rooms, each one dedicated to a famous Italian personality....

  • Executive Classic double rooms have marble bathrooms and a shower | Size 17/18 sqm | €170­.28
  • Superior Rooms are furnished by Fendi and decorated with handcrafted bronze. The bathrooms are decorated with the best Italian marble. Some Superior rooms have a balcony with a view overlooking the Florence's rooftops | Size 19/22 sqm | €200.­31
  • Deluxe Rooms are the perfect compromise for those who enjoy the space and comfort but do not need a suite. All rooms have a sofa and a double balcony with views over the rooftops of Florence and the most important shopping streets of the city. The bathrooms are large and spacious. Fine marble adorn the shower. | Size 23/26 sqm | €260.­36
  • The Junior Suite " Luciano Pavarotti " open into a beautiful living room with solid wood tables and kitchen and continue with the master bedroom and bath with Jacuzzi and marble arabesque | Floor area 35 sqm | €330.55
  • The Penthouse, located on the 4th floor, is the natural union of the superior room " Julius Caesar " and Junior Suite "Luciano Pavarotti". A separate entrance leads to the 4th floor, making the room feel like in a luxury apartment but with a reception. Two bathrooms, 3 televisions and Jacuzzi | 60 Sqm | €400.­80

Be ONE is charming and culturally alive: there is a polyhedral library about Italy to guests' disposal. Vintage Italian films are screened in the lounge and Italian music is played in the common areas. Be ONE is partner with the oldest tennis and swimming pool club with special prices for the Be ONE guests. A nine-hole golf and driving range is available a fews minutes by car. Wine and oil tasting excursions and guided tours are organized in the nearby hills of Chianti, courses in sculpture , photography and fresco are available on request.

Florence's Amerigo Vespucci airport is only 10km away and the city's main station, Santa Maria Novella, is just 10­ minutes away.

 

All prices are per room per night for 1 or 2 people including breakfast, VAT, service and CONCIERGERIE TAILOR MADE BUTLER , minibar and free WI -FI : Prices vary with the season (extra bed €75).

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