3 star hotel with a 5* service in Florence

The Hotel Colomba sits at position number 23/500+ in the TripAdvisor ratings. That’s pretty high up for a 3 star hotel, so they must be doing something right.

The TripAdvisor reviewers have some great words for the Colomba

  • Just back from 4 days in Florence and found a wonderful hotel Had a fanatic stay – rooms large – staff very friendly – and location was first class – everything right on the doorstep.
  • My husband and I, my elderly parents, and another couple booked rooms at the Hotel Colomba for five nights in October, 2008. I stayed there with my daughter two years ago and knew I would go back if I ever had the chance to travel in Italy again. The hotel is close to the Medici-Riccardi Palace, the Duomo, the Accademia.
  • The wonderful and attentive Rossi family took such good care of us. The rooms were immaculate and nicely appointed. Comfortable beds, great breakfasts and………………the caffe !!!
  • We had a wonderful 5 day stay in Florence. The hotel has an excellent location and facilities were great. Room was large and clean. Breakfast was great. Rosanna was very helpful and made our stay a pleasure.

Clean and uncluttered

Clean and uncluttered

The Hotel Colomba seeks to mix modern comforts with traditional Tuscan style. As a small hotel of just 14 rooms , guests clearly get a very high level of service from Rosanna, and the hotel’s recent renovation mean that the fittings are fresh and up to date. The Hotel Colomba has spacious rooms which are over and above the standard room sizes in Europe ,as the photos attest. Each room has an en-suite bathroom with shower. Guests can expect to find telephone, satellite tv, air-conditioning and a mini-bar as standard in every room. Being in the centre of town can mean noise, not so much from the traffic, but at night when the city livens up in the summer months and people are letting their hair down and enjoying the city. Rooms at the Colomba are all double-glazed so you can sleep at night, or during the afternoon if you take a “riposino” (like the Spanish siesta). Seven of the rooms give views over the city of Florence while the other seven look over an internal courtyard. There are two rooms which are provided for easy access for disabled persons.

Hotel Colomba is situated in the centre of Florence in an elegant Tuscan building that dates back to the seventeen-hundreds. The location of the hotel is perfect for visiting all of the major attractions and artistic highlights that this city has to offer such as Piazza del Duomo, the Uffizi Gallery, Piazza della Signoria and Ponte Vecchio. The convenient location also allows for easy access for travelers arriving by car or train.

Simple, clean and inviting rooms

Simple, clean and inviting rooms

Rooms
The rooms, new and very spacious, are finely furnished and equipped with all of the modern comforts; you will be overwhelmed by our pleasantly relaxing atmosphere. Here, you will receive all the benefits of traditional Tuscan hospitality that is provided by our staff, able to speak many different languages. Hotel Colomba also offers its guests a series of special services such as Free Internet Access and Bar Lounge open 24 hours a day.

Location
Like the Hotel Casci, Hotel Perseo, and Hotel Axial, the Hotel Colomba is in a fabulous location, right in the centre of town. You can walk to the steps of the Duomo in the time it will take you to count to ten. It’s that close. This makes it a great hotel for holiday makers that are looking to visit the sights of Florence during their visit. It’s very easy to reach from the main train station, and a cab ride will take no more than 4 minutes to bring you to the door of the hotel. If you’re arriving by car, then you should expect to pay between 18 & 30 euro’s per day to keep your car nearby, and the Hotel Colomba can take care of all the arrangements.

Promotions

There are two promotions running on the Hotel Colomba’s website which can be accessed via the online booking engine.

  • Promotion 1: If you make a Direct Booking you will receive a 5% discount on the official rate.
    More information here
  • Promotion 2: Make a reservation of 4 nights or more, to receive a 10% discount on the cost of your booking.
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The Hotel Colomba is a comfortable and well positioned 3 star hotel in the centre of Florence within easy access of the main monuments. With large rooms and a friendly staff it clear that past guests have really enjoyed their stay at this hotel. For more information, please visit their website.

Hotel Alternatives – a boutique Guest House in Florence with a Spa!

With an incredible choice of places to stay in Florence, we hope to bring you just a small selection of these on the Florence Italy Hotel blog, with the aim to provide a simple and comprehensive overview of some of the notable places to stay in the city.

Relais di Lorenzo

Relais di Lorenzo

The term “Relais” is a little bit of a mystery. It is not an official hotel classification in the same way that the hotel one to five category star rating is applied. Essentially the Relais name is used by accommodation providers as a commercial classification to market their property. Sometimes you can also find a Relais Hotel, but in these cases the owner should also have an official hotel star categorization, and is probably using the name Relais by choice, to position the hotel among people that just go looking for Relais accommodation. Confused? Don’t be, if you’re English a Relais is a bit like a guest house and if you’re not, the key message is that at a Relais you are likely find the same services you’d find in a hotel, but at a much lower price!

With that said, here’s our first Relais: The Relais di Lorenzo is housed inside an historic villa of the second half of the 19th century. Its location near the Fortezza da Basso, puts the hotel in a quiet neighbourhood which, while away from the main historic centre, is not so far as to make you feel out of Florence city. In fact, a leisurely 10-15 minute walk will bring you up close with the impressive Duomo.

The Private Garden Suite

The Private Garden Suite

There are a series of junior and themed suites which combine the traditional charm of Florentine style, with modern comforts – a mix of old and new, beautifully presented. What is different about the Relais is the fact that it offers a range of beauty and therapeutic treatments that you can enjoy during your stay.

What they say…

Booking.com

  • Good Location and the availability of free bicycles to travel around in Florence.
  • great rooms, almost too big for one person, conveniently located near the exhibition ground.

TripAdvisor

  • I stayed for 1 night in a splendid double rooms which had 5 different areas and was stylishly decorated and had many comforts, including an espresso coffee machine, air-conditioning, and in-room hydro-massage. Very big breakfast and very friendly staff (translated).

Bedrooms at the Relais di Lorenzo are exquisitely presented

Bedrooms at the Relais di Lorenzo are exquisitely presented

Rooms
The Relais di Lorenzo really gives hotels in Florence a run for their money, there’s a lovely quality and finish to the rooms, and the themed rooms really give you option to add some glamour to your stay in Florence.

Garden Suite
The Garden Suite features a private courtyard all your own. Secluded and tucked away the suite itself features a modern four-poster bed which is beautifully finished. There are also a choice of 16 types of pillow to ensure a comfortable sleep! Where some hotels give you a kettle, the Relais di Lorenzo provides espresso coffee machines, a mini-bar, microwave and all standard features of a hotel, such as an in-room safe, satellite tv, free wifi. The bathroom is finished in marble and guests in this suite can access easily the wellness centre that is open 24 hours a day where the Jacuzzi pool, hydro-massage and turkish baths are at your disposal.

Fireplace Suite
The main feature of this suite is an elegant French fireplace dating back to 1800. The suite is beautifully finished with a super elegant ceiling and fittings to the highest standard. Rooms come with the same level of in-room services as found in the garden suite and there is easy access to the Wellness centre.

Scenes from the Fireplace Suite

Scenes from the Fireplace Suite

Whirlpool Suite
Frescoes on the ceiling, a 4-poster bed with drapes, and a classic and yet modern finish is what defines the whirlpool suite, all finished in white. Of course, there is also a private whirlpool!! Guests can also expect to find the pillow menu and its 16 flavours available for guests perusal to guarantee a restful sleep.

Double Comfort Room
The Double Comfort room is a large room of twenty-five metres squared and is the ideal solution for guests needing a bit of extra space. This room features a queen size bed, vaulted ceiling and a panoramic shower.

Junior Suite
The Junior Suite are for those guests that like to have a little more space that a double room. The beds are king-size and the rooms have frescoed ceilings.

Location
Just like the four star hotel Lorenzo il Magnifico the Relais di Lorenzo is on the outskirts of Florence. It’s still within walking distance of the city, and there are regular buses that will take you into town in less than 5 minutes. The area is nice as it is essentially residential [read, no loud noises as you'll find in the centre as people go our to enjoy themselves in the summer months]. Nearby to the Fortezza, if you’re coming for business or looking to attend one of the annual crafts festivals, such as the Mostra Internazionale dell’Artigianato, you can reach the main display halls in 2 minutes by foot.

Another benefit of staying out of town is parking. While the whole of Florence is tightly controlled by parking zones that rival those found in London, the Relais does provide guests with their own private parking for free ( a saving of up to Euro 30 a day) The hotel is easily reached from the main motorway, the A1, or from the main airport if you’re picking up a hire car.

The Relais provides free bicycles for its guests, and this is by far the most enjoyable way anyone can explore Florence. The city of Florence is also being transformed slowly into a series of bicycle priority lanes and, as the centre of town has a restricted access, you can really enjoy Florence in this way.

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The Relais di Lorenzo is a guest house of a superior standard. Guests can expect for find comfort and attention to detail in any of the rooms, and a location which places it in a tucked away part of Florence. Easy to reach if you’re arriving by car, but equally accessible if you’re arriving by train, this is a special kind of Guest house, to be discovered and enjoyed. Think of it as you own personal villa in Florence. For more information about the Relais di Lorenzo, please visit their website.

Strozzi Palace – Affordable 4 Star in Florence center

Strozzi Palace Hotel

Strozzi Palace Hotel

The Strozzi Palace is an 18 room hotel located on Via de’ Vecchietti in Florence just a few metres from the historic Piazza della Republica where Florence’s old market used to be, and Via Tornabuoni, where you can find all the latest fashion trends from shops such as Gucci and Prada. A quick look through the comments left by people at TripAdvisor give a sense that this hotel is great for it’s location, and rapport between quality and price.

  • “Strozzi represents great value in a central location, with excellent staff.”
  • “Location is a must. The rooms are big and comfortable The staff very nice and helpful”
  • “Spacious clean rooms (no bed bugs). Great marble bathroom with a bidet and a shower door (very important). Fantastic location just a block from the center of town.”
  • “I have had the pleasure of staying at the Strozzi Palace Hotel twice, once in 2003 and again in 2005, both during the summer. Both times the staff was welcoming, the service excellent and the rooms elegant,large, comfortable and modern. By far it is the nicest hotel I have stayed at in Italy.”

Double rooms cost less at the Strozzi Palace

Double rooms cost less at the Strozzi Palace

Rooms
There are a range of room types available for guests, which can accommodate up to four people, which means as a family you could make a saving by not having to take two separate room. In fact when we checked, a four bedroom room only cost E45 a night. Equally the double rooms are also very good value at E55 per night. Bear in mind we are talking of a four star hotel located right in the centre of Florence. Guests of the hotel can expect to find stucco finished ceilineg, cherry wood furnishings and soft fabrics and quilts to make up a relaxed atmosphere for guests. All the rooms, as one would expect, have individually controllable air-conditioning, satellite TV, mini-bar as well as Free Wi-Fi and ADSL connection. Two years ago all the windows in the hotel were soundproofed so as to guarantee that despite being right in the centre of town, guests can enjoy peaceful and restful sleeps. Marble bathrooms equipped with Jacuzzi or hydro-massage shower are complemented by standard features such as a hair-drier and compliementary beauty products. The Strozzi Palace hotel offers the following rooms types: Double Superior room for single use, Double Superior, Double Deluxe room as well as the 4 berthed bedroom for larger groups that wish to stay together.

Breakfast Room at the Strozzi Palace

Breakfast Room at the Strozzi Palace

Hotel Services
Guests can expect to find a buffet breakfast ready to greet them in the morning with eggs, cheese, cold meats, cereals, yogurt, fresh brioches, as well as a wide selection of hot and cold drinks: milk, hot chocolate, espresso coffee, orange and grapefruit juices. Despite being in the centre of town the hotel has an arrangement with a car park nearby which will cost between 28 and 40 euros per day. It is also possible for the hotel to arrange a shopping tour, so you can be sure to see all the best places for shopping in Florence. If you’re heart is set on taking a trip outside of Florence the hotel is also able to arrange trips to the Cinque Terre, Portofino and Monte Carlo. The front desk of the hotel is manned 24 hours a day and the hotel is pet friendly.

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If you are looking for a 4 star hotel in Florence with an excellent relationship between quality and price, then the Strozzi Palace hotel could be just the hotel for you. For more information, visit their website.

An Apartment in Piazza del Duomo

A Room with a view

A Room with a view

This the the first apartment to feature on the Florence Hotels Italy blog, and we think you won’t be dissapointed with what we’ve found. These are a set of apartments each with their own unique style and charm, which overlook the Piazza del Duomo in Florence. We’ve talked about the importance of location on a number of occassions, and while the Hotel Axial, Hotel Perseo and Hotel Casci all deliver on this criteria, there are times when you just want to be on your own, and only an apartment will do. Palazzo Gamba cobines the independence of your own apartment with the service of a luxury hotel.

TripAdvisor guests diligently note:

  • “Fantastic find in the historic center of Florence”
  • “The location is fantastic (look out your window at the Duomo), the bedrooms and the living space are large, the unit is well equiped and the price represents an excellent value.”
  • “Palazzo Gambo – one of the best apartments I’ve stayed in.”
  • “From our apartment named aptly “Leonardo” we could see the Duomo and the Baptistry. The wonderful thing about that is you could check on the queues for both places without leaving your loungeroom.”

A combination of style and classic finishes await guests of Palazzo Gamba

A combination of style and classic finishes await guests of Palazzo Gamba

About the Apartments
Each apartment is decorated in a modern and contemporary style and they have been recently renovated to further bring the apartments up to an international standard of luxury. The apartments are spacious and have a lot of natural light. As you would expect to find in a hotel, each apartment has air conditioning (and in the winter months, central heating), bathroom accessories, and an in-room safe. A direct dial telephone as well as Satellite TV is fitted as standard, while other domestic appliances such as a dishwasher, mean that you’ll be able to spend most of your time enjoying the Florentine life, rather than being camped at the sink. A free wifi connection is also available throughout the apartments.

Apartment services
Local parking is available for €32.00 per day. A maid service in the apartments will see your rooms cleaned and tidied 6-days a week, while linens and towels are refreshed every 4 days. If you wish, Palazzo Gamba can make museum reservations for you during your stay, so you spend less times in queues and more time looking at some of Florence’s amazing historic buidlings and galleries.

Location
The apartments look out onto the Piazza del Duomo, which means that they are right in the centre of town. If you’re going to be arriving by car, then Palazzo Gamba has an arrangment that will allow you to park your car for Euro 32.00 a day. If you are going to be in Florence for a few days, it’s best to ditch the car completely as the city is best enjoyed on foot. If you are arriving at the train station of Santa Maria Novella, any bus heading in the direction of the Duomo will bring you to the main piazza in a couple of minutes. If you’re feeling more energetic, you can walk from the main train station to Piazza del Duomo in 5 minutes (taking a taxi is also an easier option if it’s very hot and humid.

A stylish bedroom at the Palazzo Gamba

A stylish bedroom at the Palazzo Gamba

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The Palazzo Gamba is the perfect base to explore Florence, and the range of apartments means that whether you are a couple or looking for holiday apartment or coming as a group of up to six people, the Palazzo Gamba offers a unique choice of apartments right in the centre of town. For more information, visit their website here.

Immerse yourself in Florence’s History

The Hotel Axial forms part of a tris of hotels (see also the Hotel Casci, and Hotel Perseo) right in the centre of Florence. Arguably though the Axial’s position is the better of the three simply because it is found in the wholly pedestrianized area of the historic centre, in Via dei Calzaiuoli, that runs from the Duomo to Piazza della Signoria. Your location puts you in the perfect position to reach all the main historic sites with complete ease.

TripAdvisor’s places the hotel in position 37 of all the hotels in Florence, while previous guests have commented….

  • “Best value for money and excellent service, highly recommended”
  • “Great service, clean hotel and in an excellent locations!!!”
  • “Loved the location and the people working at the hotel were very friendly. Rooms were very clean as well. Would definitely stay at Hotel Axial if we travel to Florence again.”
  • “This is one of the most central and quiet places you can find in Florence, close to everything (2mn from Duomo, 4mn from Palazzo Vecchio). This means that you can actually drop by again and again, if you want to rest, use the bathroom, drop you latest shopping item….”

Bedrooom at the Hotel Axial

Bedrooom at the Hotel Axial

Rooms
The rooms in the Hotel Axial have been recently refurbished in a classical style. The floors are have a typical Tuscan, style finish while furnitures are modern and elegant. Seasoned three star travelers will take this decor for granted and part and parcel of hotels in this category. A three star hotel gives you a good relationship between quality, price and comfort. In the Hotel Axial’s case, you also get a room in location that some of the 5 star hotel’s can’t even offer! Despite being in a pedestrianized part of town, there are still things that can disrupt your sleep, for example when the rubbish collectors come in the morning, but not at the Axial, where all the windows are double glazed, for added restful sleeps. Satellite TV, free wifi, an electronic safe and en-suite bathrooms are all standard at the Hotel Axial too.

Breakfast Room at the Hotel Axial

Breakfast Room at the Hotel Axial

Guest services
Guests can expect to find a buffet style breakfast every morning greeting them from the hours of 0730 through to 1000. For those planning to hit the town, the hotel also offers a booking service for restaurants and museums as well as guided tours in and outside of Florence. As the day heats up, there’s refuge at the hotel which has recently had it’s air-conditioning completely updated, so whether you’re in your room or one of the common areas, you’ll find fresh air always to nearby. An internal courtyard also provides a place where guests can enjoy a drink in the early evening or spread out the maps and have the staff help in the planning process. Other guest services include: free city maps, a wakeup service, late checkout, electronic safe, bar, international newspapers and baggage storage. As mentioned before, all the things you expect to find at a three star hotel, and the reason why the three star is one of the popular hotel categories for the price conscious.

Reading room at the Hotel Axial

Reading room at the Hotel Axial

Location
The hotel is located on Via Calzaiuoli in Florence, the street (pedestrianized) that runs from Piazza del Duomo to Piazza della Signoria. From the main train station, Santa Maria Novella, it will take 10 minutes to walk, but if it’s late June, July or August, consider the taxi option which will take just as long, but you’ll be shielded from the Florentine humidity and heat. The centre of Florence has some pretty heavy restrictions for access. So, if you are arriving by car you need to make sure that as soon as you arrive at the hotel, you provide your car registration details so they can be filed with the local council. The hotel has an arrangement with a local car park in the centre of town and it will cost between €25 and €30 a day (24-hours). Generally, as most recommend, if you’re coming to Florence, you don’t need a car for the centre of town as you can reach all the monuments by foot. As the Hotel Axial is in such a great position, you can even stop in for coffee, or drop off a bag and go back out shopping.  Now that is convenient! View the location on Google maps

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So, if you’re looking for a hotel right in the centre of town, in an amazing location and perfect for exploring the main tourist sites, the Hotel Axial could be the right choice for you. For more information, please visit their website.

Hotel Perseo, a room with a view over the Duomo

Hotel Perseo looks over the Duomo

Hotel Perseo looks over the Duomo

If you’re looking for a 3 star hotel right in the middle of town – looking out onto the Battistero and with the Duomo greeting you in all its splendour and glory, then the Hotel Perseo could be for you.

TripAdvisor puts the hotel, position eight out of two-hundred and fifty three. That’s one higher than Villa Antea’s position nine, even if they are markedly different accommodation types.

Some more comments from Trip Advisor

  • “…rooms were up-to-date and very clean; the location of the hotel was ideal (the Duomo was essentially out the front door and the rest of Florence was easily reachable with a short walk”
  • “Ideal Location, Personal Service”
  • “This is a fantastic hotel. I have traveled all over the world and it is the first hotel which, I feel, is perfect in all respects. The rooms are large, modern and quiet despite being in the very centre of Florence (it is about 3min walk from the Duomo!). It truly has a family feel…”

Location
The Hotel Perseo describes itself as an oasis in the heart of the Florentine hustle and bustle. It’s a very simple three star hotel that prizes itself on its location. It can be reached by foot from the main train station in 5 minutes. But some guests can miss the hotel, despite being directly underneath it because the reception is actually on the 3rd floor of the hotel’s building. So, keep your eyes high in Piazza Duomo so as to not miss the hotel’s signage.[See the Hotel Perseo on Google Maps ].

Simple, clean and uncluttered rooms at the Hotel Perseo

Simple, clean and uncluttered rooms at the Hotel Perseo

Rooms
The hotel itself comprises twenty simple and cleanly finished rooms. You are not paying for the most luxurious accommodation in town, you’re paying for the location, just like the Hotel Casci. In each room guests can expect to find a direct dial telephone, as well as individually controlled air-conditioning (and heating). An electronic safe for storing any valuables in your rooms during the day, as well as a TV/Satellite and a Broadband Internet connection. The rooms all come with en-suite bathrooms, and comfortable queen and king size beds are available.

Hotel Services
The hotel reception is always staffed, so you will find support and assistance at whatever time of the day or night you need it. If you’re looking to explore the historic sites of Florence, the hotel provides a museum reservation service (this can help dramatically with places such as the Uffizi Gallery). Equally, if you’re interested in the arts, during the summer months Florence has a wide range of open air concerts and exhibitions, and these can be booked for your by the hotel staff. The centre of town has a wide range of places to eat and enjoy fine Tuscany food, the staff at the hotel will be happy to steer you towards the best places to eat. Finally, international newspapers are delivered daily, should you wish to re-connect with the outside World. But seriously why would you, you’re on holiday in the place that defines the Renaissance movement in Italy, just ignore the news for a couple of weeks!

Promotions

  • Book more than 3 nights and get a free tour of the Uffizi Gallery or the Accademia (where you will find the original work “Davide” by Michelangelo).
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  • Book a double rooms for more than 4 nights and get a free trip to Siena, Chianti, and San Gimignano.
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  • Special Internet only rates, available by direct booking online.
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The Hotel Perseo is an extremely valid option for visitors that tackly the Florentine monuments head on. A short walk from the main train station makes this the ideal hotel for first time visitors on a budget. You can visit their website here.

4 star hotel in Florence – Magnifico!!

Lorenzo Il Magnifico

Lorenzo Il Magnifico

A Neo-Renaissance villa provides the setting for the Lorenzo il Magnifico, a four star hotel within easy reach of Florence. Historically a boarding school for wealthy girls, the hotel to this day, retains the classic elegance of a bygone period. It’s one of the few hotels we’ve featured so far that has a private car park, ideal for those people that are going to be arriving by car in Florence, and not the mainline train station. Here are some past comments of the guests of the hotel from Trip Advisor,

  • “The hotel itself had the most beautiful high ceilings and had clean, plush furnishings”
  • “This is a charming and comfortable hotel in Florence, with excellent deals for bookings in advance”
  • “Rooms excellent, bath is modern, jacuzzi tub and separate shower, mini bar, outdoor patio, private parking, outstanding breakfast and excellent staff”

Breakfast at Lorenzo il Magnifico

Breakfast at Lorenzo il Magnifico

Location
The Lorenzo il Magnifico is just 15 minutes on foot from the centre of Florence, and if you’re not happy with walking, both public transport and taxi’s will whisk you to the centre in 5 minutes. In the immediate vicinity of the hotel, guests will find restaurants that the hotel has a special arrangement with [read: you eat good food and avoid the tourist traps]. The spectacular Fortezza da Basso is nearby making the Lorenzo il Magnifico ideal if you intend to go to one of the many annual trade shows taking place at this Florentine conference hall. It is also a wonderful place to enjoy evening strolls and a beautiful water fountain, where you’ll find people enjoying the spectacle in the summer months.

An internal car park means that if you are arriving from outside Florence, you’ll find parking easy. This, in Florence is a definite plus, as there are very few public parking spaces, and then there is the weekly washings of the streets, which can catch even the most well-informed of of tourists out. [show position on Google maps]

Rooms
The hotel has thirty-six rooms divided into three room types: classic rooms, deluxe rooms and superior rooms. All the rooms have air-conditioning as well as Satellite TV, free wifi, and a mini bar in each of the rooms. There is also an in-room safe, and a direct dial phone line. Windows have also been soundproofed to add to your confort.

Bedroom at Lorenzo il Magnifico

Bedroom at Lorenzo il Magnifico

Suites
If you’re looking to add something special to your stay at the Lorenzo il Magnifico, the two Royal suites combine the traditional Florentine charm with the modern technology found in the classic rooms. They are decorated with granite tiled floors and frescoes on the ceiling. One of these fabulous suites is also dispersed over two levels.

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The Lorenzo Il Magnifico represents great value for money for those search for a 4 star hotel that is conveniently located near the centre, and for those that are arriving by car and need a hotel with its own parking.

Visit the website of Lorenzo il Magnifico to find out more about this hotel.

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