Completely renovated in 1999, this other elegant jewel of the Ferragamo family is in perpetual motion. One day, it hosts an exhibition of photographs by David LaChapelle, another, those of Steven Klein or Lise Sarfati, followed by a retrospective of Magnum cult photographer Elliott Erwitt. In the cradle of the Renaissance, this hotel, the precursor of Florence's hotel renewal, still stands out like a UFO.
The artist and designer Simone D'Auria books the art happenings throughout the year. He hung windmills on the facade, accompanied by the bright red letters WOW to raise awareness regarding the use of renewable sources of energy. From inside its high-design rooms of Asian-inspired décor, it is impossible to conceive that the throngs of tourists strolling on the Ponte Vecchio or queued at the entrance of the Uffizi Gallery are just a few steps away. With a pool in the basement, a lounge on the roof, and breakfasts fit for a king—could life really be this good?
Gallery Art Hotel
Vicolo dell'Oro, 5
+39 055 27263
Rooms: from 194 EUR