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Hotel Information

  • Description
  • Activities
  • Bar
  • Business-services
  • Gardens
  • Gym
  • Kids-club
  • Meetings-events
  • Restaurant
  • Spa
  • Weddings

Description

Four Seasons Hotel Firenze is an outstading art-filled Renaissance palace near Giardino della Gherardesca, one the oldest, largest and most elegant Florentine gardens in the heart of Florence. The building began its storied life in the 15th century as the Palazzo della Gherardesca before becoming, in turn, a papal residence, a convent and, in 2008, a luxury hotel, managed by the Four Seasons. That most recent transformation took seven years and 42 craftsmen who worked day and night to restore the interior to its former glory. The hotel is proud with its 15th-century stone-carved allegorical reliefs and 16th-century Mannerist frescos—works by artisans, such as Giovanni Stradano, who were in the exclusive service of royalty and the elite.

The hotel's 72 guest rooms and 44 suites can be found within two buildings: an ornate Conventino and Renaissance Palazzo della Gherardesca. Reflecting their rich architectural history, many suites feature original frescoes, friezes and hand-painted sculptured reliefs, blending Renaissance artistry with high-tech comfort.

Guests are invited to savour authentic Italian flavours at one of the hotel's restaurants, including Il Palagio, which was awarded with one Michelin star, La Magnolia, which serves delightful breakfast or the outdoor restaurant Al Fresco, which serves typical Italian trattoria dishes during lunch and barbecues for dinner. There is also the Atrium Bar that offers lights meals, coffee specialities and refreshing cocktails.

Since Florence has so many activities, guests, who visit most of the sights that the city has to offer, usually want some time just for relaxing. Four Seasons Hotel Firenze has a luxurious spa offering a wide selection of treatments, massages and facials. There is also an outdoor pool, whirlpool and steam room for the enhancement of the spa experience. Those who want to get a little bit more active, are invited to use the hotel's fitness center that provides the latest cardiovascular and strength-training equipment, personal trainers, yoga or other fitness classes.

Guests staying at the hotel have many opportunities for memorable experiences on the hotel's grounds or outside the hotel: an unforgettable dining experience on the terrace of Ponte Vecchio, hot air ballon ride over the hotel's area and the nearby countryside, cooking classes for the little ones and many more.

The hotel is just steps away from the city's most notable attractions, including the Duomo, Uffizzi Palace. It is just 15 km away from Florence International Airport.

activities

Pool:

With gorgeous views of the garden, the outdoor pool at Four Seasons Hotel Firenze offers a calm oasis away from the bustle of the city. Guests can use the pool for laps or recreational swimming, relax in the adjacent whirlpool, or unwind on a chaise longue. Frosty drinks are served on the open-air pool deck. So you don't miss out, the pool is equipped with telephones and wireless Internet access.

Experiences:

A GOLDEN DINNER ON THE PONTE VECCHIO
The recipe for Renaissance-style romance begins with an intimate dinner on a fourth-floor private terrace on the Ponte Vecchio, Florence’s signature arch bridge. Four Seasons Hotel Firenze has secured exclusive access to the bridge’s only open-air terrace, tucked above the glittering jewellery boutique Dante Cardini. As the sun sets, savour unparalleled views of the Arno River before indulging in a four-course gourmet meal designed by Michelin-starred chef Vito Mollica and prepared on-site. Inspired by the many jewellery stores located along the Ponte Vecchio, Mollica’s decadent menu features an unexpected ingredient: gold. After dessert, shop for a stunning keepsake at Dante Cardini. Specially designed to complement this once-in-a-lifetime experience, the jeweller’s “Four Seasons” ring – with white gold, diamonds and a rose sapphire – is just one of the many dazzling pieces you’ll discover.


LUXURY SPORTS CAR FOR A DAY
A luxury sports car is waiting for you in the hotel's garden. Choose your favourite and discover beautiful Tuscany and its countryside behind the wheel of a unique car. A tailor-made itinerary will be prepared just for you, according to your preferences.
Customizable packages available:
- A romantic dinner, with an amazing car to get you there
- A day to discover the Museo Ferrari, driving your Ferrari
- Shopping and SUV: More space for your shopping trip to The Mall, the fashion style outlet
- Chianti Charme Experience
- Discover the most beautiful cities of Tuscany in a convertible car
- Florence by night: Another point of view to admire the wonderful city from above
- Ferrari driving experience: Drive a Ferrari with a co-pilot for a short tour of Florence

THE HOT AIR BALLOON EXPERIENCE OVER THE PARK
Take off from the “della Gherardesca” garden in a hot air balloon and have a wonderful experience that will last a lifetime! See Florence from the air before flying over the Chianti region and, upon touchdown, enjoy a Four Seasons breakfast, complete with private butler, in a typical Tuscan farm.


WINE ACADEMY
Attend the new Wine Academy in the “Enoteca” of Il Palagio restaurant with the expert sommeliers. With this private lesson, you will taste some of the best local wines, learn about the different grape varieties and understand the techniques of the production of the wines.



KIDS & FAMILY EXPERIENCES

TENNIS
Tennis Visarno is beautifully located on the banks of the river Arno, in Cascine Park. The club offers two clay courts and one artificial lawn court that are lit for night play. The clay courts are covered during the winter.
Estimated travel time 15 minutes drive


HORSEBACK RIDING
La Baita equestrian centre offers riding courses and trekking itineraries geared to all levels, from novice to experienced, for both adults and children.
Estimated travel time 30 minutes drive


ON THE ‘RENIAIOLI’ BOAT
Take a very original tour for the whole family with the "Reinaioli " boat, which travels along the Arno river before and during sunset. In this boat guests can admire the artistic and natural beauty of the city from the river. Used to organize the tours on the river Arno, the boats (barchetti) have long been used in Florentine history.


FAMILY-ORIENTED UNDERTAKINGS
Enjoy family activities including family-oriented visits to the Uffizi Gallery or Pitti Palace, with activities and entertainment specially organized for children; and excursions to Pinocchio Park, an open-air museum where everyone can experience the puppet's adventures with toys and fantasy playhouses.


ASSASSIN'S CREED TOUR
A tour of the city centering on the historical action-adventure video game "Assassin's Creed" can be arranged with a private English-speaking guide. Highlights include visiting the same sights that Ezio Auditore, the protagonist of the game, frequented.


PINOCCHIO MUSEUM
A visit to Pinocchio Museum, which is dedicated to the story of Pinocchio and the Butterflies House, is an experience like no other. Located approximately within an hour's drive from Florence, little ones will be delighted to wander through this picturesque park of art and architecture, taking in a unique labyrinth, that recreates Pinocchio's famous story.


THE SECRET DOORS OF PALAZZO VECCHIO
Palazzo Vecchio is the old residence of the Medici Family, with magnificent frescoes on the walls and incredible stories behind each door. The old residence of the Medici and current city hall is full of interesting history behind every door. They offer various tours in English such as the following:
- The Medieval Palace Revealed allows exploration of the oldest parts of the building, include a 14th century staircase hidden in the wall, the apartment of the Priors, and the guard walk on the battlement of the Palace.
- The Life at the Medici’s Court includes a visit to the ducal apartments, including the secret study room of Duchess Bianca Cappello, usually closed to the public. The tour concludes in the Gallery of Renaissance Costumes, where some replicas of dresses belonging to the members of the Ducal family are located.


MUSEUMS
- Museo Leonardo da Vinci: Dedicated to the universal genius and artist, this museum offers a unique experience showcasing the inventions and works of da Vinci.
- Galileo Museum: Highlighting the inventions of Galileo, this museum displays his passion for astronomy, and presents interesting facts about his findings through interactive learning.
- Stibbert Museum: A mecca of amours, ancient manners for the Italian Aristocracy, and stories about their rival families, this museum owns a large collection of artifacts dating back 400 years.


COOKING CLASSES WITH THE CHEF
There is no better place than Florence for kids of all ages to learn about Italian cuisine. Hosted by the chef in the heart of Il Palagio’s kitchen, this concentrated lesson allows a brief introduction to Tuscan gastronomy, including local ingredients, products and traditions. Even gourmands can expect to have their culinary knowledge enriched.


FLORAL DESIGN IN THE GREENHOUSE

Set aside a few hours to spend with Vincenzo Dascanio, this on-site designer in charge of all floral decorations for Four Seasons Hotel Firenze. A certified florist, he will lead your family around the exclusive greenhouse, revealing tips for creating the perfect bouquet in the process.


GARDENING IN GHERARDESCA PARK
Four Seasons Hotel Firenze offers families the chance to spend half a day with the chief gardener, who’s responsible for every botanical wonder in the 4.5-hectare (1.8-acre) English-style private garden, including a 250-year-old maidenhair tree, an incense cedar and about 10,000 other inspiring plants.


PAINTING CLASS
Florence is a town of great artists: Botticelli, Caravaggio, Michelangelo.... The hotel's smallest guests will learn how to become one of them!





bar

Atrium Bar:

Beneath a skylight in the Palazzo della Gherardesca, the Atrium Bar offers an elegant setting for guests to enjoy light meals, coffee specialties, cocktails throughout the day and scrumptious afternoon teas. As the primary spot for people to meet in the Hotel, the Atrium Bar is the place to see and be seen in Florence. In the evenings, live piano music adds a soothing tone.

business-services

Business Services:

- 24-hour business services
- Airline reservation service
- Audiovisual equipment
- Cellular telephones
- Digital cameras
- International newspapers
- Secretarial service
- Translation and interpretation service
- Video conferencing
- Wired or wireless Internet access
- Worldwide courier service
- Laptops and Tablets
- Wireless printer

Note: Fees may apply.


gardens

Garden:

At the heart of Four Seasons Hotel Firenze waits a delightful surprise: the Giardino della Gherardesca – a sanctuary of giant shade trees, vast lawns and vibrant flowers. Though one of the largest Florentine gardens – measuring 4.5 hectares (11 acres) – this walled park has been kept private and unseen for hundreds of years.

Originally planted as a Renaissance garden in the 15th century, the Giardino has been restored to its 19th century design, presenting a showcase of rare and endangered botanical species. Amongst the most striking: Taxus Baccata, a decorative evergreen known as the longest living plant in Europe; and a Thuja tree, an aromatic conifer called the “tree of life” for its homeopathic properties.

Strolling the Giardino offers a refreshing respite from Florence’s busy streets. As you explore the interlacing of pathways, you’ll discover original statues, fountains, pools, a small Ionic temple and a pavilion known as the Kaffeehaus.

Enjoy the simple pleasures of lying back on a lawn dotted with tiny wildflowers, reading in the shade of centuries-old trees, or lounging beside the garden swimming pool. In fine weather, you can savour meals al fresco on Il Palagio terrace. Or venture to the top of the startlingly high, tree-covered hill – a lovely spot for romantic dinners, with views of the Duomo across Florence’s red-tiled rooftops.

gym

Gym:

The fitness center provides the latest cardiovascular and strength-training equipment. There are also certified trainers who can help you design a workout or take your current workout to the next level. For those who need a little group motivation, yoga and other fitness classes are also available.

Guests can also enjoy outdoor fitness acitivities while connecting with nature in the heart of the city during a personalized session. A personal trainer will guide you through a series of stretches, breathing exercises, meditation, aerobics and muscle-strenghtening techniques in the hotel's private garden, Giardino della Gherardesca (weather permitting).

kids-club

Kids:

KIDS AMENITIES:
- A welcome amenity for the youngest guests
- Colouring books and crayons, cartoon movies, games, books and toys
- Child-size bathrobes and slippers
- Complimentary babies' and children's toiletries
- Children's menus in the restaurants and through In-Room Dining
Upon request, and subject to availability:
- Items to childproof guest rooms
- Cribs and/or rollaway bed(s), at no extra charge and subject to maximum occupancy
- Infant needs, including complimentary use of stroller, high chair, bottles and toys

BABYSITTING SERVICES
With 24 hours notice, the hotel can arrange reliable babysitting services for your little ones. 

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Meetings And Events:

The hotel offers excellent spaces for meetings and special celebrations. All the function rooms are decorated with stunning Renaissance art and provide modern technologies.

restaurant

Il Palagio:

Located on the ground floor of the Palazzo della Gherardesca, Il Palagio, awarded one Michelin star, features vaulted ceilings, elegant décor and lovely views of the inner gardens. Large French doors open to a terrace that offers al fresco dining during clement weather. A seasonal menu features regional cuisine prepared with a contemporary twist, accompanied by exceptional Italian wines.

A wide variety of à la carte items is offered at breakfast including freshly baked pastries, croissants and breads, fresh fruits and juices, egg specialties, cheeses, smoked fish and cold meats. For lunch and dinner, authentic Italian cuisine is thoughtfully prepared featuring local flavours. Executive Chef Vito Mollica and his team also prepare multi-course tasting menus with wine and food pairings.

La Magnolia:

On the ground floor of the Conventino, La Magnolia offers an intimate venue that serves breakfast for guests staying in this section of the hotel. As in Il Palagio, the delectable à la carte menu is wide-ranging, from freshly baked pastries to egg specialties, smoked fish and cold meats.

Winery:

A separate space located in the centre of Il Palagio, the Winery features open displays of close to 400 bottles of wine. A virtual temple of exceptional gastronomy, the Winery’s intriguing menu features a mix of traditional and contemporary local dishes served in small assaggini portions, accompanied by an abundant selection of wines, including vintage wines that can be tasted by the glass. As Florence’s most convivial meeting place, it appeals to connoisseurs and newcomers to wine alike.

Al Fresco:

Set in the beautiful Giardino della Gherardesca, adjacent to the swimming pool and spa, Al Fresco enjoys an enviable location under a majestic tree that provides shade on hot summer days. Offering a wide selection of dishes in a completely revisited formula, Chef Vito Mollica features typical Italian trattoria at lunchtime, pizzeria and barbecue grilled on the new Josper grill for dinner, and invigorating libations at the poolside bar.

spa

Spa:

Inspired by the beauty of Italy, the Spa at Four Seasons Hotel Firenze is nestled amongst the ancient trees of the hotel's botanical gardens. It offers ten spa treatment rooms, including one double room and one double VIP suite, and signature services such as Chianti Wine Massage and Iris Sensations treatment. The Spa sources its products from Officina Profumo – Farmaceutica di Santa Maria Novella, Florence’s oldest pharmacy.

Guest who want to enhance their spa experience can also enjoy an outdoor pool, whirpool, steam room and relaxation lounge.

 



weddings

Weddings:

Wed against spectacular backdrops, including a centuries-old walled garden, on a property dating back to the Renaissance. A Four Seasons wedding expert is by your side to assist with every detail.

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