The most beautiful panoramic rooms in Florence hotels
Rooms with a view: the Florence skyline seen from the city's most beautiful hotels
George and Lucy about to kiss in front of a window. In the background, Brunelleschi's dome and the Arnolfo Tower. It is the last frame of A Room with a View, used for the poster of James Ivory's refined film adaptation (starring Helena Bonham Carter and Julian Sands as the two protagonists) of the novel by Edward Morgan Forster, who had set it in Florence, between the 19th and 20th centuries, perhaps in the year in which the writer arrived in Florence as a tourist and stayed there for a few months, in 1901.
When the film was released, that image quickly went viral, a symbol of Florence reproduced on thousands of posters and postcards; but the romantic window did not exist. It had been reconstructed. And the famous pensione Bertolini of the novel no longer exists, probably the same one where the writer stayed, on the Lungarno Guicciardini, which was loved by famous men of letters.
Whereas Florence is still there, untouched with its marvellous skyline that everyone can still enjoy today, perhaps from the comfortable bed of a five-star suite in one of Florence's eight top hotels. We at Firenze Made in Tuscany have entered these lucky rooms and snapped the views that their windows offer of the city's most breathtaking panoramas.
Here is all the information you need to book one of these wonderful rooms with a view.
DUOMO SUITE VIEW - FOUR SEASONS HOTEL FIRENZE
In one of Florence's most exclusive hotels surrounded by an immense monumental park, this two-level suite is located on the third floor of the Palazzo della Gherardesca. The experience not to be missed? Indulge in a glass of champagne in the upstairs living area, overlooking the Duomo and the rooftops of Florence (Borgo Pinti, 99).
SUITE AURORA - VILLA CORA
A late 19th-century aristocratic residence is now one of the most prestigious hotels in Florence, surrounded by a park that overlooks the magnificent Boboli Gardens. The panoramic suite is located on the second floor of the Villa, and offers splendid views of the city from which you can admire Giotto's bell tower and Brunelleschi's dome (viale Machiavelli, 18).
JUNIOR SUITE vista - HELVETIA & BRISTOL - STARHOTELS COLLEZIONE
The Helvetia & Bristol was the first luxury hotel in the heart of Florence, founded in 1885 a few steps from Via de' Tornabuoni. The suite, located in the Helvetia wing (the most historic part), is distinguished by a monumental view of Palazzo Strozzi and the Damasco Frescobaldi tapestries of the Antico Setificio Fiorentino, the flagship of Florence's artisanal history (Via dei Pescioni, 2).
SUITE BELVEDERE - THE WESTIN EXCELSIOR
Dominant position, on the top floor of a historic hotel overlooking the Lungarni. It has a 45-square-metre corner terrace with a whirlpool bath from which to enjoy a priceless view of the Arno river, Ponte Vecchio, Piazza della Signoria, the Duomo and the green hills framing the Oltrarno. The sunsets over the Arno from here are unforgettable (Piazza Ognissanti, 3).
SUITE PICASSO RIVER VIEW – HOTEL LUNGARNO
A river of elegance flowing with the Arno. Extremely spacious with a living room, sleeping area and splendid terrace overlooking the river, this suite is a tribute to the majesty of Florence. Maximum refinement in the materials: from the period furniture to the original works of art, to the splendour of the marble in the bathroom with whirlpool tub and 'double' shower. On request, it can be connected to the Relaxing room for a splendid suite with two rooms and two bathrooms (Borgo S. Jacopo, 14).
PAGLIAZZA TOWER SUITE - BRUNELLESCHI HOTEL
In a strategic point in the city and in a unique location built around the cylinder tower, one of the oldest in Florence and the medieval church, this 66-square-metre suite is housed in the Byzantine tower and has an unusual circular perimeter from which it seems as if you can touch Brunelleschi's dome and Giotto's bell tower (Piazza Sant'Elisabetta, 3).
MEDIUM PARADISO - 25HOURS HOTEL FIRENZE
In the district of Santa Maria Novella, in the hotel designed by Paola Navone and inspired by Dante's Divine Comedy, this 24 square metre room has a terrace from which you can see the bell tower and the face of the basilica of Santa Maria Novella among the rooftops and enjoy the view of the inner gardens of the houses as well as the beautiful garden of the Convent of San Paolino (Piazza di S. Paolino, 1).
SUITE DUOMO PRESIDENTIAL - HOTEL SAVOY
The ultimate expression of luxury, it occupies a separate wing of the hotel between Piazza del Duomo and Piazza della Signoria and is a model of the highest level of design. Large windows flood the two rooms with natural light and offer splendid views of the polychrome marble of the Duomo façade and Brunelleschi's dome (Piazza della Repubblica, 7).