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A top-floor-dwelling Marchese will be your neighbour at AdAstra, an 18th-century palazzo in Florence’s authentic Oltrarno district. His former family home has all the expected grandeur: chandeliers dangling from frescoed ceilings, glossy wooden floors and freestanding claw-foot bath tubs in every bedroom. Overlooking one of the biggest private gardens in Europe, the building adds to its heritage charms Italian design flourishes from the Fifties, Sixties and Seventies, and each room has its own quirks (framed scarves on the walls, faded football photographs, Lego constructions).
Via del Campuccio 53 Firenze,Italy
Compliments of the House
A bottle of Torrigiani wine and a Florence tea towel
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At the Hotel
CHECK-OUT: 10.30am, but flexible, subject to availability. Earliest check-in, 2pm, also flexible if your room’s ready.
Rates usually include a lavish Continental breakfast.
Concierge, free WiFi throughout, lounge, terrace, parking, air-conditioning. In rooms: espresso machine, DVD player, HD TV and CO Bigelow bath products.
Pucci prints to match the framed scarves on some of the walls and bold colours to complement the eyecatching artworks.
Due to its 18th-century constraints, the hotel is not especially suitable for wheelchair access, but there is a lift and it is all spread across one floor. Though the hotel is set within the expansive Torrigiani Gardens, the 17 acres of this landscaped city-centre oasis are privately owned and therefore inaccessible to guests – but you can admire it all from the terrace. The families still live on the grounds and do occasionally offer guided tours.
Please provide arrival time as reception desk only operates between 8am and 5pm. Late check-in after 5pm available with a self check-in procedure we send by email a few days prior the arrival.
For easy access to the wraparound terrace, choose one of the three rooms that open out onto it – we especially love the view from Room 3. If it’s a cosy hideaway you’re after, choose either of the two suites 100 metres away in the garden cottage, each with its own terrace.
King with Balcony bath tub
Premium bath tub
Food & Drink
The Terrace dining area
There’s no restaurant, just a salon, with inviting sofas, a chandelier and a fresco-covered ceiling, and a terrace where breakfast is served – expect an array of cornetti, cookies and cakes, as well as cheese, meats, eggs and juices.
There’s an honesty bar in the palazzo’s salon, offering a selection of wines and spirits, which you can take out onto the terrace.
Experience the Extraordinary
Florence’s magnificent marble centrepiece, the Duomo, is within 15 minutes on foot and is not to be missed, if only to attempt to grasp how such a building could have been constructed in the Dark Ages. For the city’s finest silks and fabrics, make a trip across the river to Antico Setificio Fiorentino; or have a bespoke scent created in your honour at AquaFlor. A skip over the Ponte Vecchio is a must – stop on the other side to marvel at Palazzo Pitti's grandeur. If you're in the mood for more gilding and old-school bombast, the Uffizi Gallery and Palazzo Vecchio will provide the pomp.
The hotel is on the south side of the river Arno in Florence, amid the bohemian bars and boutiques of the Oltrarno neighbourhood and a 15-minute walk from the city centre.
Florence’s airport is well served by flights from the UK, but near-enough options include Pisa and Bologna. The Smith24 Team can book flights on request; call anytime on 03334 143 546. The city’s Peretola Airport is 12 kilometres from AdAstra; private transfers can be arranged via the hotel and should take around half an hour. A driver can also fetch you from Pisa, but the journey time’s a little longer (one hour).
The nearest train station is Santa Maria Novella, a two-kilometre drive from the hotel. Trenitalia trains run from here to other cities across Italy, including Venice, Rome and Milan (www.trenitalia.com).
The hotel has limited parking (three spaces) allocated on a first-come, first-served basis and costing €15 a night. SatNavs should be inputted with ‘Piazza Torquato Tasso’; from this square, you’ll be able to access the part of Via del Campuccio where the hotel is located. You might notice a red restricted-traffic light, but the hotel will register your car on arrival and you’ll officially be permit-holding locals for your stay.
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