Florence is a fantastic city to behold! Even aspects of it that would seem a tad odd in other cities in the world somehow manage to be beautiful in Florence. Florence definitely packs a lot of Tuscan charm and so it’s almost certain that the best way to take in the city is to get a great view of it from a vantage viewing point!
The more I travel, the more I realise that seemingly little things, like the people you travel with, the places you stay, the food you eat and other stuff you kind of take for granted has a great way of shaping your memories from your holidays! You’re more likely to fall in love with a city if you’re dry and warm and constantly tasting new treats than say if you spend the day cold, wet and hungry (perhaps even hangry) and so I can say without a doubt that it’s definitely worth making that extra effort to indulge yourself from time to time on holiday but I digress!!!
I was gonna tell you about this place with a great view in Florence and said place is no other than the Antica Torre di Via Tornabuoni n. 1. I’ll show you the photos and you’ll see why this is the best place to be in when you’re in Florence but if you need more convincing, here are a few reasons why this is the best view in Florence!
1.) When it comes to convenience, this hotel is right next to Ponte Vecchio – the famous bridge in Florence and is like 5 minutes away from the main sights – including the Cathedral!
2.) The view is best gotten from one of the two rooftop areas (there’s one on either side so you get a 360 view of Florence) and better still you don’t need to spend a penny to come up here. You can get yourself a drink if you want (it’s very reasonably priced – hence why Lloyd and I ended up drinking way too much Prosecco here every evening) or you can just head up here with your camera and lounge on one of the many comfy sofas up here.
3.) The view from the balconies at breakfast is pretty fantastic too! (The food is amazing but look out for those fresh pastries if you stay here – they’re sooo good!)
4.) There are free snacks up here too – fresh fruits, cakes, biscuits and general nibbles so you can grab a few when heading up to the rooftop area
5.) The view from Piazzale Michelangelo is fantastic but it also comes with a long uphill walk, following by bustling with throngs of tourists who had the same brilliant idea as you. This might seems fine but jousting with other tourists for space to take photos, for seats and generally for a great view of Florence from up here can prove a bit tedious – especially so when you can get an amazing view from your hotel with half the effort. (I still recommend going to Piazzale Michelangelo of course – you’ve gotta see the sights but the best view is still back at the Antica Torre di Via Tornabuoni n. 1 where you can just chill out and take it all in
6.) The hotel is also located on one of the fanciest streets in Florence (there’s literally a Dior on the ground floor, followed by so many other fancy-pants stores) so if you’re into your luxury shopping (or even luxury window-shopping) then this is the ideal place for you.
7.) The rooms!!! I almost forgot about the rooms – they’re amazing! The beds are comfy and you get a great view from most rooms! The view from mine looked right over at the Duomo! Like you could could see the Cathedral all cwtched up in bed! (Cwtch is Welsh word by the way – it kinda means cuddle/snuggle so you could say “I’m cwtched up in bed” or “Give me a little cwtch” 😉 )
OTHER PLACES YOU CAN GET A GREAT VIEW OF FLORENCE
Though trust me, if you’ve been on the Antica Torre di Via Tornabuoni n. 1 rooftops, you’ll see these other places but want to hurry back to the hotel to actually soak in the views:
1.) Piazzale Michelangelo (it’s a bit of a hike up here so wear your comfy walking shoes)
2.) Florence Cathedral (The walk to the top is quite tough so come mentally prepared and packing a lot of enthusiasm. Also, more impressive on the outside than on the inside – especially after seeing the amazing Cathedral in Pisa!)
3.) Giotto’s Bell Tower (Also another tedious walk up 414 steps but the view is worth it once you get to the top)
4.) San Miniato al Monte (This isn’t too far from Piazzale Michelangelo so as expected, it involves a bit of an uphill walk)
I know I haven’t shut up about the hotel but I’m pretty sure you can see why from just looking at the photos, right? 😉