Published December 06, 2012
There’s nothing better than, well, being on vacation in the first place — and then looking out of your hotel room’s window to a gorgeous view. We’ve seen plenty of beautiful sights on our travels, and we’ve taken in some of the most breathtaking views we’ve ever seen in Florence, a city characterized by red rooftops, cobblestone streets, and distant rolling hills. Check out some of the most bellissimo views we’ve seen in the Italian city.
Hotel Palazzo Dal Borgo Aprile
Hotel Palazzo Dal Borgo Aprile is a family-run hotel in a Renaissance building. Rooms are decorated in traditional Florentine style with canopy beds and rich upholstery, and street-side rooms on the upper floors offer fantastic views over the rooftops of central Florence, including this view from the Superior Room.
It's the hotel's location that makes it a good value: It's literally steps from the Ponte Vecchio and in the heart of Florence's best concentration of museums, shopping, and restaurants, giving it stunning views.
Hotel Loggiato Dei Serviti
The hotel's location on the Piazza della Santissima Annunziata puts it close to many tourist sights, as well as helping give it some of the best views. Different rooms come equipped with dramatic views of the Piazza, like the Superior Room.
Grand Hotel Baglioni
Housed in the former residences of the Bertolini princes, the Grand Hotel Baglioni lives up to the grand image painted by Florence's past. Both Terrazza Brunelleschi restaurant and the rooftop garden offer stunning views of Florence.
Grand Hotel Minerva
If asked to picture a postcard version of Florence, the views from the Grand Hotel Minerva are most likely what would come to mind. The lovely rooftop pool and terrace offer up some of the most picturesque views in the city, and many rooms have balconies offering similarly excellent outlooks (most balconies have great views of the Santa Maria Novella Plaza, and those on higher floors have spectacular views of Florence's skyline).
This 77-room hotel sits in a quiet locale that's a bit removed from Florence's main attractions. A major draw is the rooftop terrace with a small, seasonal pool and bar that overlooks the Tuscan hillsides.
Palazzo Niccolini al Duomo
This intimate, family-run boutique is ideal for those seeking an authentic stay in Florence within easy reach of tourist sights. Built centuries ago as the home of a Florentine merchant family, this property was inherited through marriage by the Niccolinis in 1891. They have kept its historic charm intact, having preserved the wood-beamed ceilings and frescoed walls. Many have large windows that feature stunning views of the iconic Duomo cathedral across the street, including the Suite Duomo.