Residenza d’Epoca in Piazza della Signoria, Florence

This simple, friendly B&B could not be better located. Occupying an old townhouse next door to the Gucci Museum, Residenza d’Epoca looks out over Florence’s Piazza della Signoria.

Our weekend in Florence began with a disastrous journey to Pisa. Thanks to Ryanair – the crappiest airline of all time, we missed the final train (Pisa-Florence) and had to wait 90 minutes for a bus. After coughing up more cash, waiting around hungry for hours and generally sulking about our bad luck, the bus pulled up finally ready to escort us to the beautiful Italian city of art, food and love. It was in the short but memorable taxi ride from the bus station to Residenza d’Epoca that we saw our first glimpse of Florence’s incredible buildings, most obviously the Duomo.

There was no fuss when we arrived, thank god since we were very ready for bed. The ten rooms are all individually decorated and each named after a renowned Florentine figure. Our room (Galileo) was traditional but felt rather bare with a bed, table, TV on an easel, a worn antique chest of drawers and a humble painting hung on the white wall. For me there was not quite enough light even with the shutters open.

The bathroom was functional and spacious, the funky Etro toiletries adding some colour and flair to the otherwise classic layout. In the morning breakfast is served in the main dining room, where all the guests gather before going out to explore the city. We gulped down a glass of orange juice and croissant before setting off to see Michelangelo’s ‘David’!

This B&B is by no means perfect, minor annoyances became evident after a few hours, but it is clean, comfortable and most importantly has huge character.  With neighbours like Palazzo Vecchio and the Uffizi Gallery, some of Italy’s most famous Renaissance art is right on your doorstep; no-one can deny that this location is unbeatable.

More information and book here.

With many thanks to the Florence Tourist Board.

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