San Spirito Square in the Oltaro area is where I tend to gravitate towards whenever I’m in the special city of Florence . I’d often seen a line of rooftop terrace pillars looking down upon the square and wondered what they belonged to, so I was delighted when the luxurious Hotel Palazzo Guadagni invited me to discover the 16th century Florentine palazzo.
The building is steeped deep with Florentine culture and the owners, having refurbished the rooftop elegant hotel over a decade ago, have captured its historical beauty. There are fifteen different rooms available, each boasting their own unique characteristics and appealing features.
Our particular en-suite bedroom allowed me to channel my inner princess with its high fresco ceiling, a real fireplace and I loved gazing out of the beautifully draped window to admire Florence’s characteristic red tiled houses. Some of the rooms had their own balcony overlooking San Spirito Square or possessed a jaw dropping view of the Duomo or Pitti Palace.
I had a dreamy breakfast up in the loggia where I had a bit of everything that was available while taking in the expansive views of the Florentine rooftops, the surrounding Tuscan hills and listening to the bustling San Spirito Square just below. There’s a bar where you can order a drink, which goes perfectly with the available sunset view which I’ve always found to be particularly striking in Florence. Because I was there during winter, it was a little too chilly for me to stay out on the terrace for long in the evening, but with a warm summer breeze it would be the ideal spot to share a bottle of fine Italian wine.
When you step outside of Hotel Palazzo Guadagni, you’re walking right in the midst of the daily swing of local life. I would refer to San Spirito Square as the heart of Florence because it’s where the majority of residents reside or congregate. There’s a daily morning market held in the square, which creates a real buzz and some of my favourite wine bars and restaurants are located there, too. What’s more, the Ponte Vecchio and the Pitti Palace are a mere 5-minute walk away. I would highly recommend the hotel to any couple looking for a little bit of romance.