Botticelli Hotel is located in a delightful 16th-century building, a small Renaissance gem located in the historic centre of Florence, in the ideal position for visiting the main shopping streets and monuments of the historic city centre on foot.
Palazzo Vecchio, Piazza della Signoria, the Uffizi, the central market and the Basilica of San Lorenzo are just some of the sights you can visit during your stay at this hotel in Florence near the Duomo.
Our panoramic terrace is the perfect place to relax, both mentally and physically, with a view of the Basilica di San Lorenzo.
We serve a delicious international breakfast in our luxurious lobby with an original fresco dating back to the late 1800s.
Hotel Botticelli is a piece of our city’s history.
The “Palazzetto già Serragli”, in which the Hotel Botticelli is located, was built in the second half of 16th century as can be deduced from the ancient maps of Florence from the various historical periods.
The building, which was registered to the “Sovrintendenza dei Beni Architettonici” (Council for the Protection of Architectural Heritage) in 1935, has several notable elements: the beautiful “ribbed” vaults on the ground floor, the internal ‘kneeling’ window with stone corbels and iron grille, and the characteristic loggia on the second floor.
The vaults in the current entrance are frescoed with floral motifs and cherubs (probably from a later period). The emblem of the Serragli family is featured prominently on the façade of the building. The hotel business in the Palazzetto started back in 1890 when the then owner applied to the Municipality of Florence for a licence to open an “inn with stabling”.
A little more than a century later (in the period 1995-1997), the hotel underwent a complete restoration under the constant supervision of the “Sovrintendenza ai Beni Architettonici”, transforming it into a hotel with an excellent standard of comfort. An unusual feature is an interior space overlooked by a beautiful “kneeling” window mentioned in the architectural notes, which previously opened to the outside. During the last restoration, a “little Florentine street” was recreated in this space, which we decided to call Via Alessandro Filipepi (the real name of the great Botticelli), featured in the street sign in perfect “old Florence” style, the subject of curiosity and comments by our guests.
The capital of Tuscany, an incredible destination with an immense history and artistic and cultural heritage.
Deciding what to see and do here can, therefore, prove a little overwhelming. Every view and every building tell a story. There are so many amazing places in Florence that you’d struggle to visit them all in a lifetime.
So, here is a brief guide of what to see in Florence to fall in love with the city of artists.
Piazza del Duomo, the cathedral square, is located in the heart of the historic centre of Florence and is the most iconic area of the city for good reason. It is flanked by medieval masterpieces, such as the Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, Giotto’s Bell Tower and the Baptistery of St. John, all decorated with sculptures and marble. The details of the buildings are truly breath-taking and conjure up a magical atmosphere.
What is so special about the Uffizi Gallery? That’s simple: it is nothing less than one of the best art galleries in the world. The beautiful building with its coffered ceiling houses works by Leonardo Da Vinci and Rubens, as well as masterpieces by Botticelli. You cannot go to Florence without admiring “The Birth of Venus” in all its splendour.
Ponte Vecchio is the lovely medieval bridge which spans the River Arno. It is unique because it is lined by numerous jewellery shops on both sides of the bridge, which were historically the homes of butchers. It is definitely worth crossing but make sure you also view it from one of the other bridges nearby to take an epic photo with the Ponte Vecchio in the background.
In a city with the most amazing green areas, the Boboli Gardens, however, reign supreme, looking out over and protecting the city it all its glory. To access the gardens, you need to buy a ticket for Palazzo Pitti and cross the central courtyard as far as the majestic fountains. The statues add an artistic air to all the paths in the gardens and the views of the city from above are nothing short of amazing.
The Boboli Gardens are superb and lots of fun to explore. It is undoubtedly one of the best places to photograph the city and also one of the top must-see places in Florence.
Piazzale Michelangelo undoubtedly has one of the best panoramic views over the city of Florence. Situated on the south bank of the River Arno, it is a little further away from all the main tourist attractions but definitely worth visiting to admire the view of the houses that make up the skyline over Florence at sunset. There is also a bar at top of the hill where you can revive yourself with a refreshing cocktail after the long climb.