Hotel Bernini Palace
Piazza di S. Firenze, 29, 50122 Firenze, Italy
Hotel Bernini Palace occupies a 15th century classic Florentine palazzo, which originally belonged to the Pera family, presumed ancestors of the Peruzzi family, powerful Florentine financiers. According to old records, in the mid-
Over the years, the name of the hotel has changed several times, and the building, of course, has been restored, undergoing renovations still today, ushering in all the comforts and conveniences that one would expect from a renowned hotel, while preserving the architectural elements that make it so unique. Throughout the hotel, lobbies, corridors and rooms are graced with period antique furnishings. Its best feature, without a doubt, is its proximity to ALL of the key sites of this Renaissance city. Located behind the Signoria, the hotel is within walking distance of the Ponte Vecchio, the Uffizi Galleries, the Duomo and Baptistry, Santa Croce and a few steps farther bring you to the Accademia and San Lorenzo markets.
Our room on the fifth floor offers the ultimate in the pleasure of travel. Small and intimate, elegantly furnished in antiques, the room is restful. Its shutters, when opened, offer an unobstructed view of the Dome of the Cathedral, the spire of the Badia Fiorentina, and the tower of the Bargello – a view to be savored in shifting lights throughout the day and early evening, when it eventually is cloaked in a blue velvet mantle, illuminated by street lights. Night and day, the clamor of San Firenze Square reminds us that this city is very much alive with the activities that fuel this 21st century, a hubbub that is blessedly erased with sound-
An ample breakfast buffet is served in a lovely dining room with frescoed ceilings and parquet wood flooring, known as the Sala del Parlamento, so named for the paintings uncovered during the hall’s restoration -
All images and reviews copyright 2015 by Ginda Simpson
View from Hotel Bernini Palace ~ Original watercolor painting by Ginda Simpson