Fairytales & Rococo: romantic Four Seasons Firenze

June 3, 2012 in ITALY | Comments (2)

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Royal suite

Four Seasons Firenze

One of the wonders of the Renaissance city is indeed a hotel.  Housed in a palazzo from 1490 and a former convent Four Seasons Firenze places you restfully among restored murals and bas-reliefs.  Meticulously renovated with respect, joy and imagination under the watchful eye of governmental agency Belle Arti, parts are pure fairytale. Parts are pure Renaissance.

 But never dry. For all the feast of frescoes and objets d’art, Four Seasons Firenze is soothingly comfortable and hauntingly romantic.

 What is more after sorties to some of the earth’s most astounding cultural treasures, you come home to peace, fresh air and greenery. The Four Seasons enfolds a 4.5 hectare private park providing a green refuge, a 10 minute walk from the Duomo and the busloads of culture vultures and happy snappers.

 And when you are saturated with the astounding heritage of the Uffizi and Accademia, the resort offers an enjoyable break at the pool lined with sunbeds.  The park is a sight in itself, sculptures and arches, fountains and flowers, gigantic trees. Here you can enjoy al fresco dining and bar. Not to forget a good sized Jacuzzi that breathes its warmth into cold air in winter.

 The indoor restaurants (one Michelin star) ooze style, art and gourmet lifestyle, and a cleverly titivated sense of history.  The bar and reception lounge are both housed in former courtyards, where you can see the upper storeys towering above a glass roof. A floor was added every century or so, when the owning family felt their power and influence merited concrete (or rather stone) proof.

 For events the Gherardesca ballroom with its astoundingly beautiful 18th century French chandeliers and its murals is hard to beat. Those dazzling glittering chandeliers even outshadow all the beautiful Murano glass ones generally lighting the hotel.

 Romance comes high on the list of reasons for choosing Four Seasons Firenze. It is very romantic in fact. Delightul spot for intimate weddings with a teeny chapel astoundingly rich in frescoes and dazzling spots for dining and celebrating. Its lavish historical suites invite the prince and the princess to honeymoon. Not to forget an opulent couples room with baroque gold decorated massage beds, and spa rituals for total rejuvenation. And so they lived happily ever after…

 We saw (and photographed – see the gallery above) the divinely lustrous bedroom of the Royal Suite and two other romantic suites, the Gallery Suite and the Renaissance Suite.

 Of course Four Seasons does not have any rooms that are not at least 39 sqm with marble bathrooms, bathtub, and glass encased cabinets for shower and toilet bidet . The starting categories – Superior, Deluxe  and Premier rooms, and Four Seasons rooms (51 sqm) –  are all luxurious but more corporate in style uplifted by well placed artwork.

 All the Four Seasons category look into the green park, and so do many of the others and are placed both in the old convent and the Gherardesca palazzo.

 It takes the suites to get the real flights of fancy and magic. Silken bedspreads and drapes and gossamer butterfly wing effects as in the bedroom of the Royal suite…  the kind of shot colours you imagine  Cinderella must have had in her ballgown from the Fairy Godmother.

 But back to the joys of Renaissance Florence. If you make  good use of the brilliant concierge at Four Seasons, they will book you into the famous museums so you don’t have to queue for hours, and I mean hours….

So Four Seasons Firenze is great for lovers of renaissance culture, and for lovers in love,  and those including families who want connecting rooms, resort style peace, spa and pool, a short walk from it all.

Note: images of Four Seasons Firenze by Aleah Stanbridge  (c)