This romantic B&B is located in a quiet street right in the heart of the historical center of Florence. I used to come here as a young lady and fell in love with it then. I live on the premises and am most often on site, ready to meet you for a chat or assist if you need help. The location is perfect for those who decide to stay in this magnificent city to visit Michelangelo's David, the Uffizi Gallery and Palazzo Pitti amongst many great sites.
The entrance leads our guests to two floors:
- the Maison Grand Tour on the patio level offer romantic rooms, with suites that sleep up to three people and freshly renovated bathrooms, with doors and windows opening to a plant filled patio far from the street.
- the Relais Grand Tour offers a guest Suite for up to 4, made up of two bedrooms, to be used as a standard double room (1 room only) with a large bathroom, or a family suite (2 rooms)… Located just one level up, only a few stairs (no lift). I live on this floor as well, in a separate part of the house.
The ambience is that of an elegant Florentine house with original 18th century floors, the hand-crafted lamps diffusing a soft light, the quiet elegance of the rooms furnished with antiques, the family paintings, the terracotta and the decorated ceilings.
Both the accommodations of the Relais & Maison Grand Tour underwent a restoration that lasted many years, during which the prior owners personally committed themselves to salvage and maintain the many ancient traces that came to light while restoring the property: hence the rebirth of a small private theatre from the 18th century with its stage and place for the audience that the owner of the house opens for friends and curious guests. The gold-leaf decorations of some of the rooms ceilings, the colored pavements, and then traces of frescoes in some of the suites, a 16th century fountain in the patio...
All which narrate a long history, and you will enjoy the warm atmosphere of each room so charming and romantic. The Grand Tour B&B is the ideal place for curious travelers that are looking for an elegant and old fashioned atmosphere of a Florentine home. Where you can find authentic and original things and enjoy an unforgettable holiday.
Since the owner, Ulrike, lives in the same place you chose for your vacation in Florence, it's easy to meet her and ask for tips about restaurants, museums, walking tours, wine tastings, places to visit. She knows Florence well, and will be happy to make sure that you experience the city like a local. She can tell you about the hidden art treasures, the most beautiful churches of Florence, the romantic walks along Ponte Vecchio and other treasures.
Ulrike is originally from Germany, but lived for three decades with her family in the United States. Taking care of the guests at the B&B is a lifelong dream come true, and she will try to make your stay as memorable as possible. She and her family used to spend their vacations in Tuscany every Easter & Summer growing up, and she feels blessed to be here, serving you.
The hosts were gracious, welcoming, and open to all our questions during our stay. The rooms were bigger than most I have stayed at in Europe and very quiet. It was a warm and friendly environment with inviting decorating. The courtyard smells of jasmine and is perfect for a cup of coffee. We would definitely recommend.
Jessy P. (USA)
Bit tricky to find, but was a great place to base ourselves for Firenze explorations. Easy walking distance to all the major sites. Elegant rooms, very comfortable. Super friendly service. Great little courtyard to sit and have a chat with other travellers. Reasonably priced. Would love to go back.
We stayed in the "Actor's Suite". It was large and charmingly decorated. The room had lots of character and we felt we were living in another era. The owner was charming and gave us great suggestions for nearby restaurants. The location provided easy walking access to all of Florence.
Karen and Kathy (Bishop, California)