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Since the late 19th century, Hotel Helvetia & Bristol has been offering travellers from around the world a luxury bolt-hole in the heart of Florence. Staying at this historic palazzo, you can breathe in the heady atmosphere of the Renaissance – an ambience that was part-and-parcel of the journeys made to Italy by the international élite, and was nowhere more evident than at the get-togethers of the literati in our very own Winter Garden.
These are high-class surroundings, and accordingly they have been the destination of choice for such illustrious Italian names as physicist Enrico Fermi, poets Eugenio Montale and Gabriele D’Annunzio, playwright Luigi Pirandello and actress Eleonora Duse, who chose the hotel as her Florentine residence for extended periods. Thanks to the legendary Florentine panorama, which provides the ever-stunning backdrop, with the timeless beauty of Brunelleschi's dome in the distance, Hotel Helvetia & Bristol is the perfect embodiment of the city that is known as the cradle of the Renaissance. In this historic environment, you can experience first-hand the luxury of a warm welcome, the cordial, familiar atmosphere of a private residence, and the exclusivity of spaces rich in art and history. To experience the romance of Florence for yourself rent two of our bicycles or book a fabulous walking tour with a private guide to uncover the secret corners of the city. And when you get back, relax with a private body massage in the privacy of your room.
Enjoy our Executive Junior Suite with unique view of the historic Piazza Strozzi or stay in our Panoramic Suite with spectacular views over the roofs of Florence’s most historical buildings, including Brunelleschi’s Duomo, Giotto’s bell tower, the Fortezza di Belvedere and the Pitti Palace. Just a short stroll from Florence's famed Duomo (Cathedral), you will find an array of rooms and suites, each one different but all laden with evocative works of art, precious fabrics and fine furniture. The same elegant, opulent atmosphere fills the public areas, our Hostaria Bibendum Restaurant and our classically styled bar. All around, the streets and squares epitomise Italy's ability to renew itself through art and culture, with this city serving as the epicentre of its re-birth.
For a perfect romantic afternoon, enjoy a Horse and Carriage ride through the beautiful city of Florence and admire the breathtaking sunset at Piazzale Michelangelo.
Take a private cooking class with our Chef Samuele and then enjoy the fruits of your labour with a aperitif, followed by a romantic dinner and tasting menu surrounded by the delights of the Hostaria Bibendum.