Florence is like a cultural jewel bow containing a great many precious pieces of art and architecture, which is why the entire city was classified A UNESCO world heritage in 1982. The dynasty of the Medici family was a prime mover in making Florence a beacon of the Renaissance. In the 15th century, the city was at the summit of its glory, thanks to the work of several artists including Michelangelo, Donatello, Brunelleschi, Botticelli, etc. Today Florence’s museums enable its visitors to discover and observe these jewels, and especially the world famous Uffizi Gallery, which has broken every possible record including the size of the lines of people waiting to get in! Built in the 16th century by Vasari, who was commissioned by Cosme the First, the building was originally meant to be used for administrative offices, hence its name, Uffizi (offices). Certain rooms were then reserved for works of art from the Medici family collection, and gradually, the Uffizi became a museum. Subsequent additions to the building have made it one of the world’s largest museums, although more impressive than its size is the incredible collection of masterpieces including Botticelli’s “Birth of Venus”, The Sacrifice of Isaac” and “Bacchus” by Caravaggio, “Head of Medusa” and “The Virgin at Chardonneret” by Raphael, “Venus of Urbino” by Titian and many many others.
The hotel Riva Lofts Florence came about thanks to the joint efforts of architect Claudio Nardi and his daughter, Alice. Eight buildings make up this charming and authentic complex. Originally a 19th century manufacturing plant, it was transformed into a craftsman’s workshop, then an architect’s studio, and in 2006, a residence filled with charm.
The simplicity and elegance which characterize the Riva Lofts can be found in all of its suites, which are called studios. There are nine in all, each decorated simply, combining contemporary design and antique furniture. The walls are white or beige, and the exposed beams and huge mirrors remind us that we are in the capital of the Italian Renaissance. The couches and fireplaces are more modern, and the floating staircases harmonize with the more classical pieces, creating a sensation of purity in each suite. Instead of feeling cramped, the rooms are like a breath of fresh air in a healthy space. Far from the hustle and bustle of the city, the studios all have a view of the Arno and the Brunelleschi cathedral, or of the garden and the white ceramic swimming pool, alongside which guests can have their breakfast. Each studio has its own private entrance, and very often, a small kitchen enabling guests to feel at home.
Alice, the hotel director’s hospitality is a living legend, and she will be only too happy to suggest local restaurants and sites that can be visited on foot or by borrowing the hotel’s bike bus.
Claudio Nardi is a word famous architect. In the late 1990s, he designed several Dolce & Gabbana boutiques in New York and in Milan. “My father and I were getting bored with Florence. We wanted to do something to liven up the city. We wanted to create space where we could enjoy the company of people coming to visit Florence, who loved our city and with whom we could really communicate. We wanted to share ideas and experiences, and that’s how the idea was born.” Alice Nardi, Director, Riva Lofts Florence.
Four stars / Charm residence / Former factory / Antique-contemporary style / Intimate / Near historic sites of Florence / In-room massages / Park nearby / Garden / Salon / Library / Yoga classes / Sports activities / Temporary exhibitions
Open all year
Studios from 210 euros
Florence-Amerigo Vespucci Airport (FLR) - Florence
RIVA LOFTS FLORENCE
Via Baccio Bandinelli, 98
Approximately 2 hours
No time difference
Continental climate inland with high temperatures, although fairly low in winter
Mediterranean climate on the coasts
National ID card or valid passport
No visa required
No vaccinations required
The euro (EUR)
Be the first to write a reviewwrite a review
Please wait while checking availability for
Riva Lofts Florence
Why book with us ?
Book by phone
+33 1 75 43 70 26 *Our reservation department is always happy to assist you via phone or via email. We are open Monday to Friday 9am to 18pm (GMT +1).