[dropcap]E[/dropcap]ver since I visited in 2008, Florence has long been one of my favorite cities in the world. Even after all the travel I’ve been able to do around Europe and Asia, it still remains among my top picks. From Michelangelo to Da Vinci, Florence has had a long relationship with great art dating back its role in the Renaissance. Today that culture extends to the Gallery Hotel Art, Italy’s first design hotel.
I was pleased to be able to learn more about the Gallery Hotel Art since I never had a chance to stay overnight in Florence on my first visit I just love how unique this particular place is. Designed by Michele Bönan in 1999, the luxury hotel celebrates contemporary art and creates a unique experience for its guests.
Near Lungarno Acciaioli and Ponte Vecchio, each room is filled with its own artwork, and each suite boasts gorgeous views of the city. The hotel also utilizes turquoise glass, linen, cashmere, Asian wood, and Tuscan stone to create an even more luxurious environment.
Guests can also enjoy actual modern art galleries ever-changing exhibits both inside and outside the hotel.
Outside in the Vicolo Dell’Oro square is the bright red “Wow. The Windmill for Energy” exhibit by Simone D’Auria. It’s meant to help bring awareness towards our need for sustainable energy.
Inside is Simone D’Auria’s “A Retrospective” exhibit. It looks into the artist’s work through twelve photographs he made in collaboration with Leica. The gallery is designed with quirky sculptures and maintains D’Auria’s upbeat red aesthetic to compliment the photos.
This is such an interesting hotel, and I’m glad I was able to learn more about it. I personally have it bookmarked for when I get a chance to visit Florence again. I can’t wait to go back and spend more than an afternoon this time around. I just love the idea of staying in a hotel that celebrates art within a city that has produced some of the most prolific artists throughout history!
What do you think? What are some unique hotels you’ve been able to visit?
Disclosure: This post was in collaboration with Lungarno Collection.
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