Located in a great neighborhood just south of the Arno
Una Restaurant’s S-shaped communal table
WiFi is free
What To Know
Not for traditionalists in search of an authentic Tuscan sleep
The neighborhood is usually devoid of tourists but has a few busy streets
Around a 15- to 20-minute walk to the city center
Guestrooms can be dark
Parking on site
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Striking designer digs behind a typical Tuscan façade in a historic neighborhood just south of the Arno
Among the winding, Renaissance-era streets of Florence's San Frediano neighborhood is a hotel that’s decidedly more up to date. Hidden behind a typical Tuscan façade, this postmodern pad was dreamed up by Italian architect and designer Fabio Novembre. The 84-room hotel is on the far western side of the city, graciously removed from the crowds that fan out from the Duomo, but only a 15- to 20-minute walk from the city center. The patriarchs and matriarchs of Florentine history would never have imagined a property like this in their midst. But at the Vittoria, they’re part of it: The front door of each guestroom has a life-size silk-screen portrait from the Renaissance era. Inside, things get a bit wild. Walls are paneled in black leather and fuchsia felt, with twinkling fiber optic lights. Black-and-white tile bathrooms and lilac sinks round out the trippy aesthetic. The restaurant is centered on a cool S-shaped communal table under a backlit stained glass ceiling and serves traditional Tuscan fare. The design is clever and considered, and less at odds with its surroundings than it seems at first. Outside the hotel, which is steps from the 19th-century gates to the Old City, the streets of San Frediano hum; on some of the side streets, brick walls hide ornate palaces.
In the Area
Una Hotel Vittoria might be removed from the city center, but that doesn’t mean the area lacks great restaurants. Indulge in the seafood specialties at Trattoria Vittoria, just down the street from the hotel. Near the Duomo, Angels is the type of swank bar/restaurant that Leonardo’s cherubs might not have approved of. Pick up luxuriously soft leather goods and hatboxes at ART Pell Coke. Don't miss a visit to Santa Maria Novella, a lovely church just north of the Arno, if for no other reason than to shop at its ancient pharmacy, founded by Dominican monks in 1612.
UNA Hotel Vittoria
Via Pisana 59
How to Get There
The preferred airport for UNA Hotel Vittoria is Florence (FLR-Peretola) - 4.3 km / 2.7 mi. Distances are calculated in a straight line from the property’s location to the point of interest or airport and may not reflect actual travel distance. Distances are displayed to the nearest 0.1 mile and kilometre.