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Country Life Every Week - - Luxury News - Edited by Hetty Lin­tell

FLORENCE is heav­enly all year round and the place to stay is the newly ren­o­vated Lun­garno, on the bank of the River Arno, with views onto the Ponte Vec­chio. Freshly decked out like the smartest of yachts—it’s all pol­ished wood, blue and white fab­rics and chic pho­tog­ra­phy— it made me plan an en­tire in­te­rior re­haul when I got home. The beds are a high­light and if the de­li­cious break­fast hadn’t been call­ing my name, I could quite eas­ily have stayed put, gaz­ing out at the wa­ter from the win­dow. This year marks the 90th an­niver­sary of the House of Fer­rag­amo, which owns the Lun­garno Col­lec­tion of ho­tels in Florence (hop over the river in five min­utes for a cock­tail at my favourite spot, La Ter­razza Con­ti­nen­tale on the roof ter­race of the Lun­garno’s sis­ter ho­tel, which is heated all year round). Next year is the 500th an­niver­sary of Leonardo Da Vinci’s death, so it’s def­i­nitely the time to visit—the Uf­fizi has al­ready started cel­e­brat­ing as of this month with a spe­cial ex­hi­bi­tion. Dou­ble rooms at Ho­tel Lun­garno from £378 (00 39 055 2726 4000; www.lun­garno col­lec­­tel-lun­garno)

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