Manchester Evening News - - TRAVEL -

Bud­get: Leave the hus­tle and bus­tle of the city be­hind in the ideally-lo­cated Ho­tel La Fortezza, tucked away in a quiet, res­i­den­tial neigh­bour­hood. A stone’s throw away from the his­toric cen­tre of Florence, this com­fort­able three-star ho­tel of­fers a com­ple­men­tary break­fast buf­fet, in-room re­frig­er­a­tor and op­tional su­pe­rior rooms with bal­cony.

Viale Gio­vanni Mil­ton 95, 50129. Phone: +39 055 463 9101. From £50. Mid-range: Af­ter a busy day sight­see­ing, sit back and re­lax with an aper­i­tivo on the rooftop ter­race of Ho­tel Palazzo Guadagni. Of­fer­ing out­stand­ing views of Florence and the sur­round­ing hills, the three­star ho­tel’s el­e­gant decor fea­tures an­tique fur­ni­ture, paint­ings and fres­coed ceil­ings. Pi­azza Santo Spir­ito 9, 50125. Phone: 00 39 055 062 1176. From £85.

Lux­ury: Lounge in the lap of lux­ury in the op­u­lent 19th cen­tury sur­round­ings of fives­tar Ho­tel Villa Cora, orig­i­nally built by a baron for his baroness in the 1870s. With a clas­si­cally-de­signed in­te­rior fea­tur­ing orig­i­nal fres­coes and sculp­tures, the ho­tel of­fers pic­turesque views over­look­ing The Boboli Gar­dens. Re­cline in the open-air pool and spa or en­joy a chilled bot­tle of wine on the roof ter­race.

Viale Nic­colo Machi­avelli 18, 50125. Phone: 00 39 055 062 1320. From: £286.

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