National Geographic Traveller (UK)

Best for the local touch



Veronica Grechi is the consummate hostess, here in what was once her grandparen­ts’ apartment, now transforme­d into a slick, foursuite retreat by the Arno. This is no run-ofthe-mill B&B: breakfast is a vegetarian affair, a vintage radio plays in the living room at night and the decor — all leaf prints, retro furniture and flashes of animal print — seamlessly blends past and present. The inspiratio­n for the delicious, palm-fronded jungle theme is the 1930s, when elements like the brass, leaf-shaped lamps were made (Veronica’s grandfathe­r was an antiques dealer). This is a real family affair: Veronica and her mother designed the place and her aunt painted the animal artwork. And, as an honorary family member, you’ll receive Veronica’s top tips on what to see and do in Florence, transformi­ng your experience of this well-trodden city. ROOMS: From €138 (£117), B&B. velonasjun­

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