Welcome to the 15th century built Four Seasons Hotel Firenze, previously known as Palazzo Scala Della Gherardesca, which welcomed among others, noble families, a Viceroy from Egypt and his harem, nuns and Pope Leo XI!
One of the reasons why I love lobbies so much is because for a moment they take you to another dimension, another life and have the capability to unleash you from your ongoing routine which is slowly but surely taking over your existence.
The hotel immediately draws you into the irresistible universe of the Renaissance and your senses experience a sort of rebirth as they all come harmoniously to life when setting foot in this almost unrealistic beauty.
I have always been a huge fan of this historical era as it reached wonderful achievements, whose magic can still be perceived in most fields around us. The Renaissance gave way to power of human knowledge, talent and creativity and I know it will continue impressing and influencing the coming generations with the motto: where there’s a will, there’s a way.
This palazzo has conquered my heart as contrary to many new hotels, it has grasped that it is the lobby that sets the tone of the place. Once you have seen this centerpiece you will love the rest of the party!
Just as during the Renaissance, it understood the importance of creating a space where people meet, get to know each other, exchange ideas and change the world; unforgettably stunning premises where new relationships, friendships and affairs are built and lead to lifechanging adventures.
Beauty can be found wherever you set eyes on as everything is so authentic and probably reminds you of one of Florence’s museums you just visited; the sculpture of the young man that is displayed in the middle of the lobby may recall Michelangelo’s David, but this is not all.
The secret of the gem lies in details which are overwhelming as they are the elements which make this diamond shine in all its glamour and brightness. Indeed, you are walking in paradise but to enjoy it even more you need to carefully watch all the corners that are filled with stunning modern art pieces.
Follow the eyes of these sculptures and you will notice that the ceilings and walls are composed of authentic Renaissance fresco masterpieces which can compete with Florence’s Palazzo Medici Riccardi.
And I haven’t even mentioned the flowers which once more, underline the importance of nature in our lives. The bouquets are humongous and yet, they bring peace and quiet and transform the entire environment into the prelude to the mesmerizing and never-ending hotel garden.
The lobby of Four Seasons Hotel Firenze is a harmonious mixture of all that matters in this world leading to perfection in all its meaning: art can be sensed and admired everywhere, peace is to be found thanks to the flowers, food and drinks which put a satisfying smile on every guest, while magnificent colors and forms decorate the scene which will soon turn your visit into a memorable souvenir.
But all this would not be possible without the staff’s love and care for their visitors and working place, which is far beyond what I am accustomed to see. Their kindness, professionalism, discretion and passion are one of a kind and you wish you could fly along their stories and be one of the main characters of the palazzo’s animated history.
You will not want to leave the hotel just as you won’t want to wake up from this beautiful dream where everything seems so smooth, right and easy. This palace, where everyone and everything seem to live happily ever after, is a must!