Florence, Italy

AdAstra

Rates from (ex tax)$133.19

Price information

If you haven’t entered any dates, the rate shown is provided directly by the hotel and represents the cheapest double room (including tax) available in the next 21 days.

Prices have been converted from the hotel’s local currency (EUR124.50), via openexchangerates.org, using today’s exchange rate.

Style

Petite hôtel particulier

Setting

Marchese’s mansion

Borrow your own ancestral seat by booking a stay at boutique bed and breakfast AdAstra, an aristocratic family residence in Florence, and you’ll have the Marchese for your top-floor neighbour. The 18th-century building overlooks the Torrigiani Gardens, among the most expansive private acreages in Europe, and though access to them is difficult, the views will more than make up for it, especially out on the wraparound terrace. Modern additions include enviable pieces of Italian furniture from the Fifties, Sixties and Seventies, and unusual elements, such as framed Pucci fabrics and an optician’s display cabinet, upon which breakfast is served.

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Facilities

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Need to know

Rooms

Nine.

Check–Out

10.30am, but flexible, subject to availability. Earliest check-in, 2pm, also flexible if your room’s ready.

Rates

Double rooms from $133.19 (€113), excluding tax at 10 per cent. Please note the hotel charges an additional local city tax of €4.50 per person per night on check-out.

Price information

If you haven’t entered any dates, the rate shown is provided directly by the hotel and represents the cheapest double room (including tax) available in the next 21 days.

Prices have been converted from the hotel’s local currency (EUR124.50), via openexchangerates.org, using today’s exchange rate.

More details

Rates usually include a lavish Continental breakfast.

Also

Though the hotel is set within the expansive Torrigiani Gardens, the 17 acres of this landscaped city-centre oasis are privately owned and therefore inaccessible to guests – but you can admire it all from the terrace. The families still live on the grounds and do occasionally offer guided tours.

At the hotel

Concierge, free WiFi throughout, lounge, terrace, parking, air-conditioning. In rooms: espresso machine, DVD player, HD TV and CO Bigelow bath products.

Our favourite rooms

For easy access to the wraparound terrace, choose one of the three rooms that open out onto it – we especially love the view from Room 3. If it’s a cosy hideaway you’re after, choose either of the two suites 100 metres away in the garden cottage, each with its own terrace.

Packing tips

Pucci prints to match the framed scarves on some of the walls and bold colours to complement the eyecatching artworks.

Also

Due to its 18th-century constraints, the hotel is not especially suitable for wheelchair access, but there is a lift and it is all spread across one floor.

Children

Young Smiths are welcome, but the garden, which is private, is off limits for playtime.

Food and Drink

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Top Table

Breakfast out on the terrace if it’s sunny; if it’s not, nab a table by the window so you can glimpse the garden anyway.

Dress Code

Something bloomin’ lovely to match the glorious gardens.

Hotel restaurant

There’s no restaurant, just a salon, with inviting sofas, a chandelier and a fresco-covered ceiling, and a terrace where breakfast is served – expect an array of cornetti, cookies and cakes, as well as cheese, meats, eggs and juices.

Hotel bar

There’s an honesty bar in the palazzo’s salon, offering a selection of wines and spirits, which you can take out onto the terrace.

Last orders

Breakfast is served between 8am and 10am.

Location

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Address
AdAstra
Via del Campuccio 53
Firenze
50125
Firenze
Italy

Planes

Florence’s airport is well served by flights from the UK, but near-enough options include Pisa and Bologna. The Smith24 Team can book flights on request; call anytime on 03334 143 546. The city’s Peretola Airport is 12 kilometres from AdAstra; private transfers can be arranged via the hotel and should take around half an hour. A driver can also fetch you from Pisa, but the journey time’s a little longer (one hour).

Trains

The nearest train station is Santa Maria Novella, a two-kilometre drive from the hotel. Trenitalia trains run from here to other cities across Italy, including Venice, Rome and Milan (www.trenitalia.com).

Automobiles

The hotel has limited parking (three spaces) allocated on a first-come, first-served basis and costing €15 a night. SatNavs should be inputted with ‘Piazza Torquato Tasso’; from this square, you’ll be able to access the part of Via del Campuccio where the hotel is located. You might notice a red restricted-traffic light, but the hotel will register your car on arrival and you’ll officially be permit-holding locals for your stay.

Worth getting out of bed for

Florence’s magnificent marble centrepiece, the Duomo, is within 15 minutes on foot and is not to be missed, if only to attempt to grasp how such a building could have been constructed in the Dark Ages. For the city’s finest silks and fabrics, make a trip across the river to Antico Setificio Fiorentino; or have a bespoke scent created in your honour at AquaFlor.

Local restaurants

Just outside of the Torrigiani Gardens on Viale Vasco Pratolini, you’ll find the typically Tuscan Alla Vecchia Bettola, where everything, including the wines, comes from the local area. It does a fine line in bistecca, but if you want to try it, be sure to book ahead (+39 055 224158). On Piazza Torquato Tasso, Culinaria Bistrot by De Gustibus, a network of family-run farms in Tuscany, is where to go to try some of the region’s finest produce – almost everything is locally grown (+39 055 229494). And if it’s a really special occasion, splash out at Enoteca Pinchiorri, a wine bar turned exquisite three-Michelin-star restaurant near the Santa Croce church (+39 055 242757).

Local bars

Enjoy excellent local wines and a view out to the Pitti Palace at Enoteca Pitti Gola e Cantina, where tastings can be supplemented with fresh pasta, charcuterie and cheese.

Reviews

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Anonymous review

Every hotel featured is visited personally by members of our team, given the Smith seal of approval, and then anonymously reviewed. As soon as our reviewers have returned from this boutique hotel in Italy and unpacked their artisanal silks and ceramics, a full account of their city break will be with you. In the meantime, to whet your wanderlust, here's a quick peek inside AdAstra in Florence

For regular diners at a certain restaurant chain, the words ‘Ad Astra’ might bring to mind a classic pizza, but this Florentine favourite has got nothing to do with chicken, Cajun spices or Peppadew peppers. For the more erudite, the phrase doesn’t concern pizza, but rather something more astronomical – it’s Latin for ‘to the stars’. And the creators of boutique hotel AdAstra in Oltrarno have certainly aimed high. It’s a bed and breakfast in the style of a Parisian hôtel particulier, with perfectly chosen mid-century Italian furniture, lofty, fresco-adorned ceilings, parquet floors and grand old fireplaces – hardly surprising given your neighbour on the next floor is the Marchese himself. The city-central haven that is the Torrigiani Gardens, one of the biggest private gardens in Europe, is on your doorstep, and if you ask one of the resident family members nicely, they might be able to give you a guided tour. Back at your city pad, there’s no restaurant and no extensive hotel services, but that only adds to the illusion of staying in your aristocratic friend’s home. Forget pizza: this AdAstra will take you to the stars and back.

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