For a long while I have been dreaming of James Ivory’s cinematic interpretation of Forster’s novel A room with a view, which puts a clearly romantic and nostalgic light onto Florence.
I have been dreaming of its abandoned piazzas, its film costumes, but most of all I have been dreaming of its room with a view.
Just like in Ivory’s direction, every single street and piazza of Florence resembles a movie set. So does the view from my tiny room at the sublime Hotel Palazzo Guadagni.
Located in the artistic Oltrarno district, a neighbourhood filled with antique stores and old artisan ateliers, Palazzo Guadagni brought me to a movie set, waking up with a view onto the most beautiful Florentine architectural monuments, such as the Duomo or the Palazzo Vecchio.
Designed by Simone del Pollaiolo in 1505, Palazzo Guadagni boasts rooms spacious and rich in atmosphere, including frescoed ceilings, fireplaces and unique interior decorations, bringing you back to Ivory’s set once again.
This area of the historic centre of Florence was originally inhabited by artists and merchants. Not by coincidence, Palazzo Guadagni was commissioned by silk merchant Riniero di Bernardo Dei.
Later on the noble residence was left as a legacy to the Compagnia dei Buonomini di San Martino, a welfare association which then sold it in an auction to the Guadagni family.
Palazzo Guadagni increased its relevancy in the history of the Kingdom of Italy when, in 1865, Florence became the capital of Italy. It was then that the Prime Minister Urbano Rattazzi resided in this old Florentine residence. Later on, Count Valfredo della Gherardesca, stayed at Palazzo Guadagni, which is why the residence got its aristocratic character.
Though the uniqueness can not only be ascribed to the location of this ancient palazzo, but is extended by the very heart and without any doubt, everyone’s favourite area at Hotel Palazzo Guadagni: the magnificent Loggia, offering another priceless view onto the Santo Spirito Church, the Boboli Gardens and the Bellosguardo Tower.
Indeed the Loggia feels like entering a world of serenity and dolce vita, providing not only a spectacular view but also beautiful aperitivo and sunset terrace living at its finest.
After that aperitivo and a night walk around the many bridges of Florence, entering that room with a view on a by now dimmed Oltrarno district, will for sure emphasise the elegant yet authentic atmosphere. And at a certain point one will understand too, why the Florentine is rather proud of his city.
Because his city is still a secret, made of mysteries and hidden beauties, such as Palazzo Guadagni’s unique rooms, furnished with antiques, resembling an old private Florentine residence and thereby matching accurately Ivory’s glance onto Florentine views.
Special thanks to the owners and whole team of Hotel Palazzo Guadagni for a dreamy stay (in collaboration with Palazzo Guadagni, Florence) Clothing provided by Alberta Ferretti, M Missoni (in collaboration with Oberrauch Zitt, Bolzano) Eyewear provided by Gucci Eyewear (in collaboration with Ottica Wassermann, Bolzano) Shoes provided by Lorena Paggi and Bottega 23 (in collaboration with Atelier Rilí)