Leone Blu, Florence
|Piazza Carlo Goldoni, 2, 50123, Florence, Florence, Tuscany, ITALY.|
Description: Leone BluEnjoying an excellent location in the historic centre of Florence, Leone Blu is set in a carefully restored and modernised historic mansion, the Palazzo Ricasoli, standing a few steps from the river Arno, just over half a kilometre from the Ponte Vecchio. This charming property offers luxurious boutique-style bed-and-breakfast accommodation in a delightful historic setting.
Perfect for relaxing stays in this fascinating city, Leone Blu is within easy walking distance of many of Florence's most outstanding landmarks, including the cathedral, the Piazza della Republica, the Piazza della Signoria, and many, many more. The streets around the hotel are replete with cafés, restaurants, art galleries and fascinating shopping.
Leone Blu offers an excellent range of services and amenities to make guests' stays as relaxing and enjoyable as possible. These include multilingual concierge and reception, city tours and museum bookings, spa and fitness at the nearby Lungarno Fitness centre, butler services and wine tastings, among many other options. There are also two fully equipped meeting rooms, for all kinds of conferences, events and celebrations.
Type of rooms: Leone BluOrazio Suite - 17th Century:
Listed among the most important intellectuals in 17th century Tuscan cultural life, Orazio Ricasoli was a refined author of philosophical prose, and a friend and close disciple of Galileo Galilei, whose astronomical theories he backed and spread.
A cosy double or twin bed suite measuring 55 sq m, it boasts a precious decorated wood ceiling, the oldest in the Palazzo. The suite features a super-modern walk-in wardrobe combined with antique family furniture. The lively en-suite bathroom has a shower with seating in stone, and yellow onyx sink-top.
Pandolfo Suite - 16th Century:
Colonel for the great leader Gian Giacomo Medici and brother of the future Pope Pius IV, Pandolfo is considered as one of the most significant soldiers of his times. His bust stood once in the salons of this Palazzo, while his effigy can now be found at the Brolio castle.
18th century stuccoes and frescos decorate the vaulted ceilings of this 65 sq m suite, noted for the size of the walk-in wardrobe separating the bedroom and the living room. It features a double bed and an en-suite bathroom with a shower. The suite has a dual view onto Via del Parione and onto the Palazzo's central courtyard.
Giuliana Suite (1860-1960):
Guiding Star of the Ricasolis, baroness Giuliana was the most well-known member of the family between the end of the 19th and the mid-20th centuries, thanks to her role in the enhancement of historic assets and in her family?s entrepreneurial activities. She is still remembered as a benefactress, especially for the Red Cross, to whom she granted use of the Palazzo during the First World War.
This 66 sq m suite has two windows overlooking the Arno river, and features an 18th century pelmet and large crystal chandelier. The suite features a walk-in wardrobe and bathroom with tub and shower.
Giovanni Battista Suite - 16th Century:
A bishop and able diplomatic negotiator and secret counsellor of duke Cosimo de' Medici, Giovan Battista was one of the most renowned political celebrities in Florence in the 16th century. In 1533 he commissioned frescoes on the Palazzo?s outer wall comparable to Michelangelo's works. He is a discussed figure due to the gossip by which he went down in history as the ''Vescovo dell'Ampollina'' (bishop of the poisoned cup).
A suite measuring 75 sq m on two floors, with a view over the Arno river. It features a sitting room downstairs, and an overlooking upstairs double bedroom, with bathroom and walk-in wardrobe.
Ugo Suite - 13th Century:
Ugo was a cardinal during the papacy of the Tuscan Alexander III Bandinelli. Thanks to his prudence and balance, he was a crucial mediator for peace in Venice between emperor Frederick Barbarossa and Pope Alexander III, for whom he was one of the most loyal and significant counsellors.
Looking onto piazza Goldoni, this 80 sq m suite is on two floors and features a pretty decorated wooden ceiling with gilding. The sitting room is downstairs, with a large entrance hall and cloakroom. The double or twin bedroom is upstairs and looks onto the living room, walk-in wardrobe, en-suite bathroom with shower, bidet and secluded WC.
Geremia Suite - 11th Century:
Named in a document for the first time in 1076,Geremia was the forebear of the family, His son Ridolfo, also known as Gotulo for his Lombard origin, left his name to the family: ?de filiis Rodulphi? (sons of Ridolfo), leading to Firidolfi.
The large 80 sq m suite looks onto the Arno river and features a decorated wooden ceiling, 18th century pelmets and antique stone fireplace. A small hanging reading room separates the double bedroom from the sitting room and offers the best view. As well as the en-suite bathroom with double shower, there is a guest bathroom. An extra bed may be added.
Gisla Suite - 12th Century:
Dedicated to the first among the women of the Ricasoli family to be named in Medieval documents. Gisla is remembered for her contribution to the foundation and reformation of community life in various Tuscan cenobies.
Large suite measuring 86 sq m with 18th century frescoed and stuccoed vaulted ceilings. It features a main 50 sq m bedroom with double or twin beds, an en-suite master bathroom in stone with a shower, a studio that can be used as a second bedroom, a cloakroom and a walk-in wardrobe.
Bindaccio Suite - 14th Century:
Bindaccio Ricasoli was one of the great military experts of his period. He extended the family property incorporating other estates, including the Torre della Trappola, a feud belonging to the Pazzi family. Bindaccio also commissioned great fortification works at the castle in Brolio.
This is a suite measuring 96 sq m on two airy and sunlit floors, with a decorated ceiling inspired from Sol Le-Witt. Double or twin bedroom with large sitting room upstairs and a tiny study, with a charming view over Medieval Florence. The suite has a walk-in wardrobe and a large, open ''conversational'' bathroom, with pink marble tops, a bathtub, a shower, a bidet and an enclosed WC.
Rinieri Suite - 15th Century:
Rinieri Ricasoli, founder of this Palazzo, was one of the most influential people in Florence under Lorenzo il Magnifico, and was related to the family of the great explorer Amerigo Vespucci and to Simonetta, the most beautiful woman of the Renaissance, the muse chosen by Botticelli for his immortal Venus.
This large and airy suite measures 135 sq m over two floors, with a fantastic view of the river Arno and Piazza Goldoni.
All rooms and suites feature: air-conditioning; Wi-Fi; Smart TV; coffee maker and kettle; mini-bar; safe.
Additional information: Leone Blu
Pets are allowed on prior request.
Transfer services can be arranged on request. Charges apply.
Private parking is available at a nearby location. Daily charges apply.
Valet parking is also available.
Number of rooms: 9
Year of establishment and/or latest refurbishment: 15th century.Smoking policy: Non-smoking property.
Credit cards accepted: American Express, Visa, Euro/Mastercard, Diners Club, CartaSi.
GPS Coordinates: 43° 46' 15.19'' N 11° 14' 52.81'' E
Nearest airport: Florence Airport, Peretola - 9,9 km.