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Centrally located in Old Florence, across the street from the Duomo and walking distance to many tourist attractions
As its name suggests, the Palazzo Niccolini al Duomo is located in close proximity to the Piazza del Duomo -- the square surrounding the iconic cathedral church in Florence and one of the city's main attractions. The hotel is actually located across the street from this architectural marvel and guest rooms offer direct views of it, including the church bells that ring at regular intervals. The Palazzo Niccolini is in a perfect spot for visitors who are looking to tour the sights, as Florence's main attractions are within walking distance. Santa Maria Novella train station is also nearby, although a taxi is recommended if carrying large amounts of luggage.
Florence is extremely pedestrian-friendly, and is one of Italy's most beautiful cities -- it's more compact, and less gritty, than Rome. The Duomo is the most iconic sight here, but other popular attractions include Michelangelo's "David" at the Galleria dell'Accademia, the works of Botticelli and da Vinci at the Uffizi, and the Ponte Vecchio bridge, which dates back to the 1300s. The Piazza della Signora is a popular tourist hub, and many hotels are located near it.
This intimate, family-run boutique is ideal for those seeking an authentic stay in Florence within easy reach of tourist sights. Built centuries ago as the home of a Florentine merchant family, this property was inherited through marriage by the Niccolinis in 1891. They have kept its historic charm intact, having preserved the wood-beamed ceilings and frescoed walls. Each guest room has a unique layout, but all are furnished with antiques, flat-screen TVs, and stocked mini-fridges. Many have large windows that feature stunning views of the iconic Duomo cathedral across the street. Free breakfast and Wi-Fi are great perks, but larger hotels nearby offer more amenities.