Palazzo Ruspoli Rating: 3.0 Pearls
Florence, Province of Florence, Tuscany

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Pros

  • Lovely views of the adjacent Duomo cathedral from some rooms
  • Walking distance to many tourist sights
  • Clean rooms with Italian decor and parquet floors
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Free breakfast served daily in charming lounge
  • Free afternoon coffee at cheery coffee counter
  • All rooms have stocked mini-fridges and large desks

Cons

  • Cheapest rooms have shared bathrooms and lack AC
  • Bathrooms have tiny showers with no tubs
  • Tube TVs
  • No 24-hour front desk staff

Bottom Line

This B&B offers a great location just 21 yards from the Duomo cathedral (with lovely views of this gorgeous landmark from some rooms) and within walking distance of restaurants, shops, and museums. Checkered fabrics and classic Italian furniture make for an authentic old-world vibe, but guests who seek luxury touches will be disappointed (think tube TVs and tiny showers). Rooms feature pretty parquet floors, stocked mini-fridges, and work desks, but little else. The cheapest rooms are especially no-frills, with shared bathrooms and no air-conditioning. Free Wi-Fi, free breakfast, and free coffee add up to a good value, but the property is short on amenities.

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 Location

Situated in an ideal section of Old Florence, adjacent to Piazza del Duomo and close to many tourist sights

Palazzo Ruspoli offers an ideal location in Old Florence, as it is situated just 21 yards from Piazza del Duomo -- the square surrounding the iconic cathedral in Florence, and one of the city's main attractions. Many of the guest rooms at this B&B offer views of the architectural marvel, especially the large dome that peeps into view. The Santa Maria Novella train station is nearby as well, although a taxi is recommended if carrying large amounts of luggage. The main streets of international shopping are also within close proximity, such as Via della Vigna Nuova, Via Roma, and Via de' Calzaiuoli. Nearby dining options are plentiful as well -- just ask the Ruspoli concierge to recommend the neighborhood's best Tuscan restaurants.

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.

  • 19-minute drive to Peretola Airport
  • 1-minute walk to the Duomo, Florence's most famous landmark
  • 2-minute drive or 5-minute walk to the Galleria dell'Accademia, where Michelangelo's famous David statue is housed
  • 4-minute drive or 11-minute walk to Santa Croce
  • 5-minute drive or 8-minute walk the Uffizi Gallery, which houses Botticelli's "Birth of Venus"
  • 6-minute drive or 12-minute walk to Ponte Vecchio
  • 17-minute drive or 27-minute walk to Boboli Gardens
  • 10-minute drive or 12-minute walk to Santa Maria Novella train station

 Bottom Line

This B&B offers a great location just 21 yards from the Duomo cathedral (with lovely views of this gorgeous landmark from some rooms) and within walking distance of restaurants, shops, and museums. Checkered fabrics and classic Italian furniture make for an authentic old-world vibe, but guests who seek luxury touches will be disappointed (think tube TVs and tiny showers). Rooms feature pretty parquet floors, stocked mini-fridges, and work desks, but little else. The cheapest rooms are especially no-frills, with shared bathrooms and no air-conditioning. Free Wi-Fi, free breakfast, and free coffee add up to a good value, but the property is short on amenities.

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Address

  • Via Martelli 5 Florence, FI 50129 Italy

Room Types

  • Comfort Room
  • Deluxe Room
  • Queen Room
  • Superior Room

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Hotel Features

Number of Rooms: 14
Pool: No
Internet Access: Yes
Pets Allowed: Yes
Cribs: Yes
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Hotel Information

Location: Florence, Province of Florence
Address: Via Martelli 5 Florence, FI 50129 Italy
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