florence | piazza pitti palace

by | Nov 21, 2019 | a slice of life, Travel | 16 comments

When I was planning out the final leg of our Europe trip, there was no doubt that my mom and I wanted to stay at the Piazza Pitti Palace in Florence again.  We made a last-minute hotel change last year and it was one of the best surprises of the trip.  Not only does the hotel have amazing rooms, but the staff is friendly, and it’s in a quiet location that’s still just a short walk from the main tourist attractions.  (And this isn’t a sponsored post.)

The room we stayed in last year (you can see it HERE)was going to be tough to beat, but this room was just as beautiful.

The most striking thing about the room is the huge antique original oil paintings on three of the walls.  It was like staying in a museum, but this was our room.  Nothing was roped off.

Look at the floors, too, and the trim!  Everywhere I looked, I was overwhelmed that this was our room for the night.

Even the doors in the room had original oil paintings on them!  I couldn’t help but touch one lightly with a fingertip.

The room also had a foyer and a bathroom…

The pair of doors originally led into another room, but it’s been turned into a wardrobe.  And, the bathroom was over-the-top with beautiful fixtures and a clawfoot tub as the centerpiece.

The two women who run the hotel are so welcoming.  They brought us water bottles and ice as we were getting settled and asked if they could help us with anything.  They actually remembered that I liked antiques, so they told me about the antique market that would be happening the next morning.  Unfortunately, we weren’t going to be able to make that, since we were flying out early the next morning.

I was starting to wish we had one more day…

Off the foyer was a balcony that overlooked the sloped piazza.

Here’s our balcony from the outside…

We spent the afternoon out and about, so we didn’t get to spend much time on the balcony, but I did spend a little time out there writing in my journal.

We had an appointment with a tour guide, but had some free time before we were meeting her.  We took some time to tour the dining room and help ourselves to some treats from the buffet of snacks…

It was too bad we were going to be leaving so early in the morning that we would miss breakfast.

Once we were settled, hydrated, had a snack, and rested a bit, we set out to explore Florence until we met up with our tour guide.  We didn’t get back from our tour and dinner until late, but we were greeted with fresh flowers, a snack, a chilled bottle of prosecco, and a note from our hosts.

We had to crash after the long day and get some sleep before an early wakeup call, so I left them a thank you note.  I wanted them to know we appreciated the gesture, even if we weren’t able to enjoy it.

In my next post about Florence, I’ll share about a pen and paper store that made me giddy and the kindred spirit I met there…

If you’re traveling to Paris or Tuscany and want to know what I did, you can find all of the posts of my trip (with links to guides, lodging, food, and shopping) below…

Paris 2019 | Chateau Latour & The Louvre

Paris 2019 | The Marais Walking Tour

Paris 2019 | The Fountain Pen Shop

Champagne & Reims

Free & Final Day in Paris 

Paris Souvenirs

Pole-Pole-Tree & Dinner with Florentines (The train ride from Paris to Florence)

A Walking Tour of Barga

Cooking with Rita | A Tuscan Cooking Class

Thrifting & Antiquing in Tuscany

Lucca Antique Purchases

Montecarlo & a Vineyard Lunch

Lucca Purchases (Leather & Clothes)

Florence | Piazza Pitti Palace

Florence | The 153-year-old pen & paper shop

Florence | The Maestro & the Apprentice (meeting a gold & silversmith)

Florence | A Walking Tour



  1. Babs

    Oh, my…I would never want to leave! What a gem. Thank you for sharing and for taking us all along with you and your mom. I just put Florence on my bucket list.

  2. Gina

    What an incredible feast for the eyes and soul. I would love to spend time in this lovely place. Thank you for sharing it with us…..a great beginning to my day. I will dream about all of it as I work today!

  3. Jo

    You sure are making me want to go back to Italy!!!! Next time you go, try to check out La Spezia. it’s small and so wonderful!

  4. Suzanne

    I always wonder who built and lived in such a wonderful house when I see a place like this.
    What a great hotel and a fabulous experience-thanks for sharing!

  5. Mary

    Thank you for sharing – now I want to go to Florence and stay there!

  6. Sandy R

    Goodness, this place is gorgeous! Thank you for sharing, it looks like a wonderful place to stay if I get back to Italy.

  7. Jeffrey Favreau

    Thank you to share another piece of Italy. I just spent 5 nights in Florence a month ago and oh this is so reminiscing . Your Hotel looks Marvelous but when I was looking a year ago for accommodations we looked for more Apartments as wanting to have the choice to cook from local produce. Of course being from Quebec Canada the ouch of our dollar compared to the Euro puts a little cost thought into the matter. We did have a wonderful apartment and I got to cook a wonderful Supper and it was nice to relax in the morning and eat breakfast in. I am sure we walked by your Hotel as we spent our days walking around aimlessly, what a joy to just relax and discover.

    Hope your plus on the mend not easy to be incapacitated for such a long period when you are such a doer. Get well soon and keep up the wonderful post. 🙂

  8. Deborah D

    Oh my how delightful. If I ever go to Florence, that’s where I want to stay.

  9. Chris Moore

    The Rennaisance Italian people have such a dramatic/theatrical depiction of creation, the saints etc. I just love thinking about that.

  10. Dara

    My friend and I want to go to Tuscany next year…perhaps take in a cooking class too! You have motivated me LOL

  11. Cheri Dietzman

    The exterior photo of your balcony is so dreamy! I’d be disappointed not to spend another day/night there for sure!

  12. Kathleen

    Your review of your stay in Florence looks incredible ! I’m just wondering how expensive this place was . Could you share this information with us please.
    I love all your posts and have been enjoying reading them for years
    Thank you

    • Marian Parsons

      Last year, our room was about $150/night, because we booked at the last minute and the rates were good. This year, it was about $350 for the night, but my mom and I decided splitting it was worth it. The rates on their site right now are starting around $140/night. So, the rates differ greatly depending on when you book!

  13. Louise Alexander

    Oh my , this is absolutely unbelievable beautiful. Makes me want to go. Thanks for sharing.

  14. Pam Wolf

    Your room was amazing! I don’t know how you could get any sleep….I would lay there looking around and around and have to pinch myself to see if I were dreaming! So lovely! It’s wonderful that they were so gracious! Thanks for sharing.

  15. monique

    Oh to live like royals for a day or two. The doors are fantastic pieces of art, the window treatment also fabulous.
    Who would not like to live in this style of luxury?

    Happy for you to have had this experience and to share it,


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