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LEOPOLDO

A slow holiday: the art of enjoying your time when on holiday.

We are convinced that slowing down is good for you. That’s why, in 2018 when we renovated our facilities – in both body and soul – we aligned our personality with the slow attitude.

Slow in the way of living and thinking, but also of having a holiday. Slowing down to regain awareness of time and above all, to rediscover the pleasure of not being in a hurry, following your own rhythms and desires. This is what has given life to the structure, where guests can focus their holiday on that which has always been the most valuable resource: time.

Time for yourselves, time to enjoy our beautiful city. Not just a hit-and-run holiday, but rather, the chance to really enter into contact with Florence and absorb its vitality, allowing yourself time to stop and open up to others, eat healthy food and recharge your batteries in total calm and simplicity.

Time for yourselves, time to enjoy our beautiful city. Not just a hit-and-run holiday, but rather, the chance to really enter into contact with Florence and absorb its vitality, allowing yourself time to stop and open up to others, eat healthy food and recharge your batteries in total calm and simplicity.

THE STRUCTURE

THE STRUCTURE

Slow environments on a human scale.

Created inside a television set factory from the nineteen-fifties and renovated in 2000, our residence offers apartments of varying sizes.

In 2018, after painstaking restoration, we have given new life to a slow structure, where the environments are designed to allow you to rediscover your own rhythm and enjoy it to the fullest, slowly. The beating heart is the reception with its living area: the place to spend time while you check-in in total tranquillity – unless you have other requirements – a space always available for gathering together, reading or having a cup of tea.

In 2018, after painstaking restoration, we have given new life to a slow structure, where the environments are designed to allow you to rediscover your own rhythm and enjoy it to the fullest, slowly. The beating heart is the reception with its living area: the place to spend time while you check-in in total tranquillity – unless you have other requirements – a space always available for gathering together, reading or having a cup of tea.

But slow is not just a question of time. For us, slow is a philosophy of life, in the form of a small but concrete contribution towards protecting the environment. This means using the car less (we have an internal garage and the bus and tram stops are close by), paying attention to the use of water, and implementing differentiated waste collection (all the areas are equipped with separate bins).

THE PEOPLE

LE PERSONE

Welcoming is a serious business.

This is where hospitality reaches beyond the simple act of playing host, instead, it means opening up to travellers, offering them a curated service in order to ensure they have the best time possible.

That’s why all of us (Teresa and Giovanni, in charge of the organisation and management, together with Nora and Caterina, in charge of the concierge and reception, and Daniele, a reference point for the night-time hours) have created an environment with a family soul which is both friendly and caring.

You will feel you are among friends, when you chat for a while on the streets outside the usual itineraries, in the museums you don’t expect to visit, or the restaurants you can’t miss, but also inside the hotel, when you instead enjoy a relaxing moment on a beautiful sofa in the living area.

THE DISTRICT

THE DISTRICT

Where the Florentines live.

We are in the Vittoria-Statuto district, one of the residential districts of Florence, just a few minutes away from the centre, with the green slopes of Monte Morello in the background.
This is an area off the beaten tourist tracks, but full of surprises, where it is really worthwhile to take time to walk through the streets and alleys which offer new sensations and breathtaking views.
The neighbourhood is lively, full of shops and bars, restaurants and colourful local markets, but the parks are the real gems: the Stibbert Museum, Villa Fabbricotti, the Horticultural garden, the Orti del Parnaso.
It is very easy to reach the centre or other parts of the city from here: Piazza Leopoldo with its Leopoldo (Stibbert) T1 Tramline stop has become an important hub connecting up to buses and other trams.

Places to be experienced

Andrea’s roadside stall
Every morning from Monday to Saturday, you can find Andrea’s fruit and vegetable stall in Piazza Leopoldo, at the intersection with Via Bandini.
The brightly coloured fruit and the extremely fresh, fragrant vegetables capture your senses, topped off by Andrea’s professionalism and friendly manner.

Delicatessen Lambruschini
In via Lambruschini, near Piazza Vieusseux, there is the famous Lambruschini bakery and gastronomy store run by Francesca. A DOC Calabrese but Florentine by adoption, Francesca with her infinite cordiality and kindness will offer you organic and farm to table products, such as cheeses and cold cuts, and if you are lucky you can also find Calabrian delicacies such as Amarelli liquorice.

The Fratelli Briganti Restaurant
In Piazza Giorgini you will find the historic Fratelli Briganti trattoria/pizzeria, which, since 1960 with two brothers Lido and Lionello, and today with their heir Leonardo, has been seating Florentines at their tables. Open every day until late (except Thursdays) this is an institution for all gourmets especially one of its legendary dishes: fresh tomato spaghetti.

De’ Medici’s Ice Crem shop
One of the best ice-cream parlours in Florence is found in via dello Statuto in front of the T1 Tramway stop of the same name, definitely a true taste laboratory.
Artisan creations, where the quality of the raw materials is exalted by the search for ancient and new flavours: worth trying in any season!

Caldana’s Pastry Shop
This historical bar in Piazza Leopoldo is famous for its home made pastries. Any time of day is right for taking a break here, while from 7 until 9.30 in the evening you can enjoy a rich buffet, the ideal spot for an aperitif.

Places to see

The Horticultural Garden
This is a much-loved garden by the Florentines. It is a large green space at the bottom of Via Bolognese, created in the mid-nineteenth century. In 1880, architect Giacomo Roster designed an enormous, beautiful tepidarium – the largest greenhouse in Italy – now used for exhibitions and special events.

The Stibbert Museum
The Stibbert Museum is one of the most original in Florence: a house-museum built in the nineteenth century by Frederick Stibbert, a seasoned traveller and refined collector. Inside there are exceptional collections left as a legacy for the city with the collection of weapons, artwork and items of everyday life of the European, Islamic and Japanese civilisations. The villa is surrounded by a romantic park, enriched by pavilions, statues, reacreated ruins and a small Egyptian temple.

Via di Montughi
Ever since the fourteenth century, the Montughi hill, in the northern part of the city, has been considered one of the most sought-after places for the noble Florentine families to erect their villas. It is certainly worth taking a walk along this road to enjoy the view and discover the beautiful villas and their gardens.

 

Residence Leopoldo

Residence Leopoldo
Via Giovanni Fabbroni, 68, 50134 Firenze FI, Italia
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