Four Seasons Hotel, Florence, Italy
What’s so great about this pool?
Florence is one of the most historic and lovely cities in the world. But it can also get hot and noisy. This pool, in the gardens of a beautiful palazzo (palace), is a lovely long stretch of water surrounded by statues and greenery. It’s on the hills above the city, so it’s a great place to simply enjoy the cool air of the Florentine hills, do a few laps, or just sit down on the sun loungers and enjoy a refreshing drink.
- The pool is big. It is 27.8 metres long and the maximum depth is 1.75 metres
- It’s open from May to Mid-October
- The adjacent whirlpool spa is open all year round
- Opening hours for the pool are from 9.00am until sunset
- Next to the pool is a the ‘Pool Tree Bar’ specialising in cocktails with fresh fruit as well as a poolside restaurant
- There are plenty of sunloungers and the pool deck has wifi access.
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So the pool’s fab – what about the hotel?
The hotel is a pretty impressive piece of architecture – built within a 500 year old palace and a 400 year old convent. It has 72 guest rooms and 44 suites, with original antiques and frescoes on the walls.
there are three restaurants. The Al Fresco serves traditional trattoria food – pasta, salads, steaks, superb sea food. Another restaurant specialises in great breakfasts while the Il Palagio restaurant offers Michelin starred dining. The hotel gardens are stunning – 4.5 hectares of incredible 19th century planting with views across the city.
There is a spa and gym, with a whole range of treatments. And there even a range of activities for children.
What else is there to do around there?
Florence is an experience that’s not be missed. There’s the incredible Ponte Vecchio – the bridge across the river Arno. Then there are – staggeringly lovely squares, and some of the finest art museums in the world such as the Uffizi as well as the famous Cathedral, which at one time had the tallest dome in the world. And if that’s not enough, there is wonderful fashion, incredible markets, and some world class restaurants. And if you just want to sit, and watch the world go by, there’s no shortage of charming cafes.