In the very heart of Florence
The Hotel Machiavelli Palace is located in the heart of the historical centre of Florence, a few steps away from the characteristic San Lorenzo market ( one of Florence’s most authentic spaces, featuring an incredible wrought-iron and glass liberty structure that hosts fruit and vegetable stalls and shops offering typical Tuscan products, as well as bars and small, cosy historic restaurants.), Duomo and all most important Florentine museums.
At only 200 meters from the Santa Maria Novella train station, our hotel represents an ideal starting point for conveniently visiting all the major sights of Florence and all the elegant shopping streets, as well as being within walking distance from the Firenze Fiera Congress & Exhibition Centre if you're coming here for business, venue for events such as "Pitti Uomo", the renowned men’s fashion fair, "Pitti Bimbo" and "Pitti Filati", events that bring thousands of visitors from around the globe to Florence every year.
The Basilica di San Lorenzo is just a short distance from here; it was once the parish of the Medici family, who saw to embellishing it over the centuries with the works of the most renowned artists of the Florentine renaissance: Brunelleschi and Donatello, and then Michelangelo, who created one of the most famous artworks of all time here: the New Sacristy – which houses the Tombs of the Princes within a prestigious architectural and sculptural complex.
Exiting the Basilica, the imposing Palazzo Medici Riccardi is at our left; it conserves the fresco of the Journey of the Magi by Benozzo Gozzoli, and today hosts important temporary exhibits. Continue along Via de’ Martelli to Piazza del Duomo, with the Church of Santa Maria del Fiore, the Giotto Bell Tower and the Baptistery of San Giovanni.
Take a break at one of the historic cafés in Piazza della Repubblica (such as Gilli or Paszkowski), then go for some shopping on Via de’ Calzaiuoli and Via de’ Tornabuoni, Florence’s trendiest street, which features shops and showrooms from the most prominent Italian and international designers, such as Ferragamo, Gucci, Prada, Cartier, Dior, Cavalli, etc. We then turn back towards the Hotel Atlantic Palace after a visit to the Church of Santa Maria Novella. Here too, the two-toned marble displays the refined balance of its façade, the work of yet another great genius of the Florentine renaissance: Leon Battista Alberti.