An Elegant Mid-Century Palazzo Displays Generations Of Sartorial Style

Velona's Jungle, Florence, Italy
Velona's Jungle, Tuscany, Italy | small luxury hotels, boutique hotels
  • Hotel
  • Units 4
  • from € 150 nt
A Family's Legacy of Fabulous Finds

Featured on the cover of Italian Architectural Digest, this small luxury hotel in Florence is a sumptuous, one-of-a-kind hideaway that oozes exotic refinement along with a playful sense of style.

Part of a cherished family legacy that began with the patriarch, Pasquale Velona – a well-known Florentine antiques dealer in the mid-20th century – the hotel’s many elegant objets d’art and furnishings date from the period, collected during his travels through Italy, London, Paris, and Vienna in the 1950’s. Paired with the prestigious antique and vintage furnishings from his gallery, it’s a luxurious but warm and inviting home away from home.

Subsequent generations have added to the original collection, carefully selecting works by contemporary artists, fabrics and decorative accents by favorite contemporary designers, and personal mementos, all chosen with the same care and passion as their grandfather.

Surrounded by the most iconic art, architecture, and cuisine in the world, this hotel welcomes travelers whose curiosity and love of the unusual make this a rare find.

Description

Set on the third floor of an elegant mid-century palazzo in the center of the city, this small luxury hotel in Florence is just just steps from the Arno River near the stately palazzos and historic Teatro dell’Opera.

With just four suites, it’s an intimate and visually stimulating hideaway with a striking jungle theme, an extraordinary collection of art and furnishings, finely crafted woodwork, and finishes by Ralph Lauren and La Croix alongside mid-century classics. 

The deluxe Livingstone Suite is decorated with a soothing palette echoing the colors of a lush virgin forest and features a canopy bed, living area, and ensuite bathroom with a rainshower and chromotherapy lights.

The Darwin Suite is all about sophisticated luxury and animal magnetism in this eclectic room with black lacquered furnishings and African-inspired prints and decor. There’s a cozy reading corner and an ensuite bathroom with a rainshower.

The Fossey Suite is a tranquil deluxe suite of refined tones, turquoise accents and animal prints with a touch of the wild jungle. The suite includes a sitting area with a walk-in closet and an ensuite bathroom with a rainshower.

The Durrell Suite is a stylish tropical oasis, with the chic palm tree decor, and a lighthearted “feathered friend” keeping you company. The suite includes a balcony, a sitting area with a desk and an ensuite bathroom with a rainshower.

The lounge and dining area are intimate social spaces for sharing before setting out for the sights of the captivating capital.

ADDITIONAL FEATURES

Breakfast included (vegetarian) and served in the dining room until 12PM, multi-lingual staff (reception closes at 7PM), housekeeping, with optional valet parking with reservation and 35 euro fee, luxury robes and slippers, Laboratori Hur organic bath amenities, minibar.

Complimentary snacks and drinks, coffee and tea with kettle, Wifi, cable TV and laptop safes. Non-Smoking property.

AROUND

The hotel is in the residential Borgognissanti neighborhood in front of the Stazione Leopolda and the Opera Theatre alongside the Arno river within easy walking distance of  the main attractions of the city center including the Via Tornabuoni, the Duomo and the Ponte Vecchio. 

Tuscany’s capital city is at the heart of Italian identity. Birthplace of the Renaissance, it’s an enchanting and timeless city and a feast for the senses, the palate and the spirit. Compact and densely packed with some of the world’s greatest masterpieces of art and architecture, the city’s character and appearance  has changed little in hundreds of years. 

A UNESCO site richly blessed with some of the world’s most iconic and priceless works of art, no visit is complete without a pilgrimage to The Galleria dell’Accademia for Michelangelo’s “David,” or The Uffizi Gallery for a view of Botticelli’s “The Birth of Venus” and da Vinci’s “Annunciation.” 

The river Arno snakes through town, where the famed Ponte Vecchio divides the town into two distinct halves. The less crowded Oltrarno on the left bank includes the Palazzo Pitti and Piazzale Michelangelo from where you’ll have breathtaking views of the city. 

Close to the San Lorenzo market for authentic products from local producers, and in an area full of excellent restaurants and traditional taverns at the center of one of the most fascinating and important cities in Italy.

LOCATION

Florence, Italy. Nearest Airport: Florence Airport Amerigo Vespuci (9km) 

BEST TIME TO VISIT: Spring through Fall

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Info & Rates
Rooms / Houses4 Suites
Accommodate2 Guests in each suite
Restaurant / self cateringBed & Breakfast
KitchenBed & Breakfast
Bed Type3 King, 1 Double
Kid FriendlyChildren under 14 not accepted
Pet FriendlyYes
InternetWifi throughout
PoolNo
ViewStreet and city views
RatesRates start at €150 per night in low season
Minimum Stay1 Night
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