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A suite in Florence with a Stendhal Syndrome view

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The historic Hotel Brunelleschi in Florence affords unique views, among the most beautiful in the world. The Basilica of Santa Croce is the protagonist of the view from the new Bargello Suite.
Florence is a city made to be admired, photographed, portrayed, contemplated in all its aspects. The Hotel Brunelleschi affords panoramic views of incomparable beauty: guest rooms and suites have postcard views onto the main monuments and symbols of the city center, allowing one to live the atmosphere of the Florence of old. Staying there it is possible to enjoy a unique privilege, an experience that alone is worth the trip.
Since late January the new Bargello Suite was added to the collection of views of the hotel, boasting sophisticated crimson red interior décor and overlooking the old city center dominated by the iconic Basilica of Santa Croce, related to the origin of the famous “Stendhal syndrome”.
Hotel Brunelleschi is located in the heart of the city. It is truly unique because it includes in its architectural structure two historic buildings and affords different magnificent views from the rooms onto the main monuments: Brunelleschi’s Dome, Giotto’s Belltower, the thirteenth-century tower by Ghiberti, Palazzo Vecchio. And since a few days also the Basilica of Santa Croce and the Bargello building, hence the name of the latest Suite.
The new Bargello Suite
The latest renovated suites at Hotel Brunelleschi is called Bargello from the view out of one of its windows onto the medieval monument that was once the seat of the military chief and later of the mayor. Now the site houses one of the most important museums of Renaissance sculpture in the world. But the most significant is the view onto the façade of the magnificent Basilica of Santa Croce, so iconic as to be the origin of the famous “Stendhal syndrome”.
As well known, French author Stendhal described his experience with the phenomenon during his 1817 visit to Florence. Overwhelmed by the beauty of Giotto’s frescoes, he later recounted: ‘On leaving the Santa Croce church, I felt heart palpitations. Life was draining out of me, while I walked fearing a fall.’ This is the first description of the psychosomatic disorder that causes heartbeat and dizziness resulting from over-exposure to the concentration of many works of art.
The renewal of the new Bargello Suite was finished in January 2017: its sumptuous and sophisticated interiors are characterized by crimson red. Each of the suites is different, dominated by a color palette that differentiates it from the others and sets the tone for the atmosphere.
The space of 45 square meters has a warm oak flooring. The decoration is in the unique style of this boutique hotel, that combines classic charm with contemporary décor, characterized by exclusive custom-made furnishings. The décor is marked by an extreme lightness with comfortable velvet sofas, beds with upholstered headboards, matching pillows, elegant chairs, while the windows are framed by precious silk curtains. The finishes are made of top quality materials.
The comfort of the room is absolute: the bright, spacious marble bathroom has both a tub and a shower with color therapy; the bed is a king size bed of 76×80 in. At disposal, safe, minibar, LCD TV 42″ with 60 digital and Sky channels, Nespresso machine, tea kettle, audio Ipod docking station, scented bath products by Dr. Vranjes and other optionals.
The Bargello Suite stimulates all the senses: sight, touch, smell, hearing, and taste. The guests also receive gifts, like a bottle of local wine, baskets of sweets and fruits.
About Hotel Brunelleschi
Hotel Brunelleschi is located in the historical centre of Florence in a charming little square behind Via de’ Calzaiuoli, a few steps from the Cathedral, Palazzo della Signoria and the Uffizi Gallery. Fashionable shopping streets and the main art museums and galleries are only a few steps away. And there are also trendy cafés and bars where to relax while observing locals, artisan craft shops and romantic spots such as the world famous Ponte Vecchio.
Hotel Brunelleschi boasts unique architectural landmarks such as the semi-circular Byzantine defensive tower, Torre della Pagliazza (straw tower) which dates back to the 6th century AD (the oldest dwelling of Florence) and a Medieval church. Restoration works have preserved their original appearance. In the tower basement it even houses a private museum known as “Museo della Pagliazza” where Roman archaeological findings are displayed together with remains of Roman baths, now embedded in the foundations, which were discovered during the restoration of the medieval tower.
The exclusive gourmet restaurant “Santa Elisabetta” is widely known in town as one of the best fine-dining experiences with chef Giuseppe Bonadonna. The ambience is intimate, it is located on the first floor of the hotel’s Byzantine tower and guests are really pampered as it has seven tables only! The maître, Alessandro Recupero, suggests wines that best complement each dish. Open from Wednesday to Saturday from 7:30 pm to 10:30 pm.
“Osteria della Pagliazza”, o the ground floor, provides a casual yet stylish dining approach with a typical food menu. It is open 7 days a week from 12:30 am to 2:30 pm and from 7:30 pm to 10:30 pm. During spring and summer, there is a comfortable outdoor dining area.

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