Sina Villa Medici, Autograph Collection

Historic luxury in Florence

An elegant and understated 19th-century hotel in a leafy area of the city center, Porta al Prato, Sina Villa Medici, Autograph Collection is close enough to the action of Florence without being overrun with tourist groups. It is conveniently located near the central train station Santa Maria Novella, but still has an appealing just-out-of-the-way location. Often the stopping point for football clubs (Juventus and Rome), plenty of movie and music royalty have also stayed here, including the much-loved Roberto Benigni and Luciano Pavarotti.

A walk into the sumptuous baroque lobby, perfumed with Acqua del Elba, is an exercise in luxury. Fun touches like freestanding statues of dogs lend pops of quirk to a serious lobby that is adorned with gilded mirrors and important statues (replicas from the Bargello Museum and surrounding galleries). While it certainly is historic, the hotel has hard-to-find Florence perks, such as a lovely outdoor swimming pool in a lush green oasis. There, dine at Harry’s Bar The Garden (an outpost of the legendary Harry’s Bar Firenze), where you can savor upscale dishes that lean Italian along with cocktails. 

Our Inspector's Highlights

  • The onsite pool (rare in central Florence) is an homage to another era, with statues dotting the verdant outside garden.
  • The friendly concierge is there for any last-minute tips, advice or to arrange specific tours — a private boat on the Arno River, perhaps?
  • The top-of-the-line guest room is the 1,399-square-foot, Imperial-style Royal Suite. It features a majestic salon protected by the Italian Ministry of Cultural Heritage, plus high ceilings, a king bed, a living room with fireplace and a Botticino marble bathroom.
  • If you visit Harry’s Bar The Garden, don’t miss the iconic Negroni and enjoy it by the pool.
  • The plush fitness center is equipped with modern machines, three treadmills, weights, a Turkish bath and sauna.

Things to Know
  • There is an ample meeting room space that can also be converted to accommodate private dinners.
The Rooms

  • The Florence hotel has a total of 100 rooms and suites furnished in either contemporary décor or more classic elegance.
  • Suites have two bathrooms (as do some deluxe rooms) and all rooms feature Carrara marble bathtubs and showers.
  • Many of the suites also have terraces overlooking the pool area or the city.
  • The six Premium rooms on the top floor all feature panoramic balconies.

The Food

  • Meals are taken in beautiful Harry’s Bar The Garden, overlooking the pool and garden area, which serves as a relaxing oasis from Florence’s hustle and bustle.
  • Open for lunch and dinner, Harry's Bar The Garden offers a varied menu, ranging from burgers, sandwiches and gourmet pizza to an à la carte offerings like starters, first courses, second courses and desserts. Try the baked thin fettuccine with Parmesan cheese and ham, steak tartare, curry served with rice pilaf and mango chutney, and flambéed crêpes with Grand Marnier.
  • Everything can be paired with delicious cocktails, vinos from a strong wine list, and champagne to boot.
  • The lounge area is elegantly outfitted with options for a light lunch, sandwiches or snacks outside of regular mealtimes. Order from the cocktail list featuring local favorites like a Negroni, which was invented in Florence in 1919.

Meeting rooms
Outdoor pool
Getting There
Via Il Prato 42, 50123, Florence, Italy
FLR (14-18 min)  
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