A New Standard in Luxury Hospitality

Introducing a new way of hospitality that provides a brilliant alternative to the most common five-star hotel stay while delivering a rich and authentic Tuscan experience. In the heart of Florence’s historical center, you will be living your own Medici lifestyle, surrounded by the finest comforts and steps away from the city’s best offerings. This is your chance to transport yourself back a few centuries to enjoy true Florentine luxury living.

Meet the Family

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The Palazzo’s owners, with their long-standing traditions of unique and spontaneous hospitality, have transformed this special family property to welcome the most discerning traveler who seeks luxury, intimacy, and experiencing the local culture firsthand. The concept was born out of a passion for hospitality, a taste for beautiful things, and a love for the finest local products and culinary experiences that celebrate the essence of la dolce vita. At A Suite in Florence, you’ll have the chance to indulge your Florentine dreams while receiving recommendations from a family who loves to experience Florence in different ways. From the most glamorous restaurant to the simple, yet delicious trattoria, your hosts will share Florence’s secrets freely as if with best friends.

Steno and Daniela, owners of the property since 1990, own and manage a law firm in Florence. Coming from a long tradition of classic Italian culture, they have been married for 45 years and have 5 children, from 24 to 44 years old. They managed the renovation of this historical building, and have a great passion for fine things and enjoy welcoming guests to their home.

Paolo (top right of photo), a successful lawyer in Florence, personally followed the inception of this project, and handles all relations with our guests from the moment they arrive in Florence to their departure. A charming true Italian, born in 1970, his name is commonly seen in our reviews for his kindness, presence and helpful assistance in Florence. Paolo will meet every guest on arrival and offer his services during the stay.

Mario (top left of photo), born in 1978, has developed the concept of A Suite in Florence, and currently handles the Sales & Marketing aspects. He has been successful Hotel Manager for one of top 10 resorts in the world, Sandy Lane hotel in Barbados and most recently took over the management of a stunning Montage Hotels property in South Carolina, the historical Palmetto Bluff, located in Bluffton, Hilton Head. Has studied hospitality in Lausanne, Switzerland, and since then worked in France, Italy, Switzerland, Marrakech, Washington DC managing very prestigious establishments. He serves as the point of contact from the initial reservation to pre and post-arrival communications.

We together look forward to helping you discover Florence in ways that you have always dreamed, infusing culture and history into every step of your Italian travel journey.

History

Based on the research we performed in the oldest and most reputable libraries in Florence, we were able to retrieve historical confirmation that in fact, the building located at number 63 in Via S. Reparata (until the 1600s called Via del Campaccio) was built by Francesco I, of the Medici family, in the second half of the XVI century. It was most certainly used for their foundry business, and later as a private residence.

As described in a document preserved in the State Archives called “Miscellanea Medicea“, on May 9th, 1577, Antonio Medici (born from his father Francesco’s relationship with Bianca Cappello), received this property as part of his father’s will, in addition to 22 other villas in Florence and the surrounding area.  Some of the other well known properties he owned were the Casino di San Marco and the Villa di Marignolle. The house at Via Santa Reparata 63, was for sure owned by the Medicis until Don Antonio’s death on May 2nd, 1621.

According to what we found in the libraries, the Palazzo then became the property of the Venerosi Pasciolini, both very historically significant Florentian families.  Our research confirms that in 1821, the house was owned by the Dumesnil family who sold it to the Mayer, whose ownership dates to 1865. The House was since than and until his passing in 1906, residence of the famous collector Frederick Stibbert, whos memories are today preserved in the museum named after himself in Via Stibbert in Florence. The property was than inherited by the Count Roberto Pandolfini. It seems so that the building was owned by the most important Florentine dynasties from the XVI to the XIX century.  Some of the palazzo’s rooms still display stunning, original 18th century frescos, that hint to its rich social and historical heritage…