Portrait Firenze: chic city hotel with star appeal

​The Lungarno Collection of hotels in Florence is home to the finest Italian craftsmanship, skills established by Renaissance artists that are still evident today in leatherwork, clothing and design.
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Salvatore Ferragamo is part of that legacy. Born near Naples in 1898, he emigrated with his brothers to the US aged 15, where he went on to become shoemaker to the stars in Hollywood, including Marilyn Monroe and Audrey Hepburn. 

He returned to Italy in the Twenties, opening a shop in Florence. Ferragamo remains one of the most famous Florentine names.

Salvatore’s son, Leonardo, is president of The Lungarno Collection, four joyful boutique hotels clustered around the Ponte Vecchio in the historic heart of the city. All four share an emphasis on hospitality and were designed by architect Michele Bönan, a favourite in the city.

The newest addition is Portrait Firenze where Bönan has let  Fifties Florentine couture influence his design.

The 34-suite hotel has felt chairs in soft grey, Fifties wooden tables, full-height windows and Carrara marble bathrooms. Caffè dell’Oro, the hotel’s reasonably priced bistro, serves Florentine favourites from possibly the best-located kitchen in the city.
Visit www.lungarnocollection.com. Double rooms at the hotels start at £135 a night plus 10 per cent VAT. 

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