Palazzo Tornabuoni certainly ranks as one of our most favorite hotel-branded residences of all time – perhaps in part because the Florentine building has stood since the 15th Century under the provenance of Pope Leo XI and the Medici Family. Now completely renovated and restored under the management of Four Seasons Hotels & Resorts, Palazzo Tornauoni offers 27 private residences and 11 club residences, with an eclectic mix of unique floor plans that pay homage to the building’s original windows and proportions.
Our favorite private residence is known as Tornaquinci – a second floor two-bedroom indoor-outdoor residence measuring 229 square meters. The apartment spans three bays of tall windows overlooking Via Tornabuoni (where even the luxury shops with global brands may be local), including a prominent French-door balcony that occupies the focal point of the building’s front facade.
The residence’s main entrance is into an intimate gallery foyer with double doors leading into the dramatic living room with original frescos and a dining room for 8, perfect for entertaining. We greatly appreciate the overall grace of the floor planning – the living room doors are placed on axis with the oversized windows and the symmetrical dining room balances a set of tall French windows overlooking the Michelozzo Courtyard with double doors onto a stunning 35 square meter outdoor terrace.
And what a terrace! Acknowledging Florence’s temperate climate, we believe that the outdoor space is well incorporated and is truly an outdoor room that will be useful for much more than ambient al fresco dining. The terrace is perfectly symmetrical with access from the dining room as well as the master suite, and a well designed central gallery hall that leads from the entrance foyer to the bedroom wing – where two bedroom suites offer beautiful marble bathrooms, divine proportions, and their own unique features – a balcony for one and terrace access from the other.
Not to be forgotten –even in a property managed by the ever-capable Four Seasons – an inviting yet distinct kitchen space is well equipped with a central island and courtyard window – as well as a separate service entrance for staff or the house caterer.
In a word, Bellissima!