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In a quiet corner in the center of Florence, an 18th-century palazzo houses the Grand Hotel Villa Medici. Boasting an ideal location near the Arno River and the city's most important cultural and historic sights, this sophisticated retreat offers a tranquil garden setting in the midst of the city and the ambiance of a private residence with unforgettable Florentine views. Recently the hotel has undergone renovations, giving it a brand new look and a complete facelift. History, tradition and class have been for ever a symbol of this hotel, and the changes make the ambiance softer and elegant, offering guests a contemporary vision of the ground floor without loosing the past elements that the hotel is so proud of.
Here in Florence, where nearly a third of the world's important art is housed, enjoy a visit to the Academy of Fine Arts Museum to view Michelangelo's eternal masterpiece and the Statue of David. Continue to the Piazza della Signoria, the political heart of Florence since the 1300s, and browse the silver and leather goods as you stroll the charming Ponte Vecchio.