Botticelli is what travellers can spend an age searching out: a well-run, centrally-placed, unfussy base for exploration, reasonably priced, and with - the cherry on the cake - character. Arranged over an enclosed alley, it sits in the Palezetto Serragli, which dates back to the 1500s. A hotel has been on this site since 1890, and the architechture is listed. A prettily painted vaulted ceiling greets you as you enter, stone coats of arms adorn walls and the alleyway is overlooked by an original stone and iron 'kneeling window'.
As in most city hotels, rooms are small, but they are well designed. In keeping with the price, they aren't dripping with antiques, but the modern furniture - carved wood and iron - has obviously been carefully chosen, and details from famous Renaissance paintings hang on the walls. The most expensive have views over the city and the market stalls below.
Bikes are available free for those wishing to explore the city, and the warm, friendly and extremely helpful staff are always happy to give advice on where to go and what to see.
Breakfast is a traditional buffet of cold meats and fruits, served in a large, vaulted breakfast room or outside on the pretty, flower-filled terrace.