On a busy street a few minutes' walk east of the Duomo, occupying the first floor of an 18thC mansion built around an internal courtyard. Reception is reached up an old staircase. Original features (including cotto floors, loft arched ceilings, the odd fresco); soothing pastel paintwork; and some carefully chosen design details make a stylish and harmonious whole. Most of the 11 rooms face on to the courtyard and have their own tiny terrace, but are big enough for a table and two chairs.
  Our local editor Nicky Swallow writes: 'The two largest suites are vast, with floor to ceiling frescoes; two more overlook the road but are lovely and have double glazing. The beds are comfortable, and there are beautiful fabrics. All the bedrooms are different, some flowery, others plainer and more contemporary. Oriental touches mix with Western antiques – a playful mix, in fact, of several styles'.
  Hotel guests get special rates in the 'Soulspace' spa on the ground floor of the building. This is excellent value for money for central Florence - a mainstream charming place to stay and a welcome newcomer to the guide. The young owners call it a 'refined B&B' - and they are spot on.

Tuscany Cook

The owners of Palazzo Galletti also organise 8-day cooking courses at their country residence, Fattoria Bacio, in Chianti. You get 7 nights' all-inclusive accomodation, four cooking lessons, numerous excursions, and recipes to take home with you. For more information, visit their website at: www.tuscanycook.com