Hotel near the Medici Chapels, Florence
In a highly central location, between the train station of Santa Maria Novella and Piazza San Lorenzo, the Hotel Art Atelier is the ideal residence for visiting all of Florence, pleasantly strolling through the alleys and streets that have made it one of the world’s most unique cities.
How to reach us
From the Central Station of Santa Maria Novella Piazza exit the station, cross the road and reach the traffic lights, cross the road again and turn right onto Piazza Unita d’Italia, through the square to Via del Melarancio, take the road to the end and turn left onto Via dell, after a few steps on the right side at number 20 red you can find the Art Hotel Atelier.
The international airport ‘Amerigo Vespucci’ in Florence is 7 km, you reach the hotel by taxi or public transport direct to the station of Santa Maria Novella, from there follow the indications point to ‘train’.
From the A1 Milano Rome, Milan / Genoa / Pisa – Florence North Exit Highway A11
Take Viale Guidoni, and follow the signs to “Centro”. Continue straight for about 2 km. Before the fifth traffic light turn right onto Via E. Forlanini direction “Center”, “Fortress”. At the roundabout turn left and take Viale F. Redi (avenue), direction “Centro”, “Fortress”.
Continue straight until the end of the tree.
At the traffic light, cross Viale Belfiore, bear left towards “Fortress” and take Via Guido Monaco.
Keep left and continue straight after the tunnel, turn right at the traffic lights and enter Viale Lavagnini in the Rome-Siena and the pitch at the next light and turn right into Via Santa Caterina d’Alessandria and continue until the traffic lights Next go ahead and enter in Via Nazionale until the next traffic light, near ‘the termite of the road, bear left at the traffic lights and continue to the roundabout turn left, then, stand at the traffic lights turn right and go straight to Piazza Unita’ d ‘Italy (Hotel Baglioni). Cross the square and enter the roundabout go right into Via S. Antonino, after a few yards take the first right onto Via dell where the left can see immediately’Hotel Art Atelier located in the Via dell num 20 r on the left side of the road.
From the South (Rome / Naples) – Motorway A1 exit “Firenze Certosa” (Siena / Grosseto) – Exit Firenze-Siena-Grosseto
Follow signs to Florence through the villages and Bottai Galluzzo, until you reach Porta Romana (recognizable by the presence at the center of the square of a particular statue).
Go straight on Viale Ariosto (along the old walls). Go straight (Piazza Tasso, Via Aleardi) until the end of the tree. Merge in Piazza Pier Vettori and follow the signs to Ponte della Vittoria. Cross the Ponte della Vittoria and go straight under the underpass.
Go through the traffic lights at Porta al Prato and go straight on Viale Fratelli Rosselli. Keep left and continue straight after the tunnel keep right up to the next traffic light and enter Viale Lavagnini towards Rome – Siena and the pitch at the next light and turn right into Via Santa Caterina d’Alessandria and continue until the next traffic light and go straight ahead until you enter in Via Nazionale at the bottom, near ‘the termite of the road, bear left at the traffic lights and continue to the roundabout turn left, then go to the traffic lights turn right and enter in Piazza Unita’ d ‘Italy (Hotel Baglioni).
Take the square in a circle and go right into Via S. Antonino, take the first right onto Via dell immediately left’Hotel able to see the Art Atelier in Via dell which is the num 20 r on the left side of the road Tel (0039.055283777).
Access to the historic center of Florence
Access to the historic center of Florence (ZTL) is controlled electronically by video cameras active during weekdays (from 7 AM to 7:30 PM) and, in certain periods of the year, even during the night on weekends (Thurs/Fri/Sat night, from 10 PM to 2 AM). The Hotel Art Atelier is situated inside the ZTL: however, guests who have for some transited in front of a video camera are urged to notify their car license plate number WHEN CHECKING so that it can be entered in the database of authorized accesses. Note that this exemption does not apply to accesses from preferred traffic lanes. In such cases, no registration will prevent a traffic violation and fine.
In the heart of San Lorenzo
The hotel is situated in the San Lorenzo district, one of the most elegant and prestigious in Florence, where you can admire one of the city’s most ancient basilicas and visit the Medici Chapels and Medici Laurentian Library, an architectural complex designed by Michelangelo Buonarroti. The Library conserves priceless manuscripts and volumes, largely from the collection of the Medici family.
In the hotel’s surroundings, the Mercato di San Lorenzo is an event you won’t want to miss; this is the place to take in Florence’s most authentic atmosphere, shopping for typical Tuscan products, hand-crafted leather goods, clothes and souvenirs. The market also provides an opportunity to taste the delicacies of Florentine cuisine.
Strolling through the city
Less than ten minutes on foot from the Hotel Art Atelier are the Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore – dominated by the Cupola del Brunelleschi, one of the city’s most representative sights – and, subsequently, the Piazza della Signoria, which has always been the city’s administrative and economic hub, with the splendid Palazzo Vecchio and sculptures in the Loggia dei Lanzi.
Both within walking distance from Piazza della Signoria are the Galleria degli Uffizi Museum and Ponte Vecchio, an ancient passageway over the waters of the River Arno, characterized by traditional jewelry shops selling absolutely unique creations, the products of a centuries old goldsmithing tradition.
Cross the Arno on the Ponte Vecchio to get to the enchanting Boboli Gardens – a fine example of an Italian designed garden – and Palazzo Pitti, an ancient palace of the Medici and Grand Duchy of Tuscany, today a prestigious museum housing among its many masterpieces the Galleria Palatina, Galleria del Costume dedicated to fashion, and the Modern Art Gallery.
Shopping aficionados will find reason to feast their eyes in Florence, with some of the most renowned boutiques and Italian and international designer fashion workshops, as well as the finest footwear and leather goods shops. Via de’ Calzaiuoli and Via Tornabuoni are two mandatory shopping alleys for exclusive shopping, along with Via della Vigna Nuova.
It is one of the world’s most renowned and widely attended museums, with an outstanding collection that spans over an extremely vast historical temporal arc. Raffaello, Tiziano, Botticelli and Leonardo da Vinci are just a few of the artists whose works are displayed alongside those of the Flemish collection, Giotto and Cimabue. Not to be missed!