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The living room that welcomes you after a day walking through Florence.  It's your home away from home in the best sense of the phrase

The living room that welcomes you after a day walking through Florence. It’s your home away from home in the best sense of the phrase

In Florence ‘hospitality’ is a living art form. One doesn’t have guests; one receives them, as if the very act of a guest entering your home or hotel were a gift to you.

Florentines know and revere their local hoteliers and concierges. It’s understandable that, on a sunny spring day, Romina and Claudio will stop at the terrazzo outside the JK Place for an aperitivo and stuzzichini, that Sofia might join a friend for tea at Palazzo Vecchietti, and that Elio would stroll the gardens of the Four Seasons Firenze just because he can.

Florence’s buildings tell its stories. You hear their echoes when you see the majestic “kneeling” windows in Palazzo Vecchietti, when you’re served brunch under a skylight inside the JK Place, and when the doormen outside the Four Seasons Firenze greet you like an old friend.

So! Do as the Baratis do. Go inside. Explore the rooms. Make time for an espresso, an aperitivo, and a conversation. Pay attention to the walls, the architectural details, the colors. Know that these palazzi are homes passed down through generations of Florentine families. Embrace and savor the hospitality. It will all get under your skin. And when you return home, something about you will have changed.

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Four Seasons Firenze with flowers in Bloom at Easter

Four Seasons Firenze with flowers in Bloom at Easter – a work of art in the making as tiny colored eggs are tied with ribbons on branches

 

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Gabriella

Gabriella Contestabile is an author, educator, and owner of SU MISURA JOURNEYS, a boutique travel company connecting people to the artisans of Florence. She emigrated, with her parents, from Italy to New York City in 1959. In her pre-writer life, she worked as a foreign language teacher, management development specialist, and fragrance/cosmetics executive. Gabriella is a strong advocate of the arts, of multiculturalism, and of social justice—a passion inspired by reading Dickens and Dante at a very young age. She lives on the Upper West Side with her husband, her daughter, and a furry Shih–Tzu named Oreo. ‘ The Artisan’s Star’ is her first novel. She is currently working on a collection of short stories, also set in Italy, and a screenplay.

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