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Published on : Friday, April 21, 2017
For guests who want a sophisticated residential-style experience in Florence, La Villa at Four Seasons Hotel Firenze offers the perfect option, providing an atmosphere that is intimate and exclusive with the ultimate in personalised service. It’s like staying in a real Florentine home.
The 116-room Four Seasons Hotel Firenze includes both the 15th-century Palazzo della Gherardesca and a 16th-century former convent, known as La Villa, both framing the city’s largest private garden, measuring 4.5 hectares (11 acres).
With just 37 guest rooms and suites, La Villa offers a uniquely residential character, reminiscent of an historical mansion or a intimate apartment house. This hotel-within-the-hotel features its own reception, concierge, butler service and breakfast room, as well as a ballroom in a former church. La Villa also includes its own private entrance on the western edge of the property, facing Via Gino Capponi, just a 10-minute walk to the Duomo and other historical attractions. This convenient setting is perfect for couples, families, or any guest seeking privacy and discretion.
The most significant advantage is the presence of La Villa Manager Barbara Amato, who supervises the team of butlers and ensures that each of her guests enjoys the most thoughtfully personalised environment. As Barbara explains, “Many of our Four Seasons guests have been asking for a more residential experience in Florence. With La Villa, we are able to custom-design their stay, providing all the comforts of a sophisticated Florentine home – with me as their host.”
Born in Salerno, Barbara has lived in Florence since 2007 and has worked as a Four Seasons concierge since 2008. “I have had the opportunity to meet so many different guests, and I’ve learned how to anticipate their requests to ensure they enjoy the best experience of our city.”
As La Villa Manager, Barbara brings her infectious enthusiasm and commitment to perfection. To enhance the stay of La Villa guests, she coordinates all the Hotel’s departments – from the concierge and butler teams to housekeepers and In-Room Dining – always with a charming, personal touch.
Barbara greets her guests in the morning in the elegant Magnolia Breakfast Lounge and offers suggestions for their day’s adventures. She also entertains guests during cocktails hours in the Sala Magnolia, with its outdoor garden patio. Among her services, Barbara can obtain preferred wine cellar selections in advance of each guest’s arrival, or arrange an in-room mixologist to prepare a Negroni or any favourite cocktail. She can prepare a picnic basket for lunch in the Four Seasons garden, or provide bicycles to explore the city. For an unforgettable special occasion, Barbara can orchestrate a hot-air balloon experience, departing from the Four Seasons garden and providing breathtaking views over Florence.