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Enjoy an exclusive retreat at the Leone Blu

Palazzo Ricasoli close to Ponte alla Carraia has been a unique location since 1470 for anyone wanting to spend time in Florence and experience luxury while staying in touch with art and history.

The Palazzo has always belonged to the Ricasoli family, who in the 19th century converted it into the Grand Hotel New York, one of the premium hotels in Florence at the time, frequented by international celebrities of the calibre of Petr Illi’c Tchaikovsky, Richard Wagner, William C. Bryant and Nathaniel Hawthorne.

A part of the old building was subsequently refurbished with a welcoming style that became the trademark of the Grand Hotel, including the Leone Blu suite, inspired by the Ricasoli Firidolfi emblem.

The entire first floor – the residential part of Palazzo Ricasoli – has since been reconverted into nine suites and two large shared living rooms, reception and services areas. The suites boast a balanced blend of old and modern furnishings, with a traditional yet innovative style, which aim to please and welcome modern-day travellers who are looking to plunge into history without giving up comfort. The old décor has been maintained and the furniture is handcrafted in Tuscany to give you that extra genuine touch.

The owner Maria Teresa Ricasoli Firidolfi still lives at the Leone Blu, where she welcomes her guests and friends. The keys to Palazzo Ricasoli are handed out to guests to allow them to leave as they please. The butler and staff will gladly meet any requests to customise your stay, in an effort to turn it into and unforgettable experience. The strategic position of the Leone Blu, at the very heart of Florence, make it an ideal starting point for outings, cocktails, gala dinners, luxury weddings, company meetings and team building sessions.