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Starting with the new Chic Nonna restaurant by Vito Mollica

Witness to almost 800 years of Florentine history, Palazzo Portinari Salviati is much more than an exceptionally beautiful architectural jewel in Via del Corso, a stone’s throw from Florence Cathedral.

The palace’s very name immediately evokes the father of Dante’s beloved Beatrice, Folco Portinari, a successful Florentine banker who by the late 13th century owned the first modest buildings on the site, which were later turned into a palace by Beatrice’s brothers. Its courtyards and reception rooms, with their frescoed or wooden ceilings, friezes and mosaic floors, were subsequently occupied and altered by other influential Florentine families, beginning with the very young Cosimo I de’ Medici.

Today owned by LDC Hotels & Resorts, the building has undergone a meticulous restoration which has given the city and the world an utterly gorgeous gem. Palazzo Portinari Salviati is reopening with a new vocation for hospitality and fine dining.

The gradual opening will include a project on the ground floor, where the Cosimo I Courtyard and the Corte degli Imperatori offer a journey for all the senses, open from morning to late evening in three distinct venues: the Cosimo I  Courtyard houses the Salotto Portinari Bar & Bistrot for drinks, food and cocktails throughout the day; the Beatrice Room is designed to accommodate private events; the picturesque Corte degli Imperatori has recently seen the opening of Chic Nonna, the new kingdom of Michelin-starred chef Vito Mollica; its fine dining offer aiming to become a genuine destination for lovers of bon vivre. These extraordinary elegant and atmospheric ground-floor spaces are home to exquisite frescoes depicting the Odyssey and the trials of Hercules, painted by Alessandro Allori in the second half of the 16th century, and the adjacent Salviati Chapel, also frescoed by Allori and still being restored.

The piano nobile, which contains valuable historical and artistic items (some unearthed during the four years’ restoration work) is reserved for the period residence, consisting of 13 stunning suites furnished with antiques and artworks acquired at international auctions, including some important portraits of individuals linked to the building’s history.