Hotel Monna Lisa ★★

A room at the Hotel Monna Lisa, Florence
A room at the Hotel Monna Lisa, Florence

Part refined inn, part Old Master art gallery, the Monna Lisa is one of the most truly elegant hotels in Florence

Giovanni Dupré was one of the greatest sculptors in 19th century Italy, and his descendants have filled this 14th-century palazzo with several of his pieces.

(Also, in a niche on the breakfast room, look for an early study by Giambologna for his famous Rape of the Sabine—this version without the third figure cowering underneath.)

There's a certain old-world elegance to the richly decorated sitting and breakfast rooms and the gravel-strewn garden of this palazzo. They try their best to keep the whole place looking like a private home, and many rooms have the original painted wood ceilings, as well as antique furniture and richly textured wallpaper or fabrics.

This—coupled with the fine art—help make this one of the most genuinely elegant hotels in Florence (as opposed to most, overpriced luxury properties where lavish expenditures are used as a substitute for class ).

The garden is lovely, the Renaissance lounges are gorgeous, and the rooms are spacious and loaded with antique style.

In 2002, they restructured 15 additional rooms in another, recently acquired building bordering the courtyard and dubbed it "La Limonaia," with rooms overlooking the garden.


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Borgo Pinti 27 - Between the Duomo and Santa Croce
tel. +39-055-247-9751

Bus: 14, 23, C1; C2
Hop-on/hop-off: Azeglion (A), Piazza D'azeglio (C)

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English (Inglese) Italian (Italiano) Pro-nun-cee-YAY-shun
Good day Buon giorno bwohn JOUR-noh
Good evening Buona sera BWOH-nah SAIR-rah
Good night Buona notte BWOH-nah NOTE-tay
Goodbye Arrivederci ah-ree-vah-DAIR-chee
Excuse me (to get attention) Scusi SKOO-zee
thank you grazie GRAT-tzee-yay
please per favore pair fa-VOHR-ray
yes si see
no no no
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I don't understand Non capisco non ka-PEESK-koh
I'm sorry Mi dispiace mee dees-pee-YAT-chay
Where is? Dov'é doh-VAY
...a hotel un albergo oon al-BEAR-go
...a B&B un bed-and-breakfast oon bet hand BREK-fust
...a rental room un'affittacamera oon ah-feet-ah-CAH-mair-ra apartment for rent un appartamento oon ah-part-tah-MENT-toh
...a farm stay un agriturismo oon ah-gree-tour-EES-moh
...a hostel un ostello oon oh-STEHL-loh
How much is...? Quanto costa? KWAN-toh COST-ah
a single room una singola OO-nah SEEN-go-la
double room for single use [will often be offered if singles are unavailable] doppia uso singola DOPE-pee-ya OO-so SEEN-go-la
a double room with two beds una doppia con due letti OO-nah DOPE-pee-ya cone DOO-way LET-tee
a double room with one big bed una matrimoniale OO-nah mat-tree-moan-nee-YAAL-lay
triple room una tripla OO-nah TREE-plah
with private bathroom con bagno cone BAHN-yoh
without private bathroom senza bagno [they might say con bagno in comune—"with a communal bath"] SEN-zah BAHN-yoh
for one night per una notte pair OO-nah NOH-tay
for two nights per due notti pair DOO-way NOH-tee
for three nights per tre notti pair tray NOH-tee
Is breakfast included? É incluso la prima colazione? ay in-CLOO-soh lah PREE-mah coal-laht-zee-YOAN-nay
Is there WiFi? C'é WiFi? chay WHY-fy?
May I see the room? Posso vedere la camera? POH-soh veh-DAIR-eh lah CAH-mair-rah
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Hotel Monna Lisa

★★Borgo Pinti 27 - Between the Duomo and Santa Croce
tel. +39-055-247-9751

Bus: 14, 23, C1; C2
Hop-on/hop-off: Azeglion (A), Piazza D'azeglio (C)

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