Florence and the piscine

Should you find yourself in Florence over the summer (which, between the excessive heat and the crush of tourists is very much a case of the right place at the wrong time) then we know just the place to stay.

Our hotel of choice is the result of a collaboration between architect Claudio Nardi and his daughter Alice, which has seen a group of buildings (some old, some new) on the outskirts of Florence transformed into design hotel heaven.

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Riva Lofts might be a short taxi journey away from the centre of town but the five minute journey is repaid many times over once you reach the idyllic garden, and lie, by the pool, in the cool shade of a big tree.

We can vouch for the transformative effect an hour by the pool will have on your mood after an uncomfortably hot day sightseeing in the renaissance city.

The rooms are starkly fashionable – this is a quintessential design hotel – and the atmosphere and clientele are ice cool, but it’s the location, by the Arno river, that makes this such a winner. 

Rooms from €210www.rivalofts.com