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Buyers and exhibitors headed to Florence and tired of the “must-go-to” places needn’t worry. Even though the skyline has barely changed over the centuries, inside the city’s ancient walls, change is constant. On the banks of the Arno, for example, new bars and restaurants sprout up regularly. Here are some new places for visitors to enjoy in the city just like the Florentines.
HOTEL VILLA CORA
In the late 19th century, when Florence was the capital of Italy, Baron Gustave Oppenheim decided to build a villa for his young wife on the hills behind the Boboli garden and piazzale Michelangelo, with an amazing view over the city. The baron hired the most famous artists of the time, who employed the most prestigious marbles of Carrara and Murano glass. Through the decades, Europe’s nobility attended parties held by the different owners, including Eugenia, the last empress of France, widow of Napoleon III. Luckily most of the original furniture and decorations have been preserved, so that when people walk into this new five-star hotel, it feels like being Oppenheim’s guest. Villa Cora offers 46 rooms and eight suites, with the imperial one dedicated to the Japanese emperor Hirohito, who sojourned here. Besides a bistro in the orangery next to the pool, the icing on the cake is the rooftop terrace with a breathtaking view.
Hotel Villa Cora, Viale Machiavelli 18, Tel: +39-05-522-8790, Web: villacora.it, E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.