| Character: Spectacular Florentine palace with breathtaking Historic Register frescoes in every room, embellished with 21st-century amenities and a warm down-home welcome from your hosts.
Advantages: Truly a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to experience what life was -- and still is -- like for wealthy Florentines.
Location: In the San Lorenzo area of the city, within easy walking distance of everything. Click here to see the map for Fresco Palace in Florence.
Size: Only 5 suites and 1 room. Each is huge, with soaring frescoed ceilings, gorgeous antique furnishings and accessories, soothing white fabrics and a luxurious private bathroom.
Features: Elevator, satellite TV, air conditioning, wireless Internet access, DVD and CD player, safe, mini-fridge, tea and coffee tray in each room, state-of-the-art fitness room, Internet point, hair dryer, bicycles on request. Price includes breakfast at one of the trendiest cafes in town, right next door.
Minimum stay: Two nights.
Disadvantages: Only 6 rooms, so book well in advance!
Car needed: No!