A great find, this very old ‘terratetto’, nestled between its neighbours on a small street off the Piazza Santa Croce – perfect for those who want to stay in the historic centre. There’s attention to detail at every turn; everything has been thought through beautifully. The four elegant rooms, one with a four-poster, aren’t large but are beautifully presented, each named after famous Florentine bells, each with its own refined identity; they provide sanctuary from the heat of the city, while the jasmine-garlanded breakfast terrace is the perfect place from which to enjoy Mariangela’s exceptional baking. Your charming host runs her own highly acclaimed Tuscan cookery courses so make sure you book a lesson during your stay. Freshly baked cakes, homemade jams and a variety of teas are in constant supply. There’s a cool lobby with comfortable seating and plenty of books, the internet and useful local info on where to go and what to see, and cheery Mariangela is always on hand to tell you more: the best markets, the artisan workshops, the hidden corners. Fresh and inviting.