You’ll reach the relaxed residenza via the small lift or the wide stone stairs, then come and go as you please – a friendly receptionist is here to welcome you. It’s a treat to come back to a decanter of vin santo and a book of love stories by your bed. Romantics could ask for a four-poster bed or a jasmine-scented balcony… Italian love of detail is evidenced by rose-pink and pistachio-green walls, luscious fabrics woven by local artisans, striped sofas, silk curtains and little vases of dried lavender. Black and white 19th-century prints and antique tiled floors combine beautifully with waffle towels and walk-in showers, and satellite TV: the best of old and new. There is free WiFi and air conditioning throughout. Settle down in the sitting room, dip into almond biscuits and a cup of tea and plan where to have dinner; all the info’s there. Browse a glossy book or a magazine, choose a DVD, be as private or as sociable as you like. There are homemade cakes and jams at breakfast, you are on a quietish street near the university and it’s great value for the centre of Florence.