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My first suggestions: 5 things not to be missed in Florence

Let me introduce myself: I am Chiara Caridi, the owner and manager of the Grand Hotel Adriatico and the Rivoli Boutique Hotel in Florence.

I was born and grew up in these hotels, breathing hospitality all day long. I am very proud to represent the third generation of hoteliers in my family. My grandmother Mirra was the first to become an hotelier: in fact, she opened a boarding house in her own home during the post-war Jubilee. She transmitted her passion to my father Gianni, who expanded the hospitality activity together with her, inaugurating the first family hotel in Florence in the '60s.

I can say I inherited the same passion of my father and so it was natural for me to take over the reins of the business. Actually, I graduated with full marks in civil engineering and I travelled to Austria, Germany and England to learn languages. After this linguistic-scientific start, the choice to take care of the family business came naturally, so I started paying my dues in the hotel and today, thanks to the guidance and support of my father, I manage all our properties.

I love traveling, mountains and sport. I am fond of skiing and I go looking for snow whenever I can. This helps me taking a break from everyday life. My own family, together with parents and my job, is a fundamental part of my life.

Managing hotels at first glance may look a trivial job and people often fails to understand the complexity and the continuous innovation that it offers. This is exactly what I love about my work: it is not ordinary, there is no script, it requires continuous updating, even in very distant sectors.

Obviously, you are always at the center of everything: you are our guests! For me, if you want to get customer satisfaction, you need a hotel that is up to date with quality and service, but above all, you have to make guests feel at home. Welcome you with a smile that tells all our passion is essential.

I adore my city and one of my greatest desires is to share with you the Florence that I know, the Florence I have the pleasure to experience as a true Florentine.

 

For starters, here are some suggestions of things not to be missed in Florence:

  1. A walk in Oltrarno area, from Vespucci bridge to Santo Spirito, among the artisan shops and Florentine shops. We are outside the "magical quadrilateral" of the center, always so crowded with tourists.
     
  2. If you are in Florence for the first time, you have to visit the Uffizi, one of the most beautiful art galleries in the world, or the Accademia Gallery, home to the memorable artworks of Michelangelo. But remember that there is also something else, from the new Museo dell'Opera del Duomo to Palazzo Strozzi, Palazzo Pitti, the Stibbert Museum and the Bargello.
     
  3. Just for one evening, desert the renowned restaurants in the center of Florence and treat yourself to a very florentine lampredotto sandwich eaten in one of Florence's many trippai stands, perhaps followed by a delicious ice-cream ate while strolling along the river.
     
  4. You cannot absolutely miss the Antico Setificio Fiorentino, where artisans still works on Renaissance looms to make beautiful fabrics. It is located in Via Bartolini, just a few minutes from the hotel.
     
  5. I love the Officina Santa Maria Novella, an ancient pharmacy perfectly restored where perfumes, soap bars and a many other home and body essences are still produced. 

 

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