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NH Collection Florence Porta Rossa

    NH Collection Florence Porta Rossa
 in FlorenceHistory: 
    NH Collection Florence Porta Rossa
 in Florence


The Palazzo Bartolini, known as the “Sportici” due to the characteristic projections of the facade that rests on seven big stone consoles, dates in its existing form from the early 16th century. The banderols interlaced with three poppies, the coat of arms of the Bartolini family, appear in the window frames and in the stringcourse cornices of the facade of the contiguous Palazzo Salimbeni, leading to assume that they were built together. On the window frames another inscription in Italian, “Per non dormire,” is the motto of the Salimbeni family.

It is not known whether the Torre Monalda, now annexed to the structure, already figured in the hotel building, although this seems highly probable. What is known is that the Monaldis owned the tower up until 1477, when Bartolomeo Bartolini purchased a part of it from Francesco Monaldi. Thus the tower kept the name “Monalda” as well as “Rognosa” (troublesome), due to its resistance of court injunctions to lower its height – it was a meter taller than the others. The opening onto Via Porta Rossa, on the first floor, overlooks a series of “sporti” projections that stretch more than a meter over the street and are characteristic of the building’s facade. Only on the last three floors does the tower conserve its architectural autonomy. The window gallery on the top floor affords a 360-degree view of the city of Florence. Bartolini gradually bought up the entire area around the tower, bordered by Via Porta Rossa, Piazza Santa Trinita, and Via delle Terme.

The integration works began in Via Porta Rossa, in what is now the hotel building, directed by the young architect Baccio d’Agnolo. Its construction obeyed the fashion and tastes of the time, with a slightly archaic rigor on the outside, using projections perhaps in an attempt to make the façade more Gothic and Medieval looking, but also to match the building to the tower, thus integrating the latter with the whole. Niches and voids add theatricality to the façade, giving it a more modern movement, despite its short length, rare at the time, of only 16 meter. An initial series of restructuring works took place between the 16th and 17th centuries, accompanied by a series of decorations and various embellishments.

A second series took place in the late 19th century and beginning of the 20th, in order to better adapt the building to hotel use. The hall and the lounge of this historic establishment have still today, a set of windows with the original architectural fittings of the late 19th century. They were made by the Ulisse De Matteis shops, probably by De Matteis himself, around 1900. His workshop, founded in Florence in 1859, played a major role in the restoration of a great number of public monuments in Florence. Renaissance-inspired, these windows are extremely coherent with the style of the Palazzo Bartolini. Each of the glass entrance doors to the hall of the hotel is divided into two parts: on each is a depiction of the serene face of a woman that reminds the classical style of the late Roman ceramic portraits. Above the lounge, a polychrome glazed roof illuminates and covers what was previously an internal courtyard. At its center is the Porta Rossa (red door), the emblem of the hotel. The district and the Silk Craft that was based there during the Middle Ages marries pleasingly with the Neo-Renaissance style of the decoration.

With its Florentine charm and ambiance, combined with 19th century frescoes, the NH Collection Florence Porta Rossa offers guests a truly unique experience. The Panoramic Suite is housed in the 13th century tower and offers 360-degree views of Florence. The hotel’s distinctive style balances history with luxury. The NH Collection Florence Porta Rossa is believed to be the oldest hotel in Italy, with the hotel’s long historic roots still taking center stage through masterful restorations.

NH Collection Florence Porta Rossa, a member of Historic Hotels Worldwide since 2017, dates back to the 13th Century.


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