The Hotel Gioia is located in the heart of the historic city, in one of the most convenient locations of any Florence hotel for visiting the old town center on foot. Just 5 minutes from the Duomo and the Baptistery, 10 from Piazza della Signoria and the Uffizi Gallery, it overlooks historic Via Cavour, called Via Larga during the Renaissance when Florence's nobles and merchants choose it as the privileged site for building their sumptuous residences.
Even today, you can see buildings from the 15th and 16th centuries, including the splendid Palazzo Medici-Riccardi. The royal palace of Lorenzo the Magnificent and the prototype for the Renaissance's civil architecture of austere aristocratic volumes, it is the jewel box that holds the precious frescoes of the Chapel of the Magi whose fabulous procession contains portraits of the Medici: the atmosphere of enchantment is exalted by a riot of color enhanced by the glitter of lapis lazuli and gold.
In a few minutes on foot, you can reach the quarter of San Lorenzo, one of Florence's most picturesque neighborhoods, dear to the Medici family, where you will find the Church of San Lorenzo with its splendid Sacrestia Nuova, a masterpiece by Michelangelo that holds the Medici tombs, and the Laurenziana library.
You can also take a pleasant stroll through the covered market, a lovely glass and iron structure with colorful, characteristic fruit and vegetable counters and the stands of the open-air market. Here, you will also find the traditional artistic workshops where the arts of gold jewelry, inlays, scagliola, leather-working and many others are handed down from father to son and the characteristic tripe-sellers who offer rolls with "lampredotto" with a good glass of red wine, just like the old days.
Just 10 minutes away, on foot, those who love to shop will find fashionable Via Tornabuoni with its international designer boutiques and many clothing and accessory stores in the small side streets. It's also worth taking a walk to the Ponte Vecchio, famous for its goldsmiths, which contains a succession of picturesque workshops as you cross from one bank to the other of the Arno.
The evening is the best time to stay in the area near Hotel Gioia, between Via Cavour and Via Guelfa, to relax in one of the many trattorias where you can enjoy the typical dishes of the Tuscan tradition: crostini and finocchiona, ribollita e carabaccia, Fiorentina, the famous grilled steak and, for desert, cantucci (almond biscotti) with a good glass of Chianti or Brunello, the famous Tuscan red wines.
How to reach us
Florence's Amerigo Vespucci Airport is 10 km from the city center.
Take the "Vola in bus" shuttle and get off at the Santa Maria Novella train station. From here take bus no. 7 or 10 or no. 1 or 17 for Piazza San Marco. They run on Via Cavour, and at no. 25, you will find the Hotel Gioia.
Hotel Gioia is 600 meters from Santa Maria Novella train station. We recommend taking bus no. 7 or no. 10 or no. 1 or 17 for Piazza San Marco. They run on Via Cavour, and at no. 25, you will find the Hotel Gioia.
Coming from the south. Exit at "Firenze Sud" and follow the signs for the "centro". When you come to the traffic light at the end of Lungarno del Tempio, turn right. Continue to Piazza Beccaria, then take Viale Gramsci and Viale Matteotti to Piazza della Libertà. Circle the Piazza and take Via Cavour (last street on the right). Cross Piazza San Marco, continue on Via Cavour for another 100 meters. You have arrived and will find the hotel on your right, at no. 25.
Coming from the north. Exit at "Firenze Nord" and follow the signs for the "centro". When you come to Fortezza da Basso, take Viale Lavagnini to Piazza della Libertà. At the second right, turn into Via Cavour. Cross Piazza San Marco, continue on Via Cavour for another 100 meters. You have arrived and will find the hotel on your right, at no. 25.