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Da Basso Fortress
The da Basso Fortress, wanted by the Medici, was designed by the architect Antonio da Sangallo and built under tumultuous political upheavals. It is one of the first Italian citadels, a cyclopian building with its mighty bastions bristled by turrets, burrows, walking-paths and secret passages, but also a jewel of Renaissance architecture. It features a pentagonal plan where the human figure results perfectly subscribed in the perimeter. The castle, devoted to the S. Giovanni Baptist, at a time patron of the city, was completed in only one year, between 1533 and the 1534 d. C., when the political scene was occupied by duke Alexander and the return in power of the Medici. The façade of the mastio is covered with ashlars faceted like diamond heads with spherical stones, that recall the insignias of the Medici family. For a paradoxical destiny, in all its long history begun in 1533 with the job commissioned to Sangallo, this impregnable fortress never suffered attacks of any sort and remained intact up to our days. Currently the da Basso Fortress houses the most prestigious exhibitions in the city of Florence, from the Florence Gift Mart to the EuroCamper, from Pitti Immagine to the Borsa del Turismo Congressuale, from the Mostra Mercato Internazionale to the Prato Expo. Since 1977, the inside courtyard, surrounded by the renovated historical buildings of the Building of the Nations, the Teatrino Lorenese and the Arsenal, houses a new three stories pavillion, planned by the architect Pierluigi Spadolini. Finally let’s remember that from the 1966 flood, the Laboratori di Restauro dell'Opificio delle Pietre, is located in the buildings of the South zone.
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Hotel Victoria
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3 stars
Hotel Victoria
Via Nazionale, 102/r
Zone:Santa Maria Novella - Duomo - Fortezza da Basso
The 3 star Hotel Victoria is located in the heart of Florence, in the San Lorenzo quarter

Hotel Montreal
2 stars
Hotel Montreal
Via della Scala, 43
Zone: Santa Maria Novella
Hotel Montreal is located in the historic centre of the city, very close to the main Train Station of Santa Maria Novella and to the major city museums.

B&B Porcellino gallery
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3 stars
Boutique B&B Porcellino Gallery
Piazza del Mercato Nuovo, 4
Zone: Signoria Square
Porcellino Gallery is on the first floor of a 16th century palace in the very heart of Florence

Hotel Select Executive
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Hotel Select Executive
Via G. Galliano 13/A
Zone:Cascine - Porta al Prato
Select Executive is located near the city centre,is the ideal location both for holiday and for business

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