As Italians, we share a love of Italian style, sophistication, and warmth,” says Olga Polizzi, deputy chairwoman and design director of the luxury group Rocco Forte Hotels. To renovate one of the city’s jewels, its Savoy Hotel, Polizzi called on her friend Laudomia Pucci to create a unique ambience. Polizzi sings her praises. “Pucci remains to this day one of Florence’s most illustrious design families. I have long admired their design aesthetic and use of color.” Pucci elaborates, “The vision that led me was to respect the personality of the hotel and the design that Olga had in mind in terms of existing structures; adding touches of an unexpected feel with Mediterranean colors and decor inspired by the Rocco Forte Firenze scarf we designed for the occasion.”
Overlooking the historical piazza della Repubblica, in many ways the hotel has been reinstated to its original grandeur. Five-meter-high corniced ceilings stand above two large reception desks held by caryatid putti on each of the four corners. They represent the four seasons and the fleur-de-lis, the emblem of Florence. The lobby space, for the most part, is white, punctuated with Emilio Pucci accents and colorful art and design elements, as well as paintings by contemporary artist Luca Pignatelli. Pucci silk scarves in bright pink and turquoise, designed particularly for the hotel and a point of reference for other accents like the rugs and sofas, are showcased on the glass table tops of the terrace restaurant.
Along with the invigorated public spaces, guest rooms and suites have been renewed, and notably reduced from 102 to 80 but with increased space, offering guests a more luxurious experience. The fifth floor has a two story suite with panoramic views of Florence’s sunlit rooftops. The Duomo Presidential Suite occupies its own wing at 177 sqm, looking out onto Brunelleschi’s dome. From €550 per night.
Laudomia Pucci and Olga Polizzi: a day in Florence
Explore the less well-known museums, starting with the Medici Chapels, where the crypts of the Medici family are located. Next, head to the Stibbert Museum. For a treat, visit the Loretta Caponi lingerie store, as well as Procacci for the truffle panini. The Officina Profumo-Farmaceutica di Santa Maria Novella is one of the oldest pharmacies in Florence. Shop for vintage finds at the flea market on Piazza dei Ciompi, and head to Flair on Lungarno Corsini for luxury furnishings. For the best views of the city, follow Olga Polizzi’s lead and take in the sights from the Fiesole hilltop.
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Originally printed in the May 2018 issue of Vogue Arabia.