New York City certainly does not have a lock on rooftop bars: In Florence, for example, fans of al fresco imbibing should visit La Terazza, the roof terrace bar of the Continentale hotel. The 43 room luxury boutique property (a member of Design Hotels for the past 10 years) is owned by the Ferragamo family, and is located in the historical center of the Tuscan city. Close to the Uffizi Gallery and the Ponte Vecchio, La Terazza has some impressive 360 degree views to go with a new drinks menu.
Perched on top of a 13th century medieval tower, Florentine architect Michele Bonan reinterpreted the glamour of the 1950s Italian film and fashion scene in his re-design of La Terazza. With the addition of an open fireplace and heated benches the Continentale’s rooftop terrace La Terrazza will be open to welcome guests all year round.
To coincide with the re-launch of La Terrazza, the Continentale has been working with some of Florence’s best mixologists to develop a new drinks menu. Featuring signature Italian cocktails such as the Negroni – a blend of gin, vermouth rosso and Campari – and new interpretations of the Vesper Martini (made famous by fictional spy James Bond), La Terrazza has something for everyone.
Downstairs, the Continentale’s newly renovated junior suites have nice perks like flowing curtains around the bed and a hand-made leather trunk that can also be used as a desk. Ferragamo amenities can be found in the bathrooms and a new in-suite massage menu – created by Austrian therapist Daniela Steiner – is also available. Other in-room facilities include a personal techno gym and yoga mat, so guests can work off all those delicious calories from upstairs.