Dating back to the Middle Ages, the Grand Hotel Minerva occupies one of Florence's most picturesque piazzas, adjacent to the ornate church fascade of Santa Maria Novella. Stylishly transported into the 20th century by the inimitable architect, Detti, and designer, Scarpa, and further refurbished since, this is a magnificent base for exploring the delights of the city. One can only marvel at the ornate frescoes adorning the ceilings of the Presidential Suite. The hotel also offers some of the finest Tuscan cuisine. A dip in the spectacular rooftop pool for a breathtaking panorama of the Duomo and spires of the city is essential.