Italy, Opulent Destinations — Jul 19, 2013 12:30 AM

Halfway between being at home and away – Riva Lofts Florence | Italy

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Halfway between being at home and away…

… these lofts, while maintaining their modern vision, stand as a testimony to their rich cultural history. This group of buildings, which looks in the historical picture of the Alinari Family Collection rather like a small country hamlet in the Tuscan countryside, was a small factory in 1880, later transformed into artisans’ workshops. In 1999 Claudio Nardi made it his atelier of architectural design, a place where ideas are born and compared, followed by the necessary changes that make them practicable.

The same tradition continues thanks to this new experience, as the same Architect has now transformed them into “a home for guests”.

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Riva Lofts is situated along the Arno “rive gauche”, just opposite the historic Parco delle Cascine, which is reached by a short walk through a tranquil public garden along the banks.

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French-style studios, between 300 to 1000 square feet, blending metropolitan lifestyle with a welcoming and domestic atmosphere. 

Warm, yet pure and contemporary atmosphere in these distinctive spaces is due to a serie of recovered historic elements, modern antiques, 1950’s furniture , old and new materials like wood and corian, and examples of sophisticated design like the kitchens again designed by Claudio Nardi.

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All 10 studios at Riva Lofts are air conditioned & with free wi-fi; have separate entrances, minibar fridges, telephone (free national calls), TV with CD/DVD player. Some feature private terraces with views of the surroundings and the gardens.

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Dinning: lunches, dinners are available at the Riva Lofts only on request. An Italian buffet breakfast is served daily (included in your stay).

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Guests can also enjoy a spacious sitting room with stone walls, cross vaults, bookcases and large fireplace, with a large picture window overlooking the private garden and the spectacular white sandstone pool.

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To find out more or simply make a reservation visit:

W: www.rivalofts.com

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Images Courtesy of Riva Lofts.