Maria Teresa Ricasoli Firidolfi welcomes you

In the 19th century, the Palazzo Ricasoli Firidolfi at Ponte della Carraia was a hotel, the “grand Hotel de New York”: a great Residence for Guests wishing to enjoy a Florentine stay during their European Grand Tour.

In the past, along the road to Santiago, the French hostels displayed signs saying “Lit on Dort” (beds to sleep): by word of mouth from tourist to tourist, the phrase morphed by sound into “Lion d’Or” (golden lion).

I liked this combination of pictures: the lion on my family’s crest is blue, and I thus named this Residence the Leone Blu (blue lion).