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A stay in Florence won't be easy on your wallet. But pick with care, and you can still get a good bang for your buck.

If you're looking for historic opulence smack-bang in the center of Florence, the Hotel Helvetia and Bristol on the Palazzo Strozzi hits the spot. Equally central, but tucked away on a sidestreet, is the Ferragamo family's Gallery Hotel Art, a swish boutique hotel that's as effortlessly stylish as its owners.

Central, charming but more modestly priced, Johanna & Johlea own a set of sweetly furnished family-run guesthouses. Those on a budget should check out Il Ghiro, a reasonably priced, and reasonably central, hostel. Read full article »