The Pitti Palace al Ponte Vecchio has been built inside the Rossis Medieval Tower . The original building was constructed in 1250 and it was partially destroyed in 1944 during World War II along with other buildings on both sides of the Ponte Vecchio . Fortunately/ the Ponte Vecchio/ 7 metres away from our location/ was spared from the bombings . The original stones of the facade/ have been used to restore the Tower after the end of World War II/ and they are visible today on the side of Borgo San Jacopo . Inside a major restoration took place in order to create the Hotels rooms and services while preserving the ancient structure of the building . The Buche Pontaie/ holes that in the 13th century were created to support the scaffolds used during the tower sconstruction/ have been preserved during the restoration and used to let daylight inside the building . If you are staying in one of the rooms with those Buche Pontaie you will enjoy a unique view over the city and its monuments . The facade that overlooks Via Guicciardini has been modified during the centuries and today does not look like a tower . Although the original height of the building was not modified/ large windows and balconies are now characterizing the look of the facade . It is easy to guess that in the past the building must have been one of the better observation points in town . Today/ you can enjoy a breathtaking view of the city from the Panoramic Terracelocated on the 6th floor . The Hotel also houses another treasure/ at floor -2/ we find a stone plinth of the counterforce of the Ponte Vecchio (Roman Wall) on which the powerful Cerchi family erected a tower that some existing documents give to 1210 . Then the tower belonged to other major Florentine families/ including the Nerli/ the Canigiani but is moreknown as the Torre dei Rossi . Inside you will be welcomed by the friendly staff/ all rooms nicely decorated and fully equipped with safe/ minibar/ direct telephone/ TV with international channels .
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