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A Palazzo in Florence

Palazzo Capponi may be the chicest place to stay in Florence right now. A private apartment only recently available for rent, it's inside one of the most beautiful Renaissance palaces on the Arno. Owned by the Ferragamo family (who also have the city's Hotel Lungarno, Gallery Hotel Art, and the Continental), the Palazzo Capponi is so new it hasn't been overrun—yet.

VITAL STATISTICS The Capponi has a bedroom, living room, and study, all seemingly suspended in time: 16th-century frescoes line the walls, the fourposter bed is draped in silk, and the 17th-century oak dressers are so tall they nearly dwarf the pink-and-turquoise Murano chandeliers. There are two marble bathrooms and views of Ponte Santa Trinitá from the living room.

HUSH-HUSH Very few know the palazzo exists, even though it occupies a first floor on Lungarno Guicciardini, an often-traveled street in the Oltrarno. There are no signs marking the entrance, and the staff aren't trussed up like bellboys.

INSIDER TIP The palace's Sala Poccetti, adjacent to the apartment, is now available for wedding receptions and other events. It's a spectacular ballroom with frescoes by Bernardino Poccetti. Ask to see it, even if you don't plan to throw a party there. $2,000; cooks and butlers are available at additional cost. At 1 Lungarno Guicciardini; 39-055-2726-4000.