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January 07, 2014

Private Dining on the Ponte Vecchio

By Shivani Vora | Dining

Private Dining on the Ponte Vecchio
Four Seasons Ponte Vecchio

Strolling over the Ponte Vecchio in Florence and perusing one of its many jewelry stores is a pleasure. But the Four Seasons Hotel Firenze has created an unparalleled new way to experience the landmark by giving guests the chance to actually dine on it for the first time.

The hotel has secured a completely private location on a fourth-floor private terrace above the Cardini jewelry store, which has impressive views of the city and the river. According to hotel general manager Patrizio Cipollini, the idea grew out of the personal relationship that the Four Seasons has with the Cardini family, which owns the building. “We wanted to offer a unique way to see Florence,” he says, “and having a dinner at a place that’s such a symbol of the city was what we came up with.”

The menu is entirely customizable, but the property’s Michelin-starred chef Vito Mollica (who helms the restaurant Il Palagio) has conceptualized a dinner focused on gold, which speaks to the Ponte Vecchio’s history in the jewelry trade. Guests will enjoy a four-course meal that begins with prosecco at sunset. Dishes (made on-site) include a scallop carpaccio with golden citrus dressing; a saffron risotto with sevruga caviar and golden leaves; and a golden chocolate sphere with Vin Santo zabaione.

The extravaganza concludes with fireworks and lanterns. And if it leaves you wanting more, the Cardinis have created a complementary Four Seasons ring (price on request) made of white gold and diamonds and topped with a rose sapphire. Dinner requires two to three weeks’ notice, from $6,800; rooms, from $400; Borgo Pinti, 99; 39-055/26262-32catering.flo@fourseasons.com; fourseasons.com/florence.