Take a Tuscan country house that just happens to be at the gates of Florence, renovate it with post-modern minimalist chic into eight studio apartments, and you have Riva Lofts, opened in December 2006 by architect Claudio Nardi and his daughter Alice. It's a 30-minute hike from the city center, looking across the Arno to the Cascine Park, but the style and relaxing atmosphere make it worth the remove. The Nardis balance neo-hippie elements—yoga mats, vegetal bathroom products by Marie Danielle—and almost monastically simple rooms with luxuriant comforts: warm, shimmering quilts by Signoria di Firenze, upholstered vintage furnishings, and kitchenettes where you can brew herbal tea. The garden with its 43-foot-long heated pool and hammocks makes for a perfect country-in-the-city break. Reception is from 8am to 8pm.
Room to Book: Though it’s the smallest and least expensive, No. 3 has a tiny rooftop deck.