Each one of the rooms has a unique color combination. Each one of the rooms has a unique color combination. Each one of the rooms has a unique color combination. (Photo: Zach Pontz)

Photos: Florence's hottest new hotel is a blast from the present

The Milu Hotel offers a touch of the contemporary in a city dominated by the past.

Florence is a beautiful city, but if you're in the hunt for a design era that wasn't considered modern during the Renaissance, your best bet would be to go north to Milan.

So when a few Israeli friends decided to turn a 600-year-old property at the center of the city into a hotel, one outfitted with contemporary art and modern design flourishes, it was a risk because, well, people don't come to Florence for that sort of thing.

The Milu Hotel is located at the heart of Florence, just around the corner from the Ponte Vecchio.The Milu Hotel is located at the heart of Florence's fashion district, just around the corner from the Ponte Vecchio. (Photo: Milu Hotel)

But since August, when the Milu Hotel opened, people have in fact been coming. It might have to do with the art lining the staircases and hallways, a collection of modern Italian and Israeli art curated by co-owner Carmel Ilan, all of it for sale at uncharacteristically affordable prices.

Art fills the stairwell and can be bought by anyone who so chooses.Art fills the stairwell and can be bought by anyone who so chooses. (Photo: Zach Pontz)

"We wanted to make the art a major part of the hotel. It's sort of like a living art gallery, you could say," Ido Gelber, the general manager and co-owner, told From The Grapevine during a recent visit.

It could also be the funky and colorful rooms, each granted its own combination of colors, from bright red to blue, yellow and several in between.

The hotel takes every detail into consideration, including the funky mirrors.The hotel takes every detail into consideration, including the funky mirrors. (Photo: Zach Pontz)

All the furniture comes from Tolman's, an Israeli company, and the top floor features a library, deck and bar area (including an Italian coffee machine available 24/7 to guests!).

A roof deck is available to those who want to have a coffee or breakfast while taking in fresh Florentine air.A roof deck is available to those who want to have a coffee or breakfast while taking in fresh Florentine air. (Photo: Zach Pontz)

"We wanted to create something colorful and warm, a place in contrast to the many gray accommodations in Florence," Gelber told us.

And that they have definitely done.

For the most part, the furnishings were provided by Tolman's, of Israel.For the most part, the furnishings were provided by Tolman's, of Israel. (Photo: Zach Pontz)

The modern touches can be found in even the smallest details, like in the case of this ceiling light.The modern touches can be found in even the smallest details, like in the case of this ceiling light. (Photo: Zach Pontz

The bathrooms are not without their own wondrous colors either.The bathrooms are not without their own wondrous colors either. (Photo: Zach Pontz)

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