Riva Lofts

3 nights

Car-free Holidays


City, Riverside


Romance, Sightseeing

£ 545 pp


A collection of glam studios and suites on the banks of the River Arno.

Perfect choice for a summer stay, lots of outdoor space with gorgeous gardens and a slimline pool, very rare in Florence. Free bikes for cycling into town along a traffic-free cycle path.

Clever restoration of an historic mill on Florence's Arno river with super-cool contemporary interiors.


10 designed Studio rooms


from £ 545 per person


3 nights sharing a Deluxe Studio double

Daily breakfast

A 3-h private walking tour of Florence

Travel planning

We can help you with

International flights

Skip-the-line Museum tickets and out-of-town excursions

Bike rental and paddling or rafting on the Arno River


Converted from an historic mill on Florence’s Arno river, these studios and suites offer an excellent alternative to staying in the centre of the city. Riva Lofts is opposite the Parco delle Cascine, 2km along the river from the Ponte Vecchio in the heart of Florence.


After a hectic day sightseeing in Florence, the Riva Lofts garden is a little patch of paradise, with hammocks, sun beds and a pool. Bikes are available for those who prefer to cycle into Florence. There is a shared living room with a TV and library.


Other facilities include a concierge service for advice and reservations for museums, restaurants, theatre and concerts.


A limited number of parking spaces make Riva Lofts a great option for anyone with a car. Much of the centre of Florence is traffic-free and is much better explored on foot.


Sleek design and cool minimalism characterise both the shared space and each of the studios which range in size from 30 to 100sqm. Transformed from his own riverside studio by top architect Claudio Nardi, the studios have polished concrete or wood floors, contemporary interiors and vast floor to ceiling windows that flood the rooms with light.


Quirky features range from 70’s bubble lamps, king-size beds and 3-metre high gold mirrors. Most studios have a small kitchenette that is ideal for making sandwiches or snacks. Bathrooms are equally stylish, with large showerheads and fluffy towels.


The buffet breakfast offers the usual continental fare consisting of freshly baked croissants, fruit, home-baked bread, orange juice squeezed each morning, muesli, jams and yoghurts. Coffee is made to offer and there is a selection of Twining teas.


The Riva Loft is located just outside the tourist circus of Florence where you'll find a number of restaurants catering for the locals. We tried the Ristorante Pizzeria A Casa Mia, there is a wide choice of grilled meat, but you can also eat excellent pizzas and tasty pasta dishes.


Riva Studios is 2km from the centre of Florence, on the Left Bank of the river. On the other side of the river, the Parco delle Cascine offers a range of activities, include jogging and, in the summer months, swimming in the large outdoor pool, Le Pavoniere.

Getting into Florence is easy, either on foot (30 minutes along the Arno), by tram (10 minutes) or with one of the bikes available at the Riva Loft.



Breakfast only, walk to restaurants

Concierge service between 8am and 8pm

Garden with pool, hammocks and sun loungers

Free vintage bicycles available

Wi-Fi throughout


Air conditioning


Central heating

Coffee / tea making

Cots Available / Extra beds




CD/DVD player / Sat TV / WiFi

Safe box

julie frenchman
julie frenchman
09:16 09 Jul 19
This is the third occasion that Antonio has organised an Italian holiday for me. As it was a Birthday celebration involving a party of 10, the arrangements were complex, involving a villa, guides and attendance at the Palio on July 2nd. Without exception everything went exactly as planned. The recommended villa on the Montestigliano Estate, south west of Siena, was wonderful. Our guide made sure we had a full understanding of the history and culture of the Palio which meant that, with a spectacular view over the Campo from the apartment booked by Antonio, we were able to appreciate the event that much more. We shall certainly be going back to Italy with Expertoitaly.read more
Kay James
Kay James
12:08 03 May 19
We had an amazing trip organised by Antonio, we visited Naples for a few days then stayed in Sant’ Agata. Both hotels had fabulous amenities and restaurants. The trip was effortless and everything was meticulously arranged. Antonio was also on had for anything we needed during the trip. I would definitely recommend Expert to Italy and we will definitely use this company again in the futureread more
Grant Stupart
Grant Stupart
18:31 16 Aug 18
Antonio with his meticulous planning and caring service has been solely responsible for the best Italian holidays we have had. His ability to offer excellent hotel accommodation which provides for every need and requirement is second to none . Hotels that are not main stream , that provide high quality of service in excellent locations are one of Antonio’s strength. It’s great to have a provider that know and understands his market. Grant B Stupartread more
Jonathan May
Jonathan May
18:06 01 Aug 18
July 2018 _________________________________ Have just completed another 10 day holiday arranged by Antonio at Expert to Italy. We went with Antonio's suggestion and spent 2 days at Matera and then the remainder in Pisciotta in the Cilento. Matera was amazing and felt completely different to anywhere else we have been in Italy. We loved Pisciotta and the hotel was wonderful with lovely owners who were great at suggesting things to do. We visited a buffalo farm, a vinyard and tooks boats to isolated coves with lovely clear water. All arrangements were absolutely faultless. We would never have found such lovely places without Antonio! 2016 _________________________________ We have just returned from a fantastic holiday suggested no arranged by ExpertTo Italy. Once again the organisation by Antonio was flawless and everything worked perfectly. We spent 5 nights by lake Maggiore and 3 in Cogne in the Italian Alps. Both hotels and locations were fantastic - particularly the Bellvue in Cogne. Please see trip advisor if interested in the hotels as I will give a more specific review there - I'm not a fanatic reviewer but both really deserve it. We have used this company for the past 5 years and Antonio seems to have a real gift for finding fantastic hotels and matching locations to his clients. I would not usually put the level of trust in anyone to arrange holidays for me that I have with Antonio but he has delivered every time and I can unreservedly recommend his services. Italy is a beautiful country with huge variety - if you describe what you like to Antonio and let him make suggestions then you will not be disappointed. Very definitely 5 stars from me. So - Antonio and team, please keep it up! Jonread more
Amanda Chapman
Amanda Chapman
22:28 25 Aug 17
Antonio delivered more than expected! Our family of four stayed at two beautiful villa's on the Amalfi Coast. Both of the locations were top class. Antonio provided excellent service and was always available if we had questions about the details of our trip. He was easy to work with and we would recommend his services to others traveling to Italy.read more
Susan Davidson
Susan Davidson
09:04 19 Jun 17
This was our second holiday with ExpertoItaly, and it was just as good as the first! Antonio provided us with fast, efficient and personal attention. His choice of hotels was first class. Real attention to detail means that you get a holiday that really suits your personal requirements. Brilliant!read more
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