What is it? A seven-year, US$100 million restoration project has turned a 15th-century private palazzo and adjacent 16th-century convent into a jaw-dropping resort. It's not often one gets to stay in, what is essentially, an Italian museum. The 116-room property, which opened last year, is filled with original Renaissance frescos, reliefs, sculptures and ceilings. It also has a 4.5-hectare garden, complete with golf carts. What about the rooms? Though no two rooms are alike, designer Pierre-Yves Rochon has predominantly used green and yellow - the colours of Tuscany. They're all ornate but if you want full- on palatial opulence, splurge on one of the 11 suites. What makes the suites special? Unless your family name is Medici, the grandeur within these rooms will come as a marvel. The highlight is the 2,500 sq ft Royal Suite. So majestic, baroque and imposing is this accommodation, that those staying here could be forgiven for thinking the year is 1659. The reception gallery's concave ceiling paintings alone are worth the outrageous rate. What facilities does the hotel have? There's a fully equipped spa, a gym, a Roman-styled outdoor pool and five food outlets. What's the bottom line? A standard room is Euro500 (HK$5,800) while the Royal Suite (above right) is Euro14,500 a night. The Four Seasons Hotel Firenze is at Borgo Pinti, 99, Florence, Italy, tel: 39 55 2626 1; www.fourseasons.com/florence/ .