A majestic old Renaissance-style palace in the city centre of Florence was recently renovated and transformed into Hotel Spadai, with interiors conspicuous for their welcoming feel and fascinating contrasts.

The renovation project by architect Franco Bernardini, in collaboration with Raffaella delli Carri, stands out for its elegant design. The classical features of the building’s original structure – its domes, scallop-shaped mouldings, beams and pilasters – were all carefully renovated to blend in to perfection with its new architectural features so as to meet the new needs of the hotel’s different areas.

The Renaissance style in which the palace was built has been conserved and improved on through the use of new, resistant materials, without relinquishing the classic textures of the marbles and fabrics typical of 15th century Italian palaces.

Thus in the hotel’s communal areas, slimline porcelain sheets have been used on the walls of places subject to high traffic, such as its corridors, and to finish off some of the furniture, like the reception desk. In this way, a contrast has been achieved between the building’s classic flavour and the more contemporary design of its newer additions.
To lend the hotel a warm sophisticated feel, models from the XLight EMOTION collection, inspired by 3D papers with a metal effect, were chosen to decorate its walls in a combination of different colours ranging from the ivory background and crystalline effects of XLight EMOTION Bone to the vibrant black colour and sophisticated decorative relief pattern of XLight EMOTION Dark, all in a huge 100x300cm format and slimline thickness of just 3.5 mm.

A wide variety of materials by PORCELANOSA Grupo were used in the construction work, which was carried out by ESTIA Costruzioni, such as Calacata Gold walls tiles by Porcelanosa, the TreasuresMistShannan and TreasuresMistShannan Moon mosaics by L’Antic Colonial, and complementary items for the bathroom made of the compact mineral solid surface, Krion®.




XLight EMOTION Bone 300x100cm,

XLight EMOTION Snow 300x100cm,

XLight EMOTION Dark 300x100cm,


Florencia, Italia




Franco Bernardini


Hotel Spadai


June 2, 2016