If you like edgy interior design and the idea of staying away from the crowds appeals, Riva Lofts could be a good hotel choice. This 8-suite gem lies on the south bank of the Arno, a 10-minute vintage bike ride from the center of town. The style is contemporary-rustic with clean, spare lines, liberal use of natural elements (stone, wood) and a mix of vintage pieces and design classics. There’s a welcoming living room complete with huge open fire and a garden with lap pool and sun beds. And if you don’t feel like eating out, all but one of the suites have kitchens.