Florence

What to do

#1 DUOMO, GIOTTO'S BELL TOWER, BAPTISTERY and BRUNELLESCHI'S DOME. Nowhere else in the world you will find such an extraordinary complex of buildings. The most important Florentine artists participated in the construction of this complex: from Giotto to Brunelleschi, from Vasari to Talenti, from Arnolfo di Cambio to Lorenzo Ghiberti.

 

#2 UFFIZI MUSEUM - It's a crescendo of beauty: Botticelli, Leonardo, Caravaggio, Raphael, Signorelli, Perugino, Durer, Caravaggio and more are waiting for you. Plan a full day for the visit, put on comfortable shoes, and then enjoy the show.

 

#3 FIRENZE CARD - If you are serious about visiting museums, art galleries and churches, then you should invest into a Firenze Card. It costs 85 euro and it is valid for 72 hours. If you just want to visit one or two attractions, you do not need the Firenze Card but it is imperative that you book your visits to avoid queueing. We can help with this.

 

#4 LUNCH at MERCATO CENTRALE: Built in 1784, it is a place for gourmands looking for the best foods and ingredients of Tuscan gastronomy.

 

#5 PICTEAU– For an aperitif, we take you to a refined Florentine sitting room, which will make your aperitif special thanks to its spectacular view of the Ponte Vecchio and the Arno. An advice? Order a Vintage Negroni, that is a precious negroni created with original spirits from the 50s!

 

#6 RISTORANTE LE LUNE – Instead, dinner is served in the greenhouses of the historic nursery Le Lune, and you can choose your table between fragrant leaves, plants and flowers. The restaurant serves the food of its farms and is a reference point for all local and international plantsmen.

 

#7 SHOPPING - In the streets of Florence you will find, in fact, the boutiques of the best Italian and international brands. If you wish to look for bargains, check out the Fashion Outlet The Mall. Direct bus from the central station, return ticket 13 euro.

 

#8 BARDINI GARDENS – The most beautiful view of Florence is here, in a garden of wonders a step away from the medieval city walls. The Bardini Garden integrates three extraordinarily instagrammable gardens, different in age and styles: the Italian garden, with the magnificent Baroque staircase, the English wood which, with its exotic elements, represents a rare example of an Anglo-Chinese garden and the agricultural park where you will find a new orchard and the splendid wisteria pergola.

 

#9 STREET ART - Thanks to artists like Clet, street art today has also been re-evaluated after being considered an act of urban disorder. Clet is an atypical and original artist; his works are an integration between city road signs and simple and direct symbolisms (some funny, others irreverent but never offensive.) Where to find your works? Just look around the city streets, but if you want to get to know him better, we recommend that you visit his studio located in Via dell’Olmo 8.

 

#10 THE CHIANTIGIANA ROAD- The best way to discover Chianti is… on the road. The famous Provincial Road 222, familiarly called Chiantigiana, winds for 70 km from Florence on the outskirts of Siena, crossing the villages and castles. Ask us about hiring a convertible car or a private driver.

Where to Stay

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

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Florence with frescoes and an extra helping of history at this aristocratic palazzo

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Indulge in luxury at Casa Howard, the most exclusive guest house in Florence situated right next to the city’s Renaissance centre.

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Florence and Tuscany

If you have so many tempting Tuscan locations to choose from, why stop at just one? We can help you combine two or more destinations to make the most of your holiday, and double or triple the fun.

Montepulciano

The Tuscany of Dreams. And the ingredients are all there: soft hills surrounded by rows, a medieval village perched on a ridge 600 meters above the sea, a rich and varied gastronomy and a noble wine appreciated all over the world. Montepulciano best embodies the traditional Tuscan welcome.

 

Not to mention that this enchanting village between the Valdichiana Senese and the Val d'Orcia, once explored in all its glimpses and flavors, is also an excellent base for excursions in Umbria. But, before expanding into the surroundings, there is so much to discover in the cradle of Vino Nobile. Starting with the village of Etruscan origin and the medieval plant that marked its maximum flowering in the Renaissance. For all the info: montepulcianoliving.it/en

Where to stay

Locanda San Francesco

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A 4-bedroom boutique B & B in a 14th century palazzo overlooking Piazza San Francesco in the historic centre of Montepulciano.

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The Versilian Coast

Iconic cities, shores where you live the Italian summer to the fullest, promenades to cool down on, so much widespread wonder to be discovered in the most lively corner of seas & mountains in Tuscany. There is a less known part, internal and hilly, dotted with ancient churches, small villages to be discovered, and charming towns immersed in the quiet of the countryside at the foot of the Apuan Alps.

 

Pietrasanta, Forte dei Marmi, Seravezza, Stazzema, Camaiore, Massarosa and Viareggio are the villages on the Versilia map to be discovered. Some enjoy worldwide fame - like Viareggio for its historic Carnival - others have become a point of reference for those who love the Italian Dolce Vita.

 

Versilia is the place to be for those who love entertainment, active life, and love to discover new clubs, shops and beaches. A stroll on the iconic Forte dei Marmi jetty refreshes and recharges, seeing is believing.

 

If you like to discover Italy and its wonders strictly on foot, know that around Camaiore there are paths rich in history and nature: there are 15 paths of the Camaiore Antiqua project, which, thanks to trekking, introduces you to the incredible archaeological heritage and cultural heritage of Versilia.

Where to stay

Locanda Al Colle

Tuscany

Art-filled guesthouse in the hills between Camaiore and Pietrasanta, close to Versilia’s sweeping beaches.

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Travelling to and from Florence on board of the Italian High-Speed Rail Network

One of the best things about travelling by train in Italy is to appreciate the charm of breathtaking landscapes and simultaneously enjoy a fast and comfortable journey to your final destination. Italy's extensive rail system connects all major stops, making it easier to travel by train from one city to another.

 

In addition, Italy's train schedule offers many daily departures, so you can easily plan your next adventure.

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