Florence

Exclusive tour in Florence

Are you passionate about beauty, art and culture? Florence is the city for you! An exclusive tour of the city called the “Cradle of the Renaissance” will satisfy your every desire.

The glorious history of Florence

Florence is a city which was founded thanks to the fertility of the surrounding plain. It is said that it was already an important place during the Etruscan period. Its importance grew during the Roman Empire and reached its peak under the leadership of the Medici family, which from 1437 onwards gathered around the city the most famous artists and scientists of the time, such as Leonardo da Vinci, Filippo Brunelleschi, Galileo Galilei and many others.

For centuries Florence continued to play a primary role in both artistic and economic-political spheres, so as to be chosen as the first capital of Italy after unification, a role held between the years 1865 and 1871.

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What to see in Florence

The beautiful city of Florence offers visitors countless monuments to visit. Among the most important are the Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, the Baptistery and the Uffizi Gallery, in which you can find many masterpieces, including paintings and statues. Other important works, such as Michelangelo’s David, are exhibited at the Accademia Gallery. If you want a break from Renaissance beauties, you can walk the pretty streets of the city and go on the Arno river banks, admiring the historic Ponte Vecchio.

Florentine cuisine

The typical Florentine cuisine has its origins in simple and rural dishes, but despite this, it is counted among the best ones in Italy and in the world.

A typical starter consists of rabbit liver paté served on toast, while among the first courses, the most famous is a vegetable soup with stale bread, called Ribollita. Do not miss out on tasting the famous Florentine steak, or one of the first examples of street food: the Lampredotto sandwich. The typical Florentine sweet is called Castagnaccio and is made from chestnut flour.

Tuscany, around Florence

Tuscany is known all over the world for the beauty of its territory: the marvellous landscapes of the Chianti area, where hills and rows of vines alternate with cypress trees and ancient stone farmhouses, will capture your gaze and give you unforgettable memories.

Among the most beautiful towns to visit, worth a stop is Pisa, with its beautiful Piazza dei Miracoli and the Leaning Tower. Or Siena, one of the loveliest medieval towns in Italy, where every alley oozes history and charm. But it is in Piazza del Campo, the real heart of the city with its unusual shell shape, where you can attend one of the most famous Sienese events: the Palio of Siena. Many tourists hasten to attend this equestrian event which is held twice a year, on the 2nd of July and on the 16th of August.

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Shopping

Florence historically links its name to elegance. Even the fashion boutiques want to have a shop window in this important and beautiful city. The best French and Italian boutiques are present in the area of Piazza Strozzi and Piazza della Repubblica in the historic centre, while in the surroundings of the city you can discover valid alternatives for your purchases. You can also find the best from the world of textiles at Barberino Designer, in the province of Florence, or at The Mall, in Leccio Reggello.

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Useful information on Florence

Climate

The Florentine climate is temperate, mild and humid, with hot and sunny summers (recording some of the highest temperatures in Italy). Autumn is the period characterized by heavier rainfall, and winter is generally pleasant, with temperatures falling below zero only in exceptional cases and for very limited periods.

The best time to visit Florence goes from late spring to early summer, but also the early autumn months usually offer a pleasant climate and low rainfall.

Hotels

  • Hotel St. Regis – 5 stars
  • Hotel Four Seasons – 5 stars
  • Roccoforte Hotel Savoy – 5 stars
  • Hotel Bernini Palace – 5 stars

Location of interest for daily trips or travel routes

  • Siena: 75,5 km / 1h 30min approx.
  • Pisa: 84km / 01h 30min approx.
  • Bologna: 104 km / 1h 30min approx.
  • Elba Island: since Piombino Port 163 km / 2h approx. and Ferry boat to Elba Island, approx. 1 hour.
  • Cinque Terre,  Levanto: 177 km / 2h approx.
  • Terme di Saturnia: 192 km / 3h approx.
  • Venice: 270 km / 3h approx.
  • Rome: 273 km / 3h approx.
  • Republic of San Marino: 236 km / 2h 50min approx.
  • Milan: 302 km / 3h 25min approx.

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