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BE­FORE YOU GO — Book tick­ets to the Uf­fizi Gallery, the Vasari Cor­ri­dor and other mu­se­ums ahead of time.

STAY AT - Four Sea­sons, Borgo Pinti 99 www.the­foursea­sons.com. A sprawl­ing, cen­trally lo­cated ho­tel with tra­di­tional charm. Villa Cora Viale Machi­avelli 18, a splen­did villa ho­tel in the hills just south of Florence. JK Place, Pi­azza Santa Maria Novella 7, www.jk­place.com a homey bou­tique. Por­trait, Lun­garno Ac­ciaiuoli 4, www.por­trait­firenze.com chic bou­tique on the river­front. Con­ti­nen­tale, Vi­colo dell’oro 6r, www.lun­gar­noho­tels.com con­tem­po­rary style river­front bou­tique with a buzzing roof ter­race. The Savoy Pi­azza della Re­pub­lica 7, www.roc­co­forte­ho­tels.com, an el­e­gant, cen­tral, Rocco Forte bou­tique ho­tel.

AF­FORD­ABLE STYLE — Hermitage Ho­tel, Vi­colo Marzio 1, www.her­mitage­ho­tel.coma ba­sic com­fort on the river­front.

EAT AT — Trat­to­ria Cam­millo, Borgo S. Ja­copo57, 055 212427 www. cam­millo@mo­maz.it. Fresh and de­li­cious lo­cal fare in a cozy, tra­di­tional set­ting. Trat­to­ria Sostanza, a no-frills, lo­cal favourite, for con­sis­tently de­li­cious tra­di­tional Tus­can cui­sine. Via del Por­cel­lana 25/r OS­TE­RIA DEL POR­CELLINO — Via Val di Lamona 7r, Au­then­tic Tus­can fare in the his­toric part of town. GUIDE: Lucia Lazic Lucia.lazic@gmail.com

EX­PLORE — The Vasari Cor­ri­dor was a se­cret pas­sage used by the Medici fam­ily to walk be­tween Pitti Palace and Palazzo Vec­cio. It’s filled with beau­ti­ful art and was re­cently opened for pri­vate tours. Book through the agency, Florence Town.

SHOP — Via de Tornabuoni has a lineup of top end Ital­ian de­signer show­rooms.

OF­FIC­INA PROFUNO — Far­ma­ceu­tica di Santa Maria Novella, es­tab­lished in 1612 by fri­ars of the same church sells balms, per­fumes and teas in an ex­quis­ite for­mer chapel with fres­cos. Check out Scuola del Cuoio (leather school) near Santa Croce for high qual­ity hand­bags, brief­cases and wal­lets. Via San Giuseppe 5 The Bar­berino De­signer Out­let, a 30-minute drive away has over a hun­dred fash­ion stores.

GET­TING OUT OF TOWN — The picturesque Chi­anti wine pro­duc­ing area with rolling hills, vine­yards lies just south of Florence.

The Cathe­dral in Florence, the Duomo

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