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. email@example.com. 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.firstname.lastname@example.org
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