48 hours in Florence
Florence: beguiling, historic, beautiful. This city is home to some of the world’s most coveted works of art by Renaissance painters and sculptors including Michelangelo and Botticelli. Small enough to visit for a weekend, this city is the capital of hearty Tuscan cuisine and offers an array of Tuscan wines from the many local vineyards of the region. Use the city as a base to explore further afield or simple enjoy the opulent beauty of this magical place. Take drinks at one of the bars along the Arno at sunset or enjoy the spectacular views of the city from the very top of the Duomo. Total Management Lifestyle has put together a guide for you to enjoy every moment.
Where to stay
Four Seasons Hotel 5*
Located in the Palazzo della Gherardesca, a 15th century Renaissance palace which also features a beautiful century-old private park. The 116 guest rooms and suite reflect the architectural beauty of their celebrated past; they blend Renaissance artistry with high-tech comfort – and this is the only hotel in the heart of Florence with an on-site Spa that uses only natural products.
Borgo Pinti, 99, 50121 Firenze, Italy
Relais Santa Croce 5*
Relais Santa Croce is located in the historic centre of Florence in an 18th century palazzo. You will find yourself surrounded by fine furnishings, frescoes ceilings and original artwork.
Via Ghibellina, 87, 50122 Firenze, Italy
Hotel Savoy – Rocco Forte 5*
Located in Piazza della Repubblica this property is just few steps away from everything that’s great about Florence. The 88 rooms are decorated in contemporary Italian style while the 14 Suites are enriched with original artwork, sculptures and photography.
Piazza della Repubblica, 7, 50123 Firenze, Italy
Hotel Lungarno 4*
The Hotel Lungarno is a stylish and luxury hotel overlooking the River Arno. This charming hotel offers a precious art collection from the 900’s, such as works by Picasso and Cocteau, and Tuscan and Italian world-class temptations at its gourmet restaurant Borgo San Jacopo.
Vicolo dell’Oro, 6R, 50123 Firenze, Italy
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Where to eat
The cuisine at this restaurant is a fine balance of classic and modern, taking the best from both styles to create elegant dishes served in a luxurious and cosmopolitan ambience. The wine list here is considered legendary.
Via Ghibellina, 87, 50122 Firenze, Italy
Not only a Michelin star restaurant and one of the greatest in Florence; the food and wine list is exceptional.
Via del Verrocchio, 8r, 50122 Firenze, Italy
With its lively and stylish atmosphere, the restaurant serves primarily Tuscan cuisine and high quality wines.
Piazza Antinori, 3, 50123 Firenze, Italy
Il Santo Bevitore*
This restaurant offers a home-style atmosphere and menu. Enjoy seasonal Italian produce bought from local producers prepared with a twist of innovation and local quality wine.
Via di Santo Spirito, 64/66, Firenze, Italy
Overlooking the Lungarno Guicciardini, Lungarno Bistrot has a modern and chic ambience. It serves creative dishes, both fish and meat, from different Italian regions. The elegant and sophisticated lounge is the perfect place to enjoy a drink.
Piazza degli Scarlatti, 50124 Firenze, Italy
If you happen to be around the area of the Duomo or near Piazza della Repubblica try this delicious and lovely restaurant situated in a narrow and windy street. The restaurant offers a very large list of salads for lunch mixing typical products from the region. They also offer special bruschette and the dish of the day.
Via delle Oche, 11r, 50122 Firenze, Italy
Trattoria 4 Leoni
Uniquely situated in a small and peaceful piazza across the river, with seating inside and outside, this casual trattoria is where you can enjoy typical Tuscan dishes. We recommend you to try the Fiocchetti alle pere which is a truly delicious ravioli dish filled with pear on a salty cheese sauce and the Peposo dell’Impruneta. This restaurant is always open from midday until midnight.
Via de’ Vellutini, 1r, 50125 Firenze, Italy
August 4th 2016