Florence & Surroundings
Due to the city’s excellent location, a stay in Florence can be a great opportunity to visit the art and cultural centers located in the surrounding areas. Chianti, Impruneta and Fiesole are definitely worth a visit, and we can help you organize itineraries and personalized excursions to make it a perfect day out:
Only few places can boast the romantic, charming atmosphere of Fiesole, a small village situated on the hill just above Florence. An Etruscan town at first, in 90 A.C. it became a Roman center. During this period temples and theatres were built, and the remains are still visible nowadays. Fiesole is mainly famous today for the wonderful view over Florence and the iconic countryside’s landscape you can admire from its terraces. Having dinner by candle light in one of the many elegant restaurants is an unforgettable experience.
Full of vineyards and olive groves, Chianti is known worldwide as a land of wine and good food. However Chianti is not only that: lovely villages, medieval abbeys and churches make it a fascinating landscape. We definitely recommend a tour through these magic valleys, including a visit in one of the many excellent farms producing Chianti wine, exported up to every corner of the Globe.
Located just a few kilometers from Florence, Impruneta is commonly known for its pottery and earthenware. Surrounded by woods and vineyards, the town features a sanctuary dedicated to the Blessed Virgin, with the altar of Luca della Robbia. The last Sunday of September the picturesque ‘Feast of the Grape’ is celebrated with singing, dancing and allegoric cars.
Situated right in the center of Mugello, Scarperia still keeps today the look of a typical medieval town. Scarperia’s best gem, is the ancient Palace of the Vicars, with its splendid multitude of coats-of-arms still visible on the façade and the elegant Arnolfo di Cambio‘s Tower. A visit to the Ferri Taglienti Museum will be a jump into the ancient art of cutlery that has always represented Scarperia’s finest tradition.
Prato still keeps today a town center rich in art and culture. We strongly recommend a visit to the Cathedral and its beautiful frescoes of Filippo Lippi. The Basilica of Santa Maria delle Carceri and the Luigi Pecci Museum of Contemporary Art are further points of interest.