‘Human’: an exhibition at Forte Belvedere

Florence is an open-air museum to which we add the heritage preserved in more or less famous museums and galleries. It is not common to have also a particular area as ‘Forte Belvedere’ where organize intense-exhibition in the open. It is one of two forts that offers a view of Florence from above in an atmosphere of unique tranquility.

'Critical mass' A. Gramsley

‘Critical mass’ A. Gramsley

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St.Valentine’s day in Florence: not the same candies!

This year the St.Valentine Day gives to lovers, boyfriends, couples, friends and future brides a good opportunity for a weekend out thanks to the calendar with romanticism and cuddles.

Florence was the cradle of love between Dante and Beatrice and offers the ingredients for the perfect weekend: a rich artistic heritage, an offer of theaters, museums and much varied entertainment , great food, famous wine in the world and then the streets of the historic center, the dome by Brunelleschi , the view from Piazzale Michelangelo and the windows of jewelers in Ponte Vecchio for a “simple” walk.

St. Valentine's day in Florence

St. Valentine’s day in Florence

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A trip in Florence with good resturants and discounts: is it possible?

Florence has an immense historical and artistic heritage in museums, palaces, galleries. The big names of Italian and international fashion have their shops in the fashion streets in the center of Florence. Lots of small shops displaying unique and quality crafts. What is missing to complete your tour of the beauties of Florence?

T-bone steak and soup

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In Florence with Dante: What to do in 4 moves

Dante and Florence are two of the most important symbols of the Italian culture in the world.
Speaking of Dante in Florence means observe the proud Florentines shown the statue that portrays the great poet in Piazza Santa Croce, stroll the streets of downtown to point you in the small Church of Dante and Beatrice or the large amount of scattered tombstones that recall the deeds and writings.

In order not to miss anything in your travel in Florence on Dante route we point out four things to absolutely do if you are in town or alternatively to prepare for a future Florentine sortie staying at home.

Roberto Benigni "Tutto Dante" in Piazza Santa Croce Photo by Maurizio Degl'Innocenti

Roberto Benigni “Tutto Dante” in Piazza Santa Croce
Photo by Maurizio Degl’Innocenti

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The Medici Villas in 7 stages – 2nd part

Do you like to to enrich your trip in Florence? This post is for you.

We started a tour to the Medici villas and gardens in Florence that have just entered on the list of UNESCO World Heritage Site and you can read here. Today it’s time to leave the city to go in search of riches in its beautiful surroundings.

Villa Medicea, Fiesole

Villa Medicea, Fiesole

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The Medici Villas in 7 stages

Are you going for a trip in Florence? We present to you a new itinerary to follow in the footsteps and the history of the Medici family. Why don’t you start with a tour in twelve Medici villas that just recently been included in the list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites?

The villas are concrete proof of the system created by the Medici family that has so strongly influenced the history of Tuscany and the development of all the arts of the Italian Renaissance. This itinerary will let you know the art cities and small villages, wandering through the unique Tuscan countryside and travelling in time to savor the essence of so precious places.
Today we present the first two stages of this tour departing from Florence, and from where else?

First stage

We start from the hills of Arcetri with the Villa Poggio Imperiale, which now houses the lucky classes of an high school and then go down beyond Porta Romana for a stop to the Boboli Gardens.

Villa Poggio Imperiale, Firenze

Villa Poggio Imperiale, Firenze

This wonderful example of Italian garden was created to cheer stays in the Pitti Palace of the Grand Dukes. It is large about 45.000mq and it is enriched by statues, fountains and buildings added over time. Inside is the Porcelain Museum in the Palazzina del Cavaliere with the collections of Peter Leopold and Ferdinand III.

Boboli gardens, Firenze

Boboli Gardens, Firenze

Second stage

We move in the hills on the northside of Florence to arrive in Villa Careggi, one of the oldest of the family villa. Here Lorenzo the Magnificent was born and died and established the headquarters of the Neoplatonic Academy, the major philosophical school of Italian humanism.
We continue north and we stop at Villa Petraia which still retains the tower overlooking the garden with views of Florence. The Villa can be visited free of charge and is not far from the Villa di Castello. This houses the seat of the Accademia della Crusca and offers a beautiful garden with the precious collections of rare plants begun by Cosimo I.

Villa Careggi- Villa di Castello- Villa Petraia, Firenze

Villa Careggi- Villa di Castello- Villa Petraia, Firenze

Choose Vivafirenze.it To make truly unique your trip: you will can  have your accommodation in facilities closer to our stops as a modern Grand Tour. Start choosing for your stay in the area of Porta Romana and then we stop in the neighborhood of Rifredi in the second half.

Enjoy the view of Florence and choose your favorite panoramic point of view because in the next stages we will turn away to explore other villas that springing up the surroundings.

Stay tuned on our news to learn about the route that we have planned for you.

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