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  • Explore History and Art at Iconic Florence Museum | Italia Living
    all over the world In fact visiting the Uffizi is an amazing journey through the history of painting The museum is home to the world s finest collection of Italian Renaissance painting particularly of the Florentine school It also showcases antiques sculpture and more than 100 000 drawings and prints All of the famous names from Italy s rich artistic heritage including Leonardo da Vinci Giotto Michelangelo Botticelli Piero della Francesca Caravaggio and Raphael are represented at the Uffizi making this a must visit museum for all travelers especially art lovers As a visit to the Uffizi is one of the greatest pleasures when visiting Florence it is advisable to reserve tickets for the museum in advance of one s trip to avoid long lines and or disappointment For much more info and ticketing options visit www uffizi org Take a virtual tour here www virtualiter net vr tribuna Related Articles Strolling Through Florence s History Michelangelo s Italian Villa on the Market Hotel Spadai A Touch of Modernity in the Classic Florence Networking in the Renaissance Florence A Look Into Expo Milano 2015 Pavilion Zero Leadership in the Renaissance Florence Be Tempted to Travel with the Help of TripTemptation

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  • Relais Villa L’Olmo: A Genuine Glimpse of Chianti | Italia Living
    been turned into luxury resorts ensuring to landscape continuity and harmony that always have been the distinctive feature of the Tuscan landscape In this landscape of another time lies the romantic Chianti Relais Villa L Olmo nestled at Impruneta in the first countryside of Florence Indeed the territory of Impruneta is the gateway between Florence and the Chianti between art and vineyards between the museums and the white roads of the Eroica ideal for hiking and cycling Relais Villa L Olmo hotel s rooms are located in the ancient manor house Beside them all spaces in the estate have been recovered to provide a wide range of accommodation as villas with private gardens pools and apartments The recent farmhouse estate renewal equipped this Chianti Relais with every modern comfort while saving the rustic charm of characteristic stone walls designed to ensure the maintenance of heat in winter and cool temperatures in summertime Exclusive services as a rooftop pool surrounded by white sand and bushes of aromatic herbs and a gym with trainers and wellness professionals support complete the distinctiveness of this fairy hotel at Impruneta in Tuscany Further information Relais Villa L Olmo Via Imprunetana per Tavarnuzze 19 50023 Impruneta Florence Ph 39 055 23 11 311 Fax 39 055 23 11 313 Email email protected Website www relaisvillalolmo com By guest contributing writer Beatrice Rinaldi Beatrice is an SEO Content Strategist and writes about travel for QNT Hospitality Related Articles How to Spend Easter in Chianti to Experience the Timeless Charm of Tuscany Michelangelo s Italian Villa on the Market Tuscany In the Heart of Chianti Wine Country Musician Sting Opens Door to the Il Palagio Tuscan Estate Relive the Charm of Yesteryear at Argentario in Tuscany Borgo di Pietrafitta Offers Beauty and Convenience Palazzo Magnani Feroni A Luxury

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  • Borgo di Pietrafitta Offers Beauty and Convenience | Italia Living
    to Rome in the Middle Ages A high social impact way if you think that whole cities rose and disappeared along the changing of path of this way according to the greater convenience of one stretch rather than another Borgo di Pietrafitta near Castellina in Chianti a small village between Florence and Siena is a perfect example This ancient hamlet located right along the Via Francigena was abandoned in the late Middle Ages when the main route moved its path away Nowadays a careful restoration work turned the houses the school and even the church into a luxury resort in Chianti lying between vineyards of Gallo Nero area in Tuscany Borgo di Pietrafitta offers the wonderful seduction of the original rural structures returned in new splendor houses have been converted into modern apartments for holidays in Chianti while saving the romance of their past atmosphere Some of these accommodations derive from unusual buildings such as barns and watchtowers and now open new surprising spaces to hospitality Crenellated castles romanesque churches fortresses cropping up from the edge of the hills in Tuscany the recovery of ancient buildings reached high quality levels and was able to shield a true to life unique landscape Further information Website Borgo di Pietrafitta Relais Località Pietrafitta n 46 53011 Castellina in Chianti Siena Italia T 39 0577 741390 F 39 0577 740049 email protected By guest contributing writer Beatrice Rinaldi Beatrice is an SEO Content Strategist and writes about travel for QNT Hospitality Related Articles How to Spend Easter in Chianti to Experience the Timeless Charm of Tuscany Easter at Tuscany Luxury Resort Monsignor della Casa The Ultimate Luxury Stay in Rome Villa La Cupola Suite at Westin Excelsior Michelangelo s Italian Villa on the Market Tuscany In the Heart of Chianti Wine Country Relais Villa

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  • Palazzo Magnani Feroni: A Luxury Accommodation in Florence | Italia Living
    and antique chandeliers a suggestive atmosphere keeps on reigning The hotel has 12 luxury suites from 65 squared meters up completely equipped with all the kinds of comfort you d expect and each guest can spend their stay in the most absolute privacy This exclusive residence shrouded in the sophisticated elegance of the 16th century is located in Borgo San Frediano right in the heart of the city of Florence San Frediano indeed is the ancient core where craftsmen palpitate in tiny streets silver workshops silk factories bronze workers antique shops and the only laboratories of custom made shoes in the city Daniel Day Lewis the famous actor came here to learn the cobbler s craft All around are the most renowned restaurants in the city surround you A few steps from Ponte Vecchio this romantic palace from the XVI century reproduces the splendor of a princely court in the living room of over 160 square meters with original Murano glass chandelier and coffered ceiling from Palazzo Farnese in Rome where in the rise of morning white gloved waiters serve breakfast between candles and fresh flowers And for a very special evening an exclusive dinner or cocktail on the most panoramic terrace of Florence well ok let s say just after Piazzale Michelangelo over the river as the lights of Florence will represent a unique and most memorable experience For more info visit www palazzomagnaniferoni com By guest contributing writer Beatrice Rinaldi Beatrice is an SEO Content Strategist and writes about travel for QNT Hospitality Related Articles Michelangelo s Italian Villa on the Market The Beauty of Lazo at La Posta Vecchia Journey in Florence Journey Through Time Florence Features the Best of Luxury Fashion Shopping Relais Villa L Olmo A Genuine Glimpse of Chianti Vicenza A Real Renaissance Jewel

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  • The Spell of Tuscany: Tourism Between Past and Future | Italia Living
    clouds and ruined chapels looking out from the edges of the hills with almost no interruption Majestic unroofed cathedrals surprisingly appearing after a hairpin turn Entire villages are still intact because in the tourism focused Tuscan model the contemporaneity preserve the past of ancient stones and turns bell towers and fortified castles into resorts This is what happens in Chianti where the Castello di Spaltenna overhanging Gaiole and many other near buildings are now luxury hotels But even if they offer exclusive and sophisticated features what attracts guests are mainly the silence and the peace prevailing in the countryside The castle hails guests even in the cellars where they can taste the wine obtained from the vineyards surrounding the estate for enjoyment of a real organic tasting Thanks to tourism Tuscany saved the composure of this landscape recovering hamlets and rural traditions related to land whereas in other regions the needs of economic development have often swept away the old bricks to make way for modern buildings But this this is Tuscany For more information Castello di Spaltenna Hotel di lusso nel Chianti Via Spaltenna 13 Località Pieve di Spaltenna 53013 Gaiole in Chianti SIENA T 39 0577 749483 F

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  • Hotel Castello di Casole - A Luxury Tuscan Retreat | Italia Living
    is housed in a series of stone farmhouses that spill out from a central courtyard the former stable block On site you ll find an infinity pool with views of cypress studded hills giant bathrooms with rolltop tubs a posh cocktail bar and an alfresco restaurant serving Tuscan classics All 41 spacious suites have been designed with a sympathetic nod to their Tuscan farmhouse heritage and feature beam ceilings thick stone floors terra cotta hued walls and arched windows that frame views of the surrounding hills or the courtyard The marble clad bathrooms have free standing rolltop tubs giant showers twin sinks and generous quantities of signature products On the grounds the infinity pool takes center stage and overlooks the estate s olive grove and the medieval villages of Mensano and Radicondoli Next to the pool there s a purpose built amphitheater where you can catch an alfresco movie There a two restaurants on site Pazzia Pizzeria where wood fired pizzas loaded with mozzarella dominate the menu and Ristorante Tosca an intimate eatery with arched stone ceilings and Murano glass chandeliers and a candlelit terrace where posh seafood dishes are served against an enchanting backdrop For post dinner drinks knock back a grappa at Bar Visconti or sip a glass of red straight from the estate s very own vineyard There s plenty to keep you on site but the staff is equally obliging when it comes to exploring the area The concierge can provide a preloaded GPS device that will direct you to some Tuscan treasures Florence Siena San Gimignano and Chianti are all within an hour s drive Nearby Casole d Elsa is a charming hilltop village enclosed by medieval walls Stroll the cute cobbled streets which weave past piazzas churches and alfresco restaurants There are two Michelin

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  • March in Florence | Italia Living
    undoubtedly the Bardini s Garden From the city center the Garden can be reached by crossing the Ponte Vecchio and then access from Via dei Bardi or climbing Costa San Giorgio at the foot of Fort Belvedere From here you can discover unexpected glimpses of Santa Croce the Synagogue and the National Library which appear in a closer distance than from Piazzale Michelangelo The landscape however is only an added value to this oasis of peace and yet away from the chaos of the adjacent city which extends over 4 hectares of parkland After years of decline in 1996 a careful renovation has restored the garden to its former glory and was recently ranked among the 150 most beautiful gardens in Europe by the European Garden Heritage Network The Bardini s Garden owes its beauty to the union between the different botanical heritage developed since the fourteenth century the Italian garden the English garden and the Anglo Chinese garden The most spectacular element of the park is undoubtedly the baroque staircase that allows visitors to climb up to the Forte Belvedere Today thanks to Kaffenhausen and exhibition center that hosts major exhibitions and events throughout the year the garden has

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  • Florence’s Foreshortening: A Sunset with a View | Italia Living
    Awards adapted from the E M Forster s novel The view at issue is an overlook on Florence s river Arno Lucy the main character is crossing the light and heavy age of youth holding important decisions and Arno s view represents her own private space of freedom But anyone who has been lucky to visit Florence at any period of his or her life knows that feeling Let s image strolling the narrow streets of its historical centre your path is surrounded by the high walls of Renaissance palaces and the sky just a tiny strip amid the roofs and then you reach the banks of the river and suddenly the space is wide open and the city is still all around you L Hotel Best Western River has this amazing location over the river in Lungarno della Zecca Vecchia Behind the Hotel Piazza Santa Croce in front of it the ancient Porta San Niccolò framed by the hills at the top of Piazzale Michelangelo Over the hills in the evening become the sunset s fiery line that guests can admire from the hotel s panoramic terrace in all its extent BEST WESTERN HOTEL RIVER FLORENCE Lungarno della Zecca Vecchia n 18 50122 Firenze T 39 055 2343529 F 39 055 2343531 E mail email protected By guest contributing writer Beatrice Rinaldi Beatrice is an SEO Content Strategist and writes about travel for QNT Hospitality Related Articles Michelangelo s Italian Villa on the Market Musician Sting Opens Door to the Il Palagio Tuscan Estate Florence Features the Best of Luxury Fashion Shopping Florence Leather Market Shares Passion for Italian Artisan Craftsmanship La Bellissima Costa D Argento Palazzo Magnani Feroni A Luxury Accommodation in Florence Tirrenia A Dip in the Blue Sea of 30 s History Hotel Castello di Casole

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