Florence – The Cradle of the Renaissance

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One of the most majestic cities in the world, Florence is a real treat for your senses and a must for lovers of art, fine cuisine, and wine. The capital of Tuscany, Florence overflows with magnificent artistic and architectural treasures. The magnificent Duomo reigns proudly over this city of meandering cobblestone paths, leading to lovely piazzas, fountains, and statuary.
Piazza della Signoria (the political heart of the city from the Middle Ages to the present day), the Uffizi Gallery (containing one of the most important art collections of all time), and the Accademia (home to Michelangelo’s David) are just a few of the city’s fascinating sites.
Shop at the upscale boutiques and jewelers along the Ponte Vecchio, the only original bridge surviving war and the ages. Dine at a sidewalk café and watch the people – a favorite pastime of local Florentines. Take a day trip to the Tuscan countryside, the inspirational setting of picturesque hilltop villages featuring acre upon acre of vineyards, and some of the world’s best wines.

  • The best Florence vacations begin with a City Tour, which will take you along the romantic Viale Dei Colli to the Piazzale Michelangelo, offering the famous panoramic view of Florence.
  • Florence is a shopper’s delight, specializing in leather goods, jewelry, glassware, and handcrafted paper.
  • Be prepared to indulge – in Florence, it seems as though every meal is fabulous, each glass of wine tastes better, and every statue, painting, fountain and cathedral more breathtaking than the last. It is the aura of Florence.

Grand Hotel – Florence

A landmark of history and tradition, the Grand Hotel, Florence faces a small Renaissance square, overlooking Florence’s river Arno. Named to Condé Nast Traveler’s 2004 and 2005 Gold Lists as well as Condé Nast Traveler’s 2004 Readers Choice Awards List, the Grand Hotel is indeed a special place in a very special city.

Since its inauguration, this splendid former 18th century palace, located near some of the world’s finest museums, has been the hotel of preference for discerning international travelers in Florence. With its richly appointed rooms, attentive service and beautiful historic setting, the Grand Hotel is a Florentine masterpiece that bridges the centuries.


Savoy – Florence

Situated in a 17th century palatial building that previously served as a French and The five-star Hotel Savoy offers luxury and style in the heart of Florence. Located on the Piazza Repubblica, close to Florence’s renowned landmark the Duomo, the hotel is just a short walk from the Uffizi Gallery and the Ponte Vecchio.

Styled by Olga Polizzi, the hotel’s elegant décor is contemporary Italian in style with subdued neutral tones and tasteful fabrics throughout. As a tribute to the designer fashion houses of Florence, you will also find quirky images of shoes throughout the hotel!


10 Day Best of Italy – Tour

Birthplace of the Rennaissance, no visit would be complete without venturing into the art and culture that is Italy. Beauty is found in every cobblestone and appreciated in each moment.

3 days in Florence, 3 days in Rome, 3 days in Sorrento , 1 day in Rome

FEATURES * Air transportation is available upon request. Check with your travel agent for rates and availability * First-class hotels for 10 nights * 20 included meals 10 buffet breakfasts, 2 dinners at hotel, PLUS 6 dinners and 2 lunches at popular restaurants including wine * Touring by private air-conditioned motorcoach * Professional tour director * Transfers and baggage handling * Personalized audio system to hear your guide, even from a distance

Bonus Sightseeing (including local guide and entrance fees) * Michelangelo’s David in Florence * Excursion to Pisa’s Leaning Tower * Visit Assisi * Wine-tasting excursion to Torgiano * St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome * Vatican Museum & Sistine Chapel * Guided tour of ancient Pompeii * Excursion to Capri by jetfoil * Visit Anacapri, Positano & Amalfi * Visit Ravello * The Abbey of Monte Cassino


Boscolo Astoria – Florence

The completely restored, sumptuous Astoria is a true gem of Florentine style filled with beautiful frescos, stunning antiques and only the finest furnishings and accessories. The palazzo is comprised of two buildings once belonging to the Arrighetti’s Family, one of the richest families of the 15th century and to Gerardo Gaddi, painter and a mosaicist whose works had been inspired by Cimabue. The Hotel’s restaurant opens out onto the garden, making it an especially pleasant place to have a typical Tuscan or international meal. And on the rooftop terrace you can enjoy a fantastic view encompassing the whole city from the church of San Lorenzo to Palazzo Vecchio.


Ambasciatori – Florence

FAMILIES: TWO CHILDREN 12 YEARS & UNDER CAN STAY FREE (Valid for select departures from Jul-Oct, 2012).

The hotel offers modern contemporary design while still retaining the grandeur that identifies this spell-binding renaissance city. It offers elegantly designed and furnished guestrooms fully equipped with a range of modern conveniences.


Baglioni – Florence

FAMILIES: TWO CHILDREN 12 YEARS & UNDER CAN STAY FREE (Valid for select departures from Jul-Oct, 2012).

This prestigious Florence hotel stands in the heart of the historic center, a few minutes from the Exhibition Center, Convention Center and main museums, and three hundred meters from Santa Maria Novella railway station. An excellent starting point for exploring and getting to know this astonishing city.

From the Panoramic Terrazza Brunelleschi Restaurant you can catch all of Florence in a glimpse: the dome of Santa Maria del Fiore designed by Brunelleschi and Giotto’s famous campanile, the roofs of the age-old buildings of the historical center and the green hills that surround the city on the horizon.


Croce di Malta – Florence

Hotel Croce di Malta is located only a few steps from both the Arno River and the Santa Maria Novella railway station. The church of the same name makes up one of the corners of an ideal triangle of works of art linking Piazza Santa Maria Novella, the Ponte Vecchio and Piazza Duomo, all of which only a few minutes walk away. The San Lorenzo area is also nearby, with the famous Cappelle Medici chapels, the Uffizi Art Museum and the Accademia Galleries. The location is perfect for those who wish to be close to the most prestigious boutiques, the banks of the Arno River and the main monuments without having to give up peace and quiet and comfort. Although located in a limited-traffic area, hotel guests can easily reach the hotel by car, and there is a reserved baggage loading/unloading area in front of the entrance.


Grand Hotel Minerva – Florence

Dating back to the middle ages, this grand residence is one of the oldest hotels in Florence and occupies the charming Santa Maria Novella piazza. It has a bright, airy lobby area characterised by an eclectic mixture of styles where colourful modern furnishings sit alongside Renaissance oil paintings and lavish rococo tables and mirrors. The rooms feature distressed wood furnishings and pastel-toned decor.


Hotel Relais Certosa – Florence

This converted 15th century villa hotel is set within 15 acres of park-land and surrounded by olive, pine and oak trees. Its low-ceilinged lobby has a rustic farmhouse feel with red ceramic floor tiles, and prints of Tuscan landscapes on the walls. The rooms are traditionally-styled retaining many original features with rustic touches including dark wood furnishings, Tuscan plaster walls and typical Florentine carpeting.


Kraft – Florence

The Hotel Kraft situated in one of the most residential and romantic areas of Florence, just a few steps from the Opera House, the Arno river and the railway station. A symbol of style and elegance in the Florentine hospitality.


Londra – Florence

An elegant hotel situated in the heart of Florence, just a few steps from the train station Santa Maria Novella, from the congress and trade show centre and from the city’s most important monuments.

Lively, contemporary, versatile: these are the 3 adjectives that describe the spirit of the new Restaurant and Lounge Bar at Hotel Londra Florence, inaugurated in November 2004. It’s the perfect location not only to taste the restaurants classical Italian and Florentine dishes revisited with modern contents and contemporary presentation, but also for encounters, trendy events, fashionable aperitifs inside the location or in the Garden Lounge.


Mediterraneo – Florence

FAMILIES: TWO CHILDREN 12 YEARS & UNDER CAN STAY FREE (Valid for select departures from Jul-Oct, 2012).

One of the largest hotels in Italy, the Mediterraneo Grand Hotel Florence is situated in an enchanting and peaceful position on the banks of the Arno River just a short distance away from the city center of Florence in a central but yet quiet position.

The Hotel has an excellent restaurant where guests may savor all the specialties of an authentic Tuscan cuisine. The American bar and lounge, famous for its superb drinks, also offers guests a relaxing atmosphere.


Santa Maria Novelle – Florence

Offering stylish accommodation unified with lavish comfort and numerous facilities, this nineteenth century hotel is a perfect place for an unforgettable vacation in Florence. The guestrooms are individually decorated featuring sumptuous traditional and antique-style furniture.


Balestri – Florence

Hotel Balestri Florence was founded in 1888 and since owned and operated by the Balestri-Wittum family. Located on the bank of the Arno River and a one minute walk to the Ponte Vecchio and the Uffizi Gallery, Hotel Balestri provides easy access to the many wonderful attractions that Florence has to offer. The Hotel also offer many modern conveniences and is simply decorated in the old Florentine style.


Delle Nazioni – Florence

This hotel offers comfortable accommodation in a friendly atmosphere and is popular with the budget-minded leisure travellers. The guestrooms are pleasantly decorated and equipped with standard amenities.

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