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Things to see and do in Florence

Even a short trip, if well organized, can bring some surprises.

Let us help you discover another Florence, rich in culture and beauty, but also in taste and relaxation.

The staff at Ponte Vecchio Suites & Spa will provide you all the information you need for the easiest way to see the most famous sights as well as the hidden corners of this timeless city.

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From the big sights to the quiet corners of the Oltrarno

Florence has a unique DNA of history and culture and that is why you should plan your trip to start from right here. Just around the corner from the hotel is the Ponte Vecchio, the marvelous bridge symbol of the city which has for centuries hosted the finest jewelers.

From there you will arrive at Piazza della Signoria and the Uffizi Gallery in less than a minute.

If you are not scared off by the long entrance line that might await (though if you check with our reception first we can help you avoid that), it is more than worth it to admire its wonderful rooms of masterpieces by Botticelli, Leonardo da Vinci, Mantegna, and Giotto.

Another stroll up the road will bring you to the fantastic facade of the Duomo, the cathedral of Florence, with its truly amazing dome, designed by Brunelleschi.

If you are interested in an alternative itinerary, head in the opposite direction towards the Oltrarno.

This is the area of Florence on our side of the Arno, the south side, and home during the Renaissance to many a noble family.

One such family was the Medicis, who built up the magnificent Pitti Palace which today holds no fewer than 7 museums including the Silver Museum, Costume Museum, Carriage Museum, Gallery of Modern Art and the jewel in its crown, the Palatine Gallery which displays in original form the noble apartments and artworks by Titian, Raphael, Tintoretto, Caravaggio, Botticelli, Perugino, Canova, and Rubens.

Nestled behind the Pitti Palace is its truly wonderful garden, the Boboli Garden, world-famous Italian garden for wandering any time of the year.

Few people know of the other stunning garden next to it, the Bardini Garden (Giardino Bardini) which offers spectacular views over Florence.

But the Oltrarno has so much more to offer. Give yourself time to wander the narrow streets around Santo Spirito, San Niccolò and San Frediano and you will discover unique art galleries, local boutiques, and all sorts of artisans who lend their creativity to the thriving cultural scene in a modern Florence that is rooted in the traditions of the past.

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Romantic Florence

An anniversary, a marriage proposal, a special rendezvous: there are many reasons for a couple to choose Florence for a romantic visit – city of a thousand unforgettable moments.

If romance has brought you here then there is no better place to start than at Piazzale Michelangelo (ideally at sunset) where the panoramic view over Florence is perfect for sharing with the one you love.

You could take a ride in a horse and carriage around the historic center, starting from Piazza della Signoria or Piazza Duomo, or else surprise your beloved by taking a trip down Via de’ Tornabuoni to the world-famous Tiffany store or the most glamorous fashion stores.

For a wander in the park, you have an abundance of choice in Florence: there is the Cascine Park, which stretches for miles along the Arno river, as well the world-famous Boboli Garden and Giardino Bardini which are a short walk from the hotel.

Then to finish the night, go for a romantic aperitivo at one of the many bars with a panoramic view, or for a candlelit dinner by the river.

Allow our staff to help you with the perfect recommendation.

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From the vineyards of Chianti to the kitchens of San Lorenzo

To get the full experience of Florence and Tuscany, you need to indulge in that one final ingredient – the food and wine. Our staff here at Ponte Vecchio Suites & Spa will be delighted to set up a tour to suit your tastes.

It is hard to resist a wine tour of Chianti, just south of Florence, and home to one of the most popular wines in the world.

Come and explore the charming small towns and beautiful landscapes of this area, visiting a variety of wine cellars and seeing first-hand how Chianti wine is created.

Taste the produce of the region, the salamis, hams, and cheeses, bruschettas and soups, and pick up a few bottles of wine to bring home to friends.

If you would also like to learn to cook like a Tuscan, we can organize a cooking class for you at the kitchens at the Central Market in Florence, the world-famous Mercato Centrale in San Lorenzo.

In this recently-restored and completely updated space, you can taste at lunch or dinner some fantastic local specialties, and exclusive cooking classes give you an insight into local Tuscan traditions and methods.

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