city break in Florence is a true culinary and cultural journey where food and art will merge together from start to finish. Expect to feast your eyes and your stomach as you wander around the ancient streets of Tuscany’s capital city. Even the hotels are masterpieces in their own right, often boasting frescoes and stucco-work that reflect the glory of the renaissance city. We have narrowed down our shortlist of accommodation, gastronomy and activities based on price, location, service and beauty so that you can just sit back, relax and enjoy a little cantuccini and a glass of Vin Santo. STAY HERE
Villa Cora Villa Cora was built in the late 1860s by Baron Oppenheim and remains to be one of the most opulent and eye catching villas to be built on the low hillside located to the south of the city. As a result, the elegant rose gardens and shady tree-lined grounds at Villa Cora offers respite from the hot summer months in the city centre, yet remains a mere 15 minutes’ walk from the landmark bridge, Ponte Vecchio. Inside the hotel, guests will continued to be wowed by the rich, opulent décor of the once stately home. With polished parquet floors and magnificent chandeliers, Villa Cora is an immaculately restored hotel that offers the type of superb facilities and stellar service that you would expect from somewhere as lavish as Florence. www.villacora.it 126
ABOVE The peaceful gardens and exterior of Villa Cora. BELOW Unbeatable city views on the banks of the River Arno from the Portrait Firenze.
Portrait Firenze Probably scoring a 10/10 for its central location, you don’t even have to leave the hotel to catch a glimpse of the Ponte Vecchio because the Portrait Firenze hotel is actually situated on the banks of the River Arno overlooking it. Ownded by Florentine fashion heir Leonardo Ferragamo, the Portrait Firenze is just a stones throw away from landmark sights such as the Uffizi Gallery, Palazzo Vecchio, the Duomo and the Bargello Museum, as well as Ferragamo’s own eponymous collection at the Museo Ferragamo just around the corner. With a modern Italian colour scheme throughout the interior, Guests are invited to experience a contemporary »