FLORENCE

FLORENCE

The ancient city of Florence is called the “cultural” capital of Italy and it is the capital of the region of Tuscany. This medieval city is declared by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site. The city attracts millions of visitors every year, and is considered to be one of the most visited places in the world. It is also one of the most outstanding economic, cultural, politic and artistic centres of Italy.

Florence combines the spirit of the renaissance with the modern, tradition with fashion, and luxury and elegance. Walking in this “open-air” museum, living in its historic buildings, eating Tuscan cuisine in its typical restaurants, shopping in its luxury boutiques and breathing its unique atmosphere of the past gives you the sensation of living, in probably one of the best places in the world. The eternal fame of Florence recognized over the world is the best guarantee for investing in local real estate. You can choose from a vast choice; from luxury villas, historical castles, exclusive apartments to boutique hotels and B&Bs.

Florence’s museums, palaces, and churches house some of the greatest artistic treasures in the world. The most popular and important sites in Florence include the Duomo, the Baptistery, the Uffizi Museum, the Bargello, and the Accademia.

Also, the churches of Santa Maria Novella and Santa Croce are veritable art galleries, and the library of San Lorenzo is a magnificent exhibition of Michelangelo’s architectural genius. Wander some of the oldest streets in the city until you reach the Arno River, cross the Ponte Vecchio, and experience the “newest” area of Florence, the Oltrarno. Be sure to set aside time to see the vast and varied art collection housed in the Pitti Palace. When you grow weary of museums and monuments, head outdoors and spend a day at the Boboli Gardens or climb the hill to the church of San Miniato al Monte to experience an enchanting view of Florence.

 If you want to live close to the city but also avoid the heavey crows of tourists, you have the option to invest in a luxury villa on the outskirts of the city. There are contemporary villas near Florence that offer breathtaking panoramic views of the city. These nearby villas are surrounded by nature and you can view the famous Duomo and behold the lovely country landscape from the airy and spacious rooms and large windows of a contemporary luxury villa.

 Living in a luxury villa in Florence can be a life-changing experience. We can help you find a beautiful Florentine home located in the heart of the lush and verdant Tuscan hills but also very close to the city. The luxury will provide the peace and privacy that you need to feel relaxed and enjoy a more laid-back lifestyle. A luxury villa in the outskirts of Florence is always a great investment, especially if you are looking for a private holiday home or retirement haven in Italy.

If you prefer to live in the historical centre of Florence, we can help you find a beautiful palazzo. Living in a historical Italian palace can make you feel like royalty. There are palaces that are close to historical churches and other local attractions, too. A palace can have high-quality luxury apartments, and some of them afford panoramic views of Florence from their terrace. Investing in a luxury property like this ensures that you are closer to where the action is.

A luxury villa in Florence can be a great addition to your portfolio. If you want to invest in this type of property, be sure to get in touch with us. This way, you can be properly guided on the buying process and negotiations with the property owners, and ultimately purchase the property at the right price.

Being so conveniently located opens a world of things to do and places to visit. For example, nearby you can find typical restaurants, from the most traditional to the most sophisticated.

Suggested Restaurants:

  • One of which is Enoteca Pinchiorri (3 Michelin Stars) in via Ghibellina, which offers an elegant blend of contemporary design and Tuscan paintings of the nineteenth century, in addition to it’s sophisticated environment it also offers a very fine cuisine http://enotecapinchiorri.it.
  • Nestled between the Renaissance wonders, is Il Vinaino, the local restaurant most reviewed by the world, where you can enjoy typical Tuscan goodness and the lively atmosphere of the streets of downtown. Florence in particular, is a city always active and busy all year with international tourists.
  • Il Palagio, (1 Michelin star) at Florence’s luxurious Four Seasons Hotel, owes its culinary excellence to executive chef Vito Mollica. Mollica stands firm to the belief that fine dining comes from “knowing the man behind the producer”, something that the chef became acquainted with as a young boy, watching his mother cook in the kitchen of their southern Italian home. http://www.ilpalagioristorante.it

Suggested Hotels:

  • The Four Seasons Hotel, Firenze is set in a former 16th-Century convent near Giardino della Gherardesca, one the oldest, largest and most elegant Florentine gardens in the city. It is close to the best things the city of Florence has to offer while enjoying the rest and relaxation of a modern urban resort at five-star hotel. http://www.fourseasons.com/florence/
  • The Westin Excelsior (http://www.westinflorence.com) is located in an enchanting and historical building in piazza Ognissanti, in the heart of Florence. Here you will find one of the best views of the city in a contemporary roof top garden with 360-degree views and with a bar and a well known fine dining Michelin-star restaurant; Sesto on Arno (http://www.sestoonarno.com).
  • Set along the Arno River with stunning views of the Ponte Vecchio, The St. Regis Florence is set in a historic building, and offers a Michelin-star restaurant named Winter Garden by Caino, this 5-star hotel features a spa and gym, and luxury rooms with antique furnishings. http://www.stregisflorence.com

Annual Festivals in the area:

  • THE CAVALCADE OF THE MAGI – In Christianity, January 6 is the feast of the Epiphany (the 12th day of Christmas) and churches celebrate with the Adoration of the Magi. In Florence, the celebration involves a big parade in magnificent costumes that evoke the arrival of the three Wise Men to the little town of Bethlehem in search of the Messiah. https://www.visitflorence.com/florence-events/cavalcade-magi.html
  • SCOPPIO DEL CARRO – On Easter Sunday, every year, Florence celebrates the religious holiday with the Scoppio del Carro, or the “Explosion of the Cart”. An old tradition where an elaborate wagon is pulled through the streets of Florence up to the square between the Baptistry and Cathedral. The cart has a suitable arsenal of fireworks, and a dove-shaped rocket (symbolising the Holy Spirit) which sets off a ferocious dance of fire as it explodes. In the old tradition, a big bang meant a good harvest. https://www.visitflorence.com/florence-events/explosion-of-the-cart-easter.html
  • THE CALCIO STORICO FIORENTINO – The Calcio Storico Fiorentino is a combination of soccer, rugby and wrestling. Originated in the16th century and still played yearly Florence in historical costumes. The four teams representing the historical neighborhoods of the city play against each other on June 24 which is Florence’s patron saint’s feast day for St. John the Baptist. https://www.visitflorence.com/florence-events/calcio-storico-fiorentino.html
  • FLORENCE CHRISTIMAS MARKETS – Many Christmas markets take place in Florence in the weeks before Christmas (especially during the weekends). The biggest Christmas market in Florence is located in Piazza Santa Croce, and generally lasts from the end of November to the last days before Christmas. It draws on the tradition of German markets, with the typical small wooden houses, and offers different items from crafts to food products, small furniture and Christmas decorations. http://www.xmas-markets.org/florence-christmas-markets/

 Sports Facilities in Florence:

  • GOLF CLUB PARCO DI FIRENZEA pleasant 9 hole course with verdant fairways, manicured elevated greens, shrubs, tees and water hazards make “The Park” a real challenge for players of all standards. It is really close to the city, approximately 20 minutes from downtown Florence. http://www.parcodifirenze.it/web/
  • GOLF UGOLINOOnly 35 minutes away from Florence. People say that to play in Ugolino is not just to indulge in a game of golf, it is to wander through a landscape of great natural beauty, surrounded by olive and other fruit trees. http://www.golfugolino.it/en
  • GOLF AND COUNTRY CLUB LE PAVONIERE In the heart of Tuscany, only 40 minutes from Florence. The course is challenging and able to test your ability searching for the perfect round. It has eighteen holes designed by a world famous player, Arnold Palmer, with perfect lines of play, greens protected by insidious bunkers and strategic water hazards. http://www.pavoniere.it/?lang=en

 Other Recommendations:

  • LE BACCANTI TOURS – This is an excellent private horseback ride for riders of all experience levels, and is located within 30 minutes driving time from Florence. Your English-speaking expert guide will take you off the beaten track, into the Tuscan countryside via side roads, and historic trails as they pass through olive groves and vineyards in the heart of Chianti. http://www.lebaccanti.com/en/tour/Horse-Riding-near-Florence/
  • EQUITOURS -You have the opportunity to experience horseback riding in the beautiful unspoiled Chianti region between Florence and Siena, which gave its name to the wine, through the lovely countryside of rolling hills, forest, vineyards, picturesque villages and ancient castles. http://www.equitours.com/horseback-riding-destinations/southern-europe/italy/

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