A trip to Italy just isn’t complete until you’ve visited Florence (or Firenze as the Italians call it). Nestled in the heart of Tuscany, amid rolling hills, Florence is a thriving destination for art lovers and wine enthusiasts alike, as well as honeymooners looking for a city escape with a relaxing vibe. Where to go? There are countless cathedrals, museums, galleries and gardens at your fingertips, but not to be missed are the Uffizi Gallery (home to Botticelli’s Birth of Venus and other Renaissance works by Leonardo Da Vinci and Michelangelo) and Ponte Vecchio— the famous Florence bridge overlooking the Arno River, a hot spot often hopping with tourists and vendors. Word to the wise: book your tickets far in advance for galleries as they often sell out quickly. For couples looking for good vino, drive 30 minutes outside the city to the neighbouring Chianti region, where charming vineyard views, medieval villages and castles beg to be explored. For the sweetest suite in all of Florence book a stay at the luxe Four Seasons Hotel Firenze— a property boasting jaw-dropping cathedral ceilings and Renaissance sculptures and paintings. For a breath of fresh air, take a romantic stroll through their gardens—11 acres of impeccable greenery.
Photo courtesy Four Seasons Hotel Firenze.