Having a limited budget as you travel doesn't mean you can't enjoy the same experiences other travelers have. Many times the difference is simply about being smart and knowing where to go or even better yet, having a local let you in on those secret spots that only they know of instead of falling into unpleasant and often overpriced tourist traps. Wouldn't it be great to always have a friend on site who could recommend those special hideaways? Here are 5 essential tips on how to travel in and through Florence and Italy without emptying your wallet completely - how to eat gourmet at ¤10 or less per person, how to get free entrance to museums and how to save 50% on train tickets... >>
The story of Florence is intrinsically connected to the story of one family: the Medici family. It is impossible to fully appreciate this Renaissance city without understanding who the Medici were and the importance of the vast historic, artistic and cultural patrimony that they left behind. Finally today, the city of Florence has put together an innovative and entertaining tribute to its once-patrons in a multimedial show that combines theater, music, lights and video projections in an intimate journey behind the scenes of the Medici family. Travel back to centuries-passed to discover and relive the Renaissance and its wars, conspiracies, exiles, loves, betrayals, courtships and politics. >>
Renting a villa is often thought to be a luxury but in Italy, a private luxury holiday is a surprisingly viable holiday idea!
It's thrilling to blend in with the crowd and live like a local - if even for a moment. And there's no better way to immerse oneself in a destination than by renting a private villa. This unique solution allows you to truly live like a local while letting you explore the beautiful, hidden corners of your surroundings at your own pace. A villa rental offers four major advantages over a hotel: space, privacy, flexibility and value. This is a special opportunity to spend quality time with friends and family, and a villa allows you to enjoy a truly home-from-home experience. >>
In an elegant and exclusive space characterized by a relaxed atmosphere, Gucci welcomes visitors to its spectacular new restaurant and cafe on the rooftop of the Gucci store at The Mall, the luxury outlet center just 35km from Florence. The Gucci Restaurant offers a break from the excitement of shopping and offers a variety of delicacies accompanied by a wide selection of wines. Guests are invited to delve into the delights of the restaurant's extensive menu with dishes created using fresh and local produce, while relishing the surrounding Tuscan landscape. Bringing together the most refined designers in the world with the traditional flavors of Italian cuisine makes for the perfect recipe. >>
Fall means truffle season again in Tuscany! Truffles are a top Italian culinary item and are celebrated in autumn with truffle fairs and festivals in central and northern Italy. Going to a truffle fair is a must for foodies visiting Italy.
Truffles are found primarily in the regions of Piedmont, Umbria, Le Marche and, of course, Tuscany. During October and November there are many white truffle fairs held in these regions and fall dishes made with white truffle, tartufo bianco, are plentiful. What could delight the tastebuds more than feasting on a meal made with sensuously aromatic truffle? >>
Imagine the hypnotizing click-clack of hooves beating the path as you admire the vibrant greenery slipping lazily by. Atop a tall carriage drawn by two genteel horses, it is like rewinding the clocks back one or two centuries. Our elegant coachman, Giacomo, offers us the chance to turn the clocks back and to relive a very special and unique experience. Giacomo conducts classic panoramic rides in Florence's historical center, but what really makes him stand out is his offer of scenic excursions in the Tuscan countryside. A slow and relaxing ride offers you enchanting sights and sounds and panoramic views that are a rare and exclusive experience. >>
Dan Brown's latest novel Inferno once again takes place in one of Europe's main cities, this time in Florence. His gripping and suspenseful tales receive criticism from historians and religious figures but do tend to leave his readers curious for more. The cities where his plots unravel become meccas for curious travelers wishing to explore the sites where Brown's mysteries are hidden. Our Dante-Brown Inferno Tour not only takes you through the streets, palazzi and piazze through which his characters move, it also focuses on the life and death of the Supreme Poet, Dante Alighieri. >>