Florence is one of the most charming cities in Italy and its located only 1 hour and 15 mins from Mondial Resort & Spa.
Cradle of the Renaissance, romantic, enchanting and utterly irresistible, Florence is a place to feast on world-class art and gourmet Tuscan cuisine.
Few cities are so compact in size or so packed with extraordinary art and architecture masterpieces at every turn. The urban fabric of this small city, on the banks of the Arno river in northeastern Tuscany, has hardly changed since the Renaissance and its narrow cobbled streets are a cinematic feast of elegant 15th- and 16th-century palaces, medieval candle-lit chapels, fresco-decorated churches, marble basilicas and world-class art museums brimming with paintings and sculptures by Botticcelli, Michelangelo, Brunelleschi, Giotto, Raffaello et al. The entire city centre is a Unesco World Heritage Site.
Italy's fashion industry was born and bred here. Homegrown designers Guccio Gucci and Salvatore Ferragamo opened haute-couture boutiques in Florence in the 1920s and shopping in the Tuscan capital has been stylish ever since. A-lister fashion houses lace Via de' Tornabuoni and a Pandora's box of specialist boutiques selling all manner of beautiful objects parade alongside family-run shop in a glorious tangle of medieval backstreets. Watch fourth-generation Florentine goldsmiths and shoemakers at work, buy artisan scents evocative of the Florentine countryside and Tuscan sea breeze, and know the tag 'Fiorentina' is one of the finest international labels going.
The food and wine culture of the city is strong and rich. Firenze can boast the birth of several of the most popular dishes of Italian cuisine, having meat as its main element: Bistecca alla Fiorentina, Lampredotto, Trippa.
What to see:
There is so much to see in Florence, however the top highlights are: the Cathedral, Palazzo Vecchio, Ponte Vecchio, the Uffizi Gallery, the Accademia Gallery (David of Michelangelo), Santa Maria Novella Church, Palazzo Pitti and the Boboli Garden.
How to reach:
Easy to get there by car, by train or ask our concierge for a private transfer with tour.