Florence, is simply unique. And Florence holidays are memorable and sublime breaks, to be cherished and remembered forever. Yet on the other hand Florence accommodation is… a maze of choices. What to do? Just trust us! We look forward to suggesting the very best Florence vacation rentals and help you find your picture-perfect vacation home! Also, an insider’s tip: weddings in Florence are the most emotional, passionate and unforgettable of all! “It was pleasant to wake up in Florence… fling wide the windows… lean out into the sunshine with beautiful hills and trees and marble churches opposite, and, close below, the Arno, gurgling against the embankment of the road” E.M. Forster, “Room with a view” Florence, no description could be exhaustive. A fairytale like city, celebrated world-wide for the dazzling richness of its artistic and cultural heritage, Florence is far more than just Tuscany’s jewel, it is a precious chest crammed with many a treasure. Renowned since the Etruscan times, during the Middle Ages, though devastated with the rest of Tuscany by ferocious battles, the city started gaining power and wealth thanks to the expansion of trade and textile manufacture. Florence’s golden era started in the 15th century: when the astute leadership of the Medici family gave it peace and prosperity.
The city became the “Cradle of the Renaissance”: sublime painters, innovative architects and visionary sculptors built and decorated palaces, squares, chapels and churches adorning the city with some of the most admired masterpieces of all times and creating the dauntingly beautiful place it is today, a unique fountain and sculpture studded open-air museum. And, the very best way to be a part of it all is renting your own apartment, villa or estate in the city or surroundings. During a Florentine vacation visitors have the chance to admire awe-inspiring masterpieces in the grand museums (from the Uffizi gallery, to the Bargello, from Michelangelo’s David in the Accademia to private palaces and house-like museums) and others (works by Giotto, Piero della Francesca, just to name a couple) within the enchanted atmosphere of silent marble-paved churches. Step out of your Florentine apartment or villa and feel the city’s beating heart! Florence, in fact, is not only mesmerizing art and history, it is also one of Italy’s fashion capitals, a real shopper’s dream. With dozens of glittering designer boutiques, appealing typical crafts shops, refined jewelries and antique shops as well as colorful open-air markets, Tuscany’s capital offers a chance to purchase unique local handcrafts, from leather goods to precious linens, as well as the season’s hottest clothing and accessories. Thanks to its magical atmosphere, inspiring colors and spellbinding views, downtown Florence offers a unique, memorable all-round experience, to be savored during quiet dreamy strolls around Santa Croce at dusk, while leisurely sipping a glass of Chianti seated al fresco in a charming square, or gazing at the river from your very own apartment’s terrace. Crowned by verdant hills, the city center is also an ideal starting point to discover the countryside, a haven of resplendent natural beauty and vibrant ancient traditions, not to mention the scrumptious local food specialties! Quaint villages, charming farmhouses, elegant villas, spellbinding parish churches, luxuriant vineyards and olive groves are all to be discovered, and there are many trekking and mountain biking paths for active visitors. Fiesole, just a 20 minute panoramic bus ride from Florence’s city center, is a charming town which hosts a strikingly well-preserved Roman amphitheatre and an
important Etruscan museum. Impruneta is considered one of the access gates to the famed Chianti region, and well-known for the terracotta production. The town center is exquisite, and boasts many workshops where splendid hand-crafted terracotta vases, statues and household objects may be purchased.