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Florentine Fantasy

The Club's top 10 reasons to explore this scenic Tuscan capital, stat!  

As the birthplace of the Renaissance and the capital of the Tuscany region, the riverside city of Florence will forever be a favorite (and must) stop when visiting Italy. While its famous art and architecture is reason enough to visit, break up museum and gallery hopping with traditional Italian meals, day trips to dreamy countryside villages and vineyards, plus only-in-Italy boutique hopping. Here’s your insider’s take on The Club's top 10 things to do and see while exploring the gorgeous streets and surrounding areas of Firenze.

1. Discover the Uffizi Museum

As the largest collection of Renaissance art in the world, a visit to the Uffizi is nearly mandatory as a Florence first timer. And for those on a repeat trip, every exploration of this iconic museum reveals something new and historically significant. You’ll uncover such preeminent works such as Botticelli’s “The Birth of Venus” and da Vinci’s “Annunciation.”

Enjoy various types of artwork including sculptures, paintings, and more
One of the most famous museums in the world

2. Sant’ Ambrogio Market Food Tour

Sample stellar prosciutto and local cheeses at the oldest market in Florence. Italians consider this shopping “the old way,” where you can converse with the farmers, butchers, and artisans of the region for an authentic taste of the city. Savor your finds with a picnic surrounded by marble statues in the Bardini Gardens.

Discover the best culinary bites at markets throughout Florence
Shop til you drop in this Tuscan capital

3. Explore The City on Foot

Stroll along Florence’s narrow, historic streets — no matter how much you appreciate art, a break from the many museums offers an unforgettable walk along the Arno River. Cross the famous Ponte Vecchio, the only bridge in the city left standing after World War II. Today, it’s lined with local artisans displaying art, jewelry, and souvenirs. Make time to also explore Oltrano, as the south side of the river houses the best antique and jewelry shops in Florence.

4. Chianti Wine Region Tour

Nestled between Florence, Arezzo, and Siena, the famous wine region of Chianti is a serene and sensual escape. Just 20 miles from Florence, you’ll find the charming town of Greve, the gateway to Chianti. From there, take your pick of stellar vineyards to uncover as you wind past postcard-perfect landscapes of cypress trees, olive groves, and rolling Tuscan hills. During a day trip with a private driver, wander Castello di Brolio, home to some of the largest vineyards in the region. Learn about Chianti production and sample Super Tuscan wines right on site. 

Member Favorite: Embark on the Chianti Safari, an exquisite venture into Tuscan opulence. This tour offers a sensory exploration of renowned villas and vineyards, complete with a sumptuous cheese and wine lunch. Enjoy the exclusive access and bespoke experience of going deep into Tuscany's rolling landscapes.

5. Savor Michelin-starred Cuisine

A recommendation from one of The Club’s favorite Concierges, Borgo San Jacopo Restaurant features cuisine by Michelin-starred chef Claudio Mengoni. Signature dishes fuse Italian tradition with modern interpretations, like risotto with pecorino from Pienza and fusilli pasta with red prawns from Mazara del Vallo.

6. Say Hello to The Famous Pitti Palace

Stroll the halls of Pitti Palace and you’ll feel transported back in time. See how the Tuscan elite lived centuries ago as you explore the chambers of the Grand Dukes, which are lined with works by great artists such as Titian, Rubens, and Raphael.

Take a stroll near Pitti Palace in the heart of the city
Sculptures, architecture, winding streets, and more await

7. Ascend the Piazza del Duomo

Discover the magnificent Cathedral while also getting your steps in for the day by ascending the 400 stairs to the top of the attached Bell Tower for panoramic views of the city. Located next door, the Baptistery of St John reveals a delicate and fascinating design.

There is no better view of Florence than from the top of the world's most famous cathedral
Explore the Basilica de Santa Maria just steps from the Duomo

8. Take a Spin in the Heart of the City

The famous carousel, La Giostra, is in Florence’s Piazza della Repubblica and is a centuries-old icon that’s a favorite for kids and kids at heart. Other family-friendly favorites include the Leonardo Interactive Museum, where kiddos can try out some of the machines and inventions of Leonardo da Vinci.

Member Favorite: The tiny back room of this museum has digital reproductions of some of his most famous paintings. Afterward, indulge your family’s sweet tooth at the favorite Gelato Vivoli.

9. Explore Beautiful Basilicas

Both the Basilica of Santa Croce and Basilica of Santa Maria Novella should top your Florence plans. Explore these unique intersections of art, faith, spirituality, and history — also considered iconic city landmarks.

Basilica of Santa Croce
Rest and relax against a stunning backdrop of the Basilica of Santa Maria Novella

10. Go Truffle Hunting

Escape the city for a day trip to nearby rolling hillsides. During peak truffle season, you’ll find some of the tastiest truffles one can score. After locating these delicacies with a private guide and local truffle hunting dog, enjoy a meal cooked with them back at your Club residence. 

WHERE YOU'LL STAY

1 Residence
Florence, Italy

San Jacopo Apartment

1 Residence

San Jacopo Apartment