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How to spend top weekend in Florence - ideas on extraordinary attractions and sites

Florence It’s more exciting to make a stay in Florence more diversified by visiting unusual places and landmarks. Do not limit yourself to a standard excursion program. When mentioning the most unusual places of interest in Florence, Officina Profumo Farmaceutica di Santa Maria Novel should be mentioned first. The pharmacy is attended not only to buy medicines as a visit to it can turn to an unforgettable excursion. Santa Maria Novel pharmacy is located close to the same named church. This is the oldest pharmacy in the city, which sells not only medications but also exclusive perfumes. The opening of the pharmacy took place yet in 1221 when it was founded by local monks. Since ancient times they have been making rose water and soap with a stunning aroma, and yet in the 16th century the perfumes produced by the pharmacy were famous beyond the borders of Florence.
A magnificent historic hotel, Bernini Palace offers its guests to relax in the inimitable atmosphere of the past. The hotel is located close to the cathedral and occupies a stylish … Open
To continue shopping and souvenir related theme, it’s worth mentioning Replay Store located on Via Por Santa Maria. This is the only shop in the city and one of the few ecological shops in the world. The unique design is the main peculiarity of the shop that looks nothing special at a glance. Walls of Replay Store are decorated with plants and tropic lianas. Racks with clothes are installed right in the middle of lush greenery, so travelers are recommended to visit this unusual shop even if they don’t plan to buy anything.
If sampling delicious Tuscan wine is one of the main reasons for your visit in Florence, then it’s recommended to devote one day to getting acquainted with national meat delicacies. Head to Greve in Chianti, a town close to Florence, and find Antica Macelleria Falorni. This ancient butcher shop was open in 1729. For more than 300 years this shop has been famous for its magnificent sausages and salami with fennel, which is considered the signature product of the shop. Antica Macelleria Falorni is run by the eighth generation of the Falorni family. Delicious goods from the shop are sent to best restaurants in Tuscany. Copyright
The legendary Hotel Savoy, which is located on Piazza della Repubblica, is famous far beyond the borders of Florence. The look of the high-class hotel is the result of work of famous … Open
If you cannot imagine a vacation without walking and wish to relax away from popular and noisy tourist regions, don’t forget to visit Piazzale Michelangelo . This square is located on top of a hill and is considered one of the most silent and secluded places in the city. Piazzale Michelangelo was founded in 1868, and in order to reach it one needs to walk on quite a complicated 6-kilometer long mountain road. If you feel strong and optimistic enough, you can try to reach the final destination of the route by feet. If the idea of walking 6 kilometers doesn’t sound appealing, it is possible to reach the square in several minutes by a local bus. Piazzale Michelangelo is amazingly beautiful and offers fantastic panoramic views of Florence, so such a unique observation deck never ceases to amaze photographers and artists.
Florence If you want to diversify your stay in Florence with something absolutely unusual, head to the ancient monastery of Santa Croce . For many years the monastery has been the location of a famous leather tanning school. Here all visitors can watch masters work or learn how to make simple accessories from leather. Surrounding shops sell many high-quality items to fit any taste.
Hotel Calzaiuoli is known as one of the best places to spend a romantic vacation in Florence. This hotel is located on Via dei Calzaiuoli, close to popular shops and landmarks. Romantic … Open
A dinner in one of the charming restaurants of Florence will be a great finish of a busy day. Locals recommend visiting Buca Lapi. This restaurant is open in the cellar of one of the historic buildings on Via del Trebbio. Buca Lapi offers the most popular dishes of Italian cuisine. Thanks to its secluded location, the restaurant is never crowded. This is a place where visitors will be able to try magnificent pizza and pasta, and chef’s lamb dishes.
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Map of all Michelin restaurants
Michelin-starred restaurants in Florence
♥   Restaurant 'Enoteca La Barrique' FIRENZE. Type - Mediterranean cuisine. 0.6 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Restaurant 'SE.STO On Arno' FIRENZE. Type - Creative. 0.7 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Restaurant 'Buca Mario' FIRENZE. Type - Regional cuisine. 0.7 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Restaurant 'Osteria al Tranvai' Firenze. Type - Tuscan. 0.7 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Restaurant 'Dim Sum' Firenze. Type - Cantonese. 0.7 km from the center. On the map   Photo
Map of all castles
Survived castles around Florence
♥   Castle 'Fortress of Poggio Imperiale' Poggibonsi, 1.9 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Castle 'Castello di Torregalli' Florence, 4 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Castle 'Castello di Montauto' Impruneta, 5.7 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Castle 'Castello di Monte Cascioli' Lastra a Signa, 9.1 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Castle 'Castello di Castiglione' Sesto Fiorentino, 9.5 km from the center. On the map   Photo
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Art galleries in Florence and around
♥   Art museum 'Uffizi Gallery' Florence, 0.4 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Art museum 'Bargello' Florence, 0.8 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Art museum 'Fine Arts Academy' Florence, 1.4 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Art museum 'Archaeological Museum of Florence' Florence, 1.4 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Art museum 'Museo Nazionale di San Marco' Florence, 1.5 km from the center. On the map   Photo
Map of all palaces
Public palaces near Florence
♥   Palace 'Palazzo Uffizi' , 0.4 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Palace 'Palazzo Corsini' , 0.4 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Palace 'Palazzo Rucellai' , 0.5 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Palace 'Palazzo Strozzi' , 0.5 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Palace 'Palazzo Vecchio' , 0.6 km from the center. On the map   Photo

Original sights of Florence, deserving Guinness book

Basilica di Santa Maria del Fiore

From the series “The Most Astonishing Orthodox Churches”
At the period of the Early Middle Ages in Florence lived about 90 000 people. That’s why the cathedral looks like a large roofed square. Its length is 153 meters and width 90 meters. The height with the cross is 114 meters. The cathedral’s façade is decorated with a great number of wonderful statues. The graining of marble walls with the sculptures make the church look magnificent. The church’s interior is rich with stain-glassed artworks of the 15th century. Also, there were saved wonderful frescos of the 16th century with the depiction of the Day of Judgement. The main peculiarity of the cathedral is the Paolo Uccello’s clock. They were made in 1443 and work until now. … Read further

Basilica di Santa Croce

From the series “The Most Elegant Buildings of Baroque Architecture”
During the excursions around the Basilica di Santa Croce you can see shrines of famous 19th-century Italian poet Ugo Foscolo, the composer Gioachino Rossini, philosopher Niccolò Machiavelli and other notable people of culture and art. All in all, the church has 300 shrines and each is decorated with an informational nameplate and sculptural composition. In 1966 the Basilica was drastically destroyed from the flooding and some old artefacts were damaged. The most mysterious artefact of the church is the Taddeo Gaddi fresco’s “The Last Supper”. It was made in 1333 and is decorating one of the frater’s wall. This fresco is coved by a number of legends and unbelievable fictions. … Read further
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It will welcome its first guests in 2024. 313 rooms of various categories will be available, the interior of rooms and hotel spaces will become one of the main features of the high-class hotel. When decorating the rooms, it is planned to use local textiles, which are famous for their high quality and are considered to be one of the best in the world. Read this


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