Florence in a nutshell by ItalyGuides.it
Florence in a nutshell by ItalyGuides.it
Known to locals as “Peretola”, Amerigo Vespucci International Airport (IATA: FLR) is close to Florence with good connections to the city center by taxi or bus. In 2001 Amerigo Vespucci International Airport was among the first European airports to obtain UNI EN ISO 9001/2000 certification for the quality of its services.
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Tuscany is host to a couple of very nice, high-end, fashion outlets. Most of the factory fashion outlets are within easy reach of Florence and offer long opening hours. Outlet shopping is for many tourists in Tuscany something they do while on holiday.
Famous brands like Prada, Gucci, Giorgio Armani, Miu Miu, Tods and many others offer their products with 30 – 70% discount. The huge discounts are mostly offered on last seasons collections but also current collections can be bought with a bit of a discount at these outlet shopping centers in Tuscany.
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The Valdichiana Outlet Village near Arezzo is build like a real Tuscan village with the coloured house, village squares, streets and bridges. It offers 70+ stores, selling over 100 of the most famous Italian brands.
The Piazza Grande is the most noteworthy medieval square in the city of Arezzo, opening behind the thirteenth-century Romanesque apse of S. Maria della Pieve. Once the main marketplace of the city, it is currently the site of the Giostra del Saracino (“Joust of the Saracin”). It has a sloping pavement in red brick with limestone geometrical lines. Aside from the apse of the church, other landmarks of the square include:
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Located near Incisa Valdarno is probably the largest fashion designer outlet mall in Europe. Simply called The Mall it offers 24 shops of the most famous brands around like Gucci, Burberry, Giorgio Armani and Ermenegildo Zegna.
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Galileo Galilei Airport (IATA: PSA, ICAO: LIRP) is an airport located in Pisa, Italy. It is one of the two main airports in Tuscany, together with Peretola Airport in Florence. It is named after Galileo Galilei, the famous scientist and native of Pisa. It is located in the San Giusto neighbourhood, less than 2 km from the central train station, relatively close to the city centre.
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Tuscany is famous for its wines and not without reason. The earliest documentation of a “Chianti wine” dates back to the 13th century when viticulture was known to flourish in the “Chianti Mountains” around Florence. Not only the high quality wine and the fame of the Chianti make Tuscany so attractive to wine lovers from all over the world. The hospitaly of the wine makers and their great knowledge of their vino, have an enormous added value.
Many of the wine estates in Tuscany offer (free)tours around their vineyards and are happy to tell you about the process of wine making and let you taste the various wines. We are happy to offer you a list of small, often family-run, estates that offer these tours and tastings. The list is courtesy of La Vera Toscana
Pisa first belonged to the Longobard kingdom and later to the Carolingian empire. Already an important naval base in the Roman era, from the 11th century Pisa intensified its Mediterranean trade, with numerous victories of its fleet over Muslim cities and ships.
The Mediaeval Era coincided with the height of its economic, political and artistic growth, to which the urban planning of the old centre bears witness by its many religious and civic buildings, its squares, its typical narrow alleys that run perpendicular to the River Arno, the great trade route that for centuries represented the economic heart of the city.
The city walls, whose construction began around 1154-1155, were completed in the mid-14th century and today represent an important part of the architectural heritage.
In 1406 Pisa was conquered for the first time by Florence, thus beginning a long period of profound crisis that ended only with the political ascent of the Medici nobles. From the second half of the 16th century there was a recovery characterized by the development of the University, founded on the orders of Lorenzo II Magnifico at the end of the 15th century.
Cosimo I de’ Medici and his successors renovated the aspect of the squares and churches, rendering Pisa the second capital of Tuscany, until its annexation to the Kingdom of Italy in 1861.
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The Borgo Scopeto Relais is surrounded by olive groves and vineyards with a spectacular view over Siena and is located in Castelnuovo Berardenga. This elegant hotel, close to the ancient walls, is the ideal getaway.
This charming hotel is housed in a recently restored 13th century hamlet. Its guest rooms maintain the ancient charm of the building and combine this with all modern conveniences.
It is located in the heart of the Chianti area and from here you can visit some typical vineyards for wine tastings, go horse riding, or visit Siena and the smaller, picturesque Chianti villages.
The hotel features a restaurant specialising in high quality typical Tuscan food. You can admire the marvellous view over the city of Siena as you dine on the restaurant terrace. During the day, enjoy the hotel’s 2 outdoor swimming pools and the surrounding greenery.
Hotel Rooms: 58.
Customer review score of 9.6 for this hotel.
Prices for a deluxe double room for around €250 per night.