Villas to rent in Tuscany: Florence and its surroundings
Florence, cradle of the Renaissance, awaits for you… discover also its beautiful surroundings while you stay in one of the most charming villas in Tuscany
Florence awaits you with its unique combination of artistic masterpieces, magical atmospheres and timeless beauty. But also its surroundings will enchant you…
Florence, the Beautiful
There are cities able to amaze everybody from the very first moment, and Florence is one of them: its concentrate of beauty, history and traditions are just breath-taking. And in such a special place, you need to choose a one of the best villas to rent in Tuscany, so that you can visit the city and the countryside.
The splendour of sacred art
It’s hard to decide which is the most memorable monument or the most impressive church in the Tuscan city, however, some are really not to be missed. First of all, Santa Maria del Fiore, one of the most famous cathedrals in the world: the perfection of the Brunelleschi's dome, the harmonic proportions of the building and the impressive frescoes by Vasari make Santa Maria del Fiore absolutely unique. Do not miss the Basilica of Santa Croce, a masterpiece of Italian Gothic and a real pantheon of celebrities related to art, music and literature. The Basilica of Santa Maria Novella is also exquisite: it is one of the most important works of the Florentine Renaissance. The small but precious Church of Santa Maria del Carmine, with the famous Brancacci Chapel, decorated by Masaccio and Masolino (and later by Filippino Lippi), is worth a visit. Not far from the cathedral, you can see the fascinating Basilica of San Lorenzo, the oldest church in the city, beloved by the Medici Family. San Miniato al Monte is one of the highest Florentine Romanesque architecture outcome, and provides an unforgettable view of the city.
Museums: art treasures
Among the museums, needless to say, the Uffizi Gallery occupies a special place. It enchants visitors with the incomparable collection of Renaissance art, including the iconic paintings of Botticelli's Primavera and Nascita di Venere, as well as a stunning sequence of works by Giotto, Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo, Raffaello, Tiziano, Caravaggio, Cimabue and Piero della Francesca.
The Pitti Palace, with its splendid collection of works by Andrea del Sarto, Rubens, Raffaello and Caravaggio, will delight art lovers. The Accademia Gallery is renown for the monumental Michelangelo's David,and those who love sculpture can not miss the Museum of the Bargello, which houses masterpieces by Michelangelo, Benvenuto Cellini, Verrocchio, Giambologna and the famous David by Donatello. Florentine museums and galleries are a feast for the eyes, but it is essential to book your visit in advance, and possibly not during the crowded week-ends.
Among the most attractive places is without a doubt the outstanding Piazza della Signoria, the bridge called Ponte Vecchio, one of the symbols of the city, and the Boboli Gardens, an amazing example of Italian garden.
The magnificence of the surroundings
Fiesole, Barberino Val d’Elsa, Castellina in Chianti, Bagno a Ripoli... if you have time, once you are in Florence you should definitely explore these wonderful destinations. Fiesole, one of the most important Etruscan cities, was probably founded in the 9th-8th century BC. You need to see the Etruscan walls, the Roman baths, the Palazzo Comunale (14th century), the Cathedral and the refined Villa Medici in Fiesole. The Chianti area known as Chianti Fiorentino is really amazing: the landscape is impressive, the atmosphere is relaxing and you will see the beauty of nature but also the greatness of the local craftsmanship: old shops where glass or ceramic artisans still work, but also restaurants and taverns where you can taste the delicious specialties of Florentine cuisine.
Do not miss the picturesque Barberino Val d'Elsa: this small medieval village is the typical example of the romance and poetry often associated with the landscape of Chianti. Also Castellina in Chianti will surprise you: the spectacular road that brings you to this idyllic village is already reason to stop by and visit the characteristic, quaint old town.
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