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June 5, 2019

Relais Villa Olmo

  A lovingly restored hamlet and a genuine love of Tuscan traditions are waiting with open arms at Relais Villa Olmo Food & Wine Resort, only a 20-minute drive from Florence.   A pebble drive dotted with terracotta urns planted to lemon trees leads to quintessential stone-clad villas. Winner of the 2019 Condé Nast Johansens […]
June 4, 2019

It’s Picnic Time at Ruffino’s Poggio Casciano

Ruffino, the renowned Tuscan wine company, welcomes the summer with a picnic at the flagship winery Poggio Casciano on Saturday, June 8.           Only 20 minutes from Florence by car, from 4 to 10pm, families and friends can pick up a picnic hamper filled with local produce and delicious dishes prepared […]
May 31, 2019

Peruzzi Urban Residences

Quietly tucked away behind piazza Santa Croce, timeworn stones pave the way to a historic palace turned luxury bed-and-breakfast: benvenuti to Peruzzi Urban Residences, opening this July.         Charismatic Dutchman Eric Veroliemeulen, general manager of Peruzzi Urban Residences and Villa Medicea di Lilliano Wine Estate, is gearing up to open the downtown […]
May 29, 2019

A century and a half of Grand Hotel Minerva

The Florentine has always had a soft spot for Grand Hotel Minerva. On hazy summer evenings, the striking lettering on the white frontage calls to our team across piazza Santa Maria Novella, extending an invitation of lazy aperitivi on the iconic rooftop. Now, the luxury hotel is gearing up to celebrate its 150th anniversary.   […]
May 28, 2019

Digitizing Prato’s textiles for new inspiration

Anyone who’s ever ordered a bedding set or throw blanket and been disappointed on delivery day will recognize that tactile experience is key when it comes to textiles and fabrics. The line between scratchy and silky is a thin one that can’t easily be gleaned from a computer screen. But while touch is a problem […]

Glitz and generosity: Palazzo Tornabuoni turns 10

On May 16, the members of Palazzo Tornabuoni, Florence’s private residence club, flew in from all over the world for a night to remember: Andrea Bocelli singing in the birthplace of opera.
May 10, 2019

10 years at Palazzo Tornabuoni

Palazzo Tornabuoni, Italy’s only private residence club, is celebrating its ten-year anniversary.   Not only a time of celebration, it also marks an important step forward and a new phase in the successful project. As a non-profit organization, the members care for the upkeep of the art and beauty of the fifteenth-century palazzo as well […]

Fake tour operators and how to spot them

Florence’s historical centre is itself a masterpiece. Fiavet, a national association of tour operators and travel agencies, actively cares for consumers of travel experiences.
May 9, 2019

Summer camps for kids in Florence and Tuscany

As the school year winds down, what better way to spend the holidays than at summer camp, where kids can explore their potential with a variety of English activities?     For budding Botticellis       Boasting culturally enriching tours and workshops in some of Italy’s most picturesque cities, Arte al Sole is perfect for families […]
May 1, 2019

The genuine Florentine article: Cuoiofficine

Cuoiofficine is a unique contemporary leather firm established in Florence by brothers Timothy and Tommaso Sabatini. Elevating their artisanal expertise to a leather business for modern customers, the siblings blend an innovative artistic approach with centuries-old leather techniques.     The Cuoiofficine collection was crafted after years of research and experimentation. From 17th-century marbling to […]