If there’s one lesson we have all learned over the last few months, it’s that good health and nature are the most precious things on the planet. Combine the two and set off into some of the most stunning lush green surroundings in Florence, for a restorative stroll or an up close and personal engagement with nature’s bounty.
City green spots
You don’t have to go far to find tranquil and peaceful parks in the Renaissance city. The renowned Boboli and Bardini gardens are certainly two of the most remarkable parks in the centre, worthy of hours spent appreciating every lyrical leaf and blossoming flower. Perhaps idly in gardens is a little wasted if you don’t fully know what it is you’re looking at. Never fear, an expert is near! A private tour of the enchanting gardens and their respective glories is undoubtedly the best way to experience the spaces. At your disposal for 3 hours, a private guide will enhance the experience by granting answers to your every question. Boboli, the famous Italian Renaissance garden at a massive 45 hectares, features tree-lined avenues and works of art at every turn, a veritable open-air museum. While Bardini, an English garden with Baroque steps and magnificent statues, is also home to an orchard and the popular Belevedere Terrace framed by photogenic wisteria with an amazing view of the city. Savour the scents of roses and irises as you peruse the natural goodness at your leisure.
Take in the city slightly differently with an ebike tour of Florence and its surrounding hills. Some of the most rewarding and satisfying things are combined neatly into one package: cycling, stunning views and authentic Tuscan gelato! Discover the city and surroundings while comfortably seated on an electric bike that makes the exercise easy. From Fiesole to Piazzale Michelangelo and San Miniato al Monte, journey through art, landscapes and Tuscan flavours in a smart and surprising tour that even takes in a stop at a delightful farm on the outskirts of the city for a well-deserved snack. The countryside of Florence is perhaps a little less explored by the regular visitor, and equally amongst those of us who live here, we might be guilty of sticking to our own zones. Here is your chance to explore the riverside and scenic hills, with a pedal through the historic centre thrown in for good measure. Don’t forget your camera!
Extraordinary overnight stays
If you are on the lookout for something more unusual, floating tents are sure to entice you! An unforgettable night spent sleeping in a tree camp is an envy-inducing experience made all the more memorable by a barbeque dinner and breakfast with birdsong. Just a few mintues from Florence, the Poggio Valicaia Park Museum of Environmental Art is 48 hectares of idyllic landscape, with flora, fauna and art at their very best. Sunset, stars and sunrise from within the trees is a spectacular way to end the summer.
Catering to those in search of something more luxurious, how about an overnight stay and hiking package just outside the centre of Florence? The idyllic boutique hotel, Relais Villa Olmo will cater to your every need during your two night stay. Spend your days fine dining and embracing the experiences on offer. Visit the hotel’s wine cellar, sipping on some of Tuscany’s best, and even visit an oil mill for a sup on some of the good stuff. During your stay, set off on a 4-hour trekking excursion with your private guide, allowing you to discover the vineyards and poppy fields, taking shade beneath magnificent oak trees, all while working up an appetite for a delectable lunch with views of the Chianti countryside. Complete your trip with a well-earned relax by the glittering waters of the pool.
Cinematic experiences don’t come better than this. Films and themed dinners are wonderfully combined for an incredible experience in the Poggio Valicaia Park. From comedy and animation to films for the whole family, relish a dining experience in a stunning setting with cinematic classics screened before you. It’s undoubtedly an experience you’ll want to repeat again and again. Come back for the Friday Fish special when the cushions will be replaced with deck chairs and a fish menu so you can reminisce about your summer time at the sea, or if you didn’t manage to get there this year, have your sea holiday right here.