The best way to endure the heat of the summer months is to set off on an outdoor adventure in the fresh air in Florence, and yes, it can be found! Here, we’ve put together some of the top experiences to be enjoyed in the city and surroundings that will give you respite from the scorching sun.
It’s certainly time to seek the cool, calm waters. Take advantage of the urban rafting in Florence experience that brings you to see the city from another point of view, even taking you under Ponte Vecchio. Pass by the landmarks on your left and right, and you’ll almost forget you’re exercising.
It’s hard to think of two more enjoyable things to do in the summer: eating, and swimming (not too close to each other, of course)! Escape the Florentine heat and take a dip in the exclusive swimming pool at Relais Villa Olmo, immersed among the olive trees. Take a day in the Chianti to enjoy a meal at the Diadema Wine & Bar Restaurant, with access to the swimming pool for a pre- and post-meal cool off and chill.
Keeping with a leisurely theme, ride along the Arno river in a relaxing boat tour. Climb aboard a Florentine gondola known as a barchetto for a cruise through the city with explanations of everything you see on hand thanks to an expert guide. The traditional wooden boat is an experience in itself, steered by a barcaiolo, but coupled with views of the Uffizi and Ponte Vecchio it will truly be an excursion of a lifetime. A cool aperitivo completes the day.
For those in search of something a bit more thrilling, there’s a true adrenaline kick to be enjoyed at the advanced kayak excursion along the Lima stream in Tuscany. The Tuscan Apennines are the perfect setting for a challenge, suiting those who already have some experience. Navigate the river and its currents in a stunning environment with the lush Tuscan landscape surrounding you.
To escape the city entirely (not for too long though, the allure of the Renaissance city always draws us back!), take a VIP one-day tour of the Cinque Terre, indulging in the best produce of the vineyards and sea. Be brought around the romantic and dramatic seaside spot, taking in the Cinque Terre National Park, and the possibility of a boat ride along the riviera. A fish lunch bringing together all the exquisite gourmet delights will leave you with ever-lasting memories.