As the sun shines and blue skies abound, there’s no doubt that we’re all keen to make the most of the higher temperatures and enjoy frolicking around Florence. Whether it’s a special occasion or you’re just looking to treat someone you care about (you count too!), here are some great gift ideas.
Stroll the city and learn about its wonders
Now that the weather is better and staying outside is top of everyone’s agendas, take part in a guided walking tour to soak up the culture as an expert brings you through the best bits. Fashion fans will love the tour of the most stylish spots in the city, taking you through the glamour of via Tornabuoni and the scented specialties of Farmacia Santa Maria Novella, with a visit to the Florentine fashion houses, the Gucci and Ferragamo Museums, finished off with an aperitivo. If history is more their bag, there are endless options. You really can’t go wrong with the Florentine Renaissance walking tour: stop and look up at the magnificent palazzos in front of you and listen in awe as an expert regales tales about the Medici, Leonardo da Vinci, Dante Alighieri, Michelangelo and Galileo Galilei, even giving you a chance to taste Florentine favourites at the San Lorenzo Market for a dive into traditional food too.
Family fun in Florence is ensured with a visit to Fattoria di Maiano. From admiring the animals to tasting local products, an expert guide will talk you through what’s said to be Italy’s largest botanic garden, discovering its fascinating history and exploring the stunning English garden. Wander through the woods and olive trees to truly breathe in the Tuscan countryside. A kid-friendly private tour of the centre is well worth checking out if you’re looking to learn more about the city, but want to ensure that little ones are entertained too! Stories and legends set imaginations wild, topped off with gelato as a sweet treat to delight both young and old!
Maybe your recipient has seen the sights and visited the hot-spots, and now you’re looking to give them something a little more unusual, a parachute jump should fit the bill! Adrenaline-seekers meet their match with a free fall over Florence. Still looking for an adventure but more inclined to stay down on earth? Urban rafting on the Arno is the only way you’ll see underneath the Ponte Vecchio, and get a view of the city from an entirely new point of view. Head further afield to the Lima Stream for advanced kayaking if you’re looking for a level up!
There’s always room to learn more about Tuscany’s culinary excellence. Head to the Chianti hills for a wine sampling and guided tour of two wineries as well as a visit to two medieval villages. Picturesque farmhouses and castles pepper the rolling fields that give life to world-renowned wines, only a short distance from Florence. For cooking enthusiasts, a chance to improve their skills is no doubt going to give joy! The typical Florentine bistecca (steak) is one of the symbols of the city; learn what makes it so special and how to cook it to the best of its potential in a cooking class that takes place right in the centre.