With the holidays just around the corner, there comes the annual sense of panic over perfect-present-picking for everyone on your list. For those especially hard-to-shop loved ones, Destination Florence has come to the rescue.
Wrap up the entire Tuscan city in a bow with the FirenzeCard: a museum pass that can be used at many of the city’s museums. For 72 hours, the FirenzeCard gives access to over 50 museums including much-loved favorites such as the Uffizi Galleries, Boboli Gardens, and the Accademia, to other gems such as Palazzo Strozzi, the Salvatore Ferragamo Museum, and the Galileo Museum, meaning your loved one truly gets to experience the city’s treasures thanks to your gift (not a bad one to consider for yourself, either!).
The perfect place
If your loved one has had a hankering to visit Florence, no trip is complete without an ideal place to hang your hat. Sort them out with somewhere fabulous to stay by booking them a room through Destination Florence. Hotel Firenze Number Nine promises a contemporary place to stay in the centuries-old city. Each one-of-a-kind room is furnished with modernity and luxury in mind, mere walking distance from the Duomo and countless other must-see landmarks. There’s also a fitness and wellness center for guests to retreat and relax during their bustling city stay.
For full Florentine immersion, best to book your bed at Hotel Palazzo Dal Borgo. Nestled inside a 16th century Medici palace in piazza Santa Maria Novella, the Florentine-style furnished rooms make you feel like you’re traveling to a different time. For a truly unique experience, there’s no better place than Hotel Cellai. Planted inside of a palace that dates back to 1800 on via Ventisette Aprile, this hotel calls for a cocktail of antique and eclectic furnishing. Be sure to visit their library and art gallery to get the full cultural experience.
Compliments to the Chef
The most important part of any good Florentine visit: the food! An ideal present for gourmet lovers is the chance to learn all about the cherished Italian culinary traditions. Discover typical Tuscan dishes by checking out the Wanna be Italiano cooking class hosted inside Florence’s famous Mercato Centrale, where you will learn about local products and create a seasonally inspired meal, complete with a glass of Chianti.
Did you know that gelato was invented in Florence? Find out more with the Pizza and Gelato cooking class. Everyone will get some flour on their aprons as they learn how to make traditional Italian style pizza from a professional pizza maker. After the crust has been polished off, you will then learn about (and taste, of course!) gelato and how to source the best raw ingredients for the beloved Italian sweet treat. If you can handle the heat of the kitchen, grab your friends and enroll them in a Tuscan cooking class in the heart of Florence. Up to eight participants can join in this hands-on cooking experience to learn all about true Tuscan cooking. Located in a cooking academy in the center of the city, you’ll be immersed in all the action of a real Italian kitchen.
3…2…1…Happy New Year!
Ring in the new year with the night of your dreams at Maggio Musicale Fiorentino. An ever-so-chic black tie event lavishes guests with a breathtaking performance of Beethoven’s famous ninth symphony and a decadent dinner to celebrate the new year in style. As the clock strikes 12, fireworks and bottles will pop for a midnight toast to promise a happy new year, before you dance the night away with the DJ set providing the perfect soundtrack to your night. Keep an eye on Destination Florence‘s website for more details.