This February 14, Florence is filled with amore as a packed line-up of romantic events sets us swooning. From romantic escapes and luxury spas to the intimacy of Tuscan dining experiences, here is The Florentine’s guide to Valentine’s Day in Florence and Tuscany.
Asmana Wellness World
Only a half an hour drive from Florence, the Asmana Wellness Spa has a variety of options for a Valentine’s Day retreat or a gift voucher for a loved one. Couples’ experiences include the Love and Relax package, with three hours to spend in the complex, and a drinks and nibbles allowance from the pool bar, or the Romantic Dream package, offering 5 hours in the spa, a massage each, and a meal and drinks voucher included.
Venture into the Tuscan countryside for wellness and wine at the Ferragamo family’s renowned Il Borro estate. Unwind with beauty treatments at the on-site spa, indulge in a wine and chocolate pairing experience, and savour a candlelit tasting menu matched with the estate’s own organic bottlings.
Terme di Saturnia
In southern Tuscany, the Terme di Saturnia Natural Destination Resort is offering unique Valentine’s experiences for the entire month of February. The Saturnia Romance experience comprises a minimum two-night stay, which starts with sparkling wine and pâtisserie, a romantic gourmet tasting menu dinner, room service breakfasts and access to the numerous spa experiences, including a couples massage. Alternatively, for a luxurious gift idea, vouchers are available for individual or couples experiences, including their specially designed Romantic Escape in Maremma package, with two nights in a deluxe room, breakfast and dinner à la carte, and a couples or single spa treatment.
Terme di Chianciano
Located in the province of Siena, Terme di Chianciano invites couples to choose between a range of romantic experiences this Valentine’s. The Sensi dell’Amore experience, on February 10 and 14, takes couples through 20 sensory experiences between 8 and 11pm, followed by a tasting of local specialties. Also on the 14th, the Theia in Love evening includes a bath-robed dinner with live music. The Bagni di Notte experience on the 10th allows couples to go on a nighttime visit of the Theia thermal pools, while the Day Spa Love Edition package, with access to the sensory baths and the Theia pools, has been extended until February 25.
Hotels + Restaurants
Hotel Number Nine
Immerse yourself in the revolutionary dining experience at Daisy’s Dining, hosted exclusively at Hotel Number Nine. Step into a world where dinner transcends the ordinary, combining exquisite dining with live music. This unique event, nestled within the luxurious ambiance of Hotel Number Nine, promises to elevate your weekend to new heights. At Daisy’s Dining, the traditional dinner setting is redefined, transforming it into an unforgettable show that captivates the senses and creates lasting memories.
Take the best seats in the house at the Daisy’s Dining Show. Experience a three-course Valentine’s dinner in the all-new House of Nine Members Club in Florence with the spectacular show of Adam Drew taking you through the Romantic Classics and then into the world of classic disco bands to conclude this romantic night in Florence.
The Hotel Savoy is extending an indulgent Florentine Romance Suite offer to those celebrating Valentine’s Day. For a two-night stay, couples will receive exclusive benefits, including a welcome bottle of wine, breakfast and personalized concierge service, with a discount on the best available price for the same year-round suite experience. Valentine’s Day is made no less luxurious for singles at the Hotel Savoy, with the Love’s Table dining experience featuring an exclusive menu and accompanying wines and cocktails.
This Valentine’s Day, Ammalia Restaurant and Lounge has invited jazz artist Rio de Lua to set the tone for a romantic evening, accompanying a luxurious meal with live music in the heart of the city. Reservations can be made online.
Valú Bakery + Cakes
Nestled by the Fortezza Gardens, Valú Bakery and Cakes has lovingly created a Valentine’s themed afternoon tea for two. A traditionally English afternoon tea of sandwiches, scones, and delicate sweet and savoury pastries will be accompanied by your choice of tea or other beverage every afternoon from 3pm during the week of February 12. Booking in advance is required via telephone. T: +39 376 1908501
Charity fun run
Returning for its fourth edition, the #RunForLove campaign challenges couples to run a combined distance of 9km (4.5km each) for the Meyer Children’s Hospital. Anyone running in pairs can choose when and where they run, between February 10 and 14, and donations of 9 euro per person will go towards the children’s hospital and their Play Therapy project. For an additional 5 euro donation, runners can order this year’s #RunForMeyer t-shirt, and prizes will be given to the fastest couples, the largest group and those with the T shirts of every previous year. More information and the sign-up form is available online.
Romeo + Juliet exhibition at Fondazione Zeffirelli
At the Zeffirelli Foundation on piazza San Firenze, an exhibition entitled Romeo & Giulietta exhibits the original costumes from the 1968 adaptation of the tragic love story, directed by Franco Zeffirelli. To add to the romantic atmosphere, projections of the film are screened all day to present the costumes in their original context. Entrance to the exhibition, which ends on February 18, is included with the general admission to the museum, costing 12 euro.
Strings at Palazzo Pucci
The Ensemble Bisentium String Quartet will take to the magical Palazzo Pucci on February 14 for a candlelit evening of romantic music. In two concerts at different timeslots, the quartet will play a selection of well-known love songs from the big screen, including ‘Love Theme’ from Cinema Paradiso, ‘All You Need is Love’ from Love Actually and ‘City of Stars’ from La La Land. Tickets are available for a 7.30 or 9.30pm start through booking platform Fever.
Latin Love Lesson
Forte Academy is offering a workshop in Latin language, for beginners to learn some vocabulary on the theme of love and how to translate some basic phrases. Through the ancient poets Catullus and Ovid, attendees will be introduced to Latin Love elegy, and can choose their favourite quotes to make a greetings card to give to that special someone. Booking must be completed by February 13 via email to email@example.com, and the experience costs 10 euro per person, with all materials included. The workshop will take place on February 14, from 3.30 to 5pm. Full information is available online.
Palazzo Vecchio Visits
Lovers climb to the great heights of Palazzo Vecchio’s Arnolfo Tower for a toast to amore. On February 14, the Municipality of Florence and MUS.E offer visits to the walkway and tower from 7-8.30pm (reservations required), with the 223 steps allowing you to reach the stunning panoramic spot. Live music from musicians of the La Philarmonie orchestra adds to the sense of occasion, with a glass of Chianti Classico 2021 DOCG thanks to Bistrot 74 and Carpineto Grandi Vini di Toscana. For information and reservations, T: 055 2768224, email firstname.lastname@example.org. Cost 20 euro per person.
The British Institute Lecture: Love in Renaissance Art
On February 14th at 6pm, art historian Elaine Ruffolo will be giving a special lecture in the Harold Acton Library for Valentine’s day, focusing on famous renaissance artworks that celebrate love and marriage. The lecture can be attended online or in-person, and will be followed by Basilica Cafoggio wine for those in presence. The registration fee in 12 euro per person, and booking is available online.
Valentine’s at Manifattura
Manifattura Tabacchi have a range of offerings this Valentine’s. ‘Love Letters‘ by SUPERDUPER celebrates love in all its forms by providing the opportunity to get a message written inside your hat. The ‘Oh, my darling Valentine!’ offer by fitness studio LOSTUDIOESSE is from February 10-17, allowing participants to attend 4/8 classes and bring a special guest. Additionally, there’s the ‘Pure Relax‘ facial treatment by Blues Barber, and plenty of spots for a sweet or savoury treat onsite.