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Florence is a dangerous place: it has everything a traveler could want. In this, it is as disconcerting, just as entering the British Library can be disconcerting for an avid reader. It is impossible to get to know Florence in its entirety, unless you are planning on taking a sabbatical year (and perhaps, even that wouldn’t be enough).

The cradle of art, the mother of the Italian language, the home of the Opera… To enjoy Florence to the full, to understand it, one must experience it for what it is: an all-absorbing emotional experience requiring a nosedive into a new element, with the utmost joy and with one’s senses full alert. Only then, whether for a day, a week or a month, wherever you came from, you can consider yourself Florentine.

”I had reached that stage of excitement where one feels the heavenly sensations granted by the Arts and one’s most passionate feelings. As I emerged from the porch of Santa Croce, I was seized with a fierce palpitation of the hearth; the well-spring of life was dried up within me, and I walked in constant fear of falling to the ground ” – so Stendhal wrote in the passage that inaugurated the famous syndrome named after the author, also known as the “syndrome of Florence”: dizziness, before so much and such extraordinary magnificence.

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You can enjoy all of this in one of our self catering accommodation options, including many villas with a private pool, villas near the beach, family villas or villas for couples. If you’re looking for a family villa, we’ll recommend Villa Dell’ Imperatore, which is a detached villa overlooking the valley below with private pool offering accommodation for 7 people. The villa is set among a large park (10 acres) with landscaped gardens and its interior decor set with antiques furniture and paintings from 1800’s.

What about a romantic escape in two? With a little privacy just for you two, you can rent one of our villas for two with special facilities and impeccable services which will make your holiday unforgettable. Located within Duomo district in Florence’s historic city center, Casa Loretta is a one bedroom apartment (non-smoking) suitable for two people. The area offers a variety of historical buildings and squares such as The Piazza del Duomo, Piazza della Republica, with street artists, cafes and delicatessen shops.

When is the best time to visit Florence?

Of course, springtime when the fields of sunflowers are in bloom and all the restaurants are open. If you visit in late fall or winter, you’ll enjoy lower room rates and fewer lines at major attractions. From May to September, Florence is alive! There are a couple of open-air swimming pools which can relieve the heat from and also can keep your children entertained.

How to get to Florence?

It’s easy to get here by air or land. Florence is well-connected with the rest of Italy and with Europe by Amerigo Vespucci airport, also known as Peretola, after its location. In terms of public transport, the small electric buses that crisscross the centro storico can be useful if you’re all walked out. Buy tickets beforehand from tobacconists or news stands and stamp them on the bus.

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Firenze SCOPPIO DEL CARRO (Explosion of the Cart) Easter Sunday Florence (Tuscany) A pyramid of fireworks in the Cathedral Square is set off by a mechanical dove driven from the Altar during High Mass.
CALCIO FIORENTINO (Soccer Match) 24th to 28th June Florence (Tuscany) Revival of a 16th century football match in medieval costumes. Fireworks display from the terraced gardens overlooking the city.

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