Florence & Environs

The Hotel Tornabuoni Beacci overlooks the beautiful Via de’ Tornabuoni, one of the most famous streets in the world for high-class shopping. In a few minutes on foot it is also possible to reach the main attractions of the historical center of Florence: the Duomo Square, the Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore with the majestic Brunelleschi's Dome, the Giotto's Bell Tower and the Baptistery with the famous Gate of Paradise by Ghiberti.

Continuing along Via de’ Calzaiuoli you reach the Piazza della Signoria with the Palazzo Vecchio, Florence’s administrative center, the Fountain of Neptune, the Gothic vaults of the loggia of the Signoria and the Galleria degli Uffizi, one of the most important museums in the world with masterpieces of all times. From there it is only a few steps to Lungarno and the romantic Ponte Vecchio with its renown goldsmith shops.

Beyond the Ponte Vecchio, continuing along Via de’ Guicciardini, you reach another of the most famous buildings in Florence: Palazzo Pitti. Designed by Brunelleschi, in the past it was the seat of the Grand Dukes of Tuscany, Lorraine and of the Savoy Court; today it houses the Palatine Gallery, the Gallery of Modern Art, the Silver Museum and the Costume Gallery.

Florence has a lot to offer also out of the famous historical itineraries of the city center. At 10 km from Florence there is Fiesole, a beautiful town in a panoramic position with great historical value, cradle of the Renaissance and with Etruscan and Roman remains.

Between Florence and Sesto Fiorentino (15km from Florence) there are the wonderful Medici Villas, ancient rural complexes belonging to the Medici family, like Villa La Petraia and Villa di Castello, with vast Italian gardens. At a short distance from Florence there is Bagni a Ripoli (10 km), with the thermal baths and the remains of Roman villas, Settignano (10 km), in whose surroundings there are medieval castles and villas, Badia a Passignano (30 km), where, among vineyards and the countryside, there is the beautiful Abbazia di San Michele Arcangelo, Impruneta (18 km), the land of terracotta, the same terracotta with which Brunelleschi built the dome of Santa Maria del Fiore.

With comfortable day trips from Florence it is also possible to reach San Gimignano (55 km), a village surrounded by beautiful walls of the XIII century, Unesco’s World Heritage site since 1990, Vinci (45 km), a village among hills, olive trees and vines where Leonardo Da Vinci was born and spent his childhood, and the area of the Chianti, one of the most important wine-producing areas in the world, with its picturesque villages.