Florence is the capital of Tuscany, which is one of my favorite wine regions (read more about my Tuscan wine tour here). The city has a rich history, spectacular architecture and is one of Italy’s culinary centers. Florence should no doubt be on the top of your list if you’re planning a visit to Italy!
Here are my recommendations for a luxurious (and delicious!) visit to Florence.
The food in Florence is incredible. One place that is sure to satisfy your deli desires is Pegna, a historic food shop only a few steps from the Duomo. Fill your basket with top quality prosciutto, cheeses, olives, chocolates and fine wines from the well stocked shelves. You can have a concierge from Belmond Villa San Michele arrange a personal shopping trip with an expert who will help you pick top Tuscan delicacies for a picnic by the Arno.
- Gusta Pizza – Gusta Pizzeria is a non-descript pizza restaurant near the Piazza Pitti. The menu is simple with only a few options and I love that the pizzas are in the shape of a heart.
- Four Seasons Garden Restaurant – The Four Seasons Il Palagio does not disappoint. The restaurant is a wonderful blend of elegance, perfectly presented food and location – it overlooks the property’s tranquil gardens.
- La Giostra – La Giostra is run by two princes who have superb taste in wine and an unparalleled passion for food. This is a great place to splurge on incredible Tuscan pasta dishes.
- Fuor D’Acqua – An elegant option where you can find some of the freshest seafood in the region.
- Fishing Lab – A hip seafood restaurant that serves up great ambiance and innovative, delicious seafood.
- Enoteca Pinchiorri – This restaurant is beyond incredible, not only do they have 3 Michelin stars, they also carry one of the largest wine collections in Italy.
- Four Seasons – This is my favorite hotel in Florence. The facility offers centuries of history throughout the glorious 4.8 acres of beautiful gardens. It is truly a Tuscan paradise.
- Villa San Michele – A former monastery with a facade designed by Michelangelo, this Renaissance villa overlooks the rolling hills of Chianti, the Arno Valley and the iconic cupola of Florence’s cathedral.
- Brunelleschi – Recently renovated with beautiful rooms overlooking the center of Florence, this boutique hotel is just steps away from the Duomo.