Long Weekend Florence & Montalcino
A tour looking for the most authentic Florentine spirit. We will observe the indelible testimonies of the brilliant minds who have shaped the identity of Florence such as Brunelleschi’s Dome, Giotto’s Bell Tower and we will admire the priceless collections of the Uffizi Gallery. You can’t miss (it is almost obligatory) a dinner based on Florentine steak, accompanied by a good wine.
Selected for you: HELVETIA & BRISTOL HOTEL 5 *
The Helvetia & Bristol is a luxurious hotel in the historic center of Florence, a few steps from Palazzo Strozzi and via Tornabuoni, and it is considered the most exclusive shopping street in Florence with its boutiques.
Common areas, rooms and suites have been redesigned and enriched with fabrics, antiques and fine furnishings worked by the skilled hands of the best Italian artisans.
Here art, luxury and typical Italian hospitality come together with high-class service and excellent catering, to offer guests an unforgettable stay in the Tuscan capital.
Since the second half of the nineteenth century, Helvetia & Bristol offers travelers a luxury home in the center of Florence. In this historic building you can breathe all the charm of the Renaissance, the elegant atmosphere that accompanied the trips to Italy of the international élite and the literary encounters of the writers who loved to frequent the Winter Garden.
A classy environment that over the centuries has been chosen by illustrious personalities such as Enrico Fermi, Eugenio Montale, Gabriele D’Annunzio, Luigi Pirandello and Eleonora Duse, who chose the hotel as their Florentine residence for a long time.
At Helvetia & Bristol, all the details tell the exclusive taste for beauty and for high Italian craftsmanship. The 29 rooms and 35 suites, recently renovated, are furnished with care and attention to detail, to allow guests to immerse themselves in the historical Florentine culture.
The rooms, refined and elegant, are embellished with antiques, works of art and refined furnishing objects, in perfect synchrony with the boiserie and the large antiqued mirrors that adorn the walls.
Some are characterized by a wonderful view over the city and the historic Palazzo Strozzi. At Helvetia & Bristol, excellence is also found at the tables of the gourmet restaurant and the Bar.
Two distinct and reserved spaces where you can set off for an authentic journey of taste through delicious cocktails and a rich menu inspired by tradition, which rewards food and wine research, the passion of local producers and the enhancement of the territory and raw materials. Wi-Fi internet access is available throughout the hotel and in the rooms and is free of charge.
The cradle of the Renaissance, the city of incomparable artistic beauties, cultural tradition, good wine and food specialties famous all over the world. Walking and getting lost between the narrow alleys of the old town can sometimes lead to discover the amazing and unknown aspects of an unique city. Florence reveals a cultural heritage belonging to different ages.
ITALY – CITIES OF ART
The Italian cities of arts proposed with accurate and selected private services, enhancing the artistic, cultural and panoramic beauties of our beautiful country. The best way to discover the Italian excellences, authenticity and traditions thanks to the assistance of expert guides. All programs are proposed with the “self-drive” formula, using your own means. The same programs can be scheduled with ad-hoc quotations, customized services and the rental car service with driver (NCC) that allows you to live a relaxing journey in complete comfort among the incomparable Italian beauties.
The Uffizi Gallery
The Gallery occupies the first and the second floor of the big building erected between 1560 and 1580 on a project designed by Giorgio Vasari. It is one of the most famous museums all over the world for its extraordinary ancient sculptures and paintings collection ranging from Middle Ages to the modern age. The collection of paintings from the fourteenth century and from the Renaissance include some art absolute masterpieces of all time: Giotto, Simone Martini, Piero della Francesca, Beato Angelico, Filippo Lippi, Botticelli, Mantegna, Correggio, Leonardo, Raffaello, Michelangelo, Caravaggio as well as masterpieces of the European art, especially German, Dutch and Flemish. The important sculptures and busts collection from ancient times belonging to the Medici family adorns the Gallery hallways and includes ancient Roman sculptures and copies from original Greeks that have been lost.
The amazing Boboli Gardens is situated behind Palazzo Pitti. The Medici family had created a model of an Italian-style gardens that had become an example for many European courts. The garden represents a real open air museum with its ancient and Renaissance sculptures, caves (above all, the one designed by Bernardo Buontalenti), sumptuous fountains such as the Neptune and the Ocean ones. The following Lorraine and Savoy dynasties further enriched its appearance, expanding its surface until Porta Romana. The terrace area is a space of great beauty where you will find the eighteenth-century Kaffehause pavilion, which is a rare example of rococo architecture in Tuscany, and the Limonaia, built by Zanobi del Rosso between 1777 and 1778.
Semi-precious stones workshop
The rooms of the little but precious Museum offer the possibility to admire the art masterpieces that features semi-precious stone in its countless varieties. It was designed by Ferdinando I de’ Medici, as a manufacture for the production of semi-precious stone furniture. The museum has transformed over time its working activity into a restauration work in the last decades of the XIX century. First, a restauration work of materials produced during its centuries-old history, and then expanding its own expertise toward related materials.
Santa Maria del Fiore is the Florence Cathedral and it overlooks the homonym Piazza. It is the fourth church in Europe in terms of size, after San Pietro in Rome, Saint Paul in London and the Milan Cathedral. The first real purpose of the construction was surpassing the cathedrals of the Tuscan rivals Pisa and Siena, both in size and wealth of marble and sculptures. The Cathedral is 153 meters long, it has a plan of three naves that turn up in the huge rotunda supporting the Brunelleschi’s Dome. Inside of it, you can admire one of the biggest fresco cycles in the world: 3600 square meters of paintings, created between 1572 and 1579 by Giorgio Vasari and Federico Zuccari. The Cathedral presents itself as immense, but almost bare in terms of furniture. This moderation correspond to the spiritual model of the Medieval and early Renaissance Florence. It evokes, in architectural terms, the spirituality of the Florence’s religious life reformers. The following enrichment of the Cathedral, with its sumptuous floors in coloured marble and the “tempietto” (small temple) niches, belongs to a second moment of the Cathedral’s history, under the tutelage of the grand dukes in ‘500. The construction of Santa Maria del Fiore lasted approximately 170 years, involving the most important artists of the century.
Museum of the Works of the Cathedral
The museum was renovated in 2015 and it was conceived as a journey to discover the places and artists that gave life to the Renaissance. It is today one of the most important museums in the world, both for its value and for the number of artworks kept, but also for its architectural and technological avant-garde of its rooms and museum’s supply. It preserves more than 750 artworks for 720 years of history: marble, bronze and silver sculptures and Medieval reliefs created by the greatest artists of that time. There are masterpieces that, in most cases, were created for the exterior and interior spaces of ecclesiastical buildings and today are still located close to the Museum: the Florence Baptistery, The Santa Maria del Fiore Cathedral and the Giotto’s Campanile.
The Giotto’s Campanile is one of the four principal components of the Piazza del Duomo. It is 87.70 meters high and about 15 meters long and it is the most important proof of the fourteenth-century Florentine Gothic architecture, for its vertical dynamic that does not abandon the principle of solidity.
It is covered with white, red and green marbles like the ones that adorns the Cathedral, which is the majestic square based campanile, considered as the most beautiful one in Italy and it was started by Giotto in 1334.
The Dome is constituted by two interconnected pointed caps, it is octagonal and was vaulted from 1418 to 1434 following the project of Filippo Brunelleschi. The project that was presented in a contest in 1418 and was accepted after many arguments in 1420. It is a masterpiece that persist over the centuries and that today enchants everyone who looks at it from afar. The Dome has a diameter of 45,5 meters.
In 1418 the Opera of Santa Maria del Fiore announced a contest that Brunelleschi won, but the work started only two year later and lasted until 1434. On March 25th 1436, the Florentine Cathedral was consecrated by Pope Eugene IV.
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