Art connoisseurs should put Florence, Italy on their radar for an exceptional experience touring the city’s treasures and cultural history that takes place from May 19 to May 24, 2014, just when the Italian metropolis is in full bloom.
Called The Taste of Renaissance Florentine, the tour is being offered with a visit to Villa La Massa hotel and will be escorted by Andrea Ghittonelli, a renowned local art historian.
- A private visit to the Palazzo Corsini al Prato, where guests will receive a tour of the Palace and its art collection with Princess Donna Georgiana, before enjoying a hosted lunch in the Palace’s Baroque gardens.
- A visit to Antico Setifico Fiorentino, an ancient silk factory, where 17th Century looms are still used today to create bespoke textiles.
- Time to explore the extensive Villa di Celle where owner and art collector Guiliano Gori will show his private collection of land art, specifically commissioned for this spectacular property.
- Gourmet dinners at Villa La Massa, culminating in a special concert at the famous Chiesa di San Giovanni.
Rates for The Taste of Renaissance in Florence art tour range from £5,498 (€6,610) per room based on two people sharing a deluxe room on a half board basis. Price includes all activities and meals and is limited to 15 people.
The stunning 16th Century 37-room Medici Villa, located alongside the banks of the River Arno in the heart of the Tuscan countryside sits 15 minutes from the centre of historic Florence. The rooms and suites are individually decorated in the Renaissance style, with views divided between the landscaped gardens, Florentine countryside and across the River Arno. Il Verrocchio Restaurant is famed for serving traditional Italian gastronomic delights created from seasonal produce grown in the Chef’s garden, plus the hotel’s own olive oil. The atmospheric wine cellar showcases some of the finest Italian wines with wine tastings alongside pairings of local meats and cheeses. Guests can take advantage of the fitness centre, outdoor swimming pool and spa offering signature Chianti beauty treatments.
View the video for a gorgeous look at Florence's Piazzale Michelangelo.