TOP THINGS TO DO
Things to do in Florence
Florence holidays, visiting the heart of the city
When planning some Florence Holidays, it is often hard to choose among numerous things to do. Florence offers several attractions that will satisfy all preferences. Tourism in Florence means to discover its flavors and aromas, artistic masterpieces and people at a slower pace. Here are a few exclusive hints that will be of help.
We would like to recommend you the experience of going to that part of the historic center that encloses an almost Parisian atmosphere, with heavy hints of Belle Epoque. Look for Lorenzo Villoresi, in Via dei Bardi 14 (tel. +39 055-2341187) and meet one of the most acclaimed perfume makers in the world in his workshop, inside the family building. The sensory presence of wood, herbs and spices enthral visitors while the essences that you can only find here take the mind into different eras. His creativity is boundless and learning the secrets of his creative process is a priceless experience.
Other things to do in Florence include crossing the doors of the ancient Setificio Fiorentino, in via Bartolini, 4. This old silk mill guards 400 years of manufacturing tradition, ancient machinery (including a warper built upon a design by Leonardo da Vinci), the noise of the production line and the refinement of a prestigious fabric that will take you to the past.
You will find the Officina de’ Profumi di Santa Maria Novella in via della Scala 16, just a few steps away from our Guest House. It is an old-fashioned drugstore built in a XVIth century structure near the monastery. This pharmacy used to be an apothecary in which medicines and remedies were prepared. Nowadays it focuses on studying and creating perfumes in a magical and engaging atmosphere.
Lastly, go the relatively unknown Giardino delle Rose. This garden is just above Piazzale Michelangelo, a perfect panoramic point in the location of Jean Michel Folon’s famous work. It will provide further intimate sensations during your Florence holidays.