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FLORENCE CULTURE: SHORT VISITS GUIDE...Whether your visit to Florence will be extra short or whether you have a whole 6 days to visit our beautiful city, we have created these adapted Florence walking tours with Florence absolute must-sees to a more in-depth discovery. Casa Howard Florence Guesthouse will be your starting point to discover Florence and its secrets...
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6 Days Florence Visit
We assume here that you have followed the three-day visit guide to Florence and that you are now on your fourth day...
» Hills around Florence...
Take the bus number 7 and visit the lovely Fiesole. You can start with the Roman amphitheatre and the Etruscan ruins. Then have a steep walk up to the San Francesco Church and admire the romantic view of Florence.
After going back down to the Fiesole piazza, take the main street up as far as Montececeri, through Borgunto, where it is said that Leonardo started his first experiments with flying.
Now, it's the turn of Settignano, which you can reach with bus number 10. At Settignano is Villa Gamberaia, with one of the most beautiful Italian gardens in Florence and around. The garden is beautiful for its structure and for the view of Florence!
You could then have a pizza at the nice Capponcina, which derives its name from the Villa La Capponcina, where Gabriele D'Annunzio used to live.
Dinner at Le Murate.
» Chianti Countryside...Your are now on your 5th day in Florence...
By car you can take the Chiantigiana & Statale 222, the main street which leads you across the fascinating hills of the Chianti area around Florence. During the trip you can admire the Tuscan nature at its top, with old farmhouses, beautiful villas, olive trees, vineyards, cypresses and many more elements of the richness this region offers.
Go as far as Greve, the main town of this area, the capital of Chianti Classico, where there are also very good stores as Macelleria Falorni, a butcher's and delicatessen of wild boar salami and such.
Near Greve is also the famous Villa Vignamaggio, with a beautiful Italian garden, and very well known for supposedly being the birthplace of Mona Lisa and for having been the movie set of 'Much Ado About Nothing' with Kenneth Branagh, Emma Thompson, Keanu Reeves and other important actors.
» Bottom, Top and Inside Views...Your are now on your 6th day in Florence...
Let us have another view of the city of Florence from the top of the Duomo dome, after having visited the Museo dell'Opera del Duomo, which includes materials, plans and works concerning the creation of the Duomo.
Lunch at Mercato Centrale.
During the Summer, from May to August, there is the opportunity to visit Florence from another point of view: from the bottom! Yes, renting a trip with the small Renaioli boats (www.renaioli.it) across the Arno river (tel: 347-7982356). At the Zauber teatro you also have the opportunity to assist to Arno shows (tel. 055-5000640).
During the rest of the year we recommend to go deeper into some of the numerous museums and galleries we propose in our sections, for example the Opificio delle Pietre Dure, with its beautiful stone art works or Palazzo Davanzati, a visit to a Renaissance residence.
Dinner at a restaurant which inspires you from our recommended sections.