When it comes to European cities, I would be hard pressed to imagine a city more romantic than Florence, in the beautiful Italian region of Tuscany. This inspirational city is the perfect place for a weekend getaway, and the architectural and artistic masterpieces at every turn makes it ideal for a cultural break with so much beauty visible around every corner. Aficionados of art and architecture should ensure they visit The Galleria dell’Accademia whilst in Florence, which displays Michelangelo’s “David,” and of course the Uffizi Gallery which exhibits renowned art works such as Botticelli’s “The Birth of Venus” and da Vinci’s “Annunciation.”
The romantic Villa La Vedetta, which was built in the 1800’s is a renaissance villa which is now a hotel offering unparalleled luxury. The hotel is ideally situated, close to the Ponte Vecchio and there are sweeping panoramic views of Florence to be enjoyed. The hotel is more intimate than some of its counterparts in Florence, with just 18 guest rooms and relaxing living spaces where guests can unwind during the course of their stay. The fountain outside is the first thing which creates an impression when you arrive at the hotel and the cypress, bay and olive trees create a sense of hidden tranquillity. A dip in the panoramic pool is sheer indulgence, with stunning vistas over The Dome, Giotto’s Bell Tower, The Santa Croce Church and the Florence skyline. After a swim, drinks at the poolside bar is a must, followed by a stroll through the ‘secret garden’ where you can relax on the terrace and soak up the surroundings.
For a truly unsurpassable experience, staying in the Bellavista Suite is unforgettable. The expansive suite is split over two levels and affords guests sweeping views of Florence from its large windows. The bedroom, living quarters and main bathroom of the suite are situated downstairs whilst the second floor is equipped with a living room area and second bathroom. Exquisite touches such as antique furniture and stylish design complete the beautiful interior and the bathrooms boast whirlpool baths and Ortigia products, which means you can enjoy an indulgent soak during your stay. The standard guest rooms at the villa are equally well appointed, with free WIFI access, TV, music centre and minibar. As you would imagine, dining at the villa is an experience, with the award winning Onice Restaurant on hand serving delicious foods and an extensive wine list featuring an impressive selection of Tuscan red wines. The restaurant gives on to the garden and the pool, so you can enjoy a little air after your meal and take in the beautiful surroundings before settling at the marble bar for a couple of after dinner cocktails. The Villa La Vedetta is a truly romantic hideaway, which allows you to enjoy a relaxing stay in Florence with excellent service and facilities on hand.
Villa La Vedetta
Viale Michelangiolo, 78
50125 Florence Italy
The Villa concierge is happy to arrange guided sightseeing tours for you during your stay.
Try fresh pasta, local cheeses, Tuscan wines and charcuterie for an authentic taste of Italy. Those with a sweet tooth should try the excellent Gelato available in Florence too.
Visit the historic Ponte Vecchio for beautiful views of the River Arno and the buildings nearby. The famous bridge dates back to medieval times, so it is a must for history aficionados.