Palazzo Tornabuoni Destination
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Beauty is a Florentine way of life. No detail is too small to embellish. Whether it is the arrangement of a fruit stand, the arc of a bridge or the fine line of a shoe, Florentines never take beauty for granted. The surrounding verdant hills slope down into the Arno River which winds through the city – producing spectacular light shows at night. The skyline, designed hundreds of years ago to be seen from afar, boasts Brunelleschi’s Dome, Giotto’s Campanile and the ancient turreted Tower of Palazzo Vecchio.
Within a short distance of the Palace, members can enjoy tennis on red-clay courts; riding at a world-class equestrian centre; playing golf or attending one of Europe’s finest football matches. Access to wild boar or bird hunting at the Palace’s private reserve is another à la carte amenity of membership.
Art and Culture
Cosmopolitan culture and art lives next door at Palazzo Strozzi – recently reopened with a world class Cézanne exhibit – and promise to transform the neighbourhood into a destination for art and music.
Members will enjoy privileged access to Palazzo Strozzi, which has just introduced a three-year plan to create a centre for the arts and contemporary culture. In addition to innovative and inviting exhibitions – including the Tang Chinese dynasty, the Impressionists and the Medici tapestries in 2008 – Palazzo Strozzi will become a contemporary arena for culture in Florence. Palazzo Strozzi will feature a café, restaurant, bookshop, multimedia and interactive space, as well as traditional crowd-pleasing art. Evenings will be rich in art events, openings, and classical and jazz concerts.
Privileged access to private art collections, gardens and wine cellars is a unique feature of Palazzo Tornabuoni membership. The Palazzo’s close ties with some of Florence’s oldest families opens doors to private collections, museums and villas rarely seen by the public.
Wine and cellars
Palazzo Tornabuoni is home to a magnificent cantina. Members are welcome to enjoy wines from the Club’s reserves, or to store favourites from their private collections in the cellar. Members will also have access to private tasting rooms at select wineries.
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Palazzo Tornabuoni is located on one of the most fashionable streets in Italy. The top names in fashion – Bulgari, Ferragamo, Gucci and Prada – as well as many others, are all housed in the grand palazzos along Via Tornabuoni. Yet for those who prefer clothing that is “made to measure,” custom-made shops are a thriving business in Florence and a benchmark of Florentine style.
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A few steps away from the Palazzo you will discover the artisans who still define the Florentine way of life. Intagliatori still use the same tools that their great grandfathers used to carve pieces of oak and beech into whimsical shapes to adorn your home.
Your days are leisurely, but filled with the promise of adventure. Plan your afternoon over a prosecco and truffle panino at Procacci. Stroll through the city’s flower market or stop at a grocer’s shop to try a new cheese. Bring home a bottle of ’97 Solaia to sip through the evening on your Palazzo terrace.
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Day Trips from the Palace
Some of the finest vineyards and villas, castles and olive orchards are just twenty minutes from Palazzo Tornabuoni’s front door. This is the beauty of Florence. Within minutes one can go from an exciting urban environment to the middle of the spectacular Tuscan countryside. Your Concierge can arrange private visits to vineyards or marble quarries, ballooning, truffle hunting, horseback riding, hunting parties at 17th-century lodges, pampering at thermal spas, tennis and golf, skiing in the Alps or a dip at a beachside retreat.