Experiences

Local Gems: Our Guide to Florence

Just steps away from the cultural heart of Florence, Four Seasons Hotel Firenze offers an ideal urban retreat in close proximity to all of the city’s happenings. We asked our team for an insider’s view of what not to miss during your visit; use their tips to explore Florence like a local.

Where our General Manager Takes His Kids for an Educational Outing

– Max Musto, General Manager

“Since I moved to Florence this past July, I’ve been intrigued by the Stibbert Museum. Housed in a beautiful villa, the museum boasts a large collection of artifacts, antique armour, clothing and objects from different epochs and backgrounds, collected by Frederick Stibbert during the course of his life. My son especially loves the European and Japanese armoury collection, while my daughter prefers the ceramics, paintings and ancient costumes. It’s best to go in autumn or winter to avoid crowds.”

Our Hotel Manager’s Favourite Day Trip

– Daniela Trovato, Hotel Manager

“The old hilltop town of San Gimignano is a must-see with its picturesque narrow streets, medieval towers and Italian heritage. To add to the fun, I like to rent a vintage car to enjoy the scenic drive there, then take my five-year-old son to Dondoli for a creamy gelato. I recommend climbing to the top of the main tower to learn more about the Italian Middle Ages and get a breathtaking view of the Tuscan countryside.”

Where our Executive Chef Goes to Relax

– Vito Mollica, Executive Chef

“During my free time, I love to unwind at the Boboli Garden in the city centre, just 30 minutes from the Hotel. It’s an inspirational place to spend quality time with family and to reflect on Florence's rich history. Buontalenti Grotto is charming place that feels like something out of a fairy tale. Up the hill there is an open space where I like to bring a good book and take in the beautiful view of the city, especially during spring and autumn.”

How Our Head Concierge Spends a Morning Out

– Paul Lydka, Head Concierge

“When I need a break from everyday life, I go to the Sant'Ambrogio Market, situated just a few steps from the Hotel. I always take my family grocery shopping there – you’ll find some of the best produce in town. Between the fruit and vegetable vendors and the meat and cheese producers, there is a tiny bar, Trattoria da Rocco, where I like to sit and have a coffee. The market is open daily from 7:00 am to 2:00 pm, but I recommend going in the morning, before it gets too busy.”

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