Four Seasons Firenze

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Our room, the Renaissance Suite, for a glorious four nights

Our room, the Renaissance Suite, for a glorious four nights

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Gherardesca gardens, connecting the two buildings of the property, and the largest private park in the city

Gherardesca gardens, connecting the two buildings of the property, and the largest private park in the city

Martina and I

Martina and I

The only hotel spa in the heart of Florence

The only hotel spa in the heart of Florence

original “Capodimonte Maioliche- style” ceramic floor by Ignazio Chiaiese

original “Capodimonte Maioliche- style” ceramic floor by Ignazio Chiaiese

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Atrium Bar Lounge for drinks and small bites

Atrium Bar Lounge for drinks and small bites

Il Palagio, the Michelin Starred restaurant where we had breakfast every morning

Il Palagio, the Michelin Starred restaurant where we had breakfast every morning

The Four Seasons Firenze is in a class of its own, holding so much history and art of the Renaissance. Each night felt like sleeping in a museum and like members of a noble Florentine family surrounded by vaulted ceilings, astounding frescoes and stucco. Our stay was like none other, with impeccable service included. The property is made up of two Renaissance buildings, the 15th century “Palazzo Della Gherardesca” and “La Villa”, a former convent of the 16th century, and thanks to Martina, had the honor of viewing and learning about the unique rooms within both. The hotel is also conveniently located just a few blocks away from the city center, so we were able to explore with ease. A special thank you to the Four Seasons Firenze for an unforgettable stay in a Renaissance Suite, and for letting us leave Florence with the most beautiful memories.

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Florence

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The Duomo

The Duomo

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Ponte Vecchio, the oldest bridge in Florence

Ponte Vecchio, the oldest bridge in Florence

Pitti Palace

Pitti Palace

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Florence, capital of Italy’s Tuscany region, and land of the Renaissance, was as beautiful as I thought it would be, and more. We spent about two days just walking around, having the most delicious (HUGE) €5 sandwiches at All' Antico Vinaio and creamy rich gelato at Gelatoteca Santa Trinita. The uber chic Gucci Museo and Gucci Caffe was a delight. The Ponte Vecchio and historical bridges surroounding it were oh so memorable. Wish we had more time to visit all the museums the city had to offer, but there's always next time. Next post will be featuring the Four Seasons Firenze will we stayed, as well as a dedicated Tuscany travel story exploring the wineries we've visited and my friend's wedding. Stay tuned! 

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Venice

T Fondaco dei Tedeschi by DFS

T Fondaco dei Tedeschi by DFS

Rialto Bridge

Rialto Bridge

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Doge's Palace

Doge's Palace

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Acne Studios Jacket and Top, Isabel Marant Skirt, Vince Shoes, J.W. Anderson Bag and Earring, Celine Sunglasses

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St. Mark's Square

St. Mark's Square

Cicchetti (Venetian small snacks) and wine outside by the canal

Cicchetti (Venetian small snacks) and wine outside by the canal

Venice was a quaint and enchanting city I could only dream of getting lost whilst exploring its many charming streets and walking by its numerous canals. I was really happy to finally take this opportunity to visit on our trip to Italy for my friend's wedding. We took a quick boat ride into town every day from our hotel, and each day the weather was so different we were able to get a taste through its different seasons (super cloudy, intense fog, and 75 degree sunniness!). The crowds weren't too bad and we were able to navigate to quieter streets when needed. I was obsessed with their Aperitivo culture and couldn't get enough of Cicchetti, these Ventian snacks or tapas that ranged from different toppings on little crostini to deep fried seafood and vegetables, which you usually pair with an Aperol Spritz or house wine. I think the 3–4 days we were there was enough time to leave with some nice memories (and we were even able to take a half day trip to Burano!). Now onto Florence in my next post!

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Burano

Trattoria al Gatto Nero – came by for lunch, but they were booked for the day. Make sure to make reservations!

Trattoria al Gatto Nero – came by for lunch, but they were booked for the day. Make sure to make reservations!

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A short ferry ride (about 40 minutes) from Venice to the little island of Burano where we spent a few hours exploring one afternoon. The weather was cloudy, but the bright colors of the town really added a bit of cheer to our day. We didn't have time to stop by Murano (on the same ferry route to Burano, and much closer to Venice), but it's another small colorful island on the canal where glass-making is prominent, and hope to get a chance to visit next time.

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