In 1982 the central district of Florence was named a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Florence is now a city of culture and events, but also one where the art of living and of good food are fine-tuned to a top level. From the Uffizi to the Corridoio Vasariano, there are hundreds of museums, churches, palazzi, courtyards where the full heritage of the city – from the Middle Ages to the Renaissance, can be felt, and where the legacy of the great masters such as Giotto, Vasari, Leonardo and Botticelli can be enjoyed.
There are endless events in town during the course of the year: Pitti Immagine is among the most important in the fashion and design world; the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino and the Florence Youth Festival – a musical event involving young orchestras – turn the city into a great open-air stage for opera and contemporary classical music; jazz notes waft in the air and across the various venues in the centre of Florence during the Musicus Concentus and Pinocchio Jazz reviews; while the theatres Teatro della Pergola, Teatro Verdi and Teatro Laudi host the most significant plays.
If you wish to discover the unbeaten path, I will be happy to help you plan a trail of palazzi, gardens, courtyards, villas, theatres, coffee shops where you can learn about the truest and most authentic unseen Florence.
The Dimora d’Epoca Leone Blu at Palazzo Ricasoli, in the heart of the city along the banks of Lungarno Corsini and near the bridge Ponte della Carraia, is the perfect spot to have a glimpse of medieval Florence, providing an ideal resting place in town two steps away from the Piazza di Santa Maria Novella and a few minutes’ walk from Piazza della Signoria.
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