TWENTY-FOUR HOURS IN FLORENCE: THE FOUR SEASONS HOTEL

At the centre of the Renaissance movement and home to the masters of Di Vinci and Michaelangelo, you don’t have to be an art-lover to be blown away by the city’s beauty and buzzing atmosphere. But if you are looking for a bit of peace and quiet after a long day of sight-seeing, there is no better destination for a little bit of luxury than the stunning Four Seasons Hotel.

Set within the walled grounds of Florence’s largest garden, the hotel includes two Renaissance palaces from the 15th century. Between them lies over 11 acres of beautiful botanical gardens, featuring hidden alcoves and dreamy hammocks big enough for two. Surrounded by trees and offering a view over the Duomo cathedral, the hotel is completely full, and yet there’s just a lone gardener in sight.

With a wealth of knowledge and respect for their surroundings, the Four Seasons provides expert service like no other. Whether you are a Hollywood star of Mr and Mrs Bloggs, the staff here will treat every individual like royalty: from a warm greeting by name to offering expert advice and guidance on food ordering, there is no task too trivial.

Speaking of food, the hotel’s Michelin-starred restaurant Il Palagio is a must-visit during your stay for a unique experience of Italian cuisine. If you find yourself tiring of the conventional pasta and pizza dishes that Florence has to offer, why not try Head Chef Vito Mollicas’ Boneless ‘Valdarnese’ Chicken ‘Cacciatora Style’ with Summer Mushrooms? Although pricier, this is a restaurant to visit if you are after a truly unforgettable evening for a special occasion. I would recommend a table on the terrace overlooking the candle-lit gardens and pristine flower beds – the perfect setting to make the most of the balmy Italian evenings.

To finish your stay and take a break from the bustling city, head to the Four Season’s two-storey spa for a spot of pampering. Designed by Pierre Yves Rochon, the elegant cream and black design is accentuated by classic artworks and ornamental pillars to immerse you in a calming sense of luxury. Working closely with one of Italy’s oldest pharmacies dating back to the 13th century, the spa offers a bespoke range of entirely natural products and treatments created by an expert team of herbalists.

It may be in an urban setting but the Four Seasons Hotel is a hidden oasis, allowing couples to experience a cultural hotspot alongside the relaxation of a five-star property. It is a hotel that strives to deliver the very best for a magical stay.

The Four Seasons, Firenze, Florence http://www.fourseasons.com/florence/

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