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Tour Florence and its New Four Seasons Hotel

Simon Watson

Photo: Simon Watson

The Four Seasons is one of a handful of hotels in a part of Florence the Florentines still consider relatively unspoiled, on the right bank of the Arno. The city has warm, pleasant weather in the spring and fall. Many stores and restaurants close in August, when Italians flee the city heat for the coast.

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Inspired by: Hotel Rooms with a View — by Gini Alhadeff, Published Sep. 2008

Hotels (1)

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    Four Seasons Hotel, Firenze

    Following a massive building restoration, Florence’s 116-room Four Seasons hotel opened in June 2008. Located in the fifteenth-century Palazzo dell

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Restaurants (6)

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    Il Palagio

    The hotel restaurant of the Four Seasons Hotel, Firenze is serious and excellent. Chef Vito Mollica serves homemade pastas such as ricotta-and-mint

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    Trattoria Cibrèo

    With his mass of snowy white hair and beard, it’s hard to miss restaurateur Fabio Picchi as he flits between the four establishments that make up h

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    Ruth's

    The city's best kosher option serves a mean lox, couscous, and falafel.

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    PORTOfino, Florence

    Opened in December 2006, PORTOfino is rapidly becoming the Florentine’s favorite seafood restaurant. Although it’s ten minutes by cab from the city

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    Osteria del Caffè Italiano

    A café with delicious small plates, located on the ground floor of a palazzo in Santa Croce.

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    La Giostra

    The restaurant, so named because the long, vaulted space once housed a carousel, is a perfectly straightforward restaurant owned and run by Prince

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Activities (7)

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    San Lorenzo Market

    This lively, sprawling street market is an obligatory stop for anyone in search of cheap and cheerful fashion accessories and gifts. These days man

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    Botanical Gardens

    Originally a medicinal garden designed for the Medici in 1545, the Botanical Gardens of Florence, also called the Giardino dei Semplici (Garden of

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    Santissima Annunziata

    View the church's frescoes by Perugino, Andrea del Sarto, and Jacopo da Pantormo.

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    San Marco Museum

    The museum includes the famed monks' cells with frescoes by Fra Angelico.

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    National Museum of Anthropology and Ethnology

    The museum houses an impressive collection of African and Asian art.

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    Brancacci Chapel

    The chapel contains The Expulsion of Adam and Eve, Masaccio's early Renaissance masterpiece.

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    Archelogical Museum of Florence

    The musuem has held Medici collections of Etruscan, Roman, Greek, and Egyptian art since 1870.

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