Florence, Italy: 7 unique ways to experience Tuscany's capital city

Florence, Italy: 7 unique ways to experience Tuscany's capital city

Cradle of the Renaissance

Text: Amelia Chia

Luxury tour operator Scott Dunn shares the best of off the beaten track Florence

Florence is a city full of history and culture. With striking buildings, formidable galleries and treasure-crammed churches, it's a city that oozes luxurious elegance. Famous for its rich art history, irresistible shopping and fabulous food scene, it's no wonder Florence is one of the best known and most loved cities in Italy.  

Florence scavenger hunt

Explore Florence with an exciting scavenger hunt and discover the secrets behind the city. In addition to the city's iconic landmarks, Florence holds many surprises and legends within its streets. Alongside your guide, explore the city and delve a little deeper to find hints and clues to lead you to your next destination. Learn about life in Florence throughout history as you inch closer to the treasure at the end of the trail — and reward yourself with some delicious homemade gelato after.

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Gelato-making workshop

If you're fan of ice cream, this one's right up your alley. Head to one of Florence's traditional gelaterias and learn the secret to making ice cream with the experts. Relish the opportunity to be taught every step of the process, using a combination of ingredients to create the perfect gelato. Once you've mastered the technique and your gelato has been made, enjoy your delectable creation under the Tuscan sun. We can't think of a more idyllic way to spend the afternoon.

Palatine Gallery & Boboli Gardens

Located within the Grand Duke Cosimo I de'Medici's official residence, the Palatine Gallery is home to a stunning display of 16th and 17th Century art, with works by Rubens, Caravaggio, Raphael and Titian, to name but a few. A must-see for any art lover, you can admire the masterpieces before discovering the meadows, sculptures and fountains of the Pitti Palace's Boboli Gardens. With over 11 acres to explore, gather your best crew and soak in the incredible views across Florence.

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Culinary tour of Florence

For a unique city tour of Florence, try one with a culinary twist. Let a knowledgeable guide take you around the city to discover some of Florence's most delectable delicacies, ranging from truffles to wines. Start the tour at the Palazzo Strozzi, the former residence of the Strozzi family, the Medici family's greatest rivals. Here, discover the family's dining habits, and have the chance to try a truffle sandwich, paired with a local wine. Continue on for some high-quality olive oil and regional favourite pan di ramerino (Florentine sweet bread), before walking through the Piazza della Repubblica towards a traditional sandwich paired with another local wine. Don't forget to recharge with some of Italy's famous coffee here.

Dinner with David

For a really special treat, why not take exclusive hire of Accademia Gallery for the evening and enjoy arguably the best dinner table in town, for a truly unique experience or to round off a wonderful Italian holiday. Enjoy a stunning meal which will be served as you sit beside one of the country's most magnificent icons, the statue of David, and appreciate the fascinating Renaissance works housed within the gallery.

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Florence by boat and on foot

Explore the city of Florence by foot with an expert guide leading the way to iconic sights such as the Ponte Vecchio, the Piazza della Signoria and Cathedral Square, home to the famous Duomo. Once you've uncovered Florence's landmarks, hop aboard a Florentine gondola and float along the Arno, and watch the sun set over the city. 

Stay at one of the Bell'Italia Hotels

The place to be seen: Overlooking the Ponte Vecchio, the vibrant and dynamic Continentale hotel is a highly stylish boutique hotel with a phenomenal roof terrace with amazing views over the city.

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Room with a view: Choose from the Piazza View, or Duomo View Room both at Hotel Savoy which offers luxury, style and phenomenal views located in the heart Florence, with the Ponte Vecchio, the Uffizi and the Duomo all within easy reach. At the Hotel Savoy, you will experience the highest standards of cuisine and impeccable service.

Italian Amore: Belmond Villa San Michele has to be one of the most romantic hotels in the world, with beautiful Italian gardens bursting with fragrant roses, set in a 15th century monastery and offering breathtaking views over Florence and the Tuscan countryside.

Click here for more information on Scott Dunn's tailor-made Italian itineraries. Otherwise, call +65 3158 6530 to speak to one of their destination specialists.