Florence Luxury Villa Rentals

On our recent trip to Florence, the city seemed busier than ever, although this is hardly surprising for one of the most beautiful and popular cities to visit in Europe… and the weather in the Autumn makes it a perfect time to visit! A huge plus about Florence is that it is very compact, so you can explore the city on foot very easily in just a few days. Having said that, because the city is so popular, we highly recommend that if you want to go inside any of the famous historical buildings or see an exhibition, you should book entrance tickets in advance… the queues outside the Duomo, the Uffizi and the Palazzo Vecchio were particularly long.

With this in mind, we caught up with our friend, Anna, who arranges special experiences for visitors to the city, and also to the surrounding countryside in Tuscany. As well as booking tickets for museums, galleries special events and tours within the city, there were some other very interesting options – one of which I tried and loved! It was a punting trip on a ‘barchetto’ (similar to a gondola) down the Arno. It gave us a completely different perspective of the city and also gave us some much-needed respite from the crowds. The specialized guide explained the history of the city and its fascinating historic relationship with the Arno River. The tour starts and ends on the river just below the Uffizi Gallery which is conveniently located close to the Piazza della Signoria where you can enjoy a cappuccino on the outdoor terrace of the historic Rivoire Café.

The many and diverse experiences which can be arranged include a walking tour through the charming Oltrarno, plus special trips to the vineyards of Chianti and the Siena Palio.

Florence Luxury Villa Rentals

We’ve included a list of our go-to restaurants, bars and markets!

Grand Hotel Cavour Rooftop Bar Florence Luxury Villa Rentals
Grand Hotel Cavour Rooftop Bar

Near the Duomo:

Grand Hotel Cavour Rooftop Bar

Via del Proconsolo, 3

Tel. 055 26627

When you take the lift to the 6th Floor, you will be looking at one of the most amazing views in Florence. Encompassing the Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore with its incredible 90-metre high Cupola del Brunelleschi on your right and the Palazzo Vecchio on your left, the view is particularly spectacular at night!

Piazza del Mercato Centrale

The Piazza del Mercato is home to Florence’s famous and very tempting fresh food market, a must-visit for anyone interested in food, even if not self-catering in their apartment!

It is open Monday to Saturday from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m., with additional Saturday hours from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.In the same piazza you will find a great lunch spot, Trattoria ZaZa, with very pretty interiors and a large and varied menu, ranging from light starter dishes and salads to more substantial pasta dishes and main courses.

Piazza del Mercato Centrale Florence Luxury Villa Rentals
Piazza del Mercato Centrale
Palazzo Guadagni Hotel Rooftop Garden Bar Florence Luxury Villa Rentals
Palazzo Guadagni Hotel Rooftop Garden Bar

In the Oltrarno:

Palazzo Guadagni Hotel Rooftop Garden Bar

Piazza Santa Spirito 9

Tel. 055 2658376

Another find for evening drinks on a rooftop garden bar, created in the loggia of a friendly, character-filled hotel in the delightful Piazza Santo Spirito. From here you can sit in comfort and enjoy a glass of Tuscan wine as you admire the rooftops of the historic centre and the Florentine Hills.

Osteria dell’Enoteca

Via Romana 70

Tel. 055 2286018

If you are looking for a unique restaurant experience in which to enjoy the best of Tuscan cooking, look no further than this Osteria in the Oltrarno. First, choose from a delicious menu, then the waiter will take you to the Wine Wall to advise you on the best wine to complement your dish. The refined Tuscan menu prepared with fresh, local ingredients is fantastic – and if you haven’t already sampled the famous Bistecca alla Fiorentina, this is definitely the place to try it!

Osteria dell'Enoteca Florence Luxury Villa Rentals
Osteria dell’Enoteca
Trattoria 4 Leoni Florence Luxury Villa Rental
Trattoria 4 Leoni

Trattoria 4 Leoni

Via de’ Vellutini, 1r

Tel. 055 218562

We have been returning to this lively restaurant in the Oltrarno, very close to the Pitti Palace, for years now and we have never been disappointed. It is always busy (essential to book), has a friendly and welcoming atmosphere, and serves good local cuisine.

Three very different recommended apartments, quite recently added to our collection:

Dream View Ponte Vecchio Luxury Villa To Rent
Dream View

Dream View Ponte Vecchio, 3 bedrooms, sleeps 6

Spacious, newly decorated and modern, this three-bedroom apartment has full direct views of the Ponte Vecchio.

Apartment Oltrarno, 3 bedrooms, sleeps 6 – 8

A unique Florence apartment on the top floor of an elegant 15th century Florentine Palazzo, with views over the Arno and the city centre. All three bedrooms open to private terraces and there is also a roof terrace.

Apartment Oltrarno Luxury Villa to Rent
Apartment Oltrarno
Borgo Santa Croce Luxury Villa Rental
Borgo Santa Croce

Borgo Santa Croce, 3 bedrooms, sleeps 6 – 8

In a quiet street, just around the corner from Piazza Santa Croce, this Palazzo apartment is accessed via a courtyard, ensuring a peaceful stay. With original high vaulted, frescoed ceilings, this property is full of character and the charming owners will do everything they can to enhance your stay.