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5 Best Romantic Spots in Florence

Paul Lydka, Chef Concierge at Four Seasons Hotel Firenze, shares his insider tips of the best romantic places to visit in Florence
Florence, Italy

Being in love in Florence is a unique experience. The cradle of Renaissance offers the magic of art, shopping and breath-taking views from the bridges and along the romantic and evocative narrow streets. Here are a few suggestions from Paul Lydka, Chef Concierge at Four Seasons Hotel Firenze, on the most romantic places to visit in Florence as a couple.

1. A medieval castle for a cheese and wine tasting

Only 15 minutes by car from the centre of Florence stands the magnificent Vincigliata Castle, dating back to the 11th century and home of Sir John Temple, who decided to buy and restore it at the end of the 18th century. In this dream-like setting, immersed in the Tuscan countryside, couples can enjoy a cheese and wine tasting after a guided visit of the medieval setting.

2. The Church where Dante first met Beatrice

The love story between the poet Dante and her beloved Beatrice is one of the most famous in history, and one of the main inspirations for Dante’s Divina Commedia. Not everyone knows that right in the heart of Florence is located the church where Dante first met Beatrice when he was nine years old and where – legend says – she is buried. People in love still today visit Chiesa di Santa Margherita dei Cerchi and leave love messages next to her tomb asking her to help with their love affairs.

3.  A sunset over Piazzale Michelangelo

Piazzale Michelangelo is one of the most romantic and panoramic spots of Florence. Lovers can sip a glass of Chianti while the sun is going down watching the flamboyant sunset colours lighting up the Duomo. While there, they cannot miss the beautiful San Miniato al Monte Church, an intimate and suggestive spot that also offers breathtaking views on the city.

4. Florence’s neighbourhood by car

Couples can choose their favourite sport or vintage car and discover beautiful Tuscany and its countryside. A tailor-made itinerary will be prepared just for them, according to their preferences. Paul’s tip is to discover the surrounding countryside, including the amazing Monte Morello, the Etruscan village of Fiesole, and, of course, the Chianti region with its numerous wineries and romantic country restaurants.

5.  A luxury boutique in Via Tournabuoni

Florence is famous worldwide for its artisan’s luxury shops, selling the best goods such as bags, jewels and unique clothes. Thanks to the concierge’s many connections, guests can enjoy a private, guided tour of a famous boutique upon request, and discover all the secrets of the art of fashion, perhaps even leaving with an unforgettable and unique love present!