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Tips and Experiences for a Refreshing Summer

Dear Friends,


July has been an energetic month, full of clients and new partnerships for Florence Attaché. We are thrilled to see how, with time, patience, and perseverance, our company is growing, and more clients trust us to create their itineraries in Tuscany and Umbria.


This month has been especially promising, with numerous tours booked and guides secured. Our offerings include picturesque countryside tours complemented by exquisite wine tastings, ensuring a memorable experience for our clients.


Florence in July is always peak season, but temperatures can get quite high. We recommend taking walking tours early in the morning or seizing the opportunity of evening museum openings to tour when the sun is lower. Visiting museums is also advisable as they offer air conditioning.


We suggest our dear clients leave the hotel prepared, with a hat, sunglasses, and water to stay hydrated.


Speaking of hydration, we are excited to introduce you to a new initiative designed to help you stay cool and refreshed during the hot season.


Stay Hydrated with Style: Reusable Water Bottles


Historically, water fountains have been a crucial part of cities, providing relief from the summer heat. Florence has taken this tradition a step further by installing purified drinking water fountains throughout the city. One of the highlights of this initiative is the Phil the Bottle project. These reusable water bottles are not just practical but also come inscribed with a list of streets where you can refill them at the sparkling water options around the city. You can purchase these bottles at various locations, including the Museo Novecento, Rinascente mall in the city center, and the Palazzo Strozzi shop.


To enhance your hydration experience, try infusing your water with slices of citrus fruits like lemon, lime, or orange. These not only add a burst of flavor but also provide a boost of vitamin C. Alternatively, you can add a few mint leaves for a refreshing twist.


Remember, staying hydrated is key, but opt for room temperature water as it is gentler on your system compared to ice-cold beverages.


© Phil the Bottle


Tips for Staying Cool


  1. Cool Lunch Spots: For light lunches, we highly recommend Floret inside the Louisa Via Roma store. This chic spot offers a refreshing ambiance and light, delicious meals perfect for a warm day. Another fantastic option is Floret in San Niccolò. This new location is beautiful and provides a serene setting to enjoy a light and healthy lunch during the hot month of July.

  2. Shade and Relaxation: Take breaks in shaded areas, especially during the peak sun hours between 11 AM and 4 PM. Parks like Boboli Gardens offer ample shade and a peaceful environment to relax.

  3. Visit Air-Conditioned Attractions: Spend the hottest parts of the day exploring Florence's air-conditioned museums and galleries. The Uffizi Gallery is a must-visit, housing masterpieces by Michelangelo, Leonardo da Vinci, and Botticelli. You can book your Uffizi Gallery tour through this link:



© Floret - San Niccolò

Outdoor Dining Spots in Florence


Florence boasts several beautiful outdoor dining spots where you can escape the heat and enjoy a refreshing ambiance surrounded by greenery. Here are some of our top recommendations:


  • Al Fresco Restaurant and Garden at Four Seasons: Nestled in the heart of Florence, this serene garden setting offers exquisite dishes crafted from fresh, local ingredients. The lush surroundings and elegant atmosphere make it a perfect spot for a relaxing meal.

  • Le Lune Vivaio: This unique dining spot is set within a nursery garden, offering an immersive experience for nature lovers. Enjoy delicious food amidst a variety of plants and flowers, creating a tranquil and picturesque environment.

  • Villa La Massa: Located in a beautiful villa, this restaurant provides a delightful dining experience with green surroundings. The combination of excellent cuisine and a peaceful garden setting makes it an ideal choice for a summer meal.

  • Chalet Fontana: A historic chalet that offers a pleasant dining experience with stunning views of Florence. The outdoor seating area is perfect for enjoying a meal while taking in the scenic beauty of the city.

  • La Loggia at Villa San Michele: An elegant dining spot with breathtaking views of Florence. The refined menu and charming ambiance make it a must-visit for those seeking a luxurious dining experience.


© Villa La Massa


Special Events at Villa San Michele


This July, Villa San Michele is hosting a series of special events that promise to be both entertaining and enriching. Here are the details:


Classical Concerts: On July 10th and 24th, Villa San Michele will feature performances by the renowned Fiesole School of Music. These concerts will take place from 19:00 to 20:00, offering a delightful hour of classical music followed by drinks. The cost for this enchanting evening is 50 euros. Enjoy the soothing melodies in a picturesque setting, making it a perfect way to spend a summer evening.


Mixology Evening: On July 25th, join us for an exclusive mixology evening where you can learn the art of crafting exquisite cocktails. This event promises to be a fun and interactive experience, perfect for both cocktail enthusiasts and those looking to try something new. The evening will feature expert mixologists who will guide you through the process of creating delicious drinks, ensuring a memorable night.


As we continue to embrace the vibrant energy of July, we are excited to share these tips and experiences with you. Our goal is to ensure that your time in Florence is not only enjoyable but also comfortable despite the summer heat. From cool lunch spots and shaded relaxation areas to the refreshing atmosphere of air-conditioned museums and engaging special events, there is something for everyone to enjoy.


Please feel free to reach out to us for any assistance or to book any of the experiences mentioned. Your satisfaction is our top priority, and we are here to help you create lasting memories in this beautiful city.


My very best wishes,


Laura

Founder - Florence Attaché


© Belmond Villa San Michele

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