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Trips around the outskirts of florence

Florence is for sure only one of a kind. 

That which many travellers don't realize is that Florence is surrounded by so many marvels. 

Postcard settings, small medieval villages, old golf clubs, and much more.

The staff of the BEST WESTERN Hotel River Florence centre knows how to advise you about the best trips to follow in Florence and its outskirts.

Fiesole ATAF Bus 7 from the city centre

Fiesole is today a centre for vacations loved both by Italians and foreigners. There are here the villas of well-off families and Florentine artists. Located on the crest of a hill a few minutes from the centre, 300 meters above sea level, it offers a fabulous view of Florence and the Tuscan countryside. The villages, the old buildings, the remains of a Roman theater, the elegant restaurants with panoramic views all complete the Fiesolean picture making it a stop that you should not miss. Also, take a view of the beautiful Badia Fiesolana and the Bandini Museum with the ceramics created by Della Robbia.

The certosa del galluzzo 7 km - ATAF Bus 37 from the Santa Maria Novella station

This monastic citadel of the Third century, immersed in the Chiantigiana countryside, was once the monastery of Certosian priests who retired here in search of an isolated and tranquil place to pray. It was struck by an earthquake in 1895, then was entrusted to its actual inhabitants, the Cistercensian Benedictines. Open to the public, here one might visit the Palazzo Acciaiuoli, the Pinacoteca, the Church of San Lorenzo and all the rooms of the monastery, the crypt, the dining hall, and the enormous cloister.

Bagno a Ripoli 8 km – ATAF Bus 31 or 32 from the Santa Maria Novella station - Bus stop Chiantigiana 7

Bagno a Ripoli is one of the most lovely small towns immersed in the most beautiful countryside around Florence. It is a good idea to schedule a trip to visit the Oratorio of Saint Catherine, a Third century masterpiece, in whose inside one finds a beautiful triptych by Agnolo Gaddi.

Florence golf club at ugolino 9 km – reachable by auto

Il Golf Club Ugolino, situato sull’omonimo Poggio a 10 minuti dal centro città, è il primo Golf Club mai aperto in Italia e ancora oggi è uno dei più prestigiosi. Fondato dai residenti inglesi nel capoluogo toscano, offre 18 buche con par 72 e per tutto l’anno è teatro di importanti eventi e manifestazioni del settore.

Impruneta 16 km – reachable by auto

Known throughout the world for its ancient production of ceramics and baked clay, Impruneta is a medieval small village which came into existence during the Etruscan period. It is set in the most spectacular countryside near Chianti. In the centre of this village there is a piazza with open galleries and the Basilica of the Holy Mary of Impruneta, and where there are preserved the baked clay masterpieces of Michelozzo and Luca Della Robbia. It is ideal to get to Impruneta during one of its country fairs. In particular, the Festa dell’Uva (Feast of the Grape) is held the last Sunday in September, and the Fiera di San Luca (The Fair of Saint Luca) is held at mid-October.

Greve in Chianti 28 km – reachable by car

Greve in Chianti is a delightful small village of only 14,000 inhabitants and it is part of the Chianti Classico consortium. It is surrounded only by olive trees and grape vines which extend as far as the eye can see. The rhythm of life in the village is moderate and pleasant, the artisan shops and the wide selection of restaurants where one can taste the local food offers accompanied by abundant glasses of Chianti wine, render Greve in Chianti a dream with open eyes. Forget the frenzy of the city centre and stop to see the sunset that falls upon its enchanting hills.

Vinci 57 km – reachable by car

Vinci is the city where Leonardo da Vinci, the Tuscan par excellence, was born. This tiny village is situated in a beautiful area between Florence and Pisa. There you can find the Leonardian Museum, and uncover all the curiosities surrounding Leonardo as a man, a scientist, and an artist. Scrutinize his sketches and the models that inspired his ideas and inventions.