Florence, “the cradle of the Renaissance”, develops starting from the settlement of the Etruscans, whose first evidence dates back to the IX century BC. Only in 395 AC the Etruscan civilization was definitively subjected to Roman influence and thanks to the fortunate position of Arno river, and also with Cassia route, it increased its importance as a centre of commerce and communication. Later it became part of the Duchy of Lucca, but only with the ascent to the throne of Charlemagne regained prestige and independence. It then obtained municipal autonomy with Countess Matilde di Canossa. After her death, a period of struggles between Guelphs and Ghibellines started, until the advent of the Family de’ Medici, who held power in Florence from 1434 to 1743. They brought prestige, cultural and economic development, thanks to which Florence is known all over the world for its beauty, especially thanks to the writer Lorenzo Il Magnifico, under whose government Florence experienced a period of absolute peace and prosperity.
After the end of the Medici dynasty, the Grand Duchy was inherited by the dukes of Lorraine (Habsburg) and finally united to the Kingdom of Sardinia. Florence became the capital of Italy in 1865, a title that it lost in 1871 in favor of Rome with the complete reunification of the peninsula.
Florence is one of the most visited Italian cities in Italy, offers many thematic routes to be explored, to meet the needs of all types of tourism.
Tourists that wish to learn about Florentine history, culture and art, can not fail to marvel at the Piazza del Duomo with the Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore and the magnificent Brunelleschi‘s Dome. Continuing on Via dei Calzaioli, you will be be fascinated by Piazza della Signoria with the imposing Palazzo Vecchio and just a few steps away by the Uffizi Gallery, to continue with Ponte Vecchio, one of the symbols of Florence in the world, the only that survived at the World War II. Walking through its exquisite windows, you arrive in the Oltrarno area with Pitti Palace and <em>Boboli Garden.
Going back, do not forget the Church of Santa Maria Novella, Piazza San Lorenzo with the Medici Chapels but also Piazza Santa Croce with the homonym church, in which Michelangelo and Galileo Galilei are buried. We can’t forget the Galleria dell’Accademia which houses, among others, the wonderful Michelangelo’s David.
And why not complete the day with the fascinating view of the whole city at sunset from Piazzale Michelangelo and then continue the evening in Piazza Santo Spirito where the needs of every tourist are easily met thanks to excellent Tuscan dishes and wines. Florence and all Tuscany are an important destination for food and wine tourism, because the territory offers specialties known and appreciated all over the world. Thus, the excellent red wines accompany the traditional dishes, especially the truffle.
Moreover, the hills that surround the city, the valleys and the province (in particular the areas of Mugello and Certaldo), are fertile lands for truffles, both black and white depending on the period. Your visit to Florence can be completed with an exciting tour immersed in the nature, to discover the secrets of truffles research with an expert truffle hunter and the help of his precious dogs.
Villa Magna Tartufi will be happy to accompany you in this adventure.
For all information on the period and on the program of this activity, you can visit the dedicated section.
If you are interested, do not hesitate to contact us.

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