La Verdiana is a spacious country estate recently restored combining both traditional Tuscan charm and modern amenities. Located only 45 minutes from Florence and Siena in the renowned Chianti wine region, La Verdiana is nestled in rolling countryside, vineyards, and olive trees. The estate can accommodate up to 18 guests—a main villa, a cottage, and an annex.
Annex: 1 king bedroom with en suite bathroom with shower.
Lucca - 1 hour
Siena - 30 minutes
Florence - 40 minutes
Rome - 2 hours and 15 minutes
Tour the cathedral with its pink, white and green marble façade and marvel at its remarkable Duomo by Brunelleschi and the gold Paradise door of the Baptistery. Continue to the Piazza della Signoria, the political heart of Florence since the 1300s. Then stroll by the charming jewelry shops of Ponte Vecchio. There is nothing like enjoying a morning coffee and truffle panini at the celebrated Procacci bar before setting out for a serious morning of shopping on Via Tournabuoni. Take a day to scour the Gucci, Armani and Yves Saint Laurent outlets in the outskirts of the city.
For those wishing to explore some of Tuscany's other treasures, one of the best ways to see the region is by automobile. The small fortress cities are within easy driving distance of one another, and each offers its own special appeal, from the picturesque medieval cities of San Gimignano and Volterra to Pisa with its Leaning Tower and Lucca with its impressive Renaissance walls. Visit seaside resorts like Viareggio, Elba, and Forte de Marmi. Do not forget other worthwhile Chianti sights such as the wine villages of Castellina, Radda and Volpaia.
Siena is also not to be missed. Siena is a beautifully preserved medieval city, constructed of checkerboard brick, and crowned by its Duomo. It was the seat of the Ghibellines who often crossed swords with the Florentine Guelfs during the 13th century. Other highlights of Siena include the beautiful Piazza del Campo where on July 2nd and August 16th of each year the famous Palio takes place.
Trattoria Cibreino Next door from the more famous Cibreo – this lively trattoria features most of the dishes as the Cibreo (at lower prices).
Teatro del Sale Trendy place where the meals are buffet style – the large tables are shared by all.
Boccadama Located in the trendy Piazza Santa Croce. Drink wine by the glass with classic Tuscan crostini, bruschetta and salads as well as hot dishes.
Coquinarius Conveniently located nearby the Duomo it is perfect for lunch. Good choice of pasta, salads and wine – Not to be missed are the pear and cheese ravioli. Delicious!
Enoteca Pinchiorri An exclusive restaurant. Elegant atmosphere and elegant menu. Wine list for connoisseurs. Considered the best restaurant in Florence.
Cantinetta Antinori Owned by the noble family and wine producers Antinori – Enjoy fine dining in the wine bar located in their 15th-century palazzo. Most ingredients come fresh from the Antinori farms, as does all the fine wine.
Becco Fino For nouvelle great Tuscan food; sophisticated, hip atmosphere with Conran-style furnishings.
Procacci Via Tornabuoni Ideal for a snack or a light lunch—fabulous sandwiches with truffles to be paired with Italian Prosecco!