A few weeks ago, Jonathan Epstein of Celebrated Experiences invited me out to dinner with the owner of Monteverdi and several other agents in the Atlanta area. After an immaculate dinner of King + Duke and an extensive Brunello tasting, one of the agents involved in Monteverdi’s marketing looked at me and said, “You should come to Italy with us in a few weeks!” – OK!!
It was two in the morning. We had had one too many tastings of Brunello. I thought there’s no way this is actually going to happen but then again….
Here I am in Italy.
I was sold once I found out my BFF Cassie would be on the trip, as well, so I tagged along with her and Julia, another agent friend, and met up in Florence for a few days of exploring the city and the Tuscan countryside. I began with one night at the Four Seasons Firenze, which was out. of. this. world.
I had been warned that I wouldn’t care for the hotel since I’m such a fan of a modern style – frescos and florals really aren’t my thing. However, as the Four Seasons does, it lovingly restored a five-centuries old noble home with just the right mix of preservation and modern touches. Situated on the largest private garden in the city, the property is a true retreat, but just a 15 minute walk from the city center of Florence.
My junior suite was light and airy, complete with a sun roof and an alarm button that I thought was a light switch (another nod to the FS, security called me right away to ensure I was OK after I pressed it). I did a quick site inspection with the lovely Sofia of the property’s immaculate gardens and multiple room types – this is why it’s so important for our clients to express their preferences to us, the rooms really range from the more modern option I was in to the fresco-adorned suites with much more traditional decor. They were equally breathtaking, but we really like to cater accommodation styles to our clients’ personal styles, which our partners at the Four Seasons completely understand in their offerings.
Since I wouldn’t be meeting up with my travel companions until the next morning at a different hotel, I enjoyed my own walking tour of the city – taking in sites of the Duomo, River Arno, and a million different squares, all bustling with tourists, but not too many. The end of April and into May truly is an exceptional time to visit – the weather is picturesque without being too hot and the crowds are not the throngs that they are in the summer (plus, the prices are better during this shoulder season!).
I enjoyed a table for one at Coquinarius, one of the delicious little restaurants recommended by the Four Seasons concierge, and remembered why it’s next to impossible not to fall in love with Italy.
I have this slight obsession where I want every meal to be the best meal I’ve ever eaten and, in Italy, that is entirely possible. Meal number one at Coquinarius, the lightest little gnocchi pasta I’ve had covered in just the right amount of fresh tomato sauce, did not disappoint.
I strolled back to the Four Seasons, nutella gelato in hand, the happiest of campers before passing out at 9 and waking up to meet Cassie and Julia for our day full of touring.
More on that to come, but for now, I leave you with pictures of the Four Seasons Firenze – fill out our Request a Trip form to begin your own travel planning!!