Visiting the World’s Oldest Pharmacy: Santa Maria Novella in Florence

Visiting the World’s Oldest Pharmacy: Santa Maria Novella in Florence

In Florence, the Officina Profumo-Farmaceutica di Santa Maria Novella, the oldest pharmacy in the world, has been crafting beautiful fragrances, remedies and herbal products since 1221. A visit to this one-of-a-kind place offers the chance to step back in time and bring home a scent of Florence that will transport you right back to Italy! ... Read More

Discovering the Historic Santa Croce Neighborhood in Florence

Discovering the Historic Santa Croce Neighborhood in Florence

Florence is a city of beautiful squares, from the buzz of Piazza del Duomo to sweeping city views from Piazzale Michelangelo and the historic grace of Piazza Santa Croce. Come along on a journey as we delve into the history of Piazza Santa Croce and share our favorite things to see and do in this lively Florence neighborhood. ... Read More

5 of Our Favorite Tuscany Hill Towns

5 of Our Favorite Tuscany Hill Towns

These days while we’re all dreaming of being able to return to Italy, there’s one place that’s especially good at capturing our hearts and imagination: Tuscany. Isn’t there just something magical about those picture-perfect landscapes of rolling hills dotted with towns, vineyards, and rows of cypress tress? To inspire your future travel plans and keep Italy close to your heart, we’re sharing 5 of our favorite hill towns in Tuscany. ... Read More

What to do on a Rainy Day in Florence

What to do on a Rainy Day in Florence

Planning your vacation in Florence during the winter and spring months is a great idea. You miss the summer heat and the high season crowds. It is the best time of year for hearty food like pappardelle al cinghiale and glasses of deep Tuscan red wine. Most of your days will be sunny and crisp ... Read More

Four Ways Florentine Cuisine Highlights Tuscan Bread

Four Ways Florentine Cuisine Highlights Tuscan Bread

Did you know that tasty Tuscan bread has no salt? It’s one of the details that makes bread in Tuscany so unique. However, without salt it goes stale quickly. Clever Italian cooks handled this problem by inventing delicious traditional dishes that make the best use of old bread. Nothing goes to waste! Why did they ... Read More

A Feast for the Eyes: Unforgettable Florence Views

A Feast for the Eyes: Unforgettable Florence Views

The city of Florence has much to be admired. At every turn there are layers upon layers of beautiful views. Here are some of our favorite panoramic views for enjoying the splendor of Florence, whether from a popular tourist site, an off-the-beaten path location or a wonderful vacation rental apartment. ... Read More

Italy Perfect Featured in Travel + Leisure Magazine

Italy Perfect Featured in Travel + Leisure Magazine

Italy Perfect is delighted to be included in Travel + Leisure magazine’s February 2015 “Guide to the New World of Vacation Rentals”. The February issue includes Italy Perfect’s beautiful Tuscany Bucine property located in a peaceful setting in the hills near the fortified, ancient town of Arezzo. The accommodations here are very comfortable, a good value and almost ... Read More

Arriving in Italy just got easier! New direct train service from Rome airport to Florence and Venice.

Arriving in Italy just got easier! New direct train service from Rome airport to Florence and Venice.

New direct train service from Rome airport to Florence and Venice, twice a day at 11:08 am and 3:08 pm. You no longer have to take the airport train to the main train station (Termini) and then take a second train onward. Just take the direct train at either of those times and arrive at ... Read More

Fiesole, the Crown of Florence

Fiesole, the Crown of Florence

The narrow and crowded streets of Florence are filled with delights but you may find, as we do, four nights into our stay, that we need a respite and Fiesole is the perfect solution. On the heights above Florence, the ancient town of Fiesole welcomes with amazing views, a small historical area with an evocative ... Read More

Top Tips for Visiting your Student Abroad in Italy

Top Tips for Visiting your Student Abroad in Italy

A semester abroad is a dream-come-true for many university students — and their family members who come to visit. We recently interviewed Mike, a recent college graduate, who shares with us his wisdom on “do’s and don’ts” for visiting your son or daughter who is studying abroad in Italy. ... Read More

Florence Mercato Centrale: A Tour of Tastes

Florence Mercato Centrale: A Tour of Tastes

The newly renovated Mercato Centrale [Central Market] is the epicurean center of new and old Florence, a veritable tour of tastes. The ground floor has always offered a wide array of fruit, vegetable, meat and other specialized local vendors.  The 140 year-old Mercato Centrale recently celebrated the opening of its new HUB gourmet food hall on the second level of ... Read More

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