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An Oasis in the Middle of Florence

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With the travel bug infecting all of us about now, I thought it time to post some yummy travel stories. And who better to have the honors than my jet setting friend, Norma Thiessen, better known as My Beautiful Paris. But don’t be fooled by the Paris part, she gets around! Her images, her hotel selections, her keen eye for details, and her fondness for exceptional food and drink, qualify her in spades. Take it away, Norma…

There is something so wonderfully special about the Four Seasons Hotel Firenze. When I hear the name, or see a photo, I immediately get stirred up. The good goose bumps surface and the first thought that comes to mind is: When will I return?

I have written several articles on this magical place. A hotel does not get any better than this. Due to my travel website, I have had the good fortune to stay at many, and though a select few might be equal, there is none better.

One of the main features that makes this particular hotel unique is the garden. The Giardino della Gherardesca is the largest private garden in Florence, and also famous for being the first garden in Florence to grow fragrant mandarin orange trees.

During your stay, eleven acres of fountains, charming hills, windy walkways and centuries-old trees is yours to explore. You can even enjoy a peaceful picnic setting while gazing at Brunelleschi’s glorious dome of the Cathedral of Santa Maria in the distance.

From lounging around the sun-drenched, grass-surrounded pool, to enjoying the tasty and extraordinary dishes at the Michelin starred Il Palagio, or sipping their famous peach Bellini in the Atrium Bar…

…to walking through the museum-like corridors in awe of the frescoes, silk wallpaper and stucco that dates back hundreds of years, or hearing the soothing sound of pebbles under your feet as you stroll on the garden paths…

…to jumping into the luxurious bed at night and crawling under the ultra-soft covers…

…spending a few nights at the Four Seasons Hotel Firenze is truly a dream!

So when the travel restrictions lighten, and it feels right to travel once again, you will find me at the Four Seasons Hotel Firenze–an oasis in the middle of Florence. It doesn’t get any better than that.

Thank you, Norma, when are we putting Firenze on our calendar??


All images courtesy of Norma Thiessen of My Beautiful Paris.

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Bettie Bearden Pardee

About Bettie Bearden Pardee

Author of Private Newport and Living Newport, garden furniture designer (The Parterre Bench), national lecturer, and entertaining expert. An honoree for the second year on "The Salonniere 100 America's Best Party Hosts", she was also the host and creative producer of "The Presidential Palate: Entertaining at the White House".

6 thoughts on “An Oasis in the Middle of Florence

  1. We stayed at the Four Seasons in Florence in May of 2013. It is lovely but not near the heart of Florence as many other wonderful hotels. We traveled to Tuscany and upon our return to Florence, we stayed at the Lungarno with a room overlooking the Arno. Walked everywhere!

    1. What a lovely coincidence! And thank you for the second hotel name, the Lugarno. Now we have even more to discuss when next we get together…xB

  2. O.M.G. ! Definitely something for the wish list! DIVINE!
    That relatively intimate size of only 116 rooms usually means wonderful service.
    Those exquisite gardens. Oh my. In the middle of a busy city, what a peaceful delight!

    The Renaissance suite will do nicely for me, I think:)
    https://www.fourseasons.com/florence/accommodations/specialty-suites/renaissance_suite/

    And read a bit more about the hotel here too…
    https://fathomaway.com/four-seasons-hotel-florence-italy/

    It would really be a heavenly stay. It would be easy to stay for 5 nights and hard to leave!

    1. Thank you, my dear, for your links…I’m diving into them right now!! I’m also passing your comment along to my friend, Norma. She’ll be so flattered that you became so engaged with her post. xB

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