Our Segway Tour of Firenze was an absolute delight
highly informative and personalized. The Segway is a joy to ride and the thoughtful, professional staff makes the experience unique and unforgettable. We are telling all of our friends. Of all the things we did in Italy, we had the most fun, and learned the most, on the Segway Tour of Firenze. A thousand thanks.”
Chula Vista CA
The magnificent Gothic of Santa Croce (1294) contains the tombs of many famous Florentines, including Michelangelo and Galileo. The spacious, airy interior is enhanced by the radiant frescoes of Giotto and his gifted pupil. Taddeo Gaddi, painted early in the 14th century. Incorporated into the cloister beside the church is Brunelleschi's Classical Cappela de' Pazzi, a masterpiece of Renaissance architecture. The rest of monastic buildings ranged around the cloister form a museum of religious painting and sculpture.
The facade was reclad with coloured marble in 1863 paid for by an English benefactor, Francis Sloane.
Initially a Medici villa, then in Napoleonic times, given to Napoleon's sister (and redone in a predominantly neo-classical style). Now houses institutions like L'Istituto Statale della SS. Annunziata, an elite girls school. My friend, Tom, who works at the EUI, thinks that back in 1993 the EUI should have given up its home at the Badia Fiesolana to move out here on the basis that Poggio is a much larger building with the capacity to absorb the huge expansion the EUI has enjoyed.
The Mall outlet center: many outlet stores
Busy, a lot of buses in the tourist season.
BY SHUTTLE SERVICE
There is a daily service from Florence to and from The Mall.
It departs 9am and 12:30 pm Monday through Friday - 9am only on Saturdays. Return departures are at midday and 5 pm. You should contact the Mall for more information.
From Milano: Take the A1 motorway towards Florence and take the exit marked Incisa. Take the road on the right towards Pontassieve until reaching Leccio. Continue stright through Leccio and The Mall will be on the left.
From Rome: Take the A1 motorway towards Florence and take the exit marked Incisa. Take the road on the right towards Pontassieve until reaching Leccio. Continue stright through Leccio and The Mall will be on the left.
Monday-Saturday 10,00am / 7,00pm Sunday 3,00pm / 7,00pm It houses outlets by Agnona, Bottega Veneta, Emanuel Ungaro, Ermenegildo Zegna, Fendi, Giorgio Armani, Gucci, Hogan, I.Pinco.Pallino, La Perla, Loro Piana, Marni, Salvatore Ferragamo, Sergio Rossi, Tod's, Valentino, Yves Saint Laurent, yamamoto.
The complex also includes a cafè restaurant: DOT.COM. 30% to 50% off the retail price
Cute Cafe....Not So Cute Food
This small cafe sits on the Piazza Santa Croce. The waiter wasn't friendly but he wasn't rude. We ordered the two slives of pizza that seemed like they were Stouffer's French Bread Pizza (not very good). The prices were, of course, way too high as they were in a central place.
However, you're only here once. It didn't put us out of the bank or anything but if you're looking for every meal to be precious then pass this up for sure. Na...