The beauty and prestige of Florence are acknowledged everywhere, from the Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, which was once the largest church in the world; passing through Ponte Vecchio which beauty also conquered the heart of Gerhard Wolf, a German politician, who had the merit of safeguarding this historical wonder in the second world war.
A walk around Florence fills the eyes with beauty even “only” for all the beautiful public and private buildings that we may found along the streets. One above of all is Palazzo Spini Ferroni, now home to the Ferragamo Maison, it was once the largest private palace of Florence, the only one able to compete with Palazzo Vecchio, head quarter of the political power of the famous Medici family, built in those same years at the end of the XIV century; and it is from here that we start our unusual itinerary:
Leaving the palace behind, just few steps from the Column of Justice, which stands in the middle of the square, at number 76 of via Porta Rossa there is the Antonio Mattei Bottega & Museum, where you may find documents and history about the 162 years of our Biscottificio Antonio Mattei, the only holder of the original Prato Biscuits recipe (also called Cantucci or Cantuccini); here you can enjoy a good coffee accompanied by one of these famous biscuits, and stock up on energy for the walk.
Let’s go in the Fontana del Porcellino direction, the statue is actually a young boar carved in the seventeenth century by Pietro Tacca, who acts as guardian of the Loggia del Mercato Nuovo, a place considered lucky by the Florentines, at the center of which is the Stone of the scandal, where defaulting debtors were punished.
Continuing in the direction of the Arno, we find ourselves in front of the Ponte Vecchio, on the left we walk the “lungarno” taking the suggestive portico under the Vasari Corridor to enjoy all the magic feelings of the Arno and we go towards the Tower of San Niccolò, the only Florence tower, which has maintained its original height; it can also be visited nowadays: a walkway that leads, after 160 steps, to benefit from a breathtaking 360 degree view.
At this point we recommend a small stop in the San Niccolò district and then two splendid gardens await you depending on the time of year:
The Iris Garden where you can also enjoy beautiful spring sunsets, from 25 April to 20 May, every day (including holidays) and the Rose Garden open almost all year round, but amazing during the flowering period in May and June, there are also 12 sculptures by the visionary Belgian artist Jean-Michel Folon.
We wish you a wonderful day!
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