I recently visited the Westin Excelsior in Florence for a two day planning meeting with my US tech client to discuss their global events programme. I have absolutely fallen head over heels in love with this destination and just had to share my experience!
The first thing that strikes you about the city is the incredible architecture, every step I took there was a new little street to explore or building to admire.
Florence is known as the birthplace of the Renaissance, it is utterly romantic and bursting with history. This small city, on the banks of the Arno River in north-eastern Tuscany, has hardly changed since the Renaissance and its narrow cobbled streets are adorned with elegant 15th- and 16th-century palazzi (palaces), medieval candle-lit chapels, fresco-decorated churches, marble basilicas and world-class art museums. Visitors can admire work by such greats as Botticcelli & Michelangelo and the entire city centre is a Unesco World Heritage site.
Food & Wine
There is so much to sample in Florence but their particular speciality is the Florentine steak, we shared a 1.5kg T-bone and it was quite simply delicious! We were lucky enough to visit the Trattoria 13 Gobbi, a beautifully small, traditional restaurant tucked away down a side street where they served a delicious meal paired with local wine, amazing!
The Westin Excelsior
The Westin Excelsior really combines traditional Renaissance decoration and architecture with a contemporary edge. The main part of the hotel is classically decorated with huge staircases and marbled floors, the rooms are sumptuous but with all the facilities we have come to expect.
The roof top bar and restaurant is modern with a fantastic selection of cocktails, wines and champagnes and the views out over the city are breath taking.
And I really can’t finish without mentioning the concierge and hotel staff. They were friendly, accommodating and knowledgeable and they really ensured that our stay was the best it could be, and most importantly of all made sure our client was looked after every step of the way.
The absolute best way to see the city is on foot. By simply strolling along the river you can drink in the bridges, cathedral domes, Michelangelo sculptures and the hustle and bustle of artists, restauranteurs and shop owners.
I would 100% recommend Florence as your next event destination, so get in touch if you want to know more about what this stunning city can offer.