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    Florence is one of Italy’s most beautiful cities. From the iconic Ponte Vecchio to Brunelleschi’s Cupola, it’s filled with history, culture and outstanding Italian cuisine.

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    Stay: Velona’s Jungle Luxury Suites

    When it comes to unique and authentic accommodations, Velona’s Jungle Luxury Suites is pure perfection. The boutique hotel is found in the centre of Florence takes inspiration from the family’s patriarch, Pasquale Velona, who, through his travels as an art dealer, collected furnishings and art dating back to the mid-20th century. His antique and period findings from across Italy and the world, paired with carefully selected modern works by artists and designers, now fill Velona’s Jungle.

    The most luxurious of the four suites, is Fossey Suite – this deluxe suite is a jungle paradise, with king-sized bed, rain-shower, tranquil palette and luxury amenities so that you can relax after a long day exploring the city.

    The hotel has a strong focus on sustaining both the environment and local culture and practices. There is no better way to start a day of exploration than with a healthy, well-balanced breakfast of freshly-made vegan sweet and savoury pastries, vegan croissants, muesli, fruit juices, smoothies, and organic jams. Featuring locally-sourced, organic 100% vegetarian products, Velona’s Jungle offers a true eco-luxe lifestyle to its guests.

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    Eat: L’OV-L’Osteria Vegetariana

    With its bohemian atmosphere and hanging plants, L’OV-L’Osteria Vegetariana is one of Florence’s best vegetarian gourmet restaurants. Located in the Oltrarno area, within this rustic stone building you’ll find a mix of traditional and regional dishes designed for vegetarians, vegans and celiacs.

    The menu is seasonal, and unlike any other in Florence. Designed as a culinary journey, you won’t see appetizers, first and second courses, but instead ‘before’, ‘after’ and ‘then’. With the freshest market ingredients on hand, the chef creates a culinary experience to savour.

    Drink: Manifattura Tabacchi

    Manifattura Tabacchi is “a glam bar in a chemistry lab”. This unique bar is as Italian as they come, complete with Italian music from the ’50s and Italian-made spirits and liqueurs. Enjoy the atmosphere while you sip cocktail classics like Negroni, Bellini and Sazerac with a twist.

    Play: Create your own perfume

    There is something quite special about having a signature scent, but why settle for second best when you could create your own? Perfume masterclasses are run in the cellar of a Renaissance palazzo by the Master Perfumer of AquaFlor Firenze, giving you the chance to learn trade secrets while creating your own perfume.

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    For more personalised information tips and advice, or to book your own Florentine adventure, contact your local TravelManagers’ personal travel manager here.

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