THE BEST WAY TO FLORENCE, ITALY
From LAX, Alitalia, Air France and Lufthansa offer connecting service (change of plane) to Florence. Restricted round-trip fares begin at $884, excluding fees and taxes.
To call the numbers below from the U.S. dial 011 (the international dialing code), 39 (the country code for Italy) and then the local number.
WHERE TO STAY
Granduomo, No. 1/7 Piazza del Duomo; 055-2670004, http://www.granduomo.com. A newly restored 18th century palazzo overlooking the Duomo offers elegant mini-apartments, a roof terrace and a cozy library. Doubles from $200.
Four Seasons Hotel, 99 Borgo Pinti; 055-26261, http://www.fourseasons.com/florence. A luxury grand palazzo set in a private park. Doubles from $770.
J.K. Place Firenze, 7 Piazza Santa Maria Novella; 055-2645181, http://www.jkplace.com. Chic, stylish boutique hotel in Florence's most beautiful piazza. Doubles from $435.
WHERE TO EAT
Lungarno 23, 23 Lungarno Torrigiani; 055-2345957, http://www.lungarno23.it.
Trattoria Baldovino, 22 Via San Giuseppe; 055-241773. http://www.baldovino.com.
Olio & Convivium, 4 Via Santo Spirito; 055-2658198, http://www.conviviumfirenze.it. An elegant wine bar, delicatessen and restaurant.
WHAT TO DO
Palazzo Vecchio Scavi, 5 Piazza della Signoria, 055-2768224. Underground tours must be booked through firstname.lastname@example.org. $8.40 for a single adult ticket; $19.60 for a family ticket for four (two adults and two children).
Context Travel will arrange tours, led by an art historian of the Vasari Corridor. http://www.contexttravel.com/city/Florence/walking_tour_details/Vasari_Corridor $140 a person.
Barberino Designer Outlet, Via Meucci, 50031 Barberino del Mugello, 055-842161, http://www.mcarthurglengroup.com. Reduced prices on brands such as Bulgari, Prada and Versace.Copyright © 2015, Los Angeles Times