Surrounded by beautiful hills, Florence is an open-air museum that conveys emotions and unique sensations that make it the ideal setting for a special event. The historic center of Florence enclosed within the old medieval walls, recognized in 1982 as a World Heritage Site by Unesco, keeps inside the most precious Italian treasures, as the Cathedral with its magnificent dome designed by Brunelleschi, Giotto’s Bell Tower, the Galleria Uffizi and much more.
Talking about hotels I would suggest the NH Porta Rossa dating back to the 12th century, one of the most ancient hotels of Italy. This property enjoys an exclusive position; in fact, it is located in the pedestrian area of the centre of Florence, a few steps from the Cathedral, Piazza della Signoria, Ponte Vecchio and Galleria degli Uffizi. The 72 rooms of the hotel join together the classic style of the accurate furniture with a charming atmosphere and some of them are decorated with beautiful frescos. The largest meeting room capacity is for a small group of 30 individuals but the hotel is so charming that it’s worth staying there and considering the meeting somewhere else.
Another perfect hotel for your business event is The Westin Florence, a perfect mix of style and design: 171 guest rooms & suites each beautifully decorated in period style, offering a taste of Florentine tradition. The hotel is located in an enchanting and historical building in the heart of the city, the perfect location for any business event. The Westin Florence features over 412 m2 of function space for events and meeting to accomodate from 40 to 180 guests.
For your gala dinner I would suggest a very peculiar venue, the Salone dei Cinquecento (hall of the five hundred) of Palazzo Vecchio. The Salone dei Cinquecento was built in 1495 to accommodate the representatives of the Greater Council (formed from 500 members), that was the organ of government of the city. The hall is imposing and you will have the chance of having dinner under a celing of 39 panels constructed and painted by Vasari!
Another peculiar venue for your gala dinner is the the Stazione Leopolda, a real “piece” of industrial architecture with a huge and impressive structure, the only one of its kind in Italy hosting events related to contemporary culture and creativity.
For your team building you cannot miss an activity related to wine, indeed Tuscany is renowned for its noble wines and the softly rolling hills surrounding Florence are home to the vineyards housing the estates and hunting lodges of the noble families that produce some of its finest labels. A professional oenologist will take the team building group on a tour of the area’s most illustrious wine cellars for a wine-tasting experience dedicated to Chianti, one of Italy’s best-known red wines, appreciated throughout the world.
Talking about food Tuscan kitchen is considered among one of the finest in Italy. A great way to promote team building is to give your group a chance to cook a tasty Tuscan speciality called “pappa con il pomodoro” (tomato bread soup) made from stale bread, ripe tomatoes, garlic, basil and an abundance of extra virgin olive oil from the region.
For your sightseeing you cannot miss a walking tour of Florence and surely you cannot miss also the small, romantic town, of San Gimignano, perched on a hill in Tuscany’s Siena province, with several masterpieces of 14th- and 15th-century Italian with a feudal atmosphere.
Greetings from Florence!
Next time another beautiful region right in the centre of Italian Peninsula!