Villa Ortaglia is set in the heart of the region, just 20 minutes from central Florence. Our guests will find themselves ideally located to the area's leading attractions, famous galleries and renowned shops and restaurants. From strolling through the renowned Uffizi Gallery to experiencing the region's world-famous festivals, there is something for everyone in the beautiful city of Florence.
Situated just 20 minutes from central Florence, Villa Ortaglia is in close proximity to the city’s leading attractions and historical sites. Examples include The Basilica di Santa Maria del Fiore, the magnificent cathedral church of Florence, Piazza De Pitti, the beautiful Giardino dei Boboli garden and the famous Porta San Frediano district.
This renowned gallery stands just 20 minutes from Villa Ortaglia, and is home to some of the world’s most celebrated masterpieces. Housed in a beautiful Renaissance palace, the gallery’s collection traces the rich history of Florentine art, and features artwork by the likes of da Vinci, Titian, Caravaggio and Botticelli.
Famous across the world, true Florentine cuisine can be sampled in a number of locations close to Villa Ortaglia. From strolling around the city enjoying fresh Gelato to tackling the Bistecca alla Fiorentina; a traditional thick cut of succulent steak, you’re truly spoilt for choice in Florence.
A number of popular shopping villages and outlets lie in the vicinity of Villa Ortaglia. These include the Barberino Designer Outlet, which houses over 100 designer boutiques, offering incredible products and prices all year round. The outlet is highly accessible and operates its own shuttle service that runs from the centre of Florence throughout the day.
Another popular shopping destination is The Mall, which is located close to Villa Ortaglia in the idyllic Tuscan countryside. Featuring a host of designer clothing, accessory, perfume and shoe shops, the Mall has an option for everyone. After a day of shopping, guests can enjoy refreshments in the Mall's cafe or fine dining in the outlet's luxury Italian restaurant.
Florence is home to a number of international festivals and events that take place throughout the year. One of the most famous is the Explosion of the Cart, one of the city’s main folk festivals. A celebration of the city’s vibrant and rich history, the main event features a cartload of fireworks; which is hauled by six white oxen from Porta a Prato to the Duomo.
Other famous events include the Costume Football Game and the Festival of the Cricket, which derives from the regions tradition of pagan festivities. The city’s St. John’s Day celebrations, which take place in June, feature a breathtaking firework display that is not to be missed.