Best time to go to Florence: weather


Any time is good to come to Firenze at the Relais Grand Tour B&B and visit this incredibly cradle of the Renaissance in Italy, but some seasons are better than others.
Due to the climate change, actually our Springs and Autums are much longer than in the past and less rainy. This makes travels more pleasant for tourists and give you more time to schedule your vacation, if you want to skip Summer and Winter, which are much shorter than a few years ago.

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Relais Grand Tour is now on The Rough Guide ! A present to the users…

This is a great good new: the Rough Guide staff contacted us to put the Relais Grand Tour & Grand Tour Suites on the Rough Guide for Italy 2016! We are so proud!
Actually we are already on the Rough Guide Pocket Size and this 2015 Mr Jonathan a member of the Rough staff listed our bed and breakfast in the Florence center on the Rough Guide for Tuscany and Umbria. This is super terrific!
What can we say? A great thank you to the Rough staff and to all the users which have sent comments about our place so that we were took in consideration by the editors.
Grazie mille!
We are happy to offer to the Rough Guide users a 10% discount on all our tariffs and make this special combinable with other offers they can find on our official website Relais Grand Tour Offers

Just come here with the book where you saw our place and the special will be confirmed!

Getting to the Relais Grand Tour from the train station Firenze SM Novella


If you are coming to Florence by train, this is very easy and less stressfull than to use a car. You can book the tickets directly on the official website english version available, or you can easily get the tickets at a local travel agency or at the train station ticket office.
If you will come to Florence from Rome, Milan, Naples, Cinqueterre, etc. this will be a very good transportation because it is fast and safe. From Rome it takes no longer than 1h 40 minutes, Milano is at about 2 hours (by car this is about 4 hours).
When you will stop at the Firenze SM Novella just go in the direction of the Pharmacy you will see on your left (leaving the train platform). There you choose if take a taxi or just walk.

Taxi: go to the Pharmacy and turn at its corner; at the end of the sidewalk on your right you see the taxi line. A ride to the Relais Grand Tour is about 10,00/12.00 euros and it takes just a few minutes (also see this post Taxi in Florence how does it work? )

Walking directions: go to the Pharmacy and cross the streets at the traffic light, then take right and go straight to the Largo Alinari (first corner on your left) which will put you into the Via Nazionale. When you will be into Via Nazionale just count the corners you will meet on your right. At the 4th, turn here, this is Via Guelfa. Walk straight into Via Guelfa to the 2nd cross-road: on your left there is Via Santa Reparata and we are at the n.21. Be careful: here in Florence we have black and red numbers. Red are for shops, restaurants etc. and black numbers they are for private homes, small hotels, etc. We are on the n.21 in black, on the opposite side of a small music shop you will meet coming in our direction.

Relais Grand Tour and Rick Steves: welcome!

rick steves RGT

Good news make us very proud of our property and our efforts. Actually we are on the Rick Steves guidebook since the 2013, and thi make us very happy. Rick Steves in person he came here and rang at the doorbell “Do you have a room, please?” We were fully booked, but we welcame this nice man just to have a talk and make him to see some arrangements and amenities of our B&B, and the patio, too. We talked about Florence and its people, some nice places to eat that we love here in the city center, we talked about the weather and so on… After this, he told us “Ok, now I can tell you who I am…” and this was so unespected from a tourist looking for a room… “I am Rick Steves, you know my books?”. I thought it was just a trick and me and my husband Giuseppe had a laugh. It took some minutes to realized that the man was right Rick Steves in person and that he was inspecting our property, and I will never forget that day, it was embarassing at the first time, but very exciting later! The morning after he came back to us to inspect the rooms after guests check-out, and he was definitely sure: the Relais Grand Tour was put on the Rick Steves guidebook for Italy and Florence&Tuscany.
Since we love the way he has to take care of travellers through his network and all his books, we decided to give to all Rick Steves readers a special discount if they come here with the guidebook where they found us, and we offer this special on our official website Relais Grand Tour Offers

Welcome Rick Steves!


Christmas and New Year’s 3 nights Package

Firenze Christmas Time

Lets come to Florence and stay at the Relais Grand Tour during Christmas Holidays and enjoy the romantic athmosphere of the New Year’s Eve. You can mix our special discounts even in this period of the year and add them with our gift: a bottle of italian sparkling wine and our home made cantuccini biscuits!

– 3 nights stay in a Double Room including Rick Steve special discount + I do it myself special offer + Grand Tour Christimas Gift with champagne and biscuits from euros 279,00 total 3 nights stay!
– 3 nights stay in a Suite including Rick Steve special discount + I do it myself special offer + Grand Tour Christimas Gift with champagne and biscuits from euros 375,00 total 3 nights stay!

More informations with price conditions and availabilities on our official website 

Cooking class in Florence: Grand Tour advices

home made pasta

Here at the Relais Grand Tour Firenze we are used to suggest places to eat we love. Some of them are famous for the home made pasta. Others for the steak. Others for the desserts. You had pasta and you found it simply great. You eat ravioli, gnocchi, lasagna. You eat that fresh home-made bread. That “zuccotto” cake, or cantuccini biscuits. Now: how can you repeat that amazing experience when at home?

Try a cooking class while in Firenze! Just organize about 3 hours of your time and enjoy the art of cooking as a local the very best Florentine recipes for pasta or cakes.

Actually, there are many agencies organizing cooking class, and here I suggest you the cooking class by Artviva agency just because guests told me they had a good experience with them. The groups are not big, and the prices are affordable. In addiction, their office is located into the city center, so you can easily go there on foot from the Grand Tour Firenze to their address.

As you can see, the agency offers a long list of tours in and outside the city center, by walk or bus, and you can use the online booking service to reserve your cooking class.

Enjoy the food while in Italy!

Easter 2014 in Florence: museums, events…

Happy Easter in Florence

Sunday 4/20: The Uffizi Gallery and the Academy Museum will be open from early morning and around 10.00 am in the Duomo square there is the famous Explosion of the Cart with fireworks.

Monday 4/21: Uffizi and Academy special opening day!

Restaurants: all open both for lunch and dinner

Shops: closed on Sunday, open on Monday


Happy Easter! 



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