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DREAM: CITY LIFE

Finding Florence
Where to Stroll

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Florence is best explored on foot, and
any walk through this enchanting
city should include stops in two of
its famous art museums: the Galleria
dell'Accademia-which displays
Michelangelo's David-and the
stunning Uffizi Gallery, built in 1581.
Also, climb the 463 stone steps
to the Duomo terrace for
breathtaking views,
and walk across the
Ponte Vecchio
bridge to the
Oltrarno
district,
located
south of the
Arno River.
Other stops
include Forte di
Belvedere, for a
surreal panorama
of the city, and the
Pitti Palace, now a
museum with the beautiful
Boboli Gardens behind it.

Where to Eat

As you stroll into the center of San
Lorenzo, walk through the Mercato
Centrale to see a gastronomical dream:
a line of food vendors selling local
delicacies like pizza, truffles and gelato.
Visit Osteria del Cinghiale Bianco-
a tiny, quiet spot south of the Arno
serving classic Florentine cuisine-
and order the cinghiale (wild boar)
con polenta. La Tenda Rossa is 20
minutes southwest of Florence, but
it's worth the drive to this Michelinstarred restaurant, where the chef visits
tableside to illustrate the inventive

Stroll from Piazza del Duomo
to Piazza della Signoria
(pictured here) to admire the
city's art and architecture,
or through Boboli Gardens'
many statues, like that of
Adam and Eve (left).

cuisine. (Bonus: It's
en route to Hilton
Grand Vacations Club
at Borgo alle Vigne.)

Albizi for coffee or casual eats (try
the Tuscan soup). Off the beaten path
is jail-turned-cafe Le Murate Caffè
Letterario, featuring a library and patio.

Where to Shop

Open-air markets shadow
Florence's beautiful architecture. The
Piazza San Lorenzo is most popular,
but there are other treasure-filled
squares. Amble the cobblestone streets
to markets on Via dell'Ariento and Via
Nazionale, or shop the stores on Via
Pellicceria for leather suitcases, belts
and wallets.

Where to Drink in the Views

A trip to Florence is not complete
without a cafe stop. Caffè Scudieri,
steps from the Duomo, has delicious
pastries. Enjoy them outside while
gazing at the golden door of the
Battistero. Break between the Duomo
and Santa Croce at La Loggia Degli

WHERE TO STAY After a
day in the hustle and bustle of
Florence, relax in the tranquil Tuscan
countryside at Hilton Grand
Vacations Club at Borgo alle
Vigne. Inside, enjoy elegant one-,
two- and three-bedroom suites with
fine Italian furnishings and private
terraces overlooking the miles of
green hills and olive groves that
surround you. Prefer to stay closer to
the action? Convert your ClubPoints
to Hilton Honors points and stay at
one of Hilton's hotels in the Florence
area such as Hilton Garden Inn
Florence Novoli, located 10 minutes
north of the city's center.

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Explore a city revered for its
culinary and artistic history



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