Hotel degli Orafi - Lungarno Archibusieri, 4 - 50121 Florence (Italy)
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Your Walks

Helping you to choose your walks and excursions is one of the services that our Hotel provides.
There are many possibilities: to visit Florence on foot, with or without a private guide, alone or in a group or to take a tour by coach, reaching the more well-known and fascinating places on the city outskirts.
You can also decide whether your itinerary should last a whole day or only a few hours.
Tours can be included in already organised packages, or created specifically for your needs, offering you a completely customised tour.
Our Reception staff will be able to advise you on the best way of touring the city.

The Ormanni Estate...
an Arcadia without time

The estate takes its name from the original owners, The Ormanni family, mentioned by Dante in the Divine Comedy.
One of their properties is now a large agricultural area between Poggibonsi and Castellina, in the heart of the Chianti district. This property was later passed on to the Scarlatti family and then to the Medici’s.
Since 1818 the property is owned by the Brini-Batacchi family who has not only fostered appreciation for their products ( the Chianti Classico wine and the oil), but has cleverly restored some of their farmhouses into comfortable apartments for 2 to 10 people.
All apartments are furnished in typical Tuscan style and are also adapted for disabled guests. Here you can enjoy your vacation in the beautiful Tuscan countryside, relaxing by the poolside or having a barbecue with your family and friends.

Corridoio Vasariano
The Vasarian Corridor [ scheda ]

The Vasarian Corridor was built by Giorgio Vasari in only 5 months, on the orders of Cosimo I de’ Medici, on the occasion of his son’s wedding to Giovanna d’Austria.
It is a covered, raised passage which...

Loggia del Porcellino
Loggia del Porcellino [ scheda ]

The Loggia del Porcellino is the more commonly used name for the Loggia del Mercato Nuovo in Florence, so called because of the Porcellino fountain.
Built around 1550 according to...

Ponte Vecchio
Ponte Vecchio [ scheda ]

This is the oldest bridge in Florence: it was first built in the Roman era. Since then it has been damaged and destroyed several times when the Arno has flooded.
After the construction of the “lungarni” – the avenues on the banks – in 1345, the bridge was rebuilt on...

Galleria degli Uffizi
The Uffizi Gallery [ scheda ]

Palazzo degli Uffizi, one of the most important museums in the world for its marvellous collection, was started by Giorgio Vasari in 1560, on commission to Cosimo I de’ Medici, and finished by Buontalenti.
An architectural Florentine masterpiece of the 1500s, it was built in order to...

Palazzo Vecchio
Palazzo Vecchio [ scheda ]

Palazzo Vecchio is in Piazza della Signoria and it has been the seat of the Comune of Florence since 1872.
Inside the Palace there is a museum with works by Michelangelo, Bronzino and Giorgio Vasari. Initially known as Palazzo della Signoria, it was given the name of...

The Duomo [ scheda ]

The Duomo, or Cathedral, of Florence dominates the city with its pink marble façade and its famous dome.
The considerable differences in the various parts of the Cathedral are evidence of the clear changes in style over the long period of time from the laying of...

Piazza della Signoria
Piazza della Signoria [ scheda ]

The splendid Piazza della Signoria first began to take shape in 1268, when the Guelfi family took over the city of Florence and decided to pull down all their rival’s houses, the Ghibellinis.
The first buildings to be razed to the ground were...

Museo Nazionale del Bargello
The National Bargello Museum [ scheda ]

The Bargello Museum, named after Palazzo del Bargello, houses an important collection of sculptures.
In the mid-thirteen hundreds, the building became the seat of the Podestà, as the highest official of city government was known at the time...

Palazzo Pitti e Giardino di Boboli
Palazzo Pitti and the Boboli Gardens [ scheda ]

Palazzo Pitti was built around 1440 from a design by Filippo Brunelleschi for the merchant Luca Pitti. Cosimo I de’ Medici bought it in 1550 for his beautiful wife Eleonora di Toledo...

Accademia delle Belle Arti
Academy of Fine Arts [ scheda ]

The Florence Academy of Fine Arts has its headquarters in the ancient San Matteo hospital, well restored, originally built between 1388 and 1410.
Its origins date back to when the city guilds...

Accademia dei Georgofili
The Georgofili Academy [ scheda ]

Founded in Florence on 4th June 1753 on the initiative of the Lateran Canon Ubaldo Montelatici, the Academy was the first public body in Europe dedicated to agrarian studies aimed at improving agricultural production by means of the rational use of the land. Under the patronage of...

Piazzale Michelangelo e Basilica di San Miniato
Piazzale Michelangelo and the San Miniato Basilica[ scheda ]

When Florence was the capital of Italy, in 1865, the architect Giuseppe Poggi created the staircase leading from Porta di San Niccolò to Piazzale Michelangelo and the Basilica of San Miniato sul Monte alle Croci.
The steps start at the mid point of Via san Niccolò and...

Museo delle Pietre Dure
The Museum of Semi-precious Stones [ scheda ]

At number 78 of Via degli Alfani, in the San Marco district, in the heart of the city, about 400 m from Santa Maria del Fiore, is the Semi-precious Stone Workshop (the Opificio delle Pietre Dure, also known by its initials: OPD) which must absolutely not be missed.
It is actually an independent institute in...