Firenze (FLORENCE) is only one hour and ten minutes drive from Castello delle Serre. Give yourself the entire day for Firenze as it does merit the time. Take the main motorway in the direction of SIENA, then drive around the center of SIENA following signs for TANGENZIALE and FIRENZE. The Siena-Firenze 4 Corsie, is by far faster and less complicated than the SS222 or Chiantigiana road. Follow the blue signs into Firenze and take advantage of the free parking in Piazzale Michelangelo, so that you are on the edge of the city without ever actually driving through it.
Admire the view from Piazzale Michelangelo and gaze down on the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance while slowly making your way down towards the river. Major sites include the Uffizzi and the Accademia. The Uffizzi houses one of the western worlds largest art collections, including paintings by Michelangelo, Da Vinci and Botticelli. The Accademia is most famous for housing the original statue of David by Michelangelo. To avoid long lines we strongly urge you to pre-purchase your museum tickets at the official Firenze Museums website, www.firenzemusei.it. You can also visit the Duomo, Santa Croce, Piazza della Republica, Pitti Palace and the Boboli Gardens.
If you are looking to shop, then Florence is the perfect place to let loose. Via Tornabuoni offers every designer label one can imagine, the Ponte Vecchio is the center for the most extravagant jewelry shops in Tuscany and the Mercato di San Lorenzo offers traditional style leather goods and other artisan products.