Useful addresses and suggestion for your cultural and pleasure trip in Florence, Chianti, Tuscany.
Florence and Tuscany
Florence doesn't need any presentation. The part of Florence, less tourist we suggest to visit is the one called Oltrarno. From Porta Romana, at the end of the road SS 2 Cassia, to the Arno is one of the most interesting area. Boboli, Pitti square, S.Spirito, Il Carmine (visit the church is recommended), Il Cestello, and the little streets around are usually neglected by the mass tourism. Another nice part of Florence is around S.Croce square. Also Certosa di Firenze, near Galluzzo, is beautiful and surely worth to be visited. Impruneta has a beautiful square, with a basilica and a good museum. There are a lot of
places to visit in a day trip. Siena with Monteriggioni, S.Galgano (on the way to Grosseto); S.Gimignano; Volterra; Cortona near Arezzo. The Chianti, region of Gallo Nero wine. Along the Chiantigiana road: Greve, Panzano, S.Leonino, Castellina. From S.Casciano to Panzano Campoli, Badia a Passignano, Montefioralle. Villa Demidoff on the national road to Bologna, usually open during the week ends. S.Quirico, Pienza, Radicofani, Bagno Vignoni (thermal place, is possible to have a bath in thermal waters), Montepulciano, Monte Oliveto Maggiore, Sant'Antimo, Montalcino. Val d'Orcia, Civita di Bagnoregio, Viterbo, Bolsena, Orvieto. The Versilia sea with Forte dei Marmi and Viareggio is at 1 hour from Florence. Castiglion della Pescaia, Punta Ala, Uccellina National Park, the beautiful beaches of Alberese (Maremma natural Park), the clear sea of Argentario. Marina di Castagneto and Baratti near Livorno. The beautiful Tuscan archipelago with Elba island (ferry from Piombino every hour), Giglio and Giannutri isles (ferry from Porto Santo Stefano). Lucca, Pistoia (with its mountains), Abetone, Pisa, Arezzo (all at about one hour from Florence) and the National Park of "foreste casentinesi".
Local transfers
If you don't like drive your car this service allow you, in Florence and Siena area, to plan tours and movements aboard of a modern 7 seats vehicle driven by skilled staff speaking English. Routes, selected by the guest, starts from your accommodation. This is on payment service and provided by third parties. Reservation is necessary at least 15 days before. Contacts for more information.
Art & Culture
Uffizi 055/23885 8:30 am-6:50 pm Sunday till 7 pm Monday closed.
Galleria dell'Accademia 055/2388609 8:30 am-6:50 pm Sunday till 7 pm
Cappelle Medicee 055/2388602 8:30-5 pm Sunday till 1 pm Mon closed.
Galleria Palatina 055/2388614 8:30 am-6:50 pm Sunday till 7 pm
Cappella Brancati 055/2382195 10 am-5 pm Tuesday closed.
Opificio delle pietre dure 055/218709 8 am-2 pm Sunday closed.
Bargello 055/23886088 8:15 am-5 pm Monday closed.
Sports & Fitness
Tennis Court 055/2012111 Impruneta, Via della Robbia
  055/208333 Via Imprunetana per Pozzolatico
  055/8074223 Tavarnelle Val di Pesa, strada Noce
Horse Riding 055/2313883 Bagnolo, fattoria Olmi Grossi
Golf Courses 055/2301141 Impruneta, Via Chiantigiana
Fitness 055/2022888 Tavarnuzze, Via A.Grandi 2
Wine bar
Chianti wine and Extra virgin olive oil Janet and Stefano Tel 055/2374180
"Bacco in Chianti" S.Casciano Val di Pesa, Via IV Novembre 126
"Bottega del vino" Castellina in Chianti, Piazzetta del Comune 11
"La Giravolta" Castellina in Chianti, Via Bolgheri 1 Tel 0577/742004
"Enoteca Porciatti " Radda in Chianti, P.zza IV Novembre 1
Food shops

They are usually open from Monday to Saturday morning from 8:30 am to 7:30 pm. The small one close for lunch. Handy supermarket is the "Coop" in Impruneta (Via Ho Chi Min), open also Saturday afternoon and Sunday morning. In Impruneta and in Tavarnuzze there are two small "Coop" shops. In Florence there are several food shops and supermarkets (as "Esselunga", via Pisana, near Ponte della Vittoria open also on Sunday mornings and closed Monday mornings). In San Casciano there is a "SuperCoop" (superstrada to Siena, exit San Casciano and then follow the signs).

"Le Fonticine" - Via Nazionale 79 Firenze Tel 055/ 282106
"Da Padellina" - Corso del popolo 54 Strada in Chianti Tel 055/858388 (closed on Thursday).
"Il Caminetto del Chianti" - Via della Montagnola 52 Strada in Chianti (on Chiantigiana road) Tel 055/ 8588909 (closed Tuesday, Wednesday morning).
"Villa Borromeo" - Via Borromeo 119 San Casciano Val di Pesa Tel 055/8290118 (private parking).
Restaurant "Bellavista" - main square in Impruneta, with panoramic terrace.
Restaurant-pizzeria "I Cavallacci" - Via Aldo Moro 3 Impruneta (on the road to Florence) (reservation is recommended) Tel 055/2313863.
"Taverna Machiavelli" - S.Andrea in Percussina (on the national road to Siena via Cassia) deviating toward San Casciano/Spedaletto. Nice historical place where to have Tuscan food.
Trattoria "Nello" - Via IV Novembre 64 San Casciano Val di Pesa Tel 055/820163 (closed Wednesday evening and Thursday).
"La Cantoniera di Vescine" - Radda In Chianti (on the road between Radda and Castellina) Tel 0577/741195
"Da Stefano" (only fish) - Via Senese 271 Galluzzo (on the road to Florence) Tel 055/049105 (closed on Sunday - excellent, expensive).
"Omero" - Pian dei Giullari 11/r Firenze (near Piazzale Michelangelo) Tel 055/220053 (famous for the bistecca alla Fiorentina).
"Pane e vino" - Via San Nicoḷ 70/r Firenze Tel 055/2476956 (very good wines, sophisticated and expensive).
"I Due G" - Via Cennini 6/R Firenze (near the railway station) Tel 055/218623 (closed on Sunday).
"Il Pruneto" - Via della Croce 39 Impruneta Tel 055/2324760

Ice Cream

In Impruneta "Bar Italia" - in the main square.
In Florence "Vivoli" - Via Isole delle Stinche 7 Tel 055/292334
Florence Tuesday morning (along Parco delle Cascine).
Impruneta Saturday morning
Tavarnuzze Wednesday morning
Tavarnelle Val di Pesa Thursday morning
Galluzzo every mornings


During summer there are a lot of theater plays, films, exhibitions, concerts, both in Florence and in nearby villages. Information at tourist information offices, on newspapers and on specialized magazines.
You can find a lot of handicraft places in Florence. Impruneta is famous all over the world for the Cotto (also the roof of the Cupola del Duomo di Firenze is made by cotto of this area). There are many Fornaci where craftsmen cook cotto and pottery. Famous are the Orci that are very big pots where traditionally olive oil was stored. Fornaci are very interesting places to visit (and where to buy something fine) and craftsmen will be very glad to explain you a tradition that goes back to hundreds of years.

Emergency telephone numbers

Police 113
Carabinieri 112
Fire Brigade 115
Ambulance 118
Carabinieri of Impruneta 055/2011027
Carabinieri of Tavarnelle 055/8077003
Anti-poisons center 055/4277819
Doctors in Impruneta 055/2011664 - 2011979

of Impruneta

055/2011049 - 2313225

of Tavarnuzze

055/2374555 - 2020026
Useful telephone numbers
Taxi 055/4390 - 055/4399
Garages 055/2020376
Gas pump Shell - Via Imprunetana per Tavarnuzze
  Shell - Tavarnuzze selfservice h24, Via Cassia 192

Esso - Via Cassia 83
Public utilities
Banks Impruneta, Tavarnuzze, Galluzzo
Post Office Impruneta, Tavarnuzze, Tavarnelle Val di Pesa
Tourist information Impruneta, Via Mazzini 1 Tel 055/2313729
  Mon to Fri 9:30 am - 12:30 am and 4 pm - 6 pm
Public phones Impruneta and Tavarnuzze
Nearest Hospital Ponte a Niccheri
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