Just Got Back: Italy

Jenny Cook, Director, Legal Travel Division

Where did you Just Get Back from? Milan and Florence in Italy.

When were you in Italy? August 2015

“Milan, the fashion capital of the world. Lake Como, a short drive away with picturesque homes to take your breath away. Florence, birthplace of the Renaissance with the Ponte Vecchio and charming narrow streets to get lost in. Siena in the heart of Tuscany. Wine, food, history- it’s no wonder that everyone loves Italy.”

Words to describe what you felt when you first arrived: The Italian culture is very warm and welcoming- it’s easy to feel comfortable even if you don’t speak their language.

Where did you stay? Four Seasons Milan and Four Season Florence.

Why do you recommend staying at these properties? 

Four Seasons Milan: Located amidst the most prestigious designer shops/close to the Duomo, gracious hospitality, large rooms, steeped in history as it was originally a Convent. There is a most spectacular swimming pool built into the original structure of the building.

Four Seasons Florence: Just a 10 minute walk to the Ponte Vecchio, easy to reach but far enough to escape and really relax in a beautiful setting. The building is a Palazzo dating back to the Medici family. Art work, original mosaic tiles, 5 acres of garden coupled with a new spa facility. Romantic and also family friendly.

Tempt us- Name some of the most special places you discovered on this trip: Navigli (trendy restaurants in this up and coming canal area of Milan); Ristorante Crotto dei Platani (Brieno/on Lake Como); Art- “The Last Supper” and “The David”. Wineries: Tolaini (small), Antinori (large), both within driving distance of Florence.

What’s the best time of year to go in your opinion? Late October- early November, late February – early April to avoid the crowds.

Want to learn more? You can contact Jenny at jenny.cook@altour.com or 310-571-6173.

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