Set on the banks of the beautiful River Arno is the picturesque hamlet of Candeli. Popular among locals for its prime location close to Florence, this village is dominated by the majestic Villa La Massa – a magnificent 16th-century Renaissance villa now operating as a luxury hotel. The main appeal of this rural hamlet lies in its proximity to Florence’s historic centre: guests can reach the medieval streets in just over 15 minutes by car or an hour on foot. This makes it really easy to get out and about to see some of Italy’s most revered sights. Wander around the enormous Piazza della Signoria beneath the shadow of Palazzo Vecchio’s ancient ramparts, stroll along the famous Ponte Vecchio or head to the magnificent 15th-century Duomo – the city’s most iconic landmark. If you fancy slowing the pace down, Candeli is within easy reach of numerous Tuscan villages set throughout the beautiful rolling hills of the region.
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The majority of international flights arrive into Pisa airport (PSA). Direct flights to Pisa are available from Belfast, Bristol, East Midlands, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Leeds Bradford, Liverpool, London Gatwick, London Heathrow, London Luton, London Stansted, Manchester and Newcastle and take approximately 2 hours.
When to go
Tuscany is predominantly a summer destination, with the main tourist season generally running from April to October. Temperatures are at their hottest in July and August, this is also when Tuscany is at its busiest. However, Tuscany also enjoys a mild climate in spring and autumn with temperatures rarely going beneath 20 degrees which makes it perfect for visiting at the beginning or end of season too. The coast has wonderful sea breezes and the hilltop towns are much cooler than the lower countryside villages. The best time to visit is during the quieter season, from April to June and September to October when the weather is good, prices are a bit lower and there are fewer crowds. There are many festivals and events throughout the year in Tuscany and Easter and Christmas are always busy.
At the current time, British citizens do not require a visa to visit Italy.
You don’t have to leave a tip in Italy – most Italians don’t tip for restaurant meals, bar drinks, taxi rides or hair and beauty treatments. However if you do leave a tip, you might receive quicker service.
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