Florence: A magnificent Italy travel destination

Florence, Italy is famous for its art and history. Known as the birthplace of the Renaissance, this well-known city offers travelers sights and landmarks around every corner. Where else but Florence can you enjoy gelato while walking along the same narrow streets that Michelangelo once strolled, or gaze upon the many historic buildings and most important works of art our world has to offer? To get you started on planning your dream vacation to Florence, here are five types of things to see and do:

1. Outdoor activities
Florence is often referred to as an open-air museum, presenting travelers with beautiful architecture, squares and gardens. Visit shops on the Ponte Vecchino, view sculptures created in the 16th century at the Boboli Gardens, or bask in panoramic views of Florence at the Piazzale Michelangelo.

2. Museums
Peruse paintings, sculptures and frescoes featured in Florence’s many museums. Gaze upon Michelangelo’s David at the Accademia Gallery or experience the magic of The Uffizi Gallery, home to works by Renaissance greats Leonardo da Vinci, Botticelli, and more.

3. Religious buildings
Not only is Florence famous for its art and history, but for its architecture as well. Visit the famous Duomo and climb to the top of the cupola where you will be able to see all of Florence. Or visit the Basilica of Santa Croce – the sacred burial grounds of some of the most acclaimed Italians.

4. Wineries
Tuscany is known for its wine, and if you are willing to take a short drive you will be able to sample not only Chianti wines, but also sangiovese-based reds, and Supertuscan blends as well. The Chianti, Carmignano, and Bolgheri regions are all within driving distance from Florence.

5. Unique lodging
Florence is a great place to experiment with a property that may be out of the ordinary. The Villa la Vedetta is like a luxury estate straight out of a novel set in the Neo-Renaissance era. With only 18 well-appointed, classically designed rooms and suites, you will feel like royalty. The Portrait Firenze is in the heart of the historic city of Florence on the edge of the Arno River. The Portrait is surrounded by exquisite architecture, artistic masterpieces and is just steps from many notable fashion retail establishments.

These are just a few of the many sights Florence has to offer. Connect with an Advisor at contactus@traveldesignlounge.com or visit the Travel Design Lounge at the Shops of Legacy to discover everything this invaluable destination has to offer.

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New York City

REST EASY IN THE CITY THAT NEVER SLEEPS.

Within New York City’s five boroughs there are a mind-boggling number of restaurants, bars, museums, entertainment opportunities and sight-seeing attractions. This can oftentimes present a daunting task when you begin planning a trip to New York City.

Two of the most important decisions you need to make when starting the planning process is to determine what you want to see and where you are going to stay. Depending on the length of your stay, it’s nearly impossible to see everything the “city that never sleeps” has to offer in one visit. It’s best to go into the planning process with a handful of major must-sees you want to experience on your trip. For example, a few items may be; Broadway, Museum of Modern Art, Central Park and a Brooklyn Nets game. Be sure to also make time to grab a burger at The 21 Club! You may just spot an undercover (or not so undercover) celeb indulging in a satisfying meal.

Tip: On Google Maps, pinpoint each attraction, restaurant and store you want to visit, you will be able to check more items off your list if you strategically explore by area. This could also minimize your transportation time in between.

The next question you may be asking yourself, where do I stay? Find the locations of the attractions and entertainment you want to experience – if a majority of these fall in the same area it may make sense to stay close by. If you’re like me and they’re spread out all over the city, keep an open mind. Each neighborhood has its own personality and you’ll get a feel for where you prefer to stay.

If you want to stay near Central Park at a classic landmark, splurge on The Plaza. It’s a piece of history that encapsulates all that luxury stands for. The Loews Regency is in a great location and rates seem to be more reasonable. If you’re looking to be close to the fashion district, The Crosby Street Hotel could be the perfect SoHo fit for you. For a unique and comfortable downtown option located in TriBeCa, Robert DeNiro’s Greenwich Hotel is a relaxed first class experience. If East Village is calling you to stay near, The Standard is another popular property of choice for return visitors.

New York City and its attractions cater to every taste and, while there are many options, the Advisors at Travel Design Lounge want to simplify the process for you. Contact one of our Advisors today at contactus@traveldesignlounge.com to see how we can tailor your New York trip best fit to your personality based on interests and preferences. You’ll be happy you did! Be sure to use our “Stay Connected” form below to sign up for updates and information on upcoming events, including supplier visits. Follow us on TwitterInstagram, and Facebook for the most up to date information!