The birthplace of the Renaissance, Florence has captivated the world’s most erudite, outrageously talented, and down right rich individuals for centuries. True to her name, Florence (‘may she flourish’) reached its zenith during the 15th-century rule and cultural patronage of the Medici family.
Florence is the ultimate museum city. The city’s tangled web of medieval streets with its stunning Renaissance architecture, feels totally untouched by time. There are beguiling Renaissance palaces, gilded mansions, sculpture gardens, piazzas that feel plucked from a Shakespearean tragedy, and ornate cathedrals and churches filled with works by Donatello and Ghiberti.
The Duomo, Brunelleschi’s masterpiece, has graced a million tourist brochures. The cathedral’s polychrome, marble facade and monumental red-tiled dome defies hyperbole. The Uffizi Gallery overwhelms with room after room of masterpiece paintings, from Giotto, Paolo Uccello, Sandro Botticelli, Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo, Titian and Caravaggio—the list is endless. Michelangelo is the ultimate crowd pleaser. The Accademi is home to his David, but to see Michelangelo’s work without the crowds head to the Museo dell’Opera del Duomo which displays the artist’s unfinished Pietà (a work in progress at the time of the artist’s death in 1564). The small museum also houses one of Donatello’s masterpieces, Mary Magdalene.
Florence offers more than a few contemporary attractions, if you care to find them. Chef Fabio Picchi Cibrèo has caught the attention of epicureans around the world. Quite the modern day Dionysus, Fabio invites indulgence at every turn at each of his four world-renowned restaurants. The innovative Teatro del Sale—a trattoria, deli, theater, and a private club— combines the finest modern and traditional Florentine pleasures.
Airports within a 50-mile radius of Florence:
- Peretola Airport (FLR)
- Ampugnano Airport (SAY)
- Pisa International Airport (PSA)
Popular aircraft charters* in the Florence area include:
- Citation Excel (super light)
- Learjet 45 XR (super light)
- Citation CJ3 (light)
- Learjet 31ER 400A (light)
- Learjet 60 XR (midsize)
- Citation III (midsize)
- Gulfstream G200 (super midsize)
- Citation Sovereign (super midsize)
*This is just a sample. Zephyr provides access to aircraft at every end of the spectrum, from luxurious VIP airliners, to ultra long range business jet, helicopters, and economical turboprops.