Hotel Marchionni is the ideal departing point to visit Versilia as well as the whole Tuscany. Culture, daily life, leisure and nature. One should not forget the proximity of beautiful art cities such as Lucca, Pisa, Cinque Terre, Florence, Siena, all reachable in short time.
Hotel Marchionni is about 100 km from Florence, one of the most beloved italian cities. Capital of Tuscany, Florence was estblished by Romans in the first century B.C. . It startet its own rebirth after the fall of the barbaric empire, during the Carolingian period and it attained its highest level of splendour in between the the XI and the XV century, as a free city state, balancing the authority of Emperor and Papacy, overcoming the inner disputes in between Guelfi and Ghibellini. During the XV century The Medici Family started its dynasty and eventually they became Grand Dukes of Tuscany.
During their period Florence reached the top of its glory in the fields of art and culture, politics and economy. In the XVIII the Medici were succeeded by the House of Lorena, until 1860 when Tuscany became pert of the Italian kingdom and Florence was capital of Italy in between 1865 and 1871.
During this period the city took on again the role of important cultural and artistic centre.
Among the monuments not to be missed you will find: Palazzo Vecchio, the most important building of the city and now a museum; Palazzo Pitti site of some of the most important museums of Florence:
Palatin Gallery, Museum of Silver artifacts, modern art gallery, and the gallry of fashion; the Duomo,
The cathedral in Gothic Italian Style dedicated to Santa Maria del Fiore; the dome, the most famous building of Florence; Giotto Tower Bell, the most outstanding monument of the city, visible from all the panoramic points. Ponte Vecchio, one of the symbols of Florence and one of the most famous bridges in the world, it crosses the Arno river in its narrowest point, where anciently a ford existed.