From Artisan Craftsmanship To Cutting Edge Design, Guests Can Enjoy The Best “made In Italy” Christmas Shopping Experience
The festive season in Italy is fast approaching and Florence and Milan are two perfect destinations for a pre-festive escape. The magical atmosphere, the beauty of the two historical cities, the Italian cuisine and the elegant holiday decorations at Four Seasons will be among the highlights of a remarkable experience leading up to Christmas and New Year’s. (Both The Four Seasons Hotel Milano and Four Seasons Hotel Firenze can easily be connected through an hour and a half train ride.) With the special shopping packages offered at Four Seasons Hotel Firenze and Four Seasons Hotel Milano, guests will be guided through the best artisan ateliers of the Renaissance city and will learn about the artisans’ crafts and antique traditions; in Milan they will be taken through the vibrant but hidden Milanese streets where they will discover the city’s most creative apparel and accessories for a unique gift.
Festive Shopping Escape in Florence
For those who wish to experience shopping in Florence like a local, Four Seasons Hotel Firenze has created the Festive Shopping Escape. Led by a multilingual local guide, guests will have the opportunity to visit the city’s best arts and crafts workshops and ateliers of artisans. According to their preferences, they can choose a personalized tour covering fashion, home décor, leather goods, pottery, lighting, jewelery, couture or perfumery. Visitors will even be introduced to the shop owners, who will reveal their art’s secrets and history, as everything in Florence is filled with the scent of culture and ancient glamour.
After the tour, guests might like to browse antiques districts and artisan workshops, or experience Tuscan specialties in the food shops of the typical Central Market in San Lorenzo and delight themselves with a leisurely lunch. To take a walk through the narrow streets downtown is to take in the city’s Renaissance atmosphere, which is still alive everywhere in the city.
Four Seasons Hotel Firenze consists of two Renaissance buildings: the 15th century Palazzo della Gherardesca and the 16th century La Villa, a former convent. The two properties are set in a five hectare private garden that is the largest private park in the city. As an urban resort nested in the bustling city centre, it stands just a few steps away from the main attractions. The Hotel is considered a living and contemporary museum with magnificent pieces of artwork and unique designs found in its rooms, suites and hallways. Along with its unique Spa facilities, a key attraction is the Michelin starred restaurant Il Palagio offering a mouth-watering mix of Tuscan and Italian delicacies in an upscale and Renaissance surrounding.
- Luxury accommodations for two
- American breakfast for two served at Il Palagio or La Magnolia, or through in-room dining
- Tour of traditional craft shops for two guests
Rates start from EUR 455 in a Superior room plus 10 percent VAT, now through December 22, 2016. Rates are intended per room, per night, varying by arrival date and/or length of stay. All offers are subject to availability and rates might change at the time of reservation. This package requires a two-night minimum stay and must be reserved at least three days prior to expected arrival to ensure availability.
Festive Shopping Escape in Milan
Take advantage of the Festive Shopping Escape to experience Milan, the birthplace of “Made in Italy,” famous for its combination of cosmopolitan feel and exclusively Italian lifestyle. To discover fashionable shops like never before, enjoy a special tour offered by Four Seasons Hotel Milano and hosted by a personal stylist starting from the Quadrilatero della Moda, recognized as the most exclusive destination for upscale shopping.
A dedicated guide will take guests through vibrant but hidden Milanese streets where they will discover the city’s most creative side. Via Montenapoleone, Via della Spiga and Via Gesù (where Four Seasons is located) are the highlights of Milanese fashion thanks to the numerous boutiques with glittering window displays and unmissable collections. Guests will receive special access to unique boutiques, complete with dedicated salespeople and refreshments – places that only true Milanesi know are worth a visit.
Located in Italy’s most fashionable shopping district and designed around striking original 15th century architectural details, the cosy and comfortable 118 luxury hotel rooms and suites at Four Seasons Hotel Milano offer chic and historical details with timeless Italian design. La Veranda restaurant overlooks the historical cloistered garden and features traditional and innovation selections of seasonal Italian cuisine. The Hotel’s Spa is the perfect cocoon to warm up and relax with an inspiring selection of treatments using the finest skincare products and an indoor swimming pool.
- Luxury accommodations for two
- Daily full buffet breakfast at La Veranda restaurant for two guests
- An exclusive tour of Milan’s hidden fashion boutiques with a personal stylist, including dedicated salespeople and VIP welcomes and refreshments
- Special festive amenities on arrival
Rates start from EUR 725 in a Superior Room plus 10 percent VAT, available from November 1 to December 31, 2016. Rates are intended per room, per night, varying by arrival date and/or length of stay. All offers are subject to availability and rates might change at the time of reservation. This package requires a two-night minimum stay and must be reserved at least seven days prior to expected arrival to ensure availability.