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IWC Schaffhausen

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Florence, where magic comes alive

Florence, where magic comes alive
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Sarah-Louise Marks And Christopher Phelps Of The Adventures Of Us

Sarah-Louise Marks And Christopher Phelps Of The Adventures Of Us

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THE FAMILY BEHIND “ADVENTURES OF US” HAS ESCAPED TO THE ROLLING GREEN TUSCAN HILLS. EXPLORE THE ART, CUISINE, ARCHITECTURE AND VIEWS THAT MAKE THIS ITALIAN DESTINATION TRULY MAGICAL

Welcome to the enchanting world of Florence, Tuscany, where magic, romance, art, food, and breath-taking landscapes converge to create an unforgettable experience. Florence, the birthplace of the Renaissance, is a living museum that breathes art and history, whilst its architecture tells a tale of centuries gone by. The city’s galleries and museums, including the Uffizi Gallery and the Accademia Gallery, house masterpieces like Michelangelo’s David and Botticelli’s Birth of Venus. The sheer abundance of art is awe-inspiring and a testament to Florence’s artistic legacy.

 

“Florence awakens the soul.”

 

Driveway to Belmond Villa San Michele

— Driveway to Belmond Villa San Michele, a 15th century monastery-turned-luxury-hotel

 

Christopher Phelps at the Belmond Castello Di Casole

— Christopher Phelps enjoying the sunset at the Belmond Castello Di Casole 

 

Christopher Phelps wearing the Portofino Chronograph IW391029
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Portofino CHRONOGRAPH

IW391029

Portofino Chronograph

6 990 €

Stainless steel case, Automatic, self-winding. Black alligator leather strap, Strap width 20.0 mm.

Made in Switzerland

— Christopher Phelps wearing the Portofino Chronograph IW391029  

 

 

HOMEMADE PASTA AND CHIANTI WITH A VIEW

For our first stop, we ventured to Florence’s majestic icon, Belmond Villa San Michele. Set atop a hill overlooking Florence, Belmond Villa San Michele is a 15th-century former monastery turned luxury hotel. It offers a captivating blend of history and elegance. The property’s stunning gardens, frescoed ceilings, and impeccable service create an ambiance that is second to none.

 

The vistas from Villa San Michele are nothing short of magical. Gaze out over Florence’s cityscape, the Arno River, and the rolling Tuscan hills while sipping a glass of local wine on the terrace. It’s the perfect setting for a romantic evening. A glance down at our IWC Portofino Chronograph, and it was time for lunch.

 

Time to indulge in culinary delights at the hotel's restaurant, La Loggia. Italian food is by far our favourite cuisine, and at La Loggia the combination of exquisite Tuscan dishes and panoramic views creates an unforgettable dining experience. Don’t forget to try their homemade pasta and delicious tiramisu, plus a glass of wine from the Chianti region for a truly delectable experience.

 

In addition to its rich historical art, Villa San Michele also hosts contemporary art exhibitions and installations. The juxtaposition of modern art within a historic context creates an intriguing dialogue between the past and the present.

 

 

The food at Belmond Castello di Casole reflects the essence of Tuscany - a celebration of fresh, local ingredients, time-honored recipes, and a deep connection to the land.

BLOSSOMING MOMENTS

For our second stop, we set off to the countryside, driving through endless green rolling hills. Belmond Castello Di Casole, located in the heart of Tuscany, is a fairy tale castle turned luxury resort. This historic property offers a glimpse into the region’s medieval past while pampering guests with modern comforts and amenities.

 

The castle’s architecture, surrounded by vineyards and olive groves, is a testament to Tuscany’s rich history. Stroll through the cobbled streets, relax by the infinity pool, or book a couple’s spa treatment for a truly romantic experience.

 

Tuscany is known for its rolling hills, vineyards, and charming villages. However, it’s also famous for its roses. Each year, during the month of May, the Tuscan countryside bursts into a riot of colours as thousands of roses bloom. This natural spectacle is a breath-taking sight and no garden is more beautiful than the rose gardens of Castello Di Casole. 

 

 

Sarah-Louise Marks in the rose garden of Castello Di Casole

— Sarah-Louise Marks and her baby girl in the rose garden of Castello Di Casole 

 

HEART AND SOUL OF TUSCANY

The food at Belmond Castello di Casole reflects the essence of Tuscany - a celebration of fresh, local ingredients, time-honored recipes, and a deep connection to the land. Whether you’re dining at Il Palagio, sipping wine on a terrace, or participating in a cooking class, you’re sure to be treated to a memorable culinary journey that captures the heart and soul of Tuscany.

Portofino Chronograph Ref. IW391029 in 42 mm
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Portofino Chronograph

IW391029

Portofino Chronograph

6 990 €

Stainless steel case, Automatic, self-winding. Black alligator leather strap, Strap width 20.0 mm.

Made in Switzerland

— The elegant Portofino Chronograph Ref. IW391029 in 42 mm features a dial and leather strap in black 

 

 

View from the hilltop of Belmond Castello di Casole

— View from the hilltop of Belmond Castello di Casole

 

 

The hotel offers superb dining and wine experience

— The hotel offers an ideal setting for a relaxed and superb dining and wine experience 

 

FAVORITE RESTAURANTS IN FLORENCE

Florence is a city known for its exceptional culinary scene, where traditional Tuscan cuisine meets modern gastronomic innovation. Here are some of the best restaurants in Florence that offer a delightful range of dining experiences:

 

La Giostra: This romantic restaurant is known for its elegant atmosphere and delectable cuisine. Try their signature dish, the cappellacci alla panna e tartufo (pasta with cream and truffle), for a truly indulgent experience.

 

Il Santo Bevitore: Located in the Oltrarno district, this cosy restaurant offers a contemporary take on traditional Tuscan dishes. The menu changes with the seasons, ensuring the freshest ingredients in each dish.

 

Enoteca Pinchiorri: A three-Michelin-starred restaurant, Enoteca Pinchiorri is a temple of haute cuisine in Florence. The tasting menus here are masterpieces of gastronomy, featuring a fusion of Italian and international flavours.

 

 

Want to know where we’ll head to next? Follow the @IWCjournal to find out. #AdventureswithIWC

    

 

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