- Staff at Podere San Filippo
- Tickets to the Uffizi Gallery
- Getting to Florence or Siena
- Getting around in Florence
- Attractions Other Than Art
- Opening Hours
- Tourist Information
- Pool Closure
- Food & Beverage - Off site
Staff at Podere San Filippo
Remember, the people taking care of you at Podere San Filippo are all local and can advise you of the best places to visit during your stay, so don’t hesitate to ask them for assistance. From tips on local restaurants to must-see attractions, they are ‘in the know’ and will help you make the most of your stay.
Tickets to the Uffizi Gallery
The Uffizi Gallery is the most important and most visited museum in Florence. Its 45 rooms are home to not only the finest Florentine paintings from the 14th and 15th Centuries, but masterpieces from other parts of Italy as well as four centuries’ worth of works from leading artists in Germany, Spain and Holland.
The Uffizi also exhibits ancient Roman and 16th Century sculpture in its frescoed corridors. In order to avoid queues for the Uffizi or another museum, you can indicate on your Club Paradiso Vacation Planner that you wish to purchase tickets before your arrival.
Getting to Florence or Siena
We recommend that you leave your car in Tavarnelle Val di Pesa and take the local bus there which will drop you off in the city centre. The bus services are very reasonable and offer routes to all corners of both cities.
Getting around in Florence
Florence’s main historic centre is relatively small and therefore easy to explore on foot. Take a guided walking tour for a perfect introduction to this beautiful city. Driving in Florence is not advisable, due to the many pedestrian roads, one-way systems, restricted driving zones and a shortage of parking spaces (don’t risk getting a ticket as it will follow you home). There is a hop-on-hop-off sightseeing bus operating in Florence which is a good way to travel on your first visit to the city, offering visits to the main sites and superb panoramic views.
If you don’t want to leave your car behind, we recommend that you park your car outside of the city centre and walk, or leave it in one of the pay and display car parks. If you choose the street parking option, make sure you do not park in a space for ‘residents only’ as your car may be towed away.
Attractions Other Than Art
Even if much of Tuscany’s greatness lies in its arts and history, it offers wonderful shopping, peaceful parks and excellent dining options. Wander amidst the luxury of world-famous boutiques, watch craftsmen at work on traditional Florentine leatherwork and peruse numerous bustling street markets. You will encounter an exhilarating atmosphere and breathtaking views.
Most shops, galleries, museums and so on close at 12.30 or 13.00 and re-open between 16.00 and 17.00. The banks sometimes open in the afternoon but to be safe, go in the morning. Supermarkets close on Sunday and some of them also on Monday morning.
Although much information will be available at your resort reception, you may wish to visit one of the many tourist offices and pick up some of the helpful brochures. You´ll also find helpful information online and in the Tourist Offices in Florence and Siena.
Due to the weather conditions the pool at Podere san Filippo is closed between the months of November to April. The indoor public pool “Piscina Il Melograno” in San Casciano in Val di Pesa is about 6 km away and open all year.
Food & Beverage - Off site
The resort is located in a peaceful area of the countryside with no shops or food and beverage outlets nearby. A grocery starter pack can be ordered before arrival and a car is highly recommended.