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Ultimate Visitor’s Guide: Florence with Relais Santa Croce

At JG Black Book, when it comes to Italian adventures, we are Firenze’s #1 fans! Lucky for us, our partner Relais Santa Croce, a restored 18th century palazzo in the heart of Florence, strikes the perfect balance between Tuscan luxury and modern comfort. Nestled between the Basilica of Santa Croce and the Duomo, this Baglioni hotel is the ideal private Italian hideaway. Continue reading to see why Relais Santa Croce is the perfect place from which to explore fabulous Florence!

Relais Santa Croce


As one of the top international tourist destinations, Florence is renowned the world over for its sheer number and quality of monuments and art collections, which have achieved worldwide acclaim. Be sure to visit the Uffizi Gallery with exhibits featuring the greatest Italian Renaissance paintings alongside Dutch, Spanish and German masterpieces–just a few minutes from the hotel.

To learn more about Florence’s many attractions, click here.



Mixing ancient cooking traditions and the flavors of today, Guelfi e Ghibellini restaurant serves Tuscan favorites transformed into exciting new gourmet sensations. The restaurant’s young culinary stars create a seasonal menu, updated every three months, enhanced with daily produce from local markets.

In the same building there is the famous Enoteca Pinchiorri, a 3-star Michelin restaurant, which sits at the top of the international gastronomic list. It is renowned throughout the world for its cuisine and prestigious wine cellar.

Relais Santa Croce Restaurant


For the fashionistas and vintage enthusiasts, Florence is the birthplace of some of Italy’s most important brand names: Gucci, Ferragamo and Cavalli, to name a few. In addition to the shopping choices on the Ponte Vecchio, there are also various designer outlets, such as The Mall in Leccio, just outside of Florence, which can easily be reached by car or shuttle bus.

Salvatore Ferragamo

A Relais Santa Croce Special

White Diamond of Italy: Truffle Hunting
Enjoy a walking tour through San Miniato in the beautiful Tuscan countryside and pick truffles along with an expert and his dog who will teach you how to find these black gold and white pearls.

Valid: Now – March 31, 2013

For more details, click here.


Live it up in lavish luxury with Relais Santa Croce!


-the JG Black Book team