Apart from the prestige and years of driving pleasure that come with owning a Ferrari, buying one of the iconic cars grants you exclusive access to the Italian factory where they are made.
A secret wonderland for Ferrari clients, the Maranello headquarters are immaculate: picture a workforce of handsome Italians in red jumpsuits assembling each vehicle by hand. No photos are allowed, but trust us–every stage of the process is as beautiful and perfectly engineered as the final result. If your budget doesn’t quite extend to a new car, visit the museum for your Ferrari fix. musei.ferrari.com/en/maranello/ferrari-factory-tour
But we all know a Ferrari isn’t just for looking at, and a road trip through Tuscany is a dreamy setting to test-drive the California T model. With the push of a button the world-renowned engine roars to life and all of a sudden, you’re driving a Ferrari! Push another button and the top comes down; better to see the crowds that gather (and applaud!) as you drive by. It’s no surprise that the car handles winding Tuscan roads with ease, and with music playing and the sun shining it’s hard not to feel like a film star. california-t.ferrari.com
Cruising into Florence and seeing tourists and locals stop to stare will only enhance the feeling of celebrity status. Hotel Santa Maria Novella sits on the square it’s named for, with gorgeous views across the charming city. Marble bathrooms, four-poster beds and a breakfast buffet you can enjoy on the roof terrace make for a most romantic stay. hotelsantamarianovella.it
Though Florence is the home of Gucci and Ferragamo (both labels have museums in the city), one of the most exquisite shopping experiences is Florentine Pharmacy. The 600-year-old perfume store is hidden inside a former palace, with chandeliers, wood panelling and painted ceilings that will take your breath away. Choose from the vast range of candles, soaps, fragrances, incense and more–the body oils are to die for!
A hidden gem on Via Dei Conti, UB is a treasure-trove of retro furniture and fabrics, vintage signs and an extensive collection of handpainted wallpapers from the 1960s through to the ‘80s. Even if you’re not in the market for its wears, stop by and be transported to another time.
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After a day exploring you’ll have worked up an appetite, and there are few better foodie cities than Florence. The Michelin-starred Il Palagio at the Four Seasons Hotel is sublime. Whether seated inside the marble dining room and surrounded by floral arrangements, or eating al fresco in the gardens during the warmer months, it’s an experience you won’t soon forget. The wine list boasts more than 400 labels-the sommelier is happy to guide you through them-and the contemporary Italian menu is beyond delicious. Molto bene! - ilpalagioristorante.it