There is a word you will often happen to stumble across when you are on holiday in Florence: Bellosguardo.

Indeed, in Florence there are Via Bellosguardo , Piazza di Bellosguardo , the hill of Bellosguardo and, if this is not enough, Villa di Bellosguardo .

Just thinking about the fact that the word originated from the union of the words "bello" (beautiful) and "sguardo" (view), you can easily understand that it is often attributed to the hills that surround the cradle of the Renaissance due to the view you can enjoy if you spend some days in an apartment on the hills around Florence.

Founded in the basin of the river Arno, as its inhabitants incessantly repeat, Florence is in fact surrounded on three sides by gentle green hills: Cercina, Fiesole, Settignano, and, obviously, Bellosguardo.

In the past many celebrities decided to live in the villas and apartments on the hills around Florence , including Galileo Galilei, Henry James, Ugo Foscolo and Florence Nightingale. Today it is the football players, the protagonists of the showbiz and the top managers who have their houses on the hills that surround Florence.

The (open-eye) dream view over Brunelleschi`s dome, Giotto`s bell tower, the Arnolfo tower and the gleaming river Arno is really worth the price of the ticket alone, that is, the rent fee of an apartment on the hills around Florence.

But these areas are also dotted with monasteries, castles, ancient parish churches, and things to see. Jewels standing along the so-called Anello del Rinascimento (ring of the Renaissance), a 170 kilometre route that passes through many municipalities of Florence hinterland: another reason for deciding to spend some days in an apartment on the hills around Florence , if you are planning your holidays in Tuscany.

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