June 01, 2002
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Posh, Italian-style: The Westin Excelsior

Italy is the garden of Europe, Tuscany is the garden of Italy, Florence is the flower of Tuscany.

Crooned during the days of Michelangelo, these words still hold true for bella Firenze, a living art museum and a hub for food, wine and fashion.

Filled with frescoes, precious woods, inlaid marble and antiques are the 107-room Grand Hotel Florence and the neighboring 168-room Westin Excelsior, both managed by Starwood. Together they offer 14 meeting rooms.

Beyond the famous sites the Duomo, the Uffizi Gallery hidden treasures include the San Miniato church, set above the picturesque Piazza San Michelangelo.

Shop at the Central Market for dried porcinis and small-press olive oils.


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