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Florence, the capital of Tuscany, has history, culture, fantastic food and is a must for any luxury travel seeker. Below is a complete guide to the best hotels in Florence, best restaurants in Florence and the best things to do in Florence. Best hotels Florence Hotel Villa Cora Florence The Hotel Villa Cora is the aristocratic former home of Baron Oppenheim, and it exudes all the history and luxury you would expect from such a residence. High, vaulted ceilings and grand windows with views onto the parkland below, mean you won’t want to leave. The hotel has a great pool and restaurant to boot. Four Seasons Hotel Florence The opulent, Renaissance decor in the Four Seasons Hotel Florence will leave you romanticising about Michelangelo and this beautiful city long after you have departed. The two floor spa and Michelin star restaurant more than make up for the less than ideal…

‘Meet me at Marble Arch station at 6 pm and don’t try and google where we are going!’ Gemma’s instruction was clear and tempting as it was to ignore the second part of the direction I resisted the temptation to find out the destination of my surprise birthday meal. As we entered Upper Brook Street in London’s Mayfair my hope increased that we were going to Michel Roux Junior’s two Michelin star restaurant Le Gavroche – hope soon became a reality, and I wasn’t to be disappointed. After kindly donating me a jacket (I didn’t know the dress code beforehand) the Maitre d’ led us down to our table which was a booth for two at the back of a dimly lit, brasserie-style dining room that would not have gone amiss in Paris. We plumped for two glasses of Bollinger Rose champagne as an aperitif and perused the mouth-watering menu.…

‘You’ll have to try my friends restaurant in London, its one of the best Italian restaurants in town’ said our very amiable driver Poppie on the journey from Naples to Positano. It turned out that Poppie was quite the foodie and his friend happened to be the two Michelin-starred chef Antonio Mellino. A quick google revealed that Quattro Passi was indeed as Poppie described it ‘one of the best Italian restuarants in London’ so we didn’t waste any time in booking it up as soon as we got back home to blighty. The restaurant is located on Dover Street in Mayfair, the chic haunt of London’s super rich. The interior is stylish and lowly lit with a warm atmosphere. Additional points were scored with Gemma as she was presented with a bag stool for her prized Jimmy Choo handbag. We arrived a little early so took up the invitation of…