When your heart is in your dream, no request is too extreme. – Jiminy Cricket

Pinocchio’s author, Carlo Collodi, lived in Firenze and, perhaps, is due credit for the scrupulous staff at Four Seasons Hotel Firenze who exemplified the lessons learned by his famous wooden boy. By following Jiminy Cricket’s advice that no request is too extreme, the hotel’s staff intuitively rendered gracious service to my family throughout our stay.
I stopped fretting about bringing our toddler to such a lavish setting when a Pinocchio doll was presented to our daughter at check-in. With this mischievous marionette as our mascot, and confident of which string to pull when our own puppet strayed towards temptation, I fully embraced the Renaissance splendour of the Hotel.
After pounding the pavement of the bustling tourist city, we relished our returns to the Hotel’s calm oasis. As public parks are scarce in Firenze, our daughter benefitted from playtime in the Hotel’s sprawling 11-acre gardens. In addition to a fully equipped playground, we enjoyed swinging in the large hammocks tied to ancient Holm oak trees, and counted the steps leading up to secret hideaways. While the water’s temperature was too cold for swimming, we could not resist some afternoon splashes on the pool’s steps.
The housekeeping amenities placed in our room would be any mother’s dream baby shower! Our daughter was set for diaper changes, potty training, bottle warming and even a step stool was provided for brushing teeth.  From tiny toddler slippers provided at the spa to arm floats inflated at poolside by the attendant, the entire staff made our little girl feel very BIG and special.Prior to Firenze, we spent five nights in the heart of Chianti where the quaint towns and scenic countryside offered a rustic Tuscan contrast to the urban city. Many villages are within an hour’s drive of Firenze and definitely worth a day trip.
Below are some of our favourite photos from our grande viaggio.
To read more on our suggested travels around the Chianti region, please follow links listed below in our Key to Chianti.

KEY TO CHIANTI

primo giorno, SIENA

secondo giorno, PANZANO and GREVE IN CHIANTI

terzo giorno, SAN GIMIGNANO

quarto giorno, PIENZA

cinque giorno a otto giorno, FIRENZE