One of the reasons it is always a great idea to take a guided tour of
(or of any other major city or town in Tuscany) is that you can learn so many interesting facts about the history and
architecture. Almost all of the ancient buildings have a story behind them - which if unveiled, makes for a much more engaging visit than if you just observe the facades. A good guide knows how to bring the past back to life and invites you to enter that world in order to fully experience and appreciate the history. Florence
It also has a unique history, from which its name derives. The reason it is called the Straw
It is no wonder that the elegant historic tower and the charming setting of Piazza Santa Elisabetta were a major draw for the luxury hotel industry, and in 2011, the upscale Hotel Brunelleschi opened its Tower Bar and restaurant on the site, leaving a small museum in the basement.