Start finishing up your getaway with a stop in San Piero, a fraction of Scarperia e San Piero. This (third) tiny town invites you to breathe in some fresh air and Medici history. A local must-see is the Michelozzo-designed masterpiece, the Medici Villa di Cafaggiolo, named a World Heritage Site by UNESCO and long a meeting place for royalty and popes. Imaginative couples, particularly hospitality-oriented types, may enjoy looking at this illustrious 15th century residence as a source of inspiration for their own lives—it was the Medici family’s country home, where they often welcomed guests for lavish receptions, parties, lectures and so forth, and where Lorenzo the Magnificent spent much of his cultured childhood, no doubt cultivating a precocious personality.
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Within a short distance is another Medici villa and UNESCO World Heritage Site, the now privately-owned Castello del Trebbio. Lorenzo the Magnificent stayed here on hunting outings; with its cypress trees jutting up toward the skies, its postcard-perfect tower and its traditional Italian garden, it’s set against the sort of wow-worthy, dream-like landscape that you want to experience with a loved one.
Have a long and leisurely lunch, sampling some of the local specialties: note that the Mugello is mostly famous for sheep’s milk, chestnuts, mushrooms, game and other woodsy specialties, though you should make your menu choices seasonally.
After a lazy and ample meal, gather your energy and hit the road for Barberino di Mugello. If gifts are your “love language” as a couple, you could do some shopping for each other at the town’s famous outlet malls, home to deeply discounted, top-tier Italian and international brands. Fancy something lower-key?
Spend the afternoon lazing lakeside at the human-made Bilancino Lake; come dinnertime, numerous restaurants in the area are ideal for romantic dining with sunset views over the water.