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Cascine Park
Around the middle of the 16th century, Duke Alexander purchased the land spread which today is called Cascine Park, later enlarged by Cosimo I of he Medici's.
It was named so because of the farms and cattle breeding common in the area. Later, under Pietro Leopoldo, garden equipment structures and guard houses were constructed. The area was then opened to the public, but only on Ascension Day and for other special events.
At the beginning the only permanent building was the hunting quarters where the Medici family lived in the 1800's.Thanks to the Grand Duchess Elisa, the park became public and a long avenue, going all the way to the River Arno, and a large road, running along the shore of the river permitting carriages, were opened.
At that time Cascine Park had the aspect of a very romantic woods, while during the 1900's a part of the garden was sacrificed for the building of a sports facility and other permanent structures.
You can find many activities available in the Cascine Park area which include; a swimming pool, sports center, race track, horse riding, dancing at 'Le Meccano', bicycle rentals, concert facilities, university faculty of agriculture and the 'L' Indian bar ( called this because it is found near the monument erected to indicating the point that the ashes of an indian were scattered).
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Suggested Hotels

Hotel Select Executive
best hotel
3 stars
Hotel Select Executive
Via G. Galliano 13/A
Zone:Cascine - Porta al Prato
Select Executive is located near the city centre,is the ideal location both for holiday and for business

Hotel Villa Stanley
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4 stars
Hotel Villa Stanley
Viale XX Settembre, 200
Zone: Sesto Fiorentino
Hotel Villa Stanley is a 4 stars rated hotel, built in the main Villa with its 25 bed rooms, reception area, bar, lounge-rooms and conference halls and restaurant.

Albergo Firenze
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2 stars
Albergo Firenze
Piazza Donati, 4
Zone: Santa Maria Novella - Uffizi - Duomo
A precious black pearl tucked away in the heart of the historical center, Albergo Firenze is located in Piazza Donati

Tourist House Battistero
2 stars
Tourist House Battistero
Via de' Cerretani, 1
Zone: Duomo
Is located on the first floor of an antique 15th century building with the Duomo (Cathedral) just 30 metres away.

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