Gavinana The Gavinana district has a great location on the left bank of the River Arno in southeast Florence, very close to the city centre and well connected with the Autostrada del Sole and the nearby Tuscan countryside. Warm and welcoming, Gavinana is popular with Florentines and tourists alike as a haven from the hustle and bustle of the city, with gems such as the churches of Santa Margherita and Santa Maria a Ricorboli. Full of small shops and business of all kinds, this residential neighbourhood boasts elegant stately buildings and lovely villas with gardens. It is well connected to the centre by several bus routes, meaning you can reach any place of interest in just a few minutes. If you have a car, you’ll find it easy to park and you can visit Lucca, Siena, San Gimignano and many other places nearby in the Tuscan countryside. If you’d rather spend your time shopping, the most exclusive brands can be found in the outlet stores in the area (The Mall and Valdichiana and Barberino Outlet Villages).