Quick Guide to Florence

Florence is the capital of Tuscany and home to gorgeous architecture, delicious food, world-class art and some of the most romantic spots around - going toe to toe with the best that Europe has to offer. Take a short break and hit the city or go for longer and treat yourself to some days in the relaxed Tuscan countryside as well.

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How to get to Florence

Although Florence is up there with Rome in terms of Italian cultural hotspots, it has a quieter, less frantic beauty about it, which is why cheap holidays to Florence should be on everyone's Italian break agenda. Holidays in Florence often start with arrival at Amerigo Vespucci Airport, only four kilometres from the city centre. However, holidays in Florence can equally start at Pisa airport, serviced by budget airlines and about 80km from Florence. If you check for Florence flights, Pisa airport will also appear.

What to do in Florence

If you want to visit the major galleries such as the Uffizi with its vast collection of paintings dating back to Roman times or the Academia which contains Michelangelo's "David" amongst other treasures, it is essential to book well in advance to avoid the queues. Other must-sees include the Duomo and the Ponte Vecchio, for the spectacular view. Alternatively, just stroll around this magnificent city, take in the wonderful architecture, enjoy a wonderful meal in one of the many fantastic eateries or delve into the luxury shops that are dotted around the area.

Where to stay in Florence

Florence holidays are suitable for long or short breaks, with a good choice of self catering villas, farmhouses, B&Bs and hotels. There are many five star hotels in the Santa Maria Novella district, close to the beautiful piazzas. San Giovanni and San Marco are also popular grand hotel locations. For longer stays with families or friends, it might be better to opt for a villa share on the outskirts of the city. Most have pools and provide an ideal base for driving holidays, using car hire from Florence Airport, to explore the superb Tuscan countryside.