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Florence is the capital of the Italian region of Tuscany and is stylish through and through. The city is a centre for art, fashion and culture where some of the country's top designers are based and the work of its most celebrated artists are displayed. The city is a popular base for exploring the rest of the Tuscan region including Pisa and Siena thanks to its international airport and varied accommodation options. High tourism means high numbers of eateries, but do a bit of research and you will find the authentic Tuscan restaurants that serve up hearty tomato stew and steak with a tasty regional tipple.
May to September is peak season when temperatures are warm and mild. It is during this time that many of the arts and fashion events take place and accommodation prices reflect this. October through March is quieter and a good time to go if your main priority is to explore the city's art while avoiding crowds.
Florence Airport (FLR) is relatively small as international airports go but can be reached directly from London. Direct flight time from the UK is two hours and 10 minutes. Cheap flights to Florence can include a layover. Several car rental operators have offices at the airport. Buses can also be taken to Piazza Stazione in central Florence or the fixed taxi rate to downtown hotels is about €20. See the very best of Italian art and architecture by combining your trip with a visit to Rome, Milan or Venice.
The Uffizi is Florence's most celebrated museum and charts the history of art from ancient Greek times. With two works by Leonardo di Vinci, a sizeable Botticelli collection and one of Michelangelo's masterpieces, you can feast your eyes on some of the most celebrated artistic creations in the world. The Duomo (cathedral) is ranked alongside the Coliseum when it comes to Italy's most iconic sights. Its marble façade and red-tiled dome are a sight to behold. Climb to the inner dome for a stunning view over the city. Boboli Gardens are a classic example of Tuscan landscaping and the perfect place to head to for some green and tranquillity. Statues, fountains and flowers give the park a deliciously classical feel.