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.
The fact that the entire city has been named a UNESCO World Heritage Site is say something. Strolling down the streets you'll be overwhelmed - every crevasse, every nook, every cranny seems to hold a masterpiece, a sculpture or painting lovingly made by renowned artists.
That's not all this stunning city offers either. Shoppers can thread in and out of designer boutiques while foodies will never tire of twirling fresh pasta around sparkling silverware and sipping earthy glasses of wine as the sun sets over the winding canals.
Fab holidays for:
Beautiful paintings, Wine tastings, Stunning architecture
Amerigo Vespucci & Pisa Airport
Did you know?
Nearly a third of the world?s art treasures reside in Florence, according to UNESCO. You've got your work cut out for you to see them all!
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Top 5 Reasons We Love Florence
The colourful art, the ornate buildings, the food, lovingly made by some of the most talented chefs - there are plenty of reasons why we love 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.
- Duomo & Ponte Vecchio
- Other must-sees include the Duomo and the Ponte Vecchio, for the spectacular view.
- Alternatively, just stroll around this magnificent city and take in the wonderful architecture - the entire city seems like it could be on a display in a museum.
- Luxury shops are dotted around the area as well as an abundance of shops selling leather goods, a great street market and Prada and Gucci factory outlets on the outskirts of the city.
- From Michelin-starred restaurants to cosy cafes, Florence isn't short of dining options. One thing's for certain, wherever you go, every bite will be outstanding.
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.
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.