Florence City Breaks 2014

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The Artsy Heart of Tuscany

Known as the ‘cradle of the Renaissance’, the city of Florence has one of the richest artistic heritages of any European city. Packed full of masterpieces, discover its beauty during city breaks to Florence.

It was here in Florence that Donatello, Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo and countless others left their mark; they crafted the city into an Italian jewel of art and architecture that oozes with style. There’s no better way to experience this classy Tuscan city than with Florence city breaks, aside from giving up everything and moving to Italy…tempting though that will be after just one visit! From world-renowned art to classic chic fashion, the lovely Florence is one city that cannot be ignored.

Sleep Under the Tuscan Stars

Florence is larger than it seems once you start walking around, but it is small compared to its northern neighbour of Milan or Pisa to the west. With quite a few neighbourhoods to choose from, you’ll be spoilt for choice with all the romantic, cosy hotel options in Florence.

Stay in the centre of the city in Santa Maria Novella or Santa Croce to be within walking distance of the grand Galleria dell’Accademia, the stunning Arno River and train stations, in case you fancy day trips out into the countryside to Lucca or Bologna. To be near the top sights during city breaks in Florence, look no further than the area around the Piazza della Signoria and the grand Duomo.

Fall in Love with Firenze

With so much to see and do , it’s difficult to know where to start; so head into the centre and visit the beautiful cathedral known as the Duomo di Firenze. This historic cathedral, along with the nearby Giotto Bell Tower, is the centre point of the city and is also one of the best places to visit for stunning views over this incredible city and the Tuscan countryside, after climbing the 463 steps to the top!

During city breaks to Florence, take the time to visit the numerous museums and art galleries that are on offer including the Galleria Degli Uffizi, Bargello and the Galleria dell’Accademia where you will find some of the finest work from Da Vinci, Donatello and Michelangelo. In total there are over 80 museums and each one offers something different, from neo-classical sculptures to modern photography.

Florence city breaks would not be complete without a walk through the Boboli Gardens. Spread throughout 11 acres, they house various sculptures, an amphitheatre and the mesmerizing Grotta di Buontalenti. Past these gardens lies the winding River Arno and the best place to cross it is the Ponte Vecchio, the oldest and most beautiful bridge in Florence.

Out and About in Florence

You have to snap a photo of the copy Michelangelo’s colossal David statue – the real one is in a museum - on your way to the city’s iconic Duomo, it’s definitely a must! With so much inevitable sightseeing, it’s mandatory that you try a bite or five of the glorious bistecca alla fiorentina in a traditional trattoria or any of the local dishes made with juicy tomatoes.

While exploring the attractions of Florence, take a look around you while on city breaks in Florence and you’ll notice that the people of Firenze are incredibly well dressed, save for their statues. Fashionistas will know that Italian fashion started as a seedling in this city and as you make your way through the chic streets, it’s easy to understand why it produced designers such as Gucci, Ferragamo and Roberto Cavalli.

With so much on offer, Florence promises to be an unforgettable destination for a city break in Italy.

Please note: City taxes payable locally.

Important Information

Travel Information
Language: Italian (English widely spoken)
Currency: Euro
Local time: GMT/BST +1 hours
Local airport: Florence
Flight time: 2 hours 15 minutes

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Attractions

The Uffizi Gallery is one of the city’s must-see attractions; one of the oldest art museums in the world and full of exemplary artwork. The Arno River that runs through the city is best explored by traditional barchetto boat. The Duomo, Florence’s Gothic Cathedral is another of the city’s must-see buildings.

Activities

The Palazzon Medici Riccardi, a renaissance palace that was once the seat of the ruling Medici family is now a museum that has a large collection of art, artefacts and objects from centuries past. Art and architecture tours are an excellent way to discover some parts of the city that you would otherwise overlook or not know about without an expert guide.

Nightlife

Florence is a city of romance, of art and of food. There is an impressive array of places to eat out in the city and you shouldn’t miss out on the opportunity to sample some of the beautiful Tuscan cuisine. For drinks there are plenty of bars and clubs where you can have a drink and a dance into the early hours of the night.

Hotels

Florence has all manner of accommodation available in its historic streets, old-style pensions, apartments and luxury hotels, something for all budgets and tastes. The Albani Firenze and the Cerretani Firenze are two excellent hotels in the centre of the city that are perfect for discovering the many charms of this historic and beautiful city.