Florence City Breaks 2016

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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.

Florence City Breaks

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.

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Attractions

The city of Florence is perfect for just strolling around and soaking up the atmosphere of the city that has inspired people for hundreds of years. If you want to explore some other beautiful cities Siena and San Gimignano are two popular attractions, home to beautiful architecture, excellent food and fantastic art.

Activities

The Uffizi Gallery is one of the world’s most famous art museums, home to spectacular and influential pieces of art from across the centuries; the best way to experience the museum is on one of the regular guided tours. If you love to shop then Florence won’t disappoint. Why not follow it up with a concert and dinner for the perfect day.

Nightlife

The city of Florence is the perfect place for romantic dining, and you can have every romantic cliché in the book if you so wish - the candles in wine bottles, musical serenades and shared plates of spaghetti. There are also plenty of great places to sip a delicious glass of Tuscan wine or a cup of coffee while you watch people pass in a busy plaza.

Hotels

Florence is a wonderfully romantic city, filled with art, culture and beauty. There are hundreds of hotels that would be perfect for a romantic break, many of which have breath taking views of the city’s skyline. The Regency Hotel is a spectacular hotel, a beautiful 19th century villa in the centre of the city with stunning rooms and a gourmet restaurant; the ideal place for a romantic Florentine holiday.

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Things to see

The Tuscan countryside around Florence is home to some of the most beautiful scenery in Italy and a Cinque Terre Hiking Day trip is one of the best ways to see and experience the majesty of the area. For something a little closer to the city you can hire bikes and cycle around the hills and countryside of the region.

Activities

The Tuscan countryside that surrounds the city has inspired artists and writers for thousands of years and there is no better way to see it that on a Tuscany sightseeing tour. If you want to discover the city itself and want to cram in as much as you can then take one of the Florence Bike Tours that regularly run all over the city.

Nightlife

The city of Florence is home to some of Italy’s finest restaurants and cafes and you will be spoilt for choice when it comes to grabbing a plate of pasta or a cup of coffee. The country surrounding the city is also home to some excellent places to eat, many of which will be less crowded than the popular places in the city.

Hotels

For those wishing to explore the city and its surrounding areas the Villa la Vedetta is a wonderful choice of hotel. Situated outside the city the hotel runs a shuttle service to the city so guests can explore the historic majesty of Florence but it is also surrounded by beautiful Florentine countryside.

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Attractions

The city of Florence has hundreds of beautiful buildings, artworks and monuments, it’s impossible to miss them. Wherever you go in the city, there are things to see and places to explore, and there are plenty of free exhibitions and churches to visit if you don’t fancy paying for everything. The Duomo is the most famous and one of the most impressive buildings in the city.

Activities

If you’ve had your fill of art and culture you can head out of the city and go horse riding in Chianti country and explore the surrounding areas in traditional style. You can take the Florence River Cruise on a traditional Barchetto boat and discover a different side to the city.

Nightlife

Italian food is one of the most well-known and popular cuisines in the world and who could resist a freshly made pizza or steaming bowl of pasta made authentically to a traditional recipe. There are plenty of child friendly establishments all over the city, many serving child portions or offering discounts.

Hotels

Florence has a long history of tourism and there are plenty of hotels and apartments available throughout the city. The Raffaello is a comfortable and affordable hotel situated a few kilometres from the centre of Florence that is ideal for families looking for somewhere to stay where they can park a car and visit the city with ease.

Useful information

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