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.