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Basilica di Santa Maria del Fiore, Florence, Italy

Florence

Home to masterpieces of art and architecture; Brunelleschi, Bernini and Michaelangelo all left a lasting impression.

Florence, capital of Italy’s Tuscany region and the birthplace of the Renaissance, is a small and vibrant city that is steeped in history and full of narrow streets and market squares that evoke a thousand tales.

Ponte Vecchio, Arno River, Florence, Italy
Ponte Vecchio, Florence

Things to do in Florence

Visit Michaelangelo’s David in the Museo Accademia, Walk to the Piazza del Duomo to climb the 436 steps of Brunelleschi’s venerable Duomo with its pink, green and white facade. Admire some of Bernini’s most famous works of art in the Uffizi gallery. Walk around stately palaces, world-class art galleries and the picturesque Boboli gardens, not forgetting to try the renowned Fiorentina cuisine in one of the many characterful restaurants that line the city streets.

Experiences

It’s all here. Things to see and do, places to explore and moments to discover.

Ponte Vecchio

Wander along the River Arno and across the shop-lined ‘Ponte Vecchio’.

Uffizi Gallery

Visit the gallery, which holds Italy’s greatest art collection.

Brunelleschi

Climb Brunelleschi’s magnificent cathedral dome, the city’s signature building.

Artisans Quarter

Escape the crowds and enter the Artisans district of Florence where you find local artists and craftsmen making everything from cheese to chocolate.

Accommodation

Below you can see some of the wonderful places we recommend you stay on your journey.

Belmond Villa San Michele £££££

  • Italy
  • Boutique

Villa San Michele is a stunning, small luxury hotel, beautifully converted from a 15th-century monastery and set in the quiet hills overlooking the city of Florence. It is perfectly positioned with breathtaking views of the city and Arno Valley. With just 46 rooms, including 25 suites, it offers the perfect base from which to explore this part of Tuscany. The large pool overlooks the peaceful gardens which are filled with plenty of flowers, lemon and olive trees. This truly is one of the most romantic places in Italy.

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Hotel Brunelleschi £££££

  • Italy
  • City
  • Boutique

The Hotel Brunelleschi in Florence is located only a stone’s throw away from the Uffizi Gallery, Piazza della Signoria and one of the world’s most famous shopping streets. The hotel was converted from a Byzantine tower (6th century) and medieval church and offers all the comforts of a modern hotel but keeps all the character of the original buildings. This charming four-star hotel offers two restaurants, three meeting areas, a gym and 96 rooms and suites, some with a jacuzzi and spectacular views of the Duomo. The hotel is a perfect option for a short weekend break to discover the capital of Tuscany.

Hotel Savoy £££££

  • Italy
  • City
  • Boutique

Situated on Piazza della Repubblica, Hotel Savoy puts you right at the heart of Florence. The hotel is next to the Duomo and within walking distance of the River Arno, Ponte Vecchio, Boboli Gardens and Pitti Palace, as well as the finest designer boutiques of Via Roma and Via Tornabuoni. The hotel has 80 rooms and suites all with complimentary Wi-Fi, interactive entertainment and many rooms have views of the Piazza or the Duomo. The hotel is an excellent choice for visitors with children as there is an award-winning children’s programme available. The hotel also offers a gym and spa.

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A passion for travel runs right through every one of our experts - meaning they're always ready with first-hand insight about their specialist countries.

Katie Benden

The excitement of travelling the world has always hugely appealed. Largely cemented from my first solo trip to Egypt and the Middle East. The crazy hustle and bustle of Cairo was a huge assault on the senses, scrambling through the claustrophobic tunnels of the Great pyramid took me out of my comfort zone and I was left humbled by the warm hospitality of the Nubian people in Aswan as we shared dinner together.
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Kate Hitchen

My travels were first inspired by my love of the UK, which I take as much pleasure in exploring as countries far and wide. For me, travel is all about the adventure, the people I meet and the food I sample along the way. In fact, I am never happier than when I’m cycling, trekking or simply eating my way through a country! My heart and head regularly pull me east, notably to India but I may also be found wandering through the galleries and piazzas of Italy or daydreaming about fresh ceviche in the far west.
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