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      Florence 1 The 16th century Fountain of Neptune in the Piazza della Signoria
      Florence 3 The setting sun illuminates the colourful marble of the Duomo and Baptistery
      Florence 4 The magnificent Duomo and Giotto's bell tower dominate the Florence skyline
      Florence 5 The River Arno winds its way through the medieval centre of Florence
      Florence 6 The Ponte Vecchio with its jewellry shops is one of the most famous places to visit in Florence

      Florence

      The historic centre of Florence is small enough to explore on foot, but what a wealth of treasures are packed into it! Brunelleschi’s glorious dome floats above it all and a pleasant stroll through the narrow, pedestrianised streets will bring you to Piazza della Signoria with its marvellous Renaissance statues and the famous Uffizi art gallery. Florence has a unique style and elegance that permeates everything, from street market souvenirs to smart couture, from simple snack bars (offering an amazing range of delicious pizza and ice cream!) to the best Tuscan cuisine.

      Add a Tuscany or Umbria Mix & Match hotel to your City Stay (Apr-Oct). You can also add a few days in Florence onto our Treasures of Tuscany Explorer Holiday.

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      Places To See In Florence

      Chianti Afternoon Tour

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      Tour the vineyards and olive groves of this beautiful region with a wine tasting.

      Morning City Walking Tour

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      Including a visit to the Duomo and the Accademia Gallery where Michelangelo’s David is displayed.

       

       

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      Cookery course

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      Learn how to make hand-made pasta and enjoy your creative lunch with a glass of Tuscan wine.

      Food & Drink

      Florence

      Tuscany is renowned for its superb cuisine and you'll find no shortage of restaurants in Florence. Apart from an array of hearty pasta sauces and bean soups you'll find the famous 'Florentine' beef steaks on offer everywhere; huge succulent cuts of meat from the white Chianina breed of cow.

      Florentine dishes are best accompanied by a full bodied Tuscan red wine such as Chianti Classico or Brunello di Montalcino.

      Festivals & Events

      Florence

      The Scoppio del Carro, or the Festival of the Explosion of the Cart, takes place on Easter Sunday – an ancient festival in which a flower covered cart is pulled around the centre of the city by oxen followed by fireworks and bell ringing.

      Maggio Musicale, is a renowned programme of concerts, opera and ballet with renowned international artists. The main festival takes place between May and July but there are many more performances throughout the year.

      Calcio Storico, or Florentine football, is not for the faint hearted! Games, which appear to be a mixture of football and wrestling, are staged with much medieval pageantry during the month of June. Throughout June & July there are open-air opera and ballet performances in the Roman amphitheatre at Fiesole, a beautiful
      village above Florence with panoramic views of the city.

      Where to stay

      Hotel Brunelleschi

      With its friendly and enthusiastic staff it’s hard to believe that parts of what is now one of the best four s Find out more...

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      £ 669 Per person

      Hotel Degli Orafi

      This lovely hotel is located in an ancient Florentine building dating back to the 13th century. The hotel was Find out more...

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      £ 609 Per person

      Hotel Cellai

      This family-run hotel is part of a 19th century palazzo that has recently been upgraded to create a stylish 4 Find out more...

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      £ 580 Per person

      Hotel Paris

      This historic building located in a side street in central Florence, conserves many touches from its past as a Find out more...

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      £ 487 Per person

      Hotel River

      Located, as the name suggests, on the riverfront a 10 minute stroll from Ponte Vecchio and the Uffizi Gallery, Find out more...

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      £ 516 Per person

      Hotel Botticelli

      This charming little hotel is part of a historical building with painted vaulted ceilings and a delightful ter Find out more...

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      £ 524 Per person

      Hotel De La Ville

      Located on the pedestrianised Via Tournabuoni with its array of trendy designer shops, the hotel is in the per Find out more...

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      £ 600 Per person

      Hotel Pitti Palace Al Ponte Vecchio

      The Hotel Pitti Palace has a superb location just 7m from the famous Ponte Vecchio in the heart of the city. T Find out more...

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