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Florence 1 The 16th century Fountain of Neptune in the Piazza della Signoria
Florence 2 Visit the Accademia Gallery to see the original David by Michelangelo
Florence 3 The setting sun illuminates the colourful marble of the Duomo and Baptistery

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 (Mar-Oct). You can also add a few days in Florence onto our Grand Tuscany Explorer Tour.

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Places To See In Florence

Florence

Afternoon City Walking Tour

Includes Santa Croce church, containing the tombs of many illustrious Italians such as Michelangelo, Galileo and Rossini, and the Uffizi art gallery.

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.

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 soupls 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 star hotels in Florence were apparently a prison! It’s in an enviable sightseeing location just 50m from the Duomo… Find out more...

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£ 679 Per person

Hotel NH Anglo American

The NH Anglo American is situated in a quiet, yet central location in the city, between the Lungarno area and Borgo Ognissanti and well placed to visit the major sights, including the Uffizi Gallery and the Duomo, which are all… Find out more...

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£ 444 Per person

Hotel NH Porta Rossa

Dating back to the 12th century, the Hotel Porta Rossa is a historical landmark in itself, as it is one of the oldest hotels in Florence. It has been sympathetically renovated and now combines modern facilities with original features including… Find out more...

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£ 529 Per person

Hotel Degli Orafi

This lovely hotel is located in an ancient Florentine building dating back to the 13th century. Formerly an Augustinian convent, the building has the remains of an ancient medieval tower, which has been partly restored and where you can see… Find out more...

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£ 631 Per person

Hotel Savoy

This superb luxury hotel, part of the Rocco Forte group of hotels, is located right in the heart of Florence in the Piazza della Repubblica and all the main sights of the city are close at hand. Styled by Olga… Find out more...

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£ 931 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 star hotel complete with antiques and with a contemporary twist. An added bonus is the rooftop terrace with views of… Find out more...

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