Elegant and romantic, Florence is the ultimate in Tuscan sophistication. Wander the ancient alleyways that lead to bustling piazzas. Climb the Duomo campanile for panoramic views of Florence’s ochre-hued rooftops. Admire the galleries of iconic artworks and sculptures dotted around the city. Then seek out the Ponte Vecchio and stroll along the banks of the Arno, back to your boutique hotel.
Palazzos, piazzas and some of the world’s finest art... welcome to the ‘cradle of the Renaissance’.
Things to do
Every building in Florence seems to house a masterpiece, and you’ll find works of art on virtually every street. Trace your way around the Piazza della Signoria, gelato in hand, and admire the 16th-century sculptures in this outdoor gallery. Or visit the Uffizi where you’ll find renowned works by Botticelli and Leonardo da Vinci. Visit the Accademia and you can see Michelangelo’s David in all its glory. And then pay homage to the great master at the Basilica di Santa Croce.
The towering Duomo is on most visitors’ must-see lists. Admire the intricate white, pink and green marble work on the outside. Then step inside to marvel at frescoes by Vasari and Zuccari. Make time to visit the Bell Tower, Baptistery and Crypt, too. If you can drag yourself away from the cafés and trattorias lining Piazza della Signoria, explore the opulent rooms of nearby Palazza Vecchio.
FOOD & WINE
A city break in Florence is a true culinary journey. Start with platters of antipasti, laden with Tuscan salami and fried courgette flowers. Enjoy bright bowls of panzanella – salad made with ripe tomatoes, basil, balsamic and little chunks of bread. Feast on wild boar papardelle or Florentine steak. Then top it all off with little almond cantuccini and a glass of Vin Santo.
They say the ‘golden age’ never died in Florence. Stroll across the Ponte Vecchio and admire the hotchpotch of goldsmiths’ shops.
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