Florence Holidays 2019 / 2020
Florence holidays, in Italy’s stunning Tuscany region, are perfect for either a weekend getaway or a longer stay in Italy. This scenic Italian city really was at the heart of the Renaissance, and has become a favourite city break destination for art lovers, culture buffs, and anyone who loves good food.
Home to some of the world’s most famous masterpieces, from Michelangelo’s ‘David’ to ‘The Birth of Venus’ by Botticelli, Florence is renowned as one of Italy’s top cultural hotspots. But there’s more than just art here; the city boasts picturesque gardens, historic cathedrals, and, of course, amazing cuisine.
From cheap holidays to Florence to luxurious all inclusive hotels, there are plenty of ways to enjoy this fabulous city. It takes less than 3 hours to fly to Florence from the UK, so whether you’re lucky enough to have weeks to explore, or you’re simply planning a flying visit, we’ve got Florence holidays you’ll love.
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With so many things to do in Florence, the only problem you’ll have is trying to fit it all in! This city is bursting with top attractions, making it one of the most exciting destinations to visit in all of Italy.
- Tuscany’s capital is bursting with culture, so a visit to some of the city’s galleries and museums is a must. The Uffizi Gallery is a great place to start. Home to famous masterpieces by artists such as Botticelli and Caravaggio, this gallery boasts a vast collection of paintings, sculptures, busts, prints, and drawings.
- Whether you fancy trying the local speciality of ‘Bistecca alla Fiorentina’, or a tasty gelato, sampling the mouthwatering Florentine cuisine really is one of the best things to do in Florence. Whatever you choose, don’t forget to wash it all down with a glass of Florence’s favourite: a dry, slightly tart Chianti.
- For unforgettable views of the entire Tuscany region, climb the ancient steps of the Basilica di Santa Maria del Fiore to view Florence and its surroundings from the Duomo. The 13th century cathedral is filled with Renaissance artworks, including Giorgio Vasari's 1572 frescoes of the Last Judgment.
- To experience the quieter side of Florence, take a trip across the famous Ponte Vecchio bridge to the artsy, laid-back neighbourhood of Oltrarno. Florence’s answer to New York City’s Brooklyn, it’s here you’ll find a whole host of antique stores, craft markets, artisan studios, and hip bars brewing their own beers.
Tuscany is a place where old meets new, and thanks to this you’ll find that there’s quite a unique character to Florence nightlife, with everything from buzzing bars to quiet places to relax and unwind.
- Make your city break one to remember with nights out to some of the best bars in Florence. Florence is filled with chic wine bars, and lovers of red won’t want to miss out on a taste of Tuscany’s signature Chianti Classico. There’s also the delicious Pomino Vin Santo, too, if you prefer the taste of white wine.
- Florence isn’t just about the wine, though. In fact, this is a hugely popular city for cocktails, and is home to the classic Negroni. Made with gin, vermouth, and campari, and garnished with the signature orange peel, the Negroni is commonly enjoyed before dinner in Italy to get you in the mood for fantastic food.
- If you’re looking for a livelier night out, party-goers will find plenty of popular nightclubs in Florence, where you can listen to all kinds of music and dance the night away with the friendly locals. While the city may appear sophisticated and refined during the day, it knows how to let its hair down at night!
Thanks to its romantic setting and Renaissance art, Florence is an ideal destination for couples. Book one of the best hotels in Florence for couples and make this a truly unforgettable Tuscany trip for two.
- From the Uffizi to the Casa di Dante, you’ll have no shortage of galleries and museums to visit in Florence. If you usually lead busy, hectic lives at home with little time to really stop and enjoy your surroundings together, simply strolling hand-in-hand around the city’s museums is very romantic!
- Florence is full of romantic walking trails. One of the best takes you through the Vasari Corridor to the Palazzo Pitti, before heading over the Arno River at the famous Ponte Vecchio Bridge. On this side of the river, you’ll find a more relaxed, laid back vibe, which is perfect if you want to unwind with a loved one.
- If your idea of romance involves picturesque squares and pavement cafes where you can sip Italian coffees without a care in the world, then Piazza Santa Croce is for you. This busy town square is the ideal place to stop and watch the world go by, and gives you a break from all the attractions in the city.
- If you and your partner fancy a change of scenery, take a trip to the Giardino delle Rose; a lovely garden park in the Oltrarno district. It’s set near San Niccolo, and is home to all sorts of beautiful plants and flowers, as well as a stunning Japanese garden where it’s easy to get truly lost in your own thoughts.
People also ask
Where do you fly into for Florence?
While Florence does have its own airport, Amerigo Vespucci International, not all airlines into here from the UK. Some use Pisa International, which is 1 hour away by train.
How much is a taxi to Florence city centre from the airport?
It costs around €25 to take a taxi from Florence airport to the city; a €22 fixed fare plus a €3 airport supplement. A cheaper option is to take the shuttle bus from the airport to Santa Maria Novella station.
Do they have Uber in Florence?
There is no Uber service in Florence (although the firm does operate in Rome and Milan). However, taxis are plentiful in Florence, and can be found stationed at taxi parking stands and around major squares.
What is the best time to visit Florence?
To enjoy the beautiful Tuscan heat, May to September is the best time to visit, when temperatures are around 20 - 25 degrees. July is the driest month, making it an especially popular time to visit the city.
Holidays to Italy are a dream come true for foodies, and there’s more to Florentine cuisine than your typical pizza and pasta, as you’ll start to understand when you visit the best restaurants in Florence.
- With beef as the main ingredient in many of Florence’s staple dishes, meat lovers will be spoilt for choice at mealtimes. Bistecca alla Fiorentina, a delicious grilled T-bone steak, is a favourite of the locals, as is the hearty beef stew known as stracotto, made with a good glug of Tuscany’s Chianti wine.
- Antipasti is an important part of dinner time in Italy, and the first course of a meal will typically include bruschetta, cured meats, and olives. Why not take this as an opportunity to try some of Tuscany’s local bread, known as pane sciocco? It’s made without salt, and designed to be eaten with salty meats.
- You’ll find that pane sciocco is incorporated into many different local dishes… even the soups! Traditional Tuscan soups include ribollita and pappa al pomodoro. These two dishes have cubes of the bread added directly into the pot, which soaks up all the flavours from the tomatoes and beans.
- Dessert in Florence is not to be missed. For those with a sweet tooth, a slice of Schiacciata alla Fiorentina is a good choice, or you could go for an authentic Italian gelato. But if you’re not one for sweets, don’t worry. There’s plenty of dry Chianti going around in restaurants after dinner, too.
Despite its status as a European hub of art and history, Florence isn’t just for culture lovers. In fact, Florence family holidays are a great choice, and there’s plenty for all ages to enjoy in Tuscany’s capital.
- Why not visit the Boboli Gardens? Set in the heart of Florence right beside the famous Palazzo Pitti, this picturesque park has it all. Take a walk around the 16th century statues of celebrated Roman figures, before admiring the Fountain of Neptune and racing through the branched archways of the cerchiate.
- Another exciting cultural attraction is the Leonardo Da Vinci Museum. While it may not seem like one of the best things to do in Florence with kids (especially if they don’t know who Da Vinci is!), it’s actually a great activity. It’s very hands-on, and kids can operate some of Da Vinci’s machines themselves.
- If you find yourself in the Piazza Repubblica, be sure to check out the antique carousel, which you can still ride on today. With 20 horses and two carriages, this carousel dates from the early 1900s, and is still run by the local Picci family, who have been providing family entertainments in Florence for 100+ years.
- Of course, no family holiday to Italy would be complete without some ice cream, so take some time away from the attractions to treat the kids to a cone at an authentic Italian gelateria. As they’re enjoying their ice cream, mum and dad can sip on a rejuvenating espresso… or sit back and relax with a Chianti!
Holidays to Italy, and to Florence in particular, are all about culture. The rich history of Florence — the birthplace of the Renaissance movement — makes this a very vibrant, bold, and artistic city.
- To experience the best of Florence culture, make time to visit some of the city’s art galleries and museums. The famous Uffizi Gallery is an absolute must, home to many incredible masterpieces admired around the world. And don’t forget that Michelangelo’s ‘David’ resides in the Galleria dell’Accademia.
- Take a walk through the Piazza Della Signoria before visiting the incredible Duomo Cathedral. Visitors can even climb to the top of the dome, and if you make it all the way to the top of these narrow steps you’ll be rewarded with breathtaking views across one of Italy’s most beautiful cities.
- In this land of art, architecture forms the foundations of Florence’s unique creative culture. There are plenty of impressive landmarks and architectural gems that you’ll see just by strolling around the city, such as Ponte Vecchio spanning the Arno River with its impressive medieval stonework and design.
Art galleries are a highlight of the city, and there are many Florence art galleries and museums that are worth visiting. Even if you’re not a big fan of Renaissance art, you should still check out a gallery or two.
- The best of Florence art and architecture can be seen in the world famous Uffizi Gallery, which should be right at the top of your to-do list. It’s one of the most popular attractions in Italy, and with paintings such as Boticelli’s ‘The Birth of Venus’ and Caravaggio’s ‘Medusa’ on display it’s easy to see why.
- While the Galleria dell’Accademia perhaps doesn’t have quite the same collection of internationally renowned masterpieces, it is home to Michelangelo’s statue, ‘David’, and shouldn’t be missed. Created in the early 16th century, this nude sculpture is a giant; an incredible 14 foot display of gleaming white marble.
- While not an art gallery in the traditional sense, the Leonardo Da Vinci Museum offers something a little different. Although Da Vinci earned fame as an artist, he was actually a very skilled inventor, and this museum shows off some of his other artwork; his drawings for all sorts of innovative devices.