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Florence City Guide

Florence is often praised as being one of the most beautiful cities in the world. Being home to Michelangelo, Donatello and dozens more respected European artists, the capital of Tuscany has come to be known as “The Cradle of the Renaissance”. Stroll the cobblestone streets through the maze of alleys and boutiques, historical cafés and renowned museums and galleries.

The Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore (Duomo), with its dome designed by Brunelleschi, decorates and dominates the skyline. Even from close up, the cathedral is no less impressive. The colourful marble facade is a landmark in the cultural and physical heart of the city, the Piazza del Duomo. The central location is the ideal starting point from which to see the main sights of the city.

Whatever direction you look, everywhere you encounter Florentine gems. To the south lies the Uffizi (Uffizi Gallery), one of the largest and most renowned art galleries in the world. You can easily spend an entire day among the masterpieces of the greatest artists of the Renaissance, such as Botticelli, da Vinci and Raphael.

Stroll across the Ponte Vecchio, the famous pedestrian bridge over the Arno River, and visit the art palace, Palazzo Pitti. This grand building was once the residence of the powerful Medici family, and now houses several museums where works can be found by old masters, such as Raphael and Caravaggio. Admire an early example of Italian garden design in the nearby Boboli Gardens (Giardino di Boboli) from where you’ll also have a beautiful view over the city. In the north you will find fine examples of the harmonious, rational design that is so characteristic of Renaissance art. The Basilica of San Lorenzo (Basilica di San Lorenzo) contains works of Brunelleschi and Michelangelo.

The countless cafés between the galleries and shops serve delicious Tuscan specialties such as prosciutto ham, tomato soup and Florentine steak. Fuel up in the morning with the incredible and classic dish of Eggs Florentine.

Florence is characterized by a warm Mediterranean climate. It’s only in the depths of winter that the weather can be anything less than lush. The city attracts around 8 million visitors each year, so even in the quiet season you will not be alone. It is wise to get your tickets for the museums in advance, particularly the Uffizi, to avoid disappointment.

The city’s main attractions are all only about 15 minutes' walk from each other, so most of it can be explored on foot. Public transport around Florence is efficient and the most important museums can be reached by electric buses.

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Grand Hotel Cavour

Grand Hotel Cavour

Via Del Proconsolo 3, Florence
of 5, from 507 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

This Florence hotel is 150 meters from the Bargello Museum and 250 meters from Dante’s House, the Piazza del Duomo, and the Badia Fiorentina. The Duomo Works Museum is 300 meters away.

Hotel Franchi

Hotel Franchi

Via Sgambati Giovanni 28, Florence
of 5, from 94 reviews
3.0 out of 5.0

Located in Peretola, this hotel is within 3 mi (5 km) of Cascine Park, Fortezza da Basso, and Santa Maria Novella Basilica and Museum. Villa di Castello and Meyer Children's Hospital are also within 3 mi (5 km).

Relais Piazza Signoria

Relais Piazza Signoria

Via Vacchereccia 3, Florence
of 5, from 73 reviews
0.0 out of 5.0

Located in Duomo, this apartment is steps from Loggia dei Lanzi, Palazzo Vecchio, and Uffizi Gallery. Ponte Vecchio and Piazza della Signoria are also within 5 minutes.

Borghese Palace Art Hotel

Borghese Palace Art Hotel

Via Ghibellina, 174r, Florence
of 5, from 420 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

Tucked away on a quiet street, this Florence hotel is about 5-minute walk from the Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore (Il Duomo), Uffizi Gallery, Palazzo Vecchio, and many other famous attractions.

Hotel Albani Firenze

Hotel Albani Firenze

Via Fiume 12, Florence
of 5, from 495 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

Although located just one block from the bustling Santa Maria Novella Station, this early 20th-century townhouse is set on a quiet street in central Florence, one kilometer from the Duomo. Hotel Albani Firenze also is near Fortezza da Basso, Palazzo dei Congressi, Centro Affari, Santa Maria Novella Church, San Lorenzo's Market, and San Lorenzo Church.

Grand Hotel Minerva

Grand Hotel Minerva

Piazza Santa Maria Novella 16, Florence
of 5, from 84 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

Dating back to the Middle Ages, this grand residence is one of the oldest hotels in Florence and occupies the charming Santa Maria Novella piazza, 150 meters from the main train station.

Hotel Cosmopolitan

Hotel Cosmopolitan

Via F. Baracca, 187, Florence
of 5, from 264 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

A 10-minute drive from Florence Peretola Airport airport, Hotel Cosmopolitan is within a 15-minute drive of Florence's city center, the Cathedral of Santa Maria dei Fiori, and the Statue of David at Galleria dell' Accademia.

C-Hotels Ambasciatori

C-Hotels Ambasciatori

Via Luigi Alamanni 3, Florence
of 5, from 194 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

C-Hotels Ambasciatori is surrounded by masterpieces. It's a 6-minute walk to the Basilica of Santa Maria Novella, 10 minutes to Florence's Duomo, and 15 minutes to Galleria dell’Accademia - which houses Michelango's David and Botticelli’s Madonna and Child.

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