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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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Via Luigi Alamanni 3, Florence
4.0
of 5, from 770 reviews
4.5 out of 5.0

Located in Santa Maria Novella, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Santa Maria Novella Basilica and Museum and Florence Baptistery. Cathedral of Saint Mary of the Flower and San Lorenzo Church are also within 15 minutes.

€78
Relais Piazza Signoria

Relais Piazza Signoria

Via Vacchereccia 3, Florence
4.6
of 5, from 198 reviews
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Located in Duomo, this apartment is steps away from Loggia dei Lanzi, Palazzo Vecchio and Uffizi Gallery. Ponte Vecchio and Piazza della Signoria are also within 5 minutes.

€69
San Gallo Palace Hotel

San Gallo Palace Hotel

Via Lorenzo Il Magnifico 2, Florence
4.5
of 5, from 1,270 reviews
4.5 out of 5.0

Located in San Lorenzo, this romantic hotel is within a 15-minute walk of University of Florence, Fortezza da Basso and Accademia Gallery. Cathedral of Saint Mary of the Flower and San Lorenzo Church are also within 1 mile (2 km).

€115
Hotel Spadai

Hotel Spadai

Via dei Martelli, 10, Florence
4.8
of 5, from 627 reviews
4.5 out of 5.0

Located in Duomo, this hotel is steps away from Palazzo Medici Riccardi, Cathedral of Saint Mary of the Flower and San Lorenzo Church. Florence Baptistery and Accademia Gallery are also within 5 minutes.

€96
Hotel Albani Firenze

Hotel Albani Firenze

Via Fiume 12, Florence
4.3
of 5, from 1,157 reviews
4.5 out of 5.0

Located in Santa Maria Novella, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Palazzo dei Congressi, Santa Maria Novella Basilica and Museum and Fortezza da Basso. San Lorenzo Church and Florence Baptistery are also within 10 minutes.

€105
Hotel Ville sull'Arno

Hotel Ville sull'Arno

Lungarno C. Colombo 1/3/5, Florence
4.7
of 5, from 307 reviews
5.0 out of 5.0

Located in Campo di Marte, this luxury hotel is within 1 mile (2 km) of Museum of the Cenacolo di San Salvi and Basilica of Santa Croce. Ponte Vecchio and Cathedral of Saint Mary of the Flower are also within 2 miles (3 km).

€114
Ponte Vecchio Suites & Spa

Ponte Vecchio Suites & Spa

via De' Belfredelli, 9, Florence
4.6
of 5, from 571 reviews
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Located in Oltrarno, this spa apartment is within a 5-minute walk of Ponte Vecchio and Pitti Palace. Uffizi Gallery and Palazzo Vecchio are also within 10 minutes.

€102
Hotel Tornabuoni Beacci

Hotel Tornabuoni Beacci

Via Tornabuoni 3, Florence
4.3
of 5, from 1,012 reviews
4.5 out of 5.0

Located in Duomo, this boutique hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Salvatore Ferragamo Museum, Ponte Vecchio, and Cathedral of Saint Mary of the Flower. Palazzo Vecchio and Uffizi Gallery are also within 10 minutes.

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