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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.

Q: Which airports can I fly in to for a holiday to Florence?

A: If you're planning a trip to Florence, typically you'll touchdown at Florence (FLR-Peretola). This terminal operates approximately 1,210 international flights each month.

Q: What are the most popular types of hotels for a holiday to Florence?

A: Most travellers choose to stay in apartments when visiting Florence. But you don't need to follow the crowd. You'll also find hotels, bed & breakfasts and townhouses aplenty here, and they're all available on Expedia.

Q: What does a Florence holiday booking with Expedia include?

A: Hotels, cars, flights — and experiences and activities. Expedia has everything you need for the perfect holiday. Pick just one of these options or lock in one of our terrific travel packages. You've got the freedom and flexibility to customize your getaway to Florence exactly the way you like it.

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Guide to Exploring Florence


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Hotel Pendini
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Hotel Pendini

Hotel Pendini

Via Strozzi 2, Florence, FI
     
    4.5 of 5
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    Excellent location. Very close (walking distance) to just about everything to see. Wonderful breakfast every morning. Loved our time here. Only complaint is that upon arrival, there was a bad odor in our room (like sewage smell we expected in Venice. Did not know it existed here too). Aired room ...

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    Reviewed on 15 Dec 2019
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    Hotel Bonciani Palazzo Pitti Broccardi

    Hotel Bonciani Palazzo Pitti Broccardi

    Via Panzani 17, Florence, FI
       
      3.1 of 5
      3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      I could not get the wifi to work or the thermostat so It was a cold night. Luckily I had a blanket in the closet to add to the bed. I had asked the front desk about both items and they said both should have been working.

      Palazzo Alfieri Residenza d’epoca – Alfieri Collezione €103
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      Palazzo Alfieri Residenza d’epoca – Alfieri Collezione

      Lungarno Corsini 2, Florence, FI
         
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        Quick check in. Very friendly staff. Free upgrade.

        FH55 Hotel Villa Fiesole €176
        Reviewed on 11 Oct 2019
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        FH55 Hotel Villa Fiesole

        Via Beato Angelico 35, Fiesole, FI
           
          4.3 of 5
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          Amazing view. Comfortable bed. Breakfast is exceptional.

          Novella House €48
          Reviewed on 6 Feb 2020
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          Novella House

          Novella House

          Via del Porcellana 53, Florence, Firenze
             
            4.4 of 5
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            Very nice property. Situated in an ideal location with only short walk to all tourist attractions.

            Hotel Costantini €124
            Reviewed on 19 Apr 2020
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            Hotel Costantini

            Hotel Costantini

            Via Calzaiuoli 13, Florence, FI
               
              4.6 of 5
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              My daughter and I were able to book quickly and found the staff wonderful! The location is the best you can ask for in Florence and the accommodations were comfortable and clean. They provide a very nice breakfast buffet in the morning and staff is availble to answer questions. We will definately ...

              Old Florence Inn €99
              Reviewed on 17 Sep 2019
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              Old Florence Inn

              Old Florence Inn

              Largo Fratelli Alinari 11, Florence, FI
                 
                4.2 of 5
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                Right in front of train station, 5 minutes of walk of bus station, 5-15 minutes of walk of everything... (Uffizi museum, galleria dell academia, ponte vecchio, pretty much all major churh..) Good Window, you wont hear anything from outside. Everything is perfect, but i like smooth matress and this ...

                Il Palagetto Guest House
                Reviewed on 22 Oct 2019
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                Il Palagetto Guest House

                Il Palagetto Guest House

                via Monte Oliveto 52, zona centro storico, Florence, FI
                   
                  4.4 of 5
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                  Il Palagetto is half a block up a quiet street on the south side of the Arno, about a half hour's walk from the train station and the main tourist attractions. It is also two blocks from buses to the center of town. This is not a fancy place, but it is friendly, very serviceable, and VERY good value. ...