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Florence Holidays

Tuscany’s beautiful capital is renowned for its world-famous art, breathtaking architecture and effortlessly stylish inhabitants.

Follow in the footsteps of Botticelli and Michelangelo as you discover one of the cultural treasure-houses of Europe. Explore ancient churches and historic galleries, shop for bargains in lively markets, sample tasty delicacies in friendly cafes and bars, treat yourself to the latest Italian designer fashions from chic boutiques, and immerse yourself in the Renaissance splendour of royal palaces and grand piazzas.

One of the iconic outlines on the Florentine skyline is the Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore (Duomo), so head for the Piazza del Duomo and start your tour with a climb to the top of Brunelleschi’s fabled dome for a bird’s-eye view of the whole city spread out at your feet. You might be able to pick out some of the attractions you’ve yet to visit, such as the distinctive U-shape of the Uffizi Gallery (Galleria degli Uffizi), which houses masterpieces by world-famous artists including Botticelli, da Vinci and Titian, or the Ponte Vecchio, the oldest bridge over the Arno River with its jumble of jewellers shops lining the sides.

Across the river lies the Pitti Palace (Palazzo Pitti), the former residence of the powerful and wealthy Medici family, where yet more artistic treasures await. Spend time viewing the Medici collection of works by Raphael, Caravaggio and other Renaissance painters before heading outside to admire the sculptures in the Boboli Gardens (Giardino di Boboli), beautifully laid out in finest 16th-century Italianate style.

The Renaissance saw an unprecedented flowering of art and architecture, and no building sums up its unique design philosophy as strongly as the San Lorenzo Church (Basilica di San Lorenzo), which combined the talents of fabled Florentine architects Brunelleschi and Michelangelo in one of the oldest and largest ecclesiastical buildings in Florence.

No visit to the capital of Tuscany would be complete without sampling some of the region’s famous culinary specialities such as smoky prosciutto ham, tasty tomato soup flavoured with basil, fresh pasta or tender Florentine steaks, washed down with a nice bottle of local wine. When it comes to finding a restaurant, you’ll be spoilt for choice in this gourmet paradise.

The mild Mediterranean climate attracts visitors year round, although it can be a little quieter during the winter months. However, it makes sense to book tickets to the galleries, especially the popular Uffizi, in advance to avoid the queues and guarantee entry, particularly at peak times. The city is compact and most attractions are within a short walking distance from the centre. Public transport is excellent, with electric buses connecting all the major sites, but be warned – driving and parking in the congested, narrow streets is not for the faint-hearted!


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Maxim Axial AU$71
Reviewed on 15 Nov. 2019
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Maxim Axial

Maxim Axial

Via Dei Calzaiuoli 11, Florence, FI
     
    4.2 of 5
    3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    Highly recommended - beautiful linens and towels, well appointed room, staff very helpful and accommodating, very central. Wish we could have stayed longer 10/10

    Hotel Pitti Palace al Ponte Vecchio AU$160
    Reviewed on 9 Nov. 2019
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    Hotel Pitti Palace al Ponte Vecchio

    Hotel Pitti Palace al Ponte Vecchio

    Borgo S.Jacopo, 3/r, Florence, FI
       
      4.4 of 5
      4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      Amazing! The hotel in in the perfect place to walk all of Florence. It has a blend of new and old as well as many extras.

      c-hotels Ambasciatori AU$99
      Reviewed on 11 Nov. 2019
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      c-hotels Ambasciatori

      Via Luigi Alamanni 3, Florence, FI
         
        4.1 of 5
        4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        Very room and facilities are very clean and comfortable. The check-in/ out process was a breeze.

        Grand Hotel Minerva AU$207
        Reviewed on 17 Nov. 2019
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        Grand Hotel Minerva

        Grand Hotel Minerva

        Piazza Santa Maria Novella 16, Florence, FI
           
          4.7 of 5
          4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

          Very close to the main train station. This was in walking distance of all attractions. The hotel was reasonably priced and their breakfast buffet was top notch with a wide variety of salad and fruits. The pastry selction was nice and the deli meats along with other breakfast items was just amazing. ...

          Grand Hotel Cavour AU$144
          Reviewed on 17 Nov. 2019
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          Grand Hotel Cavour

          Grand Hotel Cavour

          Via Del Proconsolo 3, Florence, FI
             
            4.3 of 5
            4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            Great location. Staff was very helpful and friendly. Rooftop lounge offers amazing views of the city. Would definitely stay here again.

            Orto De Medici Hotel AU$154
            Reviewed on 18 Nov. 2019
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            Orto De Medici Hotel

            Via San Gallo 30, Florence, FI
               
              4.7 of 5
              4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              I loved the balcony and the view of the Duomo! The bed was very comfortable and the bathroom was spacious. The staff was very pleasant and helpful. The location is great as well ... I would stay here again!

              Hotel Laurus al Duomo AU$181
              Reviewed on 4 Nov. 2019
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              Hotel Laurus al Duomo

              Via Cerretani, 54r, Florence, FI
                 
                4.5 of 5
                4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                The location is terrific, close to everything, especially shopping if it’s one of the considerations! The staff are friendly and helpful! The facility is a little aged, but clean! The breakfast is just average, I really hope they have some variance day to day. Overall, great hotel, I will stay again ...

                Hotel Calimala AU$193
                Reviewed on 16 Nov. 2019
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                Hotel Calimala

                Hotel Calimala

                Via Calimala 2, Florence, Città Metropolitana di Firenze
                   
                  4.7 of 5
                  4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Nice experience at Hotel Calimala. Central location though very noisy at night. Hotel staff is really friendly and helpful and hotel is nicely designed.

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