Florence

Florence, Tuscany, Italy

This beautiful city famed for its medieval streets, beautiful squares, mighty palaces, stately mansions and astonishing churches. As well as the many historical attractions, Florence also offers classy shopping, lively markets and fantastic restaurants and authentic nightlife.

Florence

Known locally as Firenze, capital of the region of Tuscany, has a population of around half a million inhabitants, spread on the banks of the Arno, between the Adriatic and the Tyrrhenian seas, almost in the middle of the Italian peninsula.

Florence is an ideal destination for families and couples and with its vast array of attractions, it is easy to see why. There are many shopping outlets, Pistoia Zoo and of course many art galleries and museums. Not only is Florence one of the most appealing cities in the world for a city break, it is also one of the most romantic.

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Florence Hotels (129)

The La Gioconda Hotel has been carefully restored to highlight the original structures and features to make it one of the best 3 star hotels in Florence....

With good access to local attractions and public transport, the Malaspina Hotel is the ideal base for a trip to Florence....

Medici Hotel is moments from the Cathedral and surrounded by piazzas, historic buildings, boutiques and restaurants. It offers simply styled accommodation and continental breakfasts with many attracti...

An ideal choice for business or leisure traveller, the hotel is 500 metres from the nearest bus stop and is very close to the Fortalezza da Basso and nearby shopping district....

The Adler Cavalieri Hotel is set in a prestigious palace of the late 19th century, situated in the heart of the historical centre of Florence, just a short walk from the main railway station of Santa ...

The Airone Hotel is located in the centre of Florence very close to the historical sites and exhibition areas....

An ideal choice for either the business or leisure traveller, the Albani Firenze Hotel is well situated on a quiet street within walking distance of Santa Maria Novella train station, the Convention C...

Ideally situated in the city centre, just a short walk to many of the tourist spots, such as the Florence Dome, Piazza della Signoria, the Uffizi, and Ponte Vecchio....

An ideal choice for the budget traveller, this hotel is located in the historic centre of the city, very close to the main Train Station of Santa Maria Novella and the major sights of Florence....

Hotel Alinari has a central position close to the main train station, situated on the fourth floor of a large old building the hotel offers good value for money in a convenient location....

Conveniently located for easy access to many of Florence's historical and cultural sights, make this the ideal starting point for exploring the city and surrounding areas....

Located in an ancient Palazzo, the perfect start for touring the city, you are literally steps away from Ponte Vecchio, Palazzo Pitti, and the Uffizi Gallery....

The hotel is situated on the top floor of a converted 13th century tower and offers great views all over the city....

Ideally located just 10 minutes from the heart of the city and in one of Florence's most prestigious areas, a great starting point for exploring all the tourist spots....

Situated in a quiet street within 5-minutes walking distance of the Central Station Santa Maria Novella and the San Lorenzo market, this small boutique hotel provides a relaxing base to explore the ci...

The Ascot Hotel is family run and provides a great base for those on a budget. The hotel is well situated with a 10min walk takes you to the famous Duomo of Santa Maria del Fiore in the heart of Flore...

The Astor Hotel is situated a short distance from the historic centre of Florence, set in a quiet residential neighbourhood it's just a 10-minute bus journey away. ...

The Athenaeum enjoys a great location in the downtown historical centre of Florence. Situated within walking distance from the most important monuments, museums, the main shopping areas as well as the...

Located in Florence's commercial zone known as Novoli, ideal for anyone travelling for business or pleasure, the hotel is just minutes away from the airport and has easy access to the historical centr...

The Hotel Azzi offers a convenient base in the historical centre of Florence, within easy walking distance of the San Lorenzo Market, Ponte Vecchio, Piazza Duomo and the galleries....

The Balestri Hotel is located in the heart of Florence, on the right bank of the Arno river, just a short walk from the Ponte Vecchio (Old Bridge), Palazzo Vecchio and the Uffizi Gallery....

The hotel stands on the right bank of the River Arno just moments away from the Ponte Vecchio, Uffizi Gallery, Pitti Palace, Piazza Signoria and the famous Brunelleschi Dome. For the shopaholics, the ...

Situated directly behind Piazza della Signoria and within metres of the Uffizi Gallery, the Bernini Palace Hotel is an ideal choice for the leisure or business traveller alike....

This hotel offers a central base in the historical centre of Florence, just a few minutes walk from the central train station and within easy walking distance of the many sights of the city....

Centrally located in a 19th century building, this hotel is just a short walk away from the Ponte Vecchio, the Teatro Comunale and the Congress and Exhibition Centre....

Situated a short distance from the historical centre, the Congress Centre and the main train station Santa Maria Novella, make this hotel ideal wether in Florence for business or pleasure....

The hotel, a former Florentine town house is situated in the centre of the historic district of the city, close to all the main monuments and exclusive shops of Florence....

Boscolo Hotel Astoria is situated in the heart of the old town, a short walk from the Duomo (cathedral), an ideal choice for experiencing all Florence has to offer....

This popular city hotel offers first class accommodation and excellent service in a location that allows easy access to many major sights....

Situated in the city centre right next to Santa Maria Novella Train Station, providing the perfect base from which to enjoy the city of Florence or make a quick exit to other parts of Tuscany by train...

Traditional city hotel offering comfortable accommodation and a central location within easy walking distance of the citys sights....

This charming, air-conditioned boutique hotel was completely restored in 2002, and decorated with unique works of art and antiques. With a range of services and facilities available the Cellai Hotel o...

The Centro Hotel is set in a restored Renaissance building once home to the artist Raffaello, this 2-star hotel offers good value for money with comfortable accommodation in a central location. ...

Dating back to the 15th century, this hotel occupies a former palace and is situated in the heart of Florence, within comfortable walking distance of all the city's key attractions....

The Hotel Cimabue offers a comfortable base within walking distance to the city's main places of interest....

Ideally located only a few minutes walk from all major tourist attractions such as the Ponte Vecchio, Uffizi Gallery, Michelangelo's David and the Cathedral (Duomo)....

Hotel Colomba in Florence has the best of modern comforts and traditional Tuscan hospitality all in the heart of the historical city centre....

Overlooking the River Arno and on the outskirts of Florence's historic centre, the Columbus Hotel provides a comfortable base within walking distance of many of the city's important sites of interest....

Renovated in 2004, the Hotel Corolle Florence is situated in a quiet residential area of Florence known as Careggi....

The Corona d'Italia Hotel has a central location within easy walking distance of the many sights to be found in Florence....

The Monastery was buit in the year 1700 and the hotel was the renovated in 2003. Its' structure is a harmonious fusion of Tuscan renaissance forms and contemporary architectural design...

The Hotel de la Place is set in a 19th century building in the centre of Florence, offering a comfortable base within walking distance of many of the popular tourist sites. ...

The hotel is set in the heart of Florence on Piazza Antinori and adjacent to the Via Tornabuoni, a prestigious shopping street home to luxury boutiques. ...

Occupying what was formerly a Florentine royal residency this hotel offers a good base for exploring the city....

This hotel is situated in the centre of Florence, beside the Santa Maria Novella train station and within easy reach to the city's main places of interest....

A comfortable hotel offering all the elements for a great base for exploring Florence....

Located within a few minutes' walk from Florence's main shopping centre and from the Congress and Exhibition Halls, make this the ideal choice for the business or leisure traveller....

The great period doorway of the three-star Hotel Donatello opens out onto the large garden of Piazza Indipendenza....

The Embassy Hotel is situated close to the Santa Maria Novella central station and within walking distance of the historical centre and the main exhibition and congress centre....

Although a little way out of Florence, the Eurohome Hotel is perfect for those looking for a peaceful stay....

Fenice Palace is a four star hotel, situated right in the heart of Florence....

The elegant hotel offers style and comfort in a great location....

T Modern and welcoming hotel in Florence, the Best Western Hotel Fleming is the ideal location for a pleasant business stay and for art lovers....

The Galileo Hotel is situated on a busy street in the centre of Florence just a few steps from the San Lorenzo Market....

This luxury 5-star boutique hotel enjoys a privileged location at the heart of the historic centre of Florence, close to exclusive shopping venues and the city's important sites of interest....

This Florentine-style hotel offers first class accommodation at the heart of the city's historical centre....

Centrally located, within walking distance of all the major sites and shopping areas, the Villa Medici is the only hotel in the historic centre to offer a garden with an outdoor swimming pool....

The comfortable city hotel offers superior accommodation and facilities combined with a central location making this the perfect base for a city break....

Offering superior accommodation and facilities, this hotel would suit leisure or business travellers looking for a relaxing city break....

Built in 1400, this traditional hotel offers first class amenities and service and has a fantastic position right in the heart of the city....

Built in 1865 and renovated in 2002, this traditional Florentine building is set in parkland, located beside the Bobolino Gardens....

Grifone Hotel is a modern and functional structure, equipped with spacious and bright lounges, and elegantly modern-style furnished rooms....

This upper class hotel was built in 1890 and is set one block from Via Tornabuoni, the "Madison Avenue" of Florence (upmarket shops, cafes, and restaurants). Through crystal doors, a firesid...

This air-conditioned city hotel was built in 2005 and is the perfect destination for business or leisure travellers looking for a comfortable stay in Florence....

A great hotel offering comfortable rooms and within a 20 minute bus ride from the centre of Florence....

The Hotel Jane is located in apeaceful area close to the river Arno in the vicinity of Santa Croce just 10 minutes on foot from the old centre....

The Hotel Kraft occupies a converted 19th-century townhouse with rooftop pool and garden. Inside, the hotel opens onto a quiet lobby hall with a fireplace and piano. Here there is also a reading corne...

The La Fortezza Hotel offers comfortable accommodation and a friendly atmosphere, perfect for a relaxing stay in Florence....

The Laurus Hotel is ideal for a relaxing holiday in Florence as it offers warm hospitality and a friendly atmosphere....

Better suited to the budget traveller, the 2-star Lombardi Hotel is located in the centre of Florence, close to the central train station and San Lorenzo Market. ...

The Londra Hotel offers spacios and modern accommodation in a great location, ideal for a relaxing visit to Florence....

Set within a restored 18th century villa, this hotel offers a comfortable base within easy walking distance of the city's popular sights of interest....

This traditional building houses a comfortable hotel in an ideal location at the heart of Florence....

This charming hotel was previously the home of an ancient Florentine merchant family, the Bartolini Salimbeni family....

This modern hotel is just a few minutes from downtown Florence with easy access to public transport making it the ideal base for exploring the city....

This hotel is situated on the outskirts of Florence, less than 2km from the airport and just a 20-minute bus ride from the city centre. A good choice for those seeking a stopover hotel within easy rea...

The Monna Lisa Hotel is housed within an ancient palace, furnished with fine antique furniture and offering a warm welcome to all....

The Montebello Splendid Hotel is considered one of the best hotels in the city, offering an intimate atmosphere and true Florence charm....

The Msnsuites Palazzo Dei Ciompi Hotel is housed in a 19th century building which was previously home to the Accademia dei Risoluti, which gave birth to the Florence theatre named Alfieri....

This city hotel has been recently renovated to include many feature which will appeal to both business and leisure travellers....

The Nh Anglo American Hotel is situated in the centre of Florence within easy access of local amenities and attractions....

This hotel is situated in the heart of Florence's historical centre, just off the Piazza della Signoria and steps from the Palazzo Vecchio, Fountain of Neptune, Duomo, 11th-century Baptistery, Uffizi ...

With a convenient location and good range of facilities and amenities, the Nord Florence Hotel is a great place for a relaxing stay in Florence....

This modern hotel offers a range of facilities and amenities making it popular for both business and leisure travellers....

Orcagna Hotel is a small and friendly hotel with spacious, simply styled guest rooms. It is just 5 minutes walk from the banks of the River Arno and in walking distance of the renaissance centre of Fl...

This traditional family hotel offers comfortable and modern accommodation with ample facilities....

This hotel offers good value for money, with simply furnished guest accommodation in a central location. The hotel features a roof-terrace with views of the Duomo and is the setting for breakfast each...

This 16th century building has been converted into a hotel with typical Florentine Style....

This magnificent hotel has a unique traditional charm coupled with modern facilities....

This hotel offers a true Florentine atmosphere, just steps away from the al Ponte Vecchio it's perfectly situated for exploring the city's sights....

This hotel provides a good central base overlooking the Arno River, just a short walk from the Duomo and Vecchio Palace, Uffizi Gallery and Ponte Vecchio....

The Porta Faenza Hotel provides comfortable accommodation and convenient facilities to ensure your stay is an enjoyable one....

The President Firenze Hotel is situated close to Museo Stibbert and Statue of David and a short distance to other city attractions....

The friendly staff will welcome you with warm and traditional Florentine Style whilst catering for your every need....

This city hotel offers comfortable accommodation together with a peaceful and relaxing atmosphere....

This charming hotel is a heavenly retreat situated in one of the most elegant and exclusive areas of Florence....

This attractive hotel previously served as a guest house for the adjacent 14th century monk's convent and is surrounded by olive, pine and oak trees....

This 16th century building houses a comfortable hotel with a good range of facilities....

This apartment hotel provides guests with spacious and comfortable accommodation close to the many attractions of Florence....

Close to the historical centre and Santa Maria Novella Central train Station, La Mongolfiera is the ideal place to stay when visiting Florence and its surroundings....

This family-run hotel is regulary refurbished to maintain the high standards it has always set....

The River Hotel is well positioned and offers a friendly service with modern conveniences....

The hotel offers a pretty patio and garden area that has many flowers and plants, creating a friendly environment in the centre of the city....

This charming Florentine hotel offers modern amenities and a good central location....

This 2-star hotel has an ideal location, situated between the Duomo and Santa Maria Novella Central Station. Offering affordable, simple accommodation in a good central location....

Built in the early 19th century, this hotel was carefully restored and is situated right in the city centre near the Ponte Vecchio and the Uffizi Museum....

The Hotel Royal is situated in a quieter part of the city, though still within a 15-minute walk of the central station, Duomo and the Congress Centre. This hotel features a garden with outdoor swimmin...

The San Gallo Palace is perfectly located, just 10 minutes from the main sights and monuments and close to the Exposition and congress centre. The location coupled with the facilities make this an ide...

Situated within walking distance of all the main sites of Florence and just 200 metres from the main railway station of Santa Maria Novella. An ideal choice for those arriving into Florence by train o...

Offering stylish accommodation with lavish comfort and numerous facilities, the Santa Maria Novella Hotel is a perfect stop for both the business and leisure travellers....

This five-star hotel offers luxury and style in the heart of Florence, located on the Piazza Repubblica, close to the Duomo and just a short walk from the Uffizi Gallery, the Ponte Vecchio and the mai...

The Select Executive Hotel offers spacious guest accommodation around 20-minutes walk from the historic centre of Florence....

The Sheraton Firenze Hotel and Convention Centre situated on the outskirts of Florence is an ideal choice wether on holiday or business. A complimentary shuttle service is offered to and from the city...

The Hotel Silla is situated on the quieter left bank of the River Arno, just a short walk from the historical centre of Florence....

Converted from an 18th century palace, this hotel is steeped in history and tradition and has won many awards for its breathtaking splendour and elegance; the ideal choice for those looking for shere ...

Ideally located opposite the Parco delle Cascine, the city's largest park, and around 700 metres from the Fortezza da Basso, the Palazzo dei Congressi and the Centro Affari. A 15 minute walk or short ...

Centrally located, an ideal choice for the budget minded traveller, this hotel is situated on the 2nd floor of an old classic Florentine-style building very close to the Central Train Station of Firen...

Ideally situated, the hotel is perfect for visiting the most important sights in the city, just a short walk from the Duomo, the Uffizi museum and Via Tornabuoni....

The Style Florence Hotel is ideally located for the business or leisure traveller, opposite Santa Maria Novella Station, a few minutes from the Cathedral (Duomo), the Uffizi Gallery, the shopping area...

The hotel is in an old Florentine building from the 15th century and is situated in the heart of the city on a street famous for its antique shops, just 300 metres from the Duomo....

The Vasari Palace Hotel offers a convenient base close to the central train station and within easy walking distance of the city's historic sites of interest....

Surrounded by large gardens, this renovated hotel is situated in the wooded residential area around Porta Romana, at the foot of Piazzale Michelangelo, and within walking distance to the Pitti Palace ...

Once a former monastery, this hotel is approx 4 km from the centre of Florence, and offers guests a relaxed and comfortable stay....

Ideal for a romantic break, this renaissance villa with only 18 rooms is only a few steps from Ponte Vecchio, in an exclusive position at Piazzale Michelangelo with a breathtaking view of the city....

Situated just 10 minutes from the city centre, the Villa Le Rondini is set in 22 hectares of park, olive groves and typical Tuscan country. The hotel amenities and location are perfect for relaxing af...

Situated in the historic centre of Sesto Fiorentino and a ten minute drive away from the centre of Florence. On-site facilities include outdoor swimming pool, tennis court, restaurant and a bar....

The hotel is set in a remarkably beautiful and luxurious 15th century Florentine Villa and is located few minutes away by car from Florence's historic city centre, as well as from the shopping area....

Situated on the right bank of the Arno River only 20 minutes from the historical centre, the hotel consists of small buildings that harmonically merge with the original mansion from 1400s....

Offering an ideal position, the Westin Excelsior Hotel is situated on the River Arno in Piazza Ognissanti neighbouring the Ponte Vecchio, Uffizi Gallery and Pitti Palace....

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Beaches

Out of Italy's main tourist destinations, Florence is the furthest from the sea, however, there are many beaches within reach. The easiest one to reach, Viareggio, is an hour and a half train ride away and is a beautiful long stretch of sand with plenty of beach chairs and umbrellas to rent. The water is shallow until quite far out so it is perfect for children. The town of Viareggio also has plenty to offer in the way of shops and restaurants so it is definitely worth taking the trip from Florence.

Things to Do

Florence is said to be one of Italy's most beautiful cities and offers endless museums, galleries and many other fine attractions.

Not only do the museums house some amazing sculptures and painting etc, the buildings themselves are worth seeing. There are also lots of beautiful churches and cathedrals, many of which were designed, built and decorated by some of the most famous artists of the time eg Michelangelo.

Make sure you visit The Duomo, it's one of Italy's most iconic landmarks and it is as impressive inside as it is outside and if you are feeling energetic, you can climb the 463 spiral stairs to the top. The Museo Gucci houses some of Gucci's own luxurious pieces and is a must for any fashion lover.

If you want a little time away from the crowds, visit the Giardino Bardini, a beautiful Italian Renaissance Garden, the perfect spot for some quiet time. You may wish to take part in some wine tasting or enjoy a course at one of the many cookery schools, a great way to improve your knowledge of Italian food.

Out and About

Although Florence is famous for it's many great buildings, galleries, museums etc, it is also very well known for shopping. You will find a range of shops such as H and M and Disney Store, designer boutiques, antique stores, craftsmen shops and many markets offering a variety of goods.

Perhaps the most famous and popular market is the Mercato Centrale which sells fruit, vegetables, meat, fish, bread, cheese, spices, clothes and other household items. The Mercato Alimentare is also good and perhaps a little less touristy. The San Lorenzo Market sells Murano glass ornaments, handmade leather gloves and other Italian souvenirs so whatever you are looking for you will find it at one of the city's markets.

As you can imagine, there are some fantastic Italian restaurants, plenty to suit every pocket and palate. There are also many other types of restaurants should you want to try something different. Of course the kids and grown ups too will be delighted with the variety of ice cream and there is no shortage of ice cream parlours.

One of the best ways to tour the city and it's tight network of streets is by foot but if you are a little more adventurous, why not try a Segway day trip, a Vespa day trip or a cycling tour, all great ways to see the sights. The bus system is also very good so no excuses for getting about.

Throughout the year, Florence is packed with different events and festivals, perhaps your visit will coincide with one of the exciting events. The Jazz festival runs from June to September and is just perfect for Jazz music enthusiasts. The most prestigious festival is the Festa di San Giovanni which celebrates the life of the city's patron saint John and takes place on 24th July each year. There is lots going on throughout the festival with a fantastic firework to mark the end of the festival. There is also a music festival from April to June so certainly something for everyone.

Nearby Attractions

A must see is Pisa which is home to the Leaning Tower. Although you really have to see the tower and perhaps climb it, there are lots of other things to see and do in Pisa, such as Church of San Sisto, Cathedral Square and Knights Square. There are lots of impressive buildings and monuments and tons of art and architecture to be found within the city walls.

There are lots of little villages that can be found close to Florence, so take the train and spend some time seeing what the area has to offer.

A great family day out is a trip to Pistoia Zoo, it is just 45km from Florence and is home to a good variety of international species.

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