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About Florence

Birthplace of the Renaissance, home to Michelangelo’s ‘David’ and the works of Botticelli and Giotto, Florence has inherited a rich cultural heritage. A perfect choice for a short city break or the starting point for a longer holiday, the Florentines and their city never fail to impress.

Food and drink

Try schiacciata, a type of Tuscan flatbread, for a snack or a light lunch, or sample the fare of the many fiaschetterie around the city for a plate of crostini, salami, and pecorino cheese accompanied by a glass of wine from the Chianti region. The traditional bistecca fiorentina, the Florentine T-bone steak, is a must if you enjoy a hearty portion of meat, whilst the delicate fresh courgette flowers stuffed with ricotta cheese are not to be missed.

Shopping

Piazza San Lorenzo has a daily morning market that's a great place to pick up some bargains and traditional gifts. Good buys in Florence include baskets, leather gloves, jackets and handbags, beautiful paper goods, silk and lace. Food and drink are also good buys; bottles of herb-infused olive oil, dried porcini mushrooms and dried pasta in all shapes and sizes and colours all make welcome gifts.

As you would expect, all of the designer shops are here, from Gucci and Roberto Cavalli to Salvatore Ferragamo, so whether it is a special purchase or simply some window shopping, the Via Tournabouni is where you need to be. For a souvenir with a difference, visit the ancient Dominican apothecary of Santa Maria Novella, housed in a 14th-century chapel and stocked with a range of antique perfumes and soaps.

When to visit

If you're planning a holiday in Florence, our top picks for the best time to travel would be anday

May

Warmer by the day and not quite full tourist season makes May a perfect month for a trip to Florence. Head to Piazza Michelangelo for some breathtaking views of city rooftops with a blue-sky backdrop

Florence Blog posts

From the UK's most popular travel bloggers

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12th February 2021 by Andy

Cheapest places to holiday in May

May is, arguably, one of the best months of the year to take a break, across the globe. Mainly, because you can take advantage of the May Bank Holidays, but you’ve just missed the rush of the Easter season. Then, there’s absolutely gorgeous weather, from the Mediterranean to the Caribbean.You’re likely to find bargains too, for hotels, flights, cruises and all-inclusive deals, as prices drop after April. Get ready to pack your beach towel, don’t forget your flip flops and make the most...

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24th June 2019 by PommieTravels

Best things to see in Florence, Italy

The attractions that this beautiful city offers to its visitors are so many: Florence is a relatively small city full of things to do and see. It is really a wonderful “open-air museum”, which you can admire just walking through the streets of the historic center, without the need to pay any entrance fees. Having a list of the main places of interest will allow you to enjoy the Tuscan capital in all its beauty. Read on to find out what to see in Florence! First of all, make sure you don’t...

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23rd May 2019 by ScribbleStu

A day trip to Florence

During our month in Italy we were hoping to spend a few days exploring Florence. But circumstances forced us to stay in Rome during the time we’d allocated for Florence. In the end that worked out pretty well: the kids got to see Rome for the first time, and we were there during the big Easter celebrations. And we did still manage to make it to Florence for a day trip…...

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26th January 2021 by Urban Travel Blog

Long Weekend: Florence

The world has been obsessed with this little Tuscan outpost ever since she was a blushing bambino. For more than two millennia Florence has seen countless invasions (armies and tourists), political and religious turmoil, warring factions and numerous cycles of financial boom and bust. Like tectonic forces acting on coal to produce diamonds, so history has acted upon Florence to create some of the most magnificent masterpieces the world has ever seen....

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18th August 2020 by John

Florence travel guide

Holiday Extras are doing a good series of YouTube destination guides. This one covers the beautiful Italian city of Florence. ...

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13th June 2012 by Emma's Travel Tales

Climbing the Florence Duomo

It was a perfect mid-summers day in Florence and at least a million degrees (okay, around 30, but I’m Scottish!), and we crazily decided to tackle the 460 something steps that stood between us and the top of the Florence Duomo. Whilst waiting in the shaded queue to begin our climb it didn’t seem too hot, but once we got to the front and started the first 30-or-so steps, boy was it warm.Everyone who visits Florence admires the green, pink and white marbled exterior of the Duomo, but not...

Weather in Florence

Our month-by-month guide to the weather and climate in Florence

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