Departure28 December 2023 I'm flexible
Nights1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14
BoardAll-inclusive Full-board Half-board Breakfast Self catering Room only
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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.
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 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
Things to do in Florence
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Florence Blog posts
From the UK's most popular travel bloggers
Top 5 Locations to Visit in Italy
17th November 2023 by Midlands Traveller
Italy is undeniably one of the most glamorous countries in the world. With its rich history, stunning architecture, and mouthwatering cuisine, it's no wonder that Italy is a dream destination for many travellers. In this blog post, we will explore the top 5 locations to visit in Italy, each offering its own unique charm and allure. So grab your passport and get ready to embark on an unforgettable Italian adventure!...
15 Best photo spots in Florence | The best Instagrammable Florence guide
6th September 2023 by Italian Trip Abroad
Florence has long been hailed as the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance, with countless artists creating masterpieces that are revered worldwide. This artistic haven, which nurtured the talents of Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo, Donatello, Botticelli, and many others, boasts some of Italy's most picturesque locations for capturing stunning photographs. In this guide, we will reveal the top 15 photo spots in Florence, perfect for creating Instagram-worthy moments....
How to take a day trip to Rome from Florence
7th December 2022 by The World in My Pocket
If you are planning to take a day trip to Rome from Florence, I’ve got you! Italy is my favourite country in the world! I have visited it pretty much every year. I’ve been to Rome more times than I can count, and I also lived near Florence for a while. I’m in love with the Italian lifestyle, the beauty of the country, and the delicious food....
14 very best places in Tuscany to visit
31st October 2022 by Hand Luggage Only
Hands down, Tuscany is easily one of the best places in Italy to visit – especially if you love a good mix of historic towns, rolling hills and the most delicious food and vineyards that you can’t miss. Tuscany is totally special and perfect for a road trip around the region, or even a city break! That being said, it can be tough to whittle down a firm list of all the best places in Tuscany to visit as they’re all dotted around this iconic region of Italy. ...
One day in Florence Itinerary | A guide of Florence in 24 hours, main attractions and way to skip the line.
29th August 2022 by Italian Trip Abroad
Our guide to exploring Florence in one day will show you how to optimise your time. On our one day in Florence, you will visit iconic places in the city like Giotto Tower, walk through Ponte Vecchio and Piazza della Signoria and check for lunch in the local central market. Within this itinerary, we will share some tips on making the best of Florence. The city in central Italy is one of the most visited in the county, attracting 15 million tourists, which is over 20 times its population....
Florence or Rome: which city for your next trip?
1st October 2021 by Inside the Travel Lab
When it comes to planning a city break to Italy, it’s easy to get stuck on picking the city. Between the romance of Venice, the chic of Milan and the sass of Naples, you could spend weeks travelling around Italy and still not have seen it all. And that’s not an empty phrase. I’ve tested it, I’ve tried! More times than is decent to mention....
Cheapest places to holiday in May
12th February 2021 by Andy
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...
Weather in Florence
Our month-by-month guide to the weather and climate in Florence