Lose yourself in the idyllic capital of Tuscany
One of the most intriguing aspects of Florence is that one trip to this enchanting city will not be enough to uncover all of the sights. From palaces, to galleries, boutiques to patio restaurants every aspect of Florence projects charm and elegance. For outdoor pursuits take a tour of the villas, parks and monuments. For quiet reflection explore the intricate décor of the many cathedrals, chapels and basilicas. Uffizi art gallery is home to some of the world’s most important art work. Join the queue to marvel over historic paintings and sculptures by Italy’s renowned creators. If shopping is more your style then head to the Ponte Vecchio, Florence’s most striking bridge and most notable for the shops held up on stilts which line the route. Whatever you decide to do in Florence you’ll be amazed at what you see.
Immerse yourself in the beauty of Florence and discover the winding streets, small shuttered windows and quaint shop fronts of this historically significant city. Florence is widely regarded as the art capital of Italy - visit exhibitions by artists including Leonardo da Vinci, Donatello, Michelangelo, Raphael and Botticelli in over 17 galleries.
When To Go
Florence features a humid Mediterranean climate which draws crowds of tourists every year. Located in a valley, Florence is not affected by coastal winds and can benefit from highs of 35°C between June and August. As snowfall is rare, the winters are dominated by heavy rainfall. Travel to Florence in spring to enjoy the bright sunny weather and avoid the throngs of summer holiday makers.
How To Get There
Florence is served by Peretola Airport providing an extensive European network of flights from Germany, France, Brussels and Spain. Meridian Fly operates scheduled services from London Gatwick Airport - the flight can take up to two hours. The Tuscany region is also served by Galileo Galilei International Airport which provides international seasonal flights from New York with Delta Air Lines.
For those travelling to Florence for the first time there is a list of must-see attractions. First re-fuel at one of the city’s terraced restaurants and sample authentic antipasti prepared by Tuscany chefs. Take on Florence’s many galleries and museums to see the iconic David by Michelangelo at La Galleria dell' Accademia and wander the rooms of Renaissance treasures at The Palatine Gallery. Stroll along to Piazza del Duomo to see the Florence Cathedral and be sure to stop and marvel at the intricate carvings in the Arco di Trionfo.