Florence is a beautifully wonderful city, well known for being the spiritual home of the renaissance art movement. Art is at the heart of this great city and the movements influence is seen throughout the city. You can see frescoes from the likes of Giotto and Ghirlandaio, artwork by Botticelli and world famous sculptures by Michaelangelo and Giambologna. You can't help but be overtaken by the unique art history that resides within the city's walls.
Walking down its cobbled and bright side streets your mind is taken back to the past. This city was home to some of the art world's biggest names.
But there is so much more to Florence than art and history. This city is full to the brim with uniquely Italian boutiques and pretty cafes. It is a city that has a rich cultural life and heritage that spans opera, music and modern art. A city with a vibrant and diverse food and nightlife atmosphere. But it isn't a huge city so the historic centre is easily accessible by foot. All of this makes Florence the perfect destination for a short stay.
Florence Things to do
Where to stay
This beautiful hotel is ideally located near Ponte Vecchio and is a chic retreat within the city. Designed in a contemporary style it attracts young couples and creatives. It also benefits from a spa and rooftop bar.
This is a hip guesthouse that is situated in equally hip district Oltrarno. Vintage styling features throughout and Pritti Palace and Ponte Vecchio are located nearby.
Truly budget hotel with rates starting at £54 PPN. Bohemian style, friendly staff and a central location. It is small and beautiful with only four rooms available but a hip and relaxed feel to it.
Where to eat
Florence is the perfect place to indulge your tastebuds. The place is full of tasty streetfood – including pizza, panini and gelato but is also home to a vast variety of restaurants all the way from cheap eat to fine dining. With so much choice it can be hard to make a decision but we’ve got you covered with a selection of the best places to eat in Florence.
If Michelin-starred cuisine is your thing then you must check out La Bottega del Buon Café situated on LungarnoBenvenuto Cellini. It has a relaxed atmosphere and exquisite food. The wine options are vast and the staff knowledgeable.
What to do
The best way to start your trip is to tackle some of the more touristy spots. Depending on what time of year you go, these places may be tourist packed. But don’t let that faze you they’re well worth a visit even with a lot of people milling around them. Top of your list of things to do in Florence should be getting to the top of Giotto’s Campanile which is located on the Piazza Del Duomo. This bell tower offers amazing views across Florence but be warned there’s more than 400 steps to get to the top.
Piazza San Giovanni is also worth a visit, this area contains not only the world famous Duomo but also the Campanile.
If art is your thing then no visit to Florence is complete without a visit to the Uffizi Gallery which contains a vast quatity of renaissance era art. Readers of Dan Brown’s Inferno may be familiar with this gallery thanks to this being the place where The Divine Comedy creator Dante’s death mask being exhibited. Other must sees here are the work of Botticellis, Caravaggio and Giotto. Booking is required and don’t forget to check out the amazing sculptures in the square outside the gallery.
A place that isn’t quite as tourist heavy is Capella dei Magi located in Palazzo Medici-Riccardi. This place is decorated with a selection of frescoes created by Gozzolli.
Ponte Vecchio is the perfect place to visit for jewellery afficianados. This hugely popular bridge is lined with tiny jewellery shops which have something for every taste and every budget. You’ll find many stores producing exquisite handmade pieces, seek these out for brilliant bargains.
Next stop should be Oltrarno a hip modern area with a vast amount of trendy boutiques, handmade gifts and artisan style cafes. You can find this area south of Ponte Vecchio.
We hope that's given you some food for thought when planning a trip to Florence. Ask us any questions in the comments!