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Florence is stylish, aristocratic and immensely proud of its cultural, artistic and historical treasures.

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Things to do in Florence

Florence is often hailed as one of the world’s most beautiful cities. Tuscany’s capital was the cradle of the Renaissance, and Michelangelo, Donatello and dozens more of Europe’s most revered artists plied their trades here. Wander the network of cobbled streets and pass boutique stores, historical cafés and outstanding galleries.

Brunelleschi’s dome atop the Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore (Duomo) dominates the skyline. Up close, the cathedral is no less impressive. The colorful marble façade is a highlight in the city’s cultural and physical heart, the Piazza del Duomo. The square’s central location makes it the perfect starting point from which to navigate the city’s major attractions.

Head in any direction to encounter yet more Florentine delights. South is the Uffizi Gallery (Galleria degli Uffizi), one of the most important and revered art museums in the world. Spend an entire day admiring masterpieces by Renaissance greats such as Botticelli, da Vinci and Raphael.
Stroll across the Ponte Vecchio, the famous pedestrian bridge that spans the Arno River, towards yet more art in the Pitti Palace (Palazzo Pitti). Once the residence of the ruling Medici family, the palace houses a series of galleries containing works by masters such as Raphael and Caravaggio. Discover an early example of Italian garden design in the nearby Boboli Gardens (Giardino di Boboli), which also offer splendid views across the city. To the north you’ll find superb examples of the harmonious, rational design so important to Renaissance art. The San Lorenzo Church (Basilica di San Lorenzo) features the artistry of Brunelleschi and Michelangelo.

Numerous cafés tucked between galleries and shops serve typical Tuscan delights such as prosciutto ham, tomato soups and Florentine steaks. Take a seat and watch as the locals buzz by on motor scooters or parade in the latest designer outfits. This is the home of Gucci and people here are passionate about their style.

Florence has a hot, Mediterranean climate. Only the winter months bring any sustained undesirable weather. The city attracts close to 8 million visitors each year, so you are unlikely to have it to yourself even in the quieter seasons. Book tickets to galleries, particularly the Uffizi, in advance as you may not get them if you simply turn up on the day.

Major attractions in the city center are within 15 minutes’ walk of each other. Florence’s public transportation is efficient; electric buses service the main museums. Driving and parking can be a challenge.

Florence Hotel Guide

A vacation to Florence, Italy is like no other. This historic Tuscan city is known for its rich history, museums and art galleries, and delicious cuisine. Florence is also a fashion capital, making it a shopper's paradise.

Florence is not well known for being financially friendly to travelers. Luckily, Expedia offers Florence hotels of all types at very reasonable prices. Indeed, many of those booking Florence vacations will be surprised to find that, except for a few luxury hotels, nearly any choice for a Florence hotel is well within every visitor's budget.

Hotels in Florence, Italy range in style as well. For a feeling of true, old-world style, tourists can choose to stay in a building that dates to the middle ages. Those who prefer more modern amenities can find newer hotels in Florence as well, though most 5 star hotels have all of the creature comforts of home regardless of the age of the building. Many of the best hotels in Florence, Italy reside within restored villas. An apart-hotel, a hotel that looks and feels like apartment living, one of the best choices for family travel or for those who plan extended trips to Italy.

The choice of where to stay in Florence is a question that most travelers entertain before planning their flights to Florence. Some of top hotels are outside of the city while others are nestled within the center of the action. Many visitors make reservations at hotels near their specific, chosen destinations. Hotels near Duomo, for example, offer easy access to the beauty of the Basilica di Santa Maria del Fiore. Hotels near Ponte Vecchio are popular with lovers, old and new. Hotels near the airport are also a good idea. Flights to Florence arrive at the Peretola Airport, which has many accommodation options at excellent rates. 

Reservations for car rentals are available through Expedia.com, which makes arriving at the hotel from the airport fast and simple.

Florence resorts are yet another way to experience the beauty of Tuscany while on vacation. These resorts combine 5 and 4 star hotels with pools, spas, fitness centers, and more. With so many things to do and see, we at Expedia.com wish to make your visit to Florence memorable and affordable. Whether you choose a boutique hotel in the city center or a sprawling resort in the Tuscan countryside, you will never forget this once-in-a-lifetime getaway.