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Florence holidays

Introduction

Florence, Tuscany‘s regional capital, is located on the banks of the River Arno in the centre of the Italian Peninsula. Considered the finest product of the Italian Renaissance, Florence's historic city centre is filled with countless monuments, works of art and inhabited by some of Italy's most cosmopolitan and glamorous residents, Italian designer Gucci included.

Highlights in Florence include the Galleria degli Uffizi, with its artworks by Botticelli, Michelangelo and Leonardo da Vinci; the Duomo Cathedral, topped with Brunelleschi's extravagant dome and the bustling Piazza della Signoria, where some of the city's finest dining can be found.

The Tuscan countryside surrounding Florence is ideal for self-drive excursions to the neighbouring towns and cities of Siena, Lucca, San Gimignano and Pisa, as well as for further exploration of the Chianti Wine Region, all of which are just a short drive away.

It is also possible to combine a visit to Florence with a twin-centre holiday in a one of Italy's other city gems such as Rome or Sorrento.

Special offers in Florence

Hotel Santa Maria Novella, Florence

Traditional hotel from £565 pp

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offer

Stay 4 nights, Pay 3 – Save up to £85 pp
Book by: 08 March 2018

Whether it’s the Roman ruins in the basement, the basilica views from the rooftop terrace or the Renaissance style throughout, Hotel Santa Maria never fails to impress.

Hotel L'Orologio Florence

Contemporary hotel from £580 pp

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offer

Stay 4 nights, pay 3 – Save up to £90 pp
Book by: 08 March 2018

Themed on the world’s finest watches, this is a private collection turned hotel. It’s understated too, with the views of the next-door basilica and luxury rooms allowed to take centre stage.

Relais Santa Croce, Florence

Grand & elegant hotel from £595 pp incl. flights

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offer

Stay 3 nights, pay for 2
Book by: 31 December 2017

This 18th century residence, in the heart of historic Florence, provides the perfect balance between bygone, sumptuous luxury and modern comfort.

Italian Coast and Culture

9-day tailor-made self-drive from £1,340 pp

Special
offer

Free car hire

Stay 4 nights, pay 3
Book by: 16 September 2018

Combine the white sands of the Tuscan coast with the Renaissance excess of Florence, enjoying stays in two of the country’s finest hotels; contrast private-beach access with Michelin-starred dining. In between, the use of a hire car will afford you the flexibility to explore the Tuscan countryside.

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Top itineraries in Florence

The Italian Job

6-day tailor-made journey from £1,440 pp incl. flights

Rome, Florence and Venice are among the three most romantic cities in the world, not just Italy. Each one has its own unique atmosphere, style and history with iconic sights, fabulous architecture, gourmet restaurants, and world-class museums and galleries filled with timeless masterpieces.

Italian Coast and Culture

9-day tailor-made self-drive from £1,340 pp

Special
offer

Free car hire

Stay 4 nights, pay 3
Book by: 16 September 2018

Combine the white sands of the Tuscan coast with the Renaissance excess of Florence, enjoying stays in two of the country’s finest hotels; contrast private-beach access with Michelin-starred dining. In between, the use of a hire car will afford you the flexibility to explore the Tuscan countryside.

Classic Italy

7-day tailor-made tour from £1,240 pp incl. flights

Immerse yourself in Italy’s rich heritage and artistic delights with everything from private tours and stays in two of its finest hotels to First Class rail travel and the services of private drivers. After Rome and Florence's competing wonders, take in Tuscany for vineyards and medieval charm.

Florence & Rome

5-day tailor-made self-guided journey from £1,120 pp incl. flights

With included luxury hotel stays, first-class rail travel and private, expert-led tours in both cities, this five-star break is the ultimate introduction to the historical delights of two Italian greats – Florence and Rome.

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Top places to stay in Florence

Hotel Brunelleschi, Florence

Historic hotel

A repurposed medieval church complete with a Byzantine tower façade, this is one of Florence’s most atmospheric stays and is listed in the city’s register of historical edifices.

Hotel Santa Maria Novella, Florence

Traditional hotel from £565 pp

Special
offer

Stay 4 nights, Pay 3 – Save up to £85 pp
Book by: 08 March 2018

Whether it’s the Roman ruins in the basement, the basilica views from the rooftop terrace or the Renaissance style throughout, Hotel Santa Maria never fails to impress.

Hotel L'Orologio Florence

Contemporary hotel from £580 pp

Special
offer

Stay 4 nights, pay 3 – Save up to £90 pp
Book by: 08 March 2018

Themed on the world’s finest watches, this is a private collection turned hotel. It’s understated too, with the views of the next-door basilica and luxury rooms allowed to take centre stage.

Degli Orafi, Florence

Traditional hotel

This historic hotel combines a medieval history with 1800s frescoes and bar terrace views over Florence.

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When to go to Florence

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