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Florence

Any luxury holiday to Tuscany couldn’t be complete without a visit to the unmissable Florence. A veritable trove of Renaissance art, architecture and heritage, this traditional region is the perfect place for a getaway packed with classic Italian sightseeing or a relaxing escape full of moonlit walks by the river. So, whether you want to wander hand in hand with your special someone along the city’s cobbled streets, paint the town red with a fine-wine-fuelled shindig or complete a tour of Europe with the kids – this is the place for you!
 
Literature lovers and art enthusiasts will be interested to know that Florence was once the beloved home of Dante and that visitors can now make a trip to see the poet’s old living quarters. The works, residences and favourite hangout-spots of other famous figures are now available for viewing in the city’s cultural pilgrimage. Names you might recognise adorning the walls include Botticelli, Donatello, Leonardo and Michelangelo… and we don’t mean the ninja turtles!
 
But old-world magic isn’t all that this fabulous destination has to offer, fashion and food have taken centre stage in 21st century Florence. With a home-grown fashion industry producing names like Guccio Gucci and Salvatore Ferragamo while the Via de' Tornabuoni boasts outlets for bespoke and beloved brands – this is definitely a one-stop shop for haute couture. As for food, where do we start? Wine, olive oil, cheese, bread, cold meats – it’s all produced right here and it’s unbelievably delicious! Foodies, connoisseurs and gourmet critics will all be blown away by what’s on the menu here.
 
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Don’t want to miss out on the good weather but tired of the tourist queues? We recommend travelling in April, when the temperatures are balmy, the crowds are thin and the city is at its prettiest.
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Good to know

  • Currency: EUR
  • Flying time to destination:
    2-hours and 15-minutes from London
  • Nearest Airport: Florence Airport
  • In A Word: Classic

Best Time To Travel

Average Temperatures
Jan: 7°c   Feb: 8°c   Mar: 10°c  
Apr: 14°c   May: 18°c   Jun: 22°c  
Jul: 25°c   Aug: 24°c   Sep: 21°c  
Oct: 16°c   Nov: 11°c   Dec: 8°c  

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Florence In A Nutshell

  • With a strong culinary history and a pride in local produce, you’ll find that many Florentine eateries are obsessed with fresh, seasonal and regional ingredients, making it a gourmet paradise.  
     
  • Popular with locals and those in the know, Il Santo Bevitore is a stylish eatery that has the appearance and atmosphere of a bohemian bar but is actually a paradisiacal dining destination. Serving up sustainable and health-conscious dishes with original flourishes such as buckwheat tagliolini with pheasant breast and candied fennel or cinnamon crème brulée with diospero ice cream, this is a must on any foodie’s radar. 
     
  • A more traditional venue for relaxed fine dining, La Bottega del Buon Caffè is an up-river restaurant with an open kitchen where a team of brilliant chefs are constantly whipping up a storm. Treat your palate to modern Italian dishes that have earned the head chef a Michelin-star such as pigeon-stuffed cappelletti pasta with butter and thyme. 
     
Soak Up the Culture 
 
  • Hardly changed in appearance since the Renaissance period, the stunning city of Florence has plenty to keep culture vultures happy whether they’re in it for art, architecture, history or local customs. With the city centre being listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site, it’s unsurprising to find candle-lit chapels with a Botticelli hanging casually in a corner or classically cobbled streets leading to Dante’s front door.  
     
  • Two must-see icons are undoubtedly the Duomo Cathedral and its Battistero. A Florentine landmark that took six centuries to build, the cathedral features a mish-mash of incredible artwork from the terracotta tiles all the way to the 414 steps to the bell tower.  
     
  • One of Italy’s most celebrated galleries can also be found here, showcasing pieces from all of country’s finest artists. Originally built for the illustrious Medici family, the Galleria degli Uffizi is simply breathtaking inside and out.  
     
  • Galleria dell'Accademia is another must as it contains one of Italy’s greatest treasure – the David statue by Michelangelo. For those not in the know, this is considered to be the sculptor’s greatest work, created in 1501 and depicting David from the biblical passage David and Goliath.  
     
After Dark Destinations 
 
  • For superb cocktails and a setting that’s unforgettable, Se.sto is the place to go. Found at the Westin Excelsior hotel, this rooftop bar comes with a side of 360-degree views and help-yourself nibbles that will keep you going all night. 
     
  • For a more classic experience, head on over to Caffè Giacosa, a traditional bar-café under the ownership of well-known designer Roberto Cavalli. This is where the elite come to sample Florence’s finest beverages and the original Negroni cocktail.  
     
  • Looking for somewhere to roll into after you’ve rolled out of the bar? Yab-Yab is a fun, fabulous and fancy club in which to dance the night away. With a high-spec dress code and a young atmosphere, this is the ideal place to celebrate special occasions or end your holiday on a high. 


     
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