Luxury Florence holidays enjoy the sights of one of the most beautiful cities in Europe. But it's not just its film star looks that make it so popular - Florence is truly the renaissance city, rich in artistic and intellectual heritage.
From Cimabue and Giotto, the fathers of Italian painting, to Botticelli and the universal geniuses of Leonardo and Michelangelo, Florence has inspired generations of influential artists. Luckily, much of the great works and buildings produced by these masters have remained in Florence, at museums like the Uffizi, ready for your grateful appreciation.
Around Piazza del Duomo
The Piazza del Duomo is the queen of Florence's open spaces. Here, the cathedral's splendid vault has recently been restored. Around the Duomo, densely packed streets and squares pulsate with Florence's history and reflect its sophisticated elegance. Close by is Piazza della Repubblica, the ancient heart of the city.
In the middle of Piazza Vittorio Emanuele stands the legendary Caffè delle Giubbe Rosse, the haunt of writers and artists throughout the 20th-century. This charming café continues to attract both Florentines and visitors alike.
One of Florence's most captivating quarters is around Santa Croce, a majestic Franciscan church surrounded by medieval streets containing Renaissance palaces, artisans' workshops and neighbourhood markets. The tombs of Michelangelo, Galileo and Machiavelli, are also here.
Florence Holidays Fact File
HIGH SEASON June - August
FLIGHT DURATION 1 hour 55 minutes to Milan, 2 hours 5 minutes to Verona, 2 hours 10 minutes to Venice, 2 hours 35 minutes to Naples, 2 hours 20 minutes to Olbia (Sardinia), 3 hours 10 minutes to Catania (Sicily)
UK AIRPORT OPTIONS British Airways flies direct from London Gatwick and London Heathrow to most cities in Italy and her islands. Other airlines and UK departure points are also available