Stroll through narrow cobbled streets and open piazzas to experience the cosmopolitan buzz of Florence, or climb the steps of the Duomo for panoramic views of this timelessly beautiful city.
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 and with plenty of things to do.
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.
This Renaissance work of art, whose collonaded façade is attributed to none other than Michelangelo, must be one of the most intimate and romantic places on earth. Dating back to the 15th century, this former monastery nestled on a hilltop and surrounded by classical terraced gardens offers spectacular views of nearby Florence. Here, each privileged guest enjoys the freedom to stroll in the b...
The Hotel Savoy is almost a gem in the heart of one of the most beautiful and historic cities; Florence. Poised by the landmark Duomo on the Piazza Della Repubblica it elegantly invites its guests to experience the wonders of the nearby attractions assured of a recluse in utter luxury. It is an easy walk to all the city's main attractions, including the Duomo, the Uffizi and the Ponte Vecchio. The...
Superbly located for enjoying all that the beautiful Tuscan city of Florence has to offer, this chic hotel is positioned right next to the famous Ponte Vecchio on the River Arno. This sleek boutique hotel, perfect for a romantic city break or minimoon, is part of the Lungarno Collection, owned by Leonardo Ferragamo, son of Salvatore Ferragamo. As such you can expect style of the highest order, wit...
Combining the best of both worlds, this palatial former 15th-century villa is surrounded by an idyllic 12-acre park - with superb views thanks to its hillside location - yet it also benefits from being just ten minutes from the spectacular Tuscan city of Florence and all it has to offer. There are many ways that guests can enjoy this boutique hotel’s, gardens which have been restored to their ...
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