Holidays in Florence

Bring out your inner da Vinci on a Florence city break - explore the art, admire the architecture and fill up on the food

Florence is a city made by art lovers for art lovers. Botticelli, da Vinci, Michelangelo, the Medici clan… a whole roll call of famous names lived in the city in the 15th century. These thinkers, artists and political theorists sparked a flurry of art and ideas that we now call the Renaissance. Walking holidays in Florence uncover a work of art around every corner, from the cathedral’s magnificent Brunelleschi Dome to footpaths that lead to sculptural gardens. You can still feel that vital spark here, too – especially when people spill out onto the streets on warm summer evenings to put the world to rights over a glass of Chianti.

Discovering Florence on foot

The streets of Florence are a walkable work of art, with the Piazza del Duomo a great starting point. From here, roads run parallel to the Arno, framed with world-famous galleries, restaurants, wine bars, churches and shops. Ponte Vecchio, with its medieval wooden-shuttered shops and arches over the river. From there, it’s a climb up to Palazzo Pitti, and up again to the Boboli Gardens for views over the city below. Walking tours led by local guides are the best way to learn about the Florentine past and present, revealing just how the Renaissance transformed Europe.

Eating out: feasts alla Fiorentina

Regular refuelling is required to get you around all those galleries and beautiful streets. It’s a good thing, then, that Florence is piled high with hole-in-the-wall bars, pizzerias, Michelin restaurants, family trattorias and markets. City specialities include supersized steaks (bistecca alla Fiorentina), arancini, bread salad (panzanella; more delicious than it sounds) and thin-crust pizza.

As for a digestif, sweet vin santo is served with cantucci – the Florentine edition of biscotti. Crema Fiorentina gelato is a must-try too, whipped up for a Medici wedding in the 17th century and flavoured with a generous glug of honey. For a more hands-on approach, sign up to a cooking class headed up by a local chef who’ll teach you the tricks of cooking up a Tuscan feast

A window into the world of Tuscan wine

Florence makes itself at home in the heart of Chianti country. Visit a wine estate in the hills to learn all about the history of the first named wine region in Italy. Back in Florence city centre, almost 200 wine windows (or buchette di vino) are ensconced in walls around the city; originally used to sell drinks and food at the time of the plague. Seek out the functioning few, some of which were revived at the height of the Covid-19 pandemic. Negronis are the cocktail of choice in Florence, sipped in a sun-warmed piazza or at the pop-up beach bar that emerges like a mirage on the banks of the Arno each summer.

Exploring Tuscany

It’s hard to believe that anyone can have their fill of Florence, but if you’re curious about what lies beyond the city limits then there are plenty of easy explorations to hand. In the north, streets zigzag into the green hills stacked behind the city, past churches, grand villas and panoramic picnic spots. Sedate strolls come courtesy of the riverside walking and cycling path along the Arno, which wanderers can trace east to Girone. For a complete change of scene, Pisa and Lucca and Montecatini are within day-tripping distance by train or coach, as well as dreamy Tuscan hilltop towns such as Montepulciano.

Why book a summer holiday in Florence with Inghams?

At Inghams, we do walking holidays differently. With no fixed itinerary, you have more time in your destination and the freedom to walk as much or as little as you like, discovering some of Florence's best activities at your own pace.

With over 85 years of outdoor travel experience, our holiday packages to Florence include flights, transfers, and accommodation, so you can relax and leave the small details to us. Our experts can help you choose the best holiday for you, and our team in resort can give you the inside scoop on how to spend your time away with us.

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The Hotel Cellai is part of a 19th century palazzo and has been turned into a stylish hotel. It's in a fantastic central location and within walking distance of all the main Florentine sights. Don't miss the hotel's stunning roof garden with views of the city and surrounding area.

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This is Florence's most iconic hotel. It's right next to the Duomo and named after Florence's most famous architect Filippo Brunelleschi. It's got a fascinating history thanks to the Pagliazza Tower which is the oldest standing landmark in the city. The rooms are luxurious and upgraded rooms come with Duomo views. We love eating here, you can get everything from casual bar snacks to Michelin star tasting menus.

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Grand Hotel Baglioni has some of the best views in Florence from its rooftop restaurant and bar. If you're looking for stunning views over the city and its iconic Duomo then head to the rooftop bar for an aperitivo. The location's fantastic and within walking distance of most of Florence's sights.


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Accademia Museum from £41 per person (1hour 15 mins)

While in Florence, a city famed for its great art, it’s a no brainer to get a glimpse of the masterpieces. There’s so much to see in the Accademia, but there’s one work of art that shouldn’t be missed, Michelangelo’s ‘David’. Your guide will reveal the secrets of the art on display here as you explore the gallery.

Departs: Tuesday to Sunday – hotel pick up and drop off is not included. Both morning and afternoon tours are available.

Uffizi Gallery from £56 per person (1 hour 30 mins)

The Uffizi is the oldest art gallery in the world. If you’d like to immerse yourself in Florence’s artistic history, this is the best place for it. Our expert guide will lead you through the opulent rooms teaching you about the art and artists as you go. Botticelli’s ‘Birth of Venus’, Leonardo’s ‘The Annunciation’ and Michelangelo’s Tondo Doni are just a few of the treasures you’ll get to admire while you’re here.

Departs: Tuesday to Sunday – hotel pick up and drop off is not included. Both morning and afternoon tours are available.

Pisa from £44 per person (half day)

Take a walk alongside Pisa’s medieval walls and enter the city through the old gate, Porta Santa Maria. With a local guide, you’ll visit the ornate interiors of the cathedral, a masterpiece of Romanesque Art. Outside, admire the Baptistery, the Monumental Graveyard and of course, the Leaning Tower. If you fancy climbing to the top, you can add entrance tickets for a supplement (optional). You’ll have plenty of time to take some snaps before heading back to Florence, so don’t forget your camera! 

Departs: Daily – hotel pick up and drop off is not included

Pisa and Lucca with Buccellato Tasting from £51 per person (full day)

Pisa and Lucca are unmissable if you really want to get a feel for Tuscany. Our local guide will show you around Pisa’s Piazza dei Miracoli and take you to explore the cathedral. After some free time you’ll head to Lucca. The city walls are still intact with huge gates and ramparts. A trip to Lucca isn’t complete without tasting buccellato, a typical Lucchese cake – so we’ve made sure you’ll get to try it for yourself.

Departs: Tuesdays, Thursdays & Saturdays – hotel pick up and drop off is not included

Siena, San Gimignano, Monteriggioni & Chianti with Wine Tasting from £51 per person (full day)

Head out of the city and into the Tuscan wine country crossing the Chianti hills to Monteriggioni. Continue on to Siena for a guided visit and later, explore UNESCO protected San Gimignano, famed for its 15 towers. Before heading back to Florence you’ll stop off at a rustic wine estate to try the best Chianti red with homemade snacks and local olive oil.

Departs: Daily – hotel pick up and drop off is not included

Chianti Colours & Flavours from £40 per person (half day)

Try Chianti Wine and enjoy a relaxing afternoon of wine tasting. Try the ‘Vino Chianti’ and learn the secrets of the local wine production. Explore the small vineyards in the hills above Greve in Chianti before visiting another wine estate. The owners will teach you the steps to become the perfect sommelier as you try their wine, accompanied by tasty regional snacks.

Departs: Daily – hotel pick up and drop off is not included

Sunset in Siena & Chianti Dinner from £62 per person (full day)

Discover medieval art, explore Chianti’s beautiful landscapes and taste the flavours of Tuscany. Spend the afternoon strolling through Siena - the architecture here is stunning. By sunset, you’ll be at a local vineyard in the heart of the Chianti countryside where we’ve planned a traditional Tuscan dinner for you. Try salami and bruschetta accompanied by carefully-selected wines.

Departs: Tuesdays, Thursdays & Saturdays – hotel pick up and drop off is not included

Val d'Orcia: Montalcino, Pienza & Montepulciano from £65 per person (full day)

The Val d’ Orcia’s known for its stunning scenery, delicious local food and wine. Explore Montalcino, Pienza and Montepulciano and visit two different wineries – taste Brunello in Montalcino and Vino Noble in Montepulciano. You’ll get to try the famous Pecorino cheese in Pienza too.

Departs: Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays & Saturdays – hotel pick up and drop off is not included. Not suitable for guests with walking difficulties.

Florence Walk & Talk: The Medici Footsteps from £31 per person (2 hours 30 mins)

Walk in the footsteps of the Medici - the family who ruled over Florence and Tuscany in the 14th and 15th Century. With the help of our local guide you’ll learn how this powerful family shaped what you see in Florence today. Discover how they challenged traditional thinking and ushered in a new era of revolutionary art and science that the world had never seen before: the Renaissance.

Departs: Daily – hotel pick up and drop off is not included. Both morning and afternoon tours are available.

Sunset Florentine Gondola Tour from £75 per person (approx. 1 hour)

Board the beautiful wooden ‘barchetto’ one of the four remaining traditional wooden gondolas in the city, and experience Florence from the water on this romantic sunset cruise along the River Arno. Listen to our guide tell the tales of the city as you pass by beautiful palazzos, the Uffizi gallery and float beneath Pontevecchio Bridge. Enjoy a glass of wine on board too.

Departs: Daily – hotel pick up and drop off is not included. Please let us know of any special dietary requirements at the time of booking. Not recommended for guests with limited mobility.

Wannabe Italiano: Cooking Class & Market Tour form £105 per person (half day)

Learn how to cook a delicious Tuscan food right here in Florence! Begin in the city’s famous central market where you’ll choose all the fresh ingredients for your meal. Under the guidance of our chef’s you’ll begin cooking a delicious seasonal meal like bruschetta and fresh home-made pasta and dessert. Once you’ve cooked up a storm, sit down with a glass of Chianti wine and enjoy the delicious meal you’ve just made.

Departs: Daily – hotel pick up and drop off is not included. Please advise of any special dietary requirements at the time of booking. When the market’s closed (Sundays & holidays) this will be replaced by a special introduction and tastings at the cooking school.

Pizza & Gelato Cooking Class from £62 per person (3 hours)

Learn to make pizza and gelato just like the Italians do! Our professional pizzaiolo (pizza maker) will teach you how to make the dough and the secret to the perfect tomato sauce before cooking it in a traditional pizza oven. For desert, its creamy homemade gelato!

Departs: Daily – hotel pick up and drop off is not included. Please advise of any special dietary requirements at the time of booking.

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Things To Do

Things to see and do

  • Uffizi Gallery: A must see attraction for any art lover. The world-famous Ufizzi Gallery is home to outstanding collections of paintings and sculptures from the middle ages to modern times.
  • Accademia Gallery: Home to Michelangelo’s sculpture of David. Give yourself time to explore the other halls in the gallery too, they will be much less busy and hold some of the finest examples of painting, sculpture and even ancient musical instruments in Italy.
  • Piazza della Signoria: Florence's main square is dominated by the towering Palazzo Vecchio, close to the Ufizzi, Ponte Vecchio and the Duomo - it’s the gateway to many of the city’s most famous attractions. There’s plenty to see in the square itself as its filled with sculptures and fountains, including a replica of the famed Michelangelo’s David.
  • Museo di Palazzo Vecchio: Florence’s town hall is a symbol of its powerful past. Built in the style of a castle with a tower reaching 94 metres, the building stands tall in Piazza della Signoria. Take a look inside to discover Giorgio Vasari’s "Salone dei Cinquecento".
  • Ponte Vecchio: Possibly the most famous bridge in the world and one of the few in Italy that survived WWII. The bridge makes up part of the Vasari Corridor, a passageway that connects Palazzo Vecchio with Palazzo Pitti and crosses the River Arno. The enclosed bridge is lined with artisan shops selling glittering jewels.
  • Palazzo Pitti: Palazzo Pitti stands at the base of Boboli Hill. It was built in the mid 1400’s by the Florentine Banker, Paulo Pitti to challenge the Medici family and is thought to have been designed by the great renaissance architect Brunelleschi.
  • Boboli Gardens: The green expanse was established by the Medici family in a layout that is now known as the Italian style, a model used in many European court gardens. Today it’s a lovely tranquil space in the city, it’s not just a garden but an outdoor museum where you’ll see beautiful examples of Renaissance sculpture.
  • Oltrarno Craft Shops: The labyrinth of streets that surround Palazzo Pitti are home to lots of tiny artisan shops and workshops like shoemakers, bookbinders and ceramicists. It's great for those who want to explore off the beaten track.
  • Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore: You can't miss Florence's iconic cathedral with its magnificent Renaissance dome. You can even climb the 463 steps to the top of the cupola where you can admire the frescos up close.

Food & drink

You can expect some fantastic food and wine in Tuscany's capital. We love bistecca fiorentina - a large t-bone cut steak seasoned with local herbs. The food in the city is hearty and locally produced. Stews, pastas and wild boar feature on most menus. After dinner, you need to try the gelato. Florence has some of the best in Italy.

For the most authentic dishes, we love mercato centrale. It's a large two-floor market with stalls selling fresh produce on the ground floor and pop up restaurants on the top floor - it's our favourite place for lunch.


See Italy's big three cities in one holiday on this popular multi-centre itinerary. Start with a few days exploring the canals in Venice, hop on a high-speed train to the sip wine in Florence before ending in Rome where you can discover the country's rich history.

Good to know

  • Buy a FirenzeCard for entrance into the major museums and galleries including the Uffizi and the Accademia
  • According to UNESCO, Florence is home to nearly one third of the world’s art treasures
  • Visit Gelateria La Carraia for a refreshing treat, in the city that invented gelato!
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