Florence Holidays

The Tuscan capital of Florence is a city made by art lovers for art lovers. The Renaissance took its first steps here in the 15th century, painting the city with architectural wonders like the Palazzo Pitti and Uffizi Gallery.

Climb to the top of Florence Cathedral – Il Duomo – to admire a skyline sculpted from Gothic towers, domes and terracotta rooftops. That’s where you’ll also discover how small Florence is. Best explored by foot, you can easily wander the UNESCO-listed city centre in a day.

Had your fill of Michelangelos and da Vincis? It’s time to explore Florence’s other love – food. Finish off your day with a Florentine steak or settle down with a glass of Chianti sourced straight from the Tuscan countryside.

Inghams operate a telephone Rep service in Florence.

  • from£340pp
  • 34 rooms
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Hotel Botticelli is a great value hotel in the centre of Florence. It's easy to get to the Uffizzi Gallery and Duomo from here and Florence's best food market, Mercato Centrale, is just around the corner. The hotel's traditional with comfy rooms and a nice terrace where you can sit back and enjoy some city views.

  • from£375pp
  • 55 rooms
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This 19th century palazzo has recently been upgraded to create a stylish, centrally located 4 star hotel with stunning rooftop views of the surrounding area.

  • from£469pp
  • 96 rooms
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This might be Florence's most iconic hotel. It's in the shadow of the Duomo and named after famed designer 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 gourmet tasting menus.

  • from£414pp
  • 192 rooms
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Grand Hotel Baglioni has some of the best views in Florence from its rooftop restaurant and bar. We always head here for an aperitvo or Tuscan dinner to get unrivalled views over the city and its iconic Duomo. The hotel's over 100 years old and the interiors are wonderfully traditional with vintage furniture and parquet floors. The location is great too and within walking distance of most of Florence's sights.

  • from£624pp
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A central, contemporary hotel with elegant rooms and a superb rooftop bar boasting panoramic city views.

  • 29 rooms
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A charming town house in the centre of Florence, perfectly located in the city's historical and cultural heart.

  • from£386pp
  • 12 rooms
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This charming three-star hotel boasts an enviable location near Santa Maria Novella station in the heart of Florence. Must-see sights including the Duomo and Uffizi Gallery are just a short walk away. After you’ve finished exploring, the hotel is the perfect place to come back to with historic guest rooms and a pretty courtyard to enjoy a glass of wine.

  • from£354pp
  • 129 rooms
Grand Hotel Adriatico, Comfort Room

This historical and elegant property in the heart of Florence offers up four star comfort and an excellent, central location.

  • from£351pp
  • 87 rooms
Rivoli Boutique Hotel, Lobby

Renowned for its excellent hospitality, the Rivoli Boutique Hotel is a truly unique property situated just moments from the Piazza di Santa Maria Novella and Basilica. 

Things To Do

Piazza della Signoria

You’ll find yourself drawn to this sprawling L shaped piazza frequently as you explore Florence. The Piazza della Signoria is the main square and marks the heart of the Renaissance city. Dominated by the towering structure of Palazzo Vecchio, close to the Ufizzi, Ponte Vecchio and the Duomo, it’s the gateway to many of the city’s most famous attractions. The piazza remains largely unchanged, lined with ancient terracotta houses and palaces. 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 (see the original in the Accademia Museum) and the Fontana del Nettuno with its beautiful sculpture of Neptune.

Museo di Palazzo Vecchio

Florence’s town hall is a symbol of Florene’s powerful past. Built in the style of a castle with a tower reaching 94 metres, the building stands tall in Piazza della Signoria. Art and history have been bound together here for centuries. Take a look inside to discover Giorgio Vasari’s "Salone dei Cinquecento" (the hall of the five hundred). The great hall measures 54 metres long by 23 metres wide and was decorated by two of the great Florentine artists, Leonardo da Vinci and Michelangelo Buonarroti.

Ponte Vecchio

This is 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. Many of the shops that remain have been passed down from generation to generation. Browse the shops as you wander to the other side of the river.

Palazzo Pitti

On the south side of the River Arno the striking 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. Unfortunately, the ambitious banker died before its completion and in 1550 it was bought by his rival, Cosimo I di Medici as his Grand Ducal residence.

Boboli Gardens

Located just behind Palazzo Pitti you’ll find the 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, the unique rococo architecture of the 18th century Kaffeehaus pavilion, fountains and even grottoes. Get a real feel for court life as you take a stroll through the manicured gardens.

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. The Oltrarno area literally means ‘the other side of the Arno’. It’s just over Ponte Vecchico and is much quieter than the heart of the city. It has lots to offer with friendly bars and small family run restaurants and is great for those who want to wander slightly off the beaten track.

Mercato Centrale

Mercato Centrale is also known as Mercato di San Lorenzo and has long been a destination for Florentines and tourists alike. It’s a vibrant covered market in the heart of the town where you’ll find fresh Tuscan produce and a feast for all of the senses. The beautiful building has a wrought iron and glass structure and was designed in the 1970s by Giuseppe Mengoni. After a redevelopment in 2014 the top floor has become a foodie destination where you’ll find some of the best street food in the city as well as gourmet cuisine. Head hrer for delicious food and to experience an authentic Italian market.

Uffizi Gallery

This is 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, housed on the first and second floors of the beautiful 16th century building, designed by Georgio Vasari

Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore

The iconic cathedral with its magnificent Renaissance dome, designed by Filippo Brunelleschi, began construction in the 13th Century and took two centuries to complete. You’ll understand why when you see the amazing architecture and beautiful artistic detail that has gone into it. From its innovative design, in the early 15th century when the dome was constructed it was the largest in the world, to the beautiful artworks, a fresco of Last Judgment adorns the dome was designed and painted by Giorgio Vasari and Frederico Zuccari in 1572. You can even climb the 463 steps to the top of the cupola where you can admire the frescos up close.

Accademia Gallery

The Galleria Dell’Accademia is home to Michelangelo’s large marble sculpture of David, housed in the Hall of the Prisoners. Although it’s one not to be missed, give yourself time to explore the other halls in the gallery. They will be much less busy and hold some of the finest examples of painting, sculpture and even ancient musical instruments in Italy.

Local foods to try

Schiacciata is a thin salted bread coated in olive and seasoned with herbs. Try it topped with cheese for a tasty afternoon snack.

Bistecca Fiorentina is one of the most popular dishes in Tuscan cuisine. It’s a grilled Florentine t-bone cut steak seasoned with local herbs and it’s typically served rare. The meat is from traditionally from Chianina cattle – an ancient Tuscan breed.

Crostini di Fegato are bite sized pieces of fresh (usually white) bread topped with chicken liver Pâté.

Ribollita is a Tuscan bread soup made with canelli beans, potatoes and vegetables such as Kale and carrots, creating a creamy textured hearty dish.

Tagliatelle Funghi Porcini e Tartufo is a pasta dish made with local truffle and porcini mushrooms. The thin, flat tagliatelle pasta is tossed in the mushrooms sauce, creating a simple yet delicious dish.

Lampredotto is one for the adventurous pallet. It’s a sandwich made of thinly sliced tripe that’s boiled in broth and seasoned. This is a traditional street food dish for the adventurous palette that you’ll either love or hate, much like the locals do. Try it with spicy red sauce.

Papardelle al Cinghiale is a dish made with Papardelle, the long, wide and flat pasta, coated in a rich meat ragu sauce. The meat is usually wild boar.

Gelato is famous thought Italy, but Florence has some of the best the country has to offer. We’d recommend seeking out the small batches of hand-made ice cream rather than being enticed by the artificial coloring often sold by street vendors near to tourist attractions. Pistachio is a firm favorite!

  • from£1785pp
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Begin this fantastic tour in the magical city of Venice, where you’ll learn about its history and sample its food and its wine. Next you’ll head to Florence, where you’ll experience the local delicacies before ending in Rome, a centre of culture and religion. This small group tour allows you to experience the highlights of each of the cities as well as heading off the beaten track with authentic activities.

  • from£749pp
tuscany-Vineyards

See the best of Tuscany on this self-drive tour following an itinerary that will take you, not only to world renowned sights but also to see lesser know Tuscan treasures. 

Good to know

  • Buy a FirenzeCard for entrance into the major museums and galleries including the Uffizi and the Academia
  • 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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