Florence Holidays

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. 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 the 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.

What to see on a Florence holiday

This compact city has plenty to see and do. And it's easy to explore it all on foot. Art's the big draw here so make sure you spend some time in the galleries to see some of Italy's most important pieces. Don't forget the art outside too, the baroque buildings are beautiful to look at and manicured Boboli gardens are a must-see. 

Why book a Florence break with Inghams

We've hand-picked our hotels in Florence to make sure they offer a high standard. They're all centrally located too so you can get right to the sightseeing. We work closely with local experts to offer a great range of activities and your holiday is always in safe hands with Inghams.

  • from£302pp
  • 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£349pp
  • 55 rooms
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This charming hotel is part of a 19th century palazzo and has been upgraded to create a stylish place to stay. It's centrally located within walking distance of all the sights. Don't miss the hotel's stunning roof garden with views of the city and surrounding area.

  • from£439pp
  • 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£374pp
  • 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£244pp
  • 80 rooms
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Hotel Corono d'Italia is good value for money and has a great location in central Florence. The Duomo, station and Mercato Centrale are all an easy walk away. This is a comfy place to come back to each night with friendly staff and traditional rooms. 

Excursions

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Florence Panoramic City Tour from £58 per person (3 hours 45 mins)

Gaze over the city from Piazzale Michelangelo before heading up to Fiesole for even more panoramic views. Back in the city centre enjoy a guided walking tour before heading to the Accademia Gallery - a treasure trove of incredible art. We’ve included a skip the line ticket so you can discover these amazing works of art for yourself.

Departs: Tuesday to Sunday – hotel pick up and drop off is not included

Florence Sightseeing Tour & Uffizi Gallery from £54 per person (3 hours 15 mins)

Our expert local guide will lead you on a walking tour telling the tales of the Renaissance city. You’ll cross Ponte Vecchio to reach the Uffizi Gallery. With a skip the line ticket included you’ll be admiring the masterpieces on display in no time. After a guided tour through the gallery you can continue exploring the exhibitions until closing time if you like - we couldn’t resist going back to marvel at Botticelli's ‘Birth of Venus’.

Departs: Tuesday to Sunday – hotel pick up and drop off is not included

A Special Day in Florence from £120 per person (full day)

This excursion combines the Panoramic City tour and the Sightseeing Tour. We’ve also included lunch, so you’ll have a chance to try the famous Tuscan cuisine, with drinks included. Gaze out across the city from two of best panoramic vantage points, Piazza Michelangelo and Fiesole, enjoy a guided walking tour of Florence and use your skip the line tickets to visit the Uffizi and Accademia Galleries.

Departs: Tuesday to Sunday – hotel pick up and drop off is not included

Accademia Museum from £36 per person (1 hour 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

Uffizi Gallery from £48 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

Accademia, Walking Tour & Uffizi from £81 per person (half day)

Can’t get enough of Florence’s artistic heritage and museums? Why not see two of the most important museums in not just Florence, but the world. Take a walking tour of the city with our expert guide and stop off at the Uffizi Gallery and Accademia Gallery along the way.

Departs: Tuesday to Sunday – hotel pick up and drop off is not included

Pisa from £41 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 £50 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 £52 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 a light lunch in a cosy local restaurant. 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 £37 per person (half day)

Explore the Chianti Wine and enjoy a relaxing afternoon of wine tasting. Try the ‘Vino Chianti’ and learn the secrets of the local wine production. Visit Greve in Chianti where you’ll have free time to explore the beautiful medieval village and its artisan shops 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 £59 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 £54 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 & Saturdays – hotel pick up and drop off is not included. Not suitable for guests with walking difficulties.

Best of Florence Walking Tour from £13 per person (1 hour 30 mins)

If you’d like an introduction to the thousands of years of history of this magnificent city, this walking tour is a great start. Our expert local guide will lead you through Florence to discover the most beautiful squares and monuments. Piazza Republica, Ponte Vecchio, the Accademia, Piazza Uffizi, Palazzo Vecchio and the Duomo are just a few of the places you’ll see as you stroll through the ancient streets.

Departs: Monday to Saturday – hotel pick up and drop off is not included

Florence Walk & Talk: The Medici's Footsteps from £33 per person (2 hours 30 mins)

Walk in the footsteps of the Medici’s - 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

Florentine Gondola Tour from £50 per person (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 evening 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 £88 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.

We act at all times as a selling agent for the suppliers. All excursions require minimum numbers to run and are subject to change. Some excursions may not be available to pre-book in low season but may be available to book locally subject to numbers. Prices will be confirmed at the time of booking. Please see our terms & conditions.

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.

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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