City Breaks in Florence
Situated amid the vineyards of Chianti and architecturally varied, Florence is undeniably beautiful. As the birthplace of the Renaissance, the city of Florence is home to some of the world’s most important art collections. With so much art and architecture to enjoy, Florence is the perfect city break location for those looking for a relaxing break that’s big on cultural attractions.
Accommodation in Florence
Whether you are planning a cheap last-minute city break or you are planning a luxury romantic city break, you will need to book your accommodation well in advance to get the best deal. There are some great budget hotels and hostels on Via Santa Monica and Via dei Serragli.
In addition, in the centre of the city you will find a great mix of luxury and cheap accommodations which are in close proximity to some of Florence’s most popular attractions.
Fun Things to Do in Florence
Exploring museums, admiring art, visiting landmarks, going shopping, it can be hard to know where to start when on a city break in Florence! The rest of this guide outlines some of the best things to do on your Florence city break.
No city break to Florence is complete without visiting the magnificent Duomo which is synonymous with the city. The cathedral of Florence is situated in the centre of the city and is one of the largest in the world. The building itself is visually stunning and the dome construction was revolutionary at the time it was built. The 463 steps of the dome can be climbed for an unforgettable panorama of the city.
Situated on the south bank of the River Arno, the Pitti Palace is another must-visit for anyone on a city break in Florence. This Renaissance palace is visually stunning and is now Florence’s largest museum complex. The Palatine Gallery is the main gallery in the palace and has more than 500 Renaissance paintings.
As such an important cultural centre, there are plenty of fantastic galleries to visit. Housed in the Palazzo degli Ulffizi, the Galleria degli Uffizi is a must-visit. The gallery is best visited in the late afternoon as it is least crowded at this time, giving you a better view of the artwork. Highlights of the collection include Raphael’s Madonna of the Goldfinch and Titian’s Venus of Urbino.