A wonderful city for fans the arts, Florence also comes with the delicious food and warm welcome you’d expect on an Italian holiday. It’s often overtaken in the city break stakes by the likes of Rome and Venice, but the capital of Tuscany is a beautiful city (and a UNESCO World Heritage Site). See world famous art by the likes of Michaelangelo and Leonardo and discover contemporary arts and crafts, too. Take a guided tour and find out about Florence’s past, including the Medici ruling. Then there are the magnificent monuments to Renaissance architecture, the opera, fashion and classical music concerts. The arty atmosphere means plenty of unique shops to browse – plus you don’t have to travel far out of town to find some pretty spectacular countryside. Holidays to Florence are perfect for a weekend-long culture fix.
A sightseers paradise, Florence is filled with mustsees and photo opportunities. Art is one of the main reasons why so many plump for Florence city breaks even if youre not into it, you should try to grab a glimpse of Michaelangelos iconic David. Soak up the atmosphere in the citys bustling squares: Piazza del Duomo is home to the impressive Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore (Duomo) and its Campanile, whilst Piazza della Signoria is awash with fountains and outdoor sculptures. A little out of town but well worth the bus ride is Piazzale Michaelangelo, where the views over the city and the sunsets are sublime. Palazzo Vecchio, the 14th Century palace, is a great place to learn more about the citys colourful history. Elsewhere, youll find basilicas, museums and galleries galore. If you can tear yourself away from the magic of Florence, head for the hills, see the vineyards and sample wine at source.
Nightlife might not be the first thing that springs to mind when you think of Florence holidays, but theres plenty of it to be enjoyed. Aside from classical concerts, opera and theatre, theres a much more modern side to this city. Design is big news here and itis visible in the dcor of the bars and the clothes of those who frequent them. Think plate glass, plenty of metal, outdoor dancefloors and waterfalls. Many establishments spill out on to the piazzas and are open late. As well as cocktails served in glossy lounges, youll find chianti aplenty in the cosy, traditional wine bars.
Holidays to Florence are a foodies dream. Benefiting from Italian recipes, fresh ingredients produced in the Tuscan sun and all that Chianti wine, the local restaurants are a treat. Expect a warm welcome at one of the traditional wineries, or book an outdoor table for two for an outstanding al fresco dining experience. In Florence, youll find superb gelato shops and stalls, selling every flavour of ice cream and sorbet imaginable.
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