Hotels in Florence
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Florence 1,108 yd from city centre
This hotel is located in a characteristic part of the historical centre in Florence, near the Santa Maria Novella central...
Cellai Hotel Florence
Florence 1,308 yd from city centre
This attractive hotel is ideally situated about 300 m from the lively city centre and its many shops and entertainment venues....
Pitti Palace Al Ponte Vecchio
Florence 412 yd from city centre
A stone's throw from Ponte Vecchio and Corridoio Vasariano, the Hotel Pitti Palace al Ponte Vecchio is located in one of...
Grand Hotel Baglioni
Florence 901 yd from city centre
This city hotel is located at the heart of Florence just a few minutes walk from Santa Maria Novella train station (300 m)....
Grand Hotel Adriatico
Florence 1,215 yd from city centre
This modern up-market hotel overlooks the Via Maso Finiguerra. Ideally situated in Florence, the hotel is only a number of...
Palazzo Dei Ciompi Suites
Florence 795 yd from city centre
The preferred airport for MSNSUITES Palazzo dei Ciompi is Florence (FLR-Peretola) - 6 km / 3.8 mi. Distances are calculated...
Plaza Hotel Lucchesi
Florence 629 yd from city centre
The hotel is located on the right bank of the Arno, in a splendid position in the center of Florence, in front...
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Florence is the capital of Tuscany, a region in central Italy. Surrounded by hills filled with grapevines and orchards, the city is 160 miles north of Rome and 60 miles from the west coast of Italy. Florence was ruled by the wealthy Medici family from 1434 to 1737 who commissioned most of the stunning Gothic and Renaissance architecture seen today. It’s a bustling city crammed with famous sites such as the Duomo, Ponte Vecchio Bridge, Boboli Gardens and Palazzo Pitti. Narrow alleyways, grand piazzas and winding lanes criss-cross the city lined with great restaurants and coffee shops. This city of culture also boasts countless museums and art galleries. With so much to see, a cheap hotel within easy reach of the sites of Florence is ideal.
Neighbourhoods of Florence
Florence is flat and quite compact so each neighbourhood is easy to explore. The Duomo area boasts the famous historical cathedrals and piazzas, and this is also where expensive shops and fine restaurants can be found. In the northern part of Florence, the San Lorenzo neighbourhood is where Michelangelo’s David can be seen, and there’s a food market here too. Santa Croce is dominated by the church and is a quieter area next to the Arno River. The Santa Maria Novella neighbourhood is close to the train station and a few minutes’ walk from the Duomo. Affordable eateries can be found in this part of Florence.
What to see and do in Florence
- The first place to head is the Piazza del Duomo. The Cattedrale di Santa Maria del Fiore dominates the piazza, topped by the magnificent red Duomo.
- Ponte Vecchio, or Old Bridge, was built in 1345 and crosses the Arno river. It’s a pedestrian bridge lined with shallow jewellery shops that hang over the water.
- The most-visited museum in Italy is the Uffizi Gallery, home to incredible works of art by Botticelli, Titian, Rembrandt and Caravaggio.
- Michelangelo’s sculpture, David, is housed in the Galleria dell'Accademia di Firenze.
What to eat in Florence
Pasta can be found in most restaurants but the Tagliatelle Funghi Porcini e Tartufo is a Florentine original. It's a dish of truffle and porcini mushrooms tossed in a creamy sauce served on flat pasta strips. Florentine steak is a large T-bone seasoned with salt, pepper and lemon juice and served pink and bloody. Lampredotto is a street food loved by the people of Florence. It’s made from tripe and served on bread.
Typical events and festivals in Florence
- In February, Florence enjoys a Grand Carnival with floats, horses and street musicians.
- During Easter, Passion Plays and pilgrimages take place. On Easter Sunday, a cart is dragged to the Duomo by white oxen and set on fire.
- On June 24th each year, a firework display celebrates St John the Baptist, the Patron Saint of Florence.
How to move around in Florence
Florence is a compact city with many pedestrian-only streets so walking is the easiest way to get around. A network of buses serve the different neighbourhoods of Florence, tickets are bought on the bus. Trams operate but only reach a few parts of the city. Taxis will quickly take you all over Florence and the surrounding areas. It's not worth renting a car to get around in Florence but is perfect for exploring the beautiful countryside and villages outside the city.
The climate in Florence
Springtime is the best time to visit Florence. In June, July, August and September temperatures reach 30°C which can be uncomfortable for a city break. April, May, October and early November sees 18 to 22°C, but in autumn there’s more rainfall.
More interesting facts about and sights in Florence
A long list of famous and influential people have called Florence home including Michelangelo, Da Vinci, Dante, Machiavelli, Galileo, Raphael and Florence Nightingale. Be prepared to cover your shoulders and legs when visiting the religious buildings of Florence – you will be refused entry if you're inappropriately dressed. It’s also a good idea to take a hat or parasol because you may have to queue in direct sunshine for some of the busiest attractions.