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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.

Frequently asked questions about Hotels in Florence

The most centrally located hotels in Florence with the best ratings are: Hotel Lungarno Lungarno Collection, Hotel Spadai and Hotel Antica Torre Di Via Tornabuoni 1.

It depends on the category of the hotel. If you want to stay at a 4-star hotel in Florence, the average price per night is 44 , while you will pay an average of 32 for a 3-star hotel, and in a more luxurious 5-star hotel, you"ll pay around 123 .

Hotel Real and Hotel Franchi are the closest ones to Florence.

You can make reservations at Hotel The St. Regis Florence, Hotel Villa Cora and Hotel Lungarno Lungarno Collection if you"re looking for a hotel with valet service for your visit to Florence.

If you need a hotel with disabled access in Florence, we recommend Hotel The St. Regis Florence, Hotel Villa Cora and Hotel David.

The best hotels in Florence for adults only are Bed and Breakfast Tourist House and Hotel Cardinal Of Florence.

According to our clients, if you´re travelling with children, the best hotels in Florence are Hotel Lungarno Lungarno Collection, Hotel Villa Cora and Hotel The St. Regis Florence.

If you want to save time, the hotels in Florence with express check-in and check-out are Hotel David, Bed and Breakfast Tourist House Ghiberti and Hotel Palazzo Niccolini Al Duomo.

Some of the options for hotels with non-smoking rooms in Florence are Hotel The St. Regis Florence, Hotel Villa Cora and Hotel Lungarno Lungarno Collection.

In Florence, Hotel The St. Regis Florence, Hotel Villa Cora and Hotel Lungarno Lungarno Collection offer 24-hour front desk service.