You won’t have to go far to find Tuscan treasure – Florence, the capital, is an incredible historic landscape just waiting to be discovered. With a skyline sculpted by grand cathedrals and pristine palaces, this magnificent city is a great place for enjoying art and elegance at its very best.
Florence is famous for it’s most important religious building and it is a truly awe-inspiring sight. Birthplace of Italian Renaissance, it has been Italy’s major tourist centre, attracting people to its culture, arts, and architecture. One of its most iconic sights is the Duomo, a cathedral with a terracotta-tiled dome engineered by Brunelleschi and a bell tower by Giotto.
Florence’s museums, palaces, and churches house some of the greatest artistic treasures in the world. The most popular and important sites in Florence include the Cathedral, the Baptistery, the Uffizi, the Bargello and the Accademia . The churches of Santa Maria Novella and Santa Croce are veritable art galleries, and the library of San Lorenzo is a magnificent exhibition of Michelangelo’s architectural genius. Wander some of the oldest streets in the city until you reach the Arno River, cross the Ponte Vecchio and experience the “newest” area of Florence, the Oltrarno. When you grow weary of museums and monuments, head outdoors. Spend a day at the Boboli Gardens or climb the hill to the church of San Miniato al Monte to experience an enchanting view of Florence, Italy.
Enjoying great food and excellent wine in Florence is not difficult at all! Aside from trying out the places that are often recommended in the guide books, just walk down any street and Florence and select a trattoria, enoteca or restaurant in Florence that seems appealing and you’ll surely eat a fine meal!
Florence has a vast heritage of craftsmen and when it comes to shopping, they offer a tantalizing variety of goods to choose from. Some of the favourites include leather jackets, bags, shoes, belts and gloves, stunning marble mosaics, beautiful necklaces, earrings & charms and cutting edge fashion clothing for men, women and children.
And it doesn’t stop here, your options include brilliant designs on paper, fragrant combinations of flowers, spices and fruit at the historic pharmacies or even the numerous galleries or art and antiques featuring the spectacular artistic skills which Florence seems to inspire.
Florence is perfect for either a weekend getaway or a longer stay in Italy. This scenic Italian city really was at the heart of the Renaissance, and has become a favourite city break destination for art lovers, culture buffs, and anyone who loves good food.
Weather in Florence
July is the hottest month in Florence with an average temperature of 25°C (77°F) and the coldest is January at 7°C (45°F) with the most daily sunshine hours at 13 in July. The wettest month is November with an average of 102mm of rain.
Flight duration approx. 2 hours, transfer to resort around 30 mins by taxi or shuttle bus.