Florence Vacations

Known worldwide for being the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance, Florence’s highlights include amazing architecture, gorgeous works of art, and of course, delicious Italian food. Located in the middle of the Italian “boot” along the Arno River, Florence was home to many pivotal figures in the Renaissance, such as Leonardo da Vinci, Machiavelli, ... Read more
Michelangelo, and many others who have contributed to the arts. With tourism centered in the centro storico (historic center), many vacationers choose one of the many hotels located near here. The top attraction here is Il Duomo, a magnificent cathedral capped with the world’s largest brick dome. Climbing to the top offers visitors a breathtaking view of the city and the surrounding Tuscan countryside. Not far away is the Ufizi Museum, home to arguably the best collection of Renaissance art in the world. The vast majority of visitors go to the Accademia di Belle Arti, which houses Michelangelo’s iconic sculpture of David. Ponte Vecchio, Italian for “old bridge,” is a favorite among tourists for its charm and fine jewelry stores, a trade that has thrived on the bridge since 1593. Restaurants in Firenze, like Trattoria dei Quattro Leoni, are definitely classical Italian, offering lots of pasta, olive oils, breads, and meat. Florence is definitely an experience that awakens the soul and softens the heart of any traveler.

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If you are offered a trip to Florence at any time of year, take it (duh!). The city is always charming, regardless of the weather. However, if you can choose when to take your vacation, there are times that are ... Read more
better than others. The winter is cool, so you won’t get the chance to dine al fresco. Summer can be very hot, and this is also high season, so hotels are more expensive and you’ll have to wait in line to see Michelangelo's David. You can usually find a sweet spot of good weather and fewer crowds during late spring (April/May) and early fall (late September/October). It does rain much of the year, so bring an umbrella.

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Studied abroad in Cortona, Italy, not too far from Florence. Tuscany really is God’s country and a blast for those wanting to walk everywhere, interact with locals, and drink wine!

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San Francisco, California, USA
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Beautiful Firenze! An incredible place to take in the art and the splendor of the past and present in Tuscany and Italy. Can feel a bit touristy, but mostly overwhelmingly pretty.

San Francisco, California, USA

Florence is one of my favorite places in the world and I cannot wait to go back. The old mix with the new, as you meander intimate corridors scattered with high-end fashion retailers only to emerge in a number of grand, historic piazzas. For anyone interested in Renaissance history, culture or even shopping, there is something to be found, though you're probably luckier if you, instead, find yourself lost.

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Coxsackie, New York State, USA

Our local guide for Florence was Elisabetta (+39 335 6674163) who we connected with through our local guide from Rome. She was FANTASTIC! (She is reachable on WhatsApp for those who only have data plans or WiFi) The second time I visited Florence was on a cruise, the closest port is Livorno where Elisabetta picked us up in a very clean, comfortable Mercedes van. She filled our journey into Florence with a great background history of the city and catered our day around our “must see’s”. She drove us all over the city, dropping us off at the closest point possible to everything we wanted to see, and everything she suggested we should see (her drop off points are much closer than the drop off point when traveling in a large tour group because of the vehicle size). She even accompanied us into museums where we had previously purchased our own tickets without a guide to give us the true experience. As I said this was my second visit to Florence and it was a completely different experience to my first. Having a local expert guide in a small group was amazing.

Must see’s:

Michelangelo’s David: housed in The Galleria dell’ Academia- purchase your tickets ahead of time online: the walk up line wraps multiple blocks!
Piazzale Michelangelo: beautiful panoramic views of Florence!

Santa Croce Church: Marvelous church with the tombs of Michelangelo and Galileo located in a large square with many authentic Italian restaurants

Florence Cathedral: locates in the Piazza del Duomo, it is one of Italy’s largest cathedrals, the 4th largest in the world. You can even climb to the top of the dome! Yes climb! There is no lift! Must reserve your timed ticket online

Piazza della Signoria: main square of the city- includes a David replica, fountain of neptune and lots of shopping nearby!

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Local from Florence, Italy

One of the loveliest cities in the world. An art lovers paradise and a well preserved Renaissance centre.

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San Diego, California

Definitely my favorite city in all of Italy. So rich in history and in architecture, and then there is the shopping! Buy yourself some nice leather gloves or a coat, then enjoy some of the best food that you can find. Even if you try to avoid the summer crowds, you will still find lots of people here year-round.

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Valletta, Malta

When in north of Italy go and visit the renaissance city of Firenze or Florence close to train station you will find tourist office and sight seeing buses plus in 15 minutes you are in the heart of the city And the dominant White Duomo with long queues to enter

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Owens Cross Roads

We booked at Hotel Laurus Duomo for our 50th wedding anniversary. Within 24 hours of our booking our credit card was accumulating fraudulent charges!!!! This hotel sold/released/compromised our credit card & refuses to answer our emails concerning this problem!!!! AVOID THIS HOTEL at all costs!!!! So upset with this hotel & so unwilling to book with any hotel in Florence directly!!!

Broadbeach, Australia

Florence (or Firenza) is the capital of Tuscany, Italy. A magnificent renaissance city, an architectural an artist paradise. Containing many historical, beautiful churches - the Duomo being the most well known - but also Santa Croce - but also many other famous structures - Ponte Vecchio, Pitti Palace, Piaza Michelangelo (on top of the hill with a beautiful scenic overview of Florence), Ufizzi Palace (Museum), many amazing Piazzas, the original statue of David by Michelangelo in the Accademia Museum (a copy in the main Piazza), markets - a must city for a guidebook so you don't miss out on the treats and sights you want to visit.

Foster City, California, USA

Florence is one of my favorite cities in Europe, because of its Renaissance art and architecture. I walked for 3 days all around the city and enjoyed all the sights.

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