The Tuscan treasure of Florence is one of Italy's most storybook cities. Start your Italian adventure off with a leisurely breakfast of cappuccino and pastries at one of our hotels in Florence before heading straight to the Piazza del Duomo. Here you'll be gobsmacked by the Duomo's marble façade of pink, cream, and olive green hues and giant dome. Equally astounding is Michelangelo's David in the Accademia Gallery and the masterpieces by Botticelli, da Vinci, and Caravaggio at the Uffizi Gallery. Rub the snout of the wild boar statue for good luck at the Mercato del Porcellino, or shop for souvenirs along the romantic Ponte Vecchio. Top it all off by taking in a sunset from the hilltop Piazzale Michelangelo, with its achingly beautiful Florence views.
Food & drink:
Famous for “peasant food,” Florence offers up hearty delights from cannellini bean stew (zuppa di fagioli), to vegetable and bread stew (ribollita), and a summer salad with stale bread soaked in tomato juice (panzanella). Try the famous wild boar with tomato sauce over pappardelle pasta, or the mammoth-sized bistecca fiorentina, best shared between two people. For lighter fare, head to a wine bar for a glass of Chianti and a tagliere, a cutting board with local charcuterie and/or cheese. Sweet treats include creamy gelato and the scrumptious cantucci, an almond biscotti to dip in espresso or dessert wine. Finally, you've haven't experienced Florence until you've sampled its street food, lampredotto, a cow stomach sandwich that locals love.
Off the beaten track:
Getting out of town to visit the Tuscan countryside is a must. Wine-tasting and food tours are popular options, and you can even go truffle hunting in the Tuscan forest for an easy day trip.
So, what are you waiting for? Choose your perfect place to stay from our hotels in Florence and you'll be well on your way to your Italian holiday.