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Florence Hotels and Holidays

About Florence

For a tiny city-state, Florence enjoys an enormous reputation for art, scholarship, architecture and science that belies its concentrated size. Contemporary Florence spills into the lush Tuscan countryside, but the hub of its centro storico, a treasure trove of culture, stylish living and epicurean thrills, can be crossed at a leisurely pace within half an hour. The compact nature of this honey-coloured enclave lends it an intimate atmosphere, zealously preserved by a municipality that ferociously defends ancient civic liberties whose martial and banking skills not only once ruled the papacy, but also had a profound influence on shaping European culture for over five centuries.

Florence is an erudite university centre, bursting with youthful enthusiasm and a down to earth population, who rejoice in a philosophical way of life dedicated to eating, drinking and romantic pleasures. Easy if you are one of its privileged citizens to take its lofty Renaissance accomplishments for granted, but successive generations of visitors have come here to grasp its magnificence and leave with their cheeks flushed by the city's gilded beauty.

A few short steps from Santa Maria Novella railway station stands Florence's Duomo (Santa Maria del Fiore), Europe's fourth largest church and famed for its orange-tiled dome. The Baptistry, with its soaring Campanile designed by Giotto in 1334, traces its origins to the 4th century with its provenance inscribed on bronze doors. Meandering, cobbled lanes lead to the Piazza della Signoria and its famous Palazzo Vecchio, a monumental icon to the city founders' independent republicanism.

Close by, the Galleria degli Uffizi houses Italy's greatest collection of paintings, its magnificent interiors exhibiting priceless works including Botticelli's 'Birth of Venus', where he reveals the lithesome grace of his mistress who posed as a model for many of his presentations of pagan goddesses and saintly madonnas.

Walking through Florence, an overwhelming number of historic places reveal Michelangelo's statuary and lead curious eyes to pry at Palazzo Pitti and its Boboli Gardens graced by ornamental lakes and dominated by a hill on which Forte di Belvedere warns amorous couples against the intrusion of vengeful husbands. From Piazza della Signoria avid shoppers can discover the ancient quarter of San Lorenzo (named after The Magnificent). Here rises a 19th century palazzo built in stone, iron and glass consecrated to the Tuscan passion for food with galleries of butchers, greengrocers and pasta counters.

Huddling round this is a maze of al fresco stalls, retailing high quality leather goods and stylish apparel, and for those in search of the ultra chic, the district of Oltrarno, traditionally an artisans' quarter, has become one of the most illustrious fashion centres in the world.
Smart boutiques line its Borgo San Iacopo, whose tributary lanes are punctuated with exclusive restaurants, cosy bars and trattorie, specialising in delicious traditional Tuscan cuisine. Crossing the River Arno on the Ponte Vecchio, an ancient bridge crammed with jewellery workshops and goldsmith's shops, is a must during your stay in this Renaissance capital of Tuscany.

Multi Centre Holidays

Experience the best of both worlds and combine your Florence holiday with another Italian destination. Citalia offer a fantastic range of multi centre holidays, perfect for taking in all that Italy has to offer.

The Highlights

  • The Duomo
  • The Baptistery
  • Galleria degli Uffizi
  • Church of Santa Maria Novella
  • Ponte Vecchio
  • Boboli Gardens
  • Pitti Palace
  • Piazza della Signoria
  • Basilica of Santa Croce
  • Galleria dell'Accademia
  • Piazzale Michelangelo

Pre-bookable Excursions

Please note: Excursions operate seasonally. Some entrance tickets may be payable locally.

Walking Tour of Florence: Start from Signoria Square and see sites such as the Palazzo Vecchio and the Loggia dei Lanzi, the Republica square, the Cathedral with the Brunelleschi's Dome and the Baptistery with its famous Gates of Paradise. You will also visit either the Uffizi Gallery with its beautiful collections of paintings from the Italian Renaissance or the Palatina Gallery.
Half Day from £42pp

Pisa:
You will be guided through the famous Miracles Square, with the celebrated Leaning Tower, the Baptistery and other beautiful monuments, followed by a visit inside the Cathedral and some free time.
Half Day from £58pp (inc. Leaning Tower entrance) or £40pp (exc. Leaning Tower entrance)

San Gimignano, Siena & Chianti: Starting in the medieval town of San Gimignano, you will have a free time to visit the town's beautiful squares, buildings and churches. Before arriving to Siena, you will stop in a farmhouse to taste some of the best Tuscan wines. In Siena, the local guide will take you to the Palazzo Comunale, the Cathedral and Piazza del Campo.
Full Day from £49pp

Uffizi Gallery Tour:
Visit with our expert local guide and enjoy the paintings of the Italian Renaissance from the Masters Giotto, Botticelli, Leonardo, Michelangelo, Caravaggio and many others.
2 Hours from £31pp

Accademia Gallery Tour:
Guided tour to see some of the most famous sculptures of Michelangelo, the Prisoners, the St. Matthew and the renowned David.
1 Hour from £31pp

My Florence Tour: 
Starting at the fascinating Academy Gallery with some of the most famous sculptures of Michelangelo, the Prisoners, the St. Matthew and the renowned David. After lunch you will be guided to the Palazzo Vecchio and Loggia dei Lanzi, Repubblica square, the Cathedral with Brunelleschi's Dome, and the Baptistery with its famous Gates of Paradise. At the end of the walking tour you will enter the Uffizi Gallery to visit its beautiful collections of paintings from the Italian Renaissance.
Half Day from £65pp

Chianti:
An excursion to Chianti and Greve, well known for their wines and countryside of unrivalled charm, vineyards, olive groves, Romanesque churches, farmhouses, villas and castles of rare beauty. You will also be able to taste the local wines from two of the wine estates.
Half Day from £40pp

Cinque Terre National Park:
 Discover one of the most enchanting landscapes in the world. Five villages suspended between sea and land, hanging from sheer cliffs surrounded by hills and vineyards.
Full Day from £79pp

Pisa & Lucca:
 In Pisa, you will be guided through the Miracles Square, with the famous Leaning Tower and the Baptistery and the interior of the majestic Cathedral. In Lucca, you will see the Anfiteatro Square, the Guinigi Tower, San Martino Dome and the typical 'antique dealers street'. You will visit a local pastry shop in Lucca to taste theBuccellato a typical sweet of the region.
Full Day from £53pp

Vasarian Corridor:
 This guided tour begins with the Uffizi Gallery and continues onward to the Vasari Corridor, the Medici's secret passageway that runs above the Ponte Vecchio Bridge across Palazzo Vecchio and Pitti Palace. Constructed in 1564 to allow safe passage for the grand dukes and is now filled with precious works or art.
3 Hours from £87pp

Cooking Classes with Lunch or Dinner:
 Enjoy a lesson in Italian cookery, different excursions are available including enjoying all the food that you have cooked along with Tuscan wine.
3 Hours from £44pp

Hotels in Florence

Alba Palace, Florence
Alba Palace , Florence
Rating: 3
Comprised of three historical buildings, the Alba Palace stands besides the cloisters of Santa...
Hotel Berchielli, Florence
Hotel Berchielli , Florence
Rating: 4
Hotel Berchielli is situated in one of the best locations in the city on the banks of the River...
Brunelleschi, Florence
Brunelleschi , Florence
Rating: 4
Just moments away from the Piazza Duomo and Piazza della Signoria, the Hotel Brunelleschi is a...
Grand Hotel Adriatico, Florence
Grand Hotel Adriatico , Florence
Rating: 4
This modern and spacious Grand Hotel Adriatico is well located near Piazza di Ognissanti, with only...
Grand Hotel Baglioni, Florence
Grand Hotel Baglioni , Florence
Rating: 4
Centrally positioned within the cultural triangle formed by the Duomo, San Lorenzo and Santa Maria...
Hotel Helvetia & Bristol, Florence
Hotel Helvetia & Bristol , Florence
Rating: 5
The luxurious Helvetia & Bristol lies virtually a stone's throw away from the Piazza...
Hotel River, Florence
Hotel River , Florence
Rating: 4
The Hotel River is situated on the banks of the River Arno in a 19th century building,...
L'Orologio, Florence
L'Orologio , Florence
Rating: 4
L'Orologio is a luxury four star superior hotel located in Piazza Santa Maria Novella - a perfect,...
Hotel Monna Lisa, Florence
Hotel Monna Lisa , Florence
Rating: 4
Perfectly located in the heart of ancient Florence towards the eastern part of the city's centro...
Palazzo dal Borgo, Florence
Palazzo dal Borgo , Florence
Rating: 4
Originally the Palazzo Medici dal Borgo, the Palazzo dal Borgo is only a ten-minute walk from the...
Hotel Plaza Lucchesi, Florence
Hotel Plaza Lucchesi , Florence
Rating: 4
The riverside Hotel Plaza Lucchesi is situated close to the church of Santa Croce, and only...
Hotel Porta Faenza, Florence
Hotel Porta Faenza , Florence
Rating: 3
Hotel Porta Faenza is located in the heart of 'old' Florence - surrounded by 15th century city...
Relais Santa Croce, Florence
Relais Santa Croce , Florence
Rating: 5
The luxurious Relais Santa Croce hotel enjoys a unique position in the centre of historic Florence....
Hotel Rosso 23, Florence
Hotel Rosso 23 , Florence
Rating: 3
A contemporary three star boutique hotel, the Hotel Rosso 23 is ideally situated in the centre of...
Hotel San Giorgio, Florence
Hotel San Giorgio , Florence
Rating: 3
Originally part of a convent, the centrally located Hotel San Giorgio is a five-minute walk from...
Hotel Savoy, Florence
Hotel Savoy , Florence
Rating: 5
The exquisite Hotel Savoy is superbly located on Piazza della Repubblica, close to the city's main...
Hotel Villa La Vedetta, Florence
Hotel Villa La Vedetta , Florence
Rating: 5
Hotel Villa La Vedetta is one of the most exclusive hotels in Florence, enjoying an elevated...
Belmond Villa San Michele, Florence
Belmond Villa San Michele , Florence
Rating: 5
Located in Fiesole, the Belmond Villa San Michele's exquisite setting, surrounded by woodland and...