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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

Excursions

Please note excursions operate seasonally.

Pisa (with Leaning Tower): A delightful excursion to the splendid city of Pisa, famous for its architectural beauties. Once we arrive in Pisa our guide will lead you to the famous Miracle Square explaining the wonders of this square. You will admire The Leaning Tower (interior), the Baptistery (exterior) and other beautiful monuments before entering inside the Cathedral (interior). At the end of the guided visit you'll have free time for taking pictures and shopping before coming back to Florence.

Operates Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday
Departure: 09:00
Duration: 5 hours 30 mins
From: £58.00

Pisa (without Leaning Tower): A delightful excursion to the splendid city of Pisa, famous for its architectural beauties. Once we arrive in Pisa our guide will lead you to the famous Miracle Square explaining the wonders of this square. You will admire The Leaning Tower (exterior), the Baptistery (exterior) and other beautiful monuments before entering inside the Cathedral (interior). At the end of the guided visit you'll have free time for taking pictures and shopping before coming back to Florence.

Operates Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday
Departure: 09:00 and 14:45
Duration: 5 hours 30 mins
From: £40.00

San Gimignano, Siena & Chianti: Experience a wonderful day in the Tuscan countryside, admiring the most suggestive corners of Siena, San Gimignano, the Chianti area and try with us the unique flavor of local wines. Departing from Florence, our tour will start in Monteriggioni, well known worldwide for its wine and its countryside of unrivalled charm, where woods alternate with vineyards and olive groves, in a landscape dotted with Romanesque churches, farmhouses, villas and castles.

We'll continue to Siena, where our local and expert guide will lead you through its steep medieval streets, admiring the splendid palaces until we will reach the Cathedral (interior), Palazzo Comunale (Municipal Building) and Piazza del Campo where the Palio race takes place every year. Then free time for lunch (excluded) and shopping.

We will continue to San Gimignano, one of the most fascinating examples of medieval towns, declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. The tour escort will lead you in the heart of the village and you will have free time to discover the beautiful squares, buildings, churches and suggestive alleyways and to shop. Before departing, you will taste the best ice cream in the world that won the last two editions of the Ice Cream World Championships. Finally, we'll stop in a farm house, where you'll taste some of the best Tuscan wines with a little snack of sliced cold meats, bruschetta and cheese. Return to Florence in the late afternoon.

Operates Daily
Departure: 8:45
Duration: Full Day
From: £49.00

Florence Walking Tour & Uffizi Gallery: With an expert guide you will enjoy a walk through the most fascinating and interesting places of Florence: Repubblica Square, the Cathedral with Brunelleschi's Dome (exterior) the Baptistery with its famous Gates of Paradise (exterior), Signoria Square with its Palazzo Vecchio (exterior) and Loggia dei Lanzi.
 
You will meet the guide to enter the Uffizi Gallery to visit its famous and beautiful collections of Italian Renaissance paintings. The tour will finish enjoying a beautiful view of Florence, from the Uffizi terrace. It is possible to remain inside the museum until closing time.

Operates Daily excluding Mondays
Departure: 13:45
Duration: 3 hours 45 mins

From: £42.00

Florence Walking Tour & Palatina Gallery: With an expert guide, you will enjoy a walk through the most fascinating and interesting places of Florence: Repubblica Square, the Cathedral with Brunelleschi's Dome (exterior), the Baptistery with its famous Gates of Paradise (exterior), Signoria Square with Palazzo Vecchio (exterior) and Loggia dei Lanzi. You will have free time to take pictures.

You will then meet the guide to enter to Palatina Gallery, with its private collection of paintings owned by the Medici and Lorraine families, housed on the first floor of the Pitti Palace.
The collection includes masterpieces of the Renaissance and Baroque periods, such as paintings by Raphael, Titian, Rubens, Caravaggio and Tintoretto as well as Flamish artists such as Van Dyck.

You will also have the opportunity to visit the Royal Apartments were the Savoy family (King of Italy) used to live.

Operates Tuesday and Saturday
Departure: 13:45
Duration: 3 hours 45 mins
From: £42.00

Chianti : A relaxing excursion in the Chianti area to discover Tuscan traditional flavours and delight your senses. Passing across Chiantigiana countryside, we will reach the first farm to visit the characteristic wine cellars. The farmers will explain to you the process of the productions and storage of the wine. You will enjoy the tasting of the most renowned wines as 'Chianti Classico', 'Chianti Riserva', 'Tuscan IGT' served with snacks of typical local products such as bruschettas with extra virgin olive oil, aromatic vinegar and salami.

After the tasting, we will leave for a little town called Greve in Chianti, one of the most important towns of the Chianti area, where you will have free time to visit the town and to stop in the main square that hosts several Tuscan shops, where you can buy Tuscan salami and Tuscan wines.

Then we will continue through the scenic roads of Chianti's countryside until we reach a second winery where you can taste other kind of wines, such as 'Chianti DOCG', 'Chianti Rosè' 'Supertuscan', typical Tuscan salami and Cinta Senese salami, all whilst enjoying the breathtaking scenery.

Operates Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Departure: 14:30
Duration: Half Day
From: £42.00

Pisa & Lucca: Our trip will start from Florence and our first stop will be in Pisa, the city worldwide known for its Leaning Tower and for its architectonic masterpieces. Once we arrive in Pisa our guide will lead you to the famous Miracle Square explaining the wonders of this square. You will admire The Leaning Tower (exterior), the Baptistery (exterior) and other beautiful monuments before entering inside the Cathedral.

At the end of the visit you will have free time for photos and for lunch (not included), before departing for Lucca. In Lucca there will be time for a pleasant walk into the enchanting historical centre where you will have the chance to admire the Anfiteatro Square, the Guinigi Tower, San Martino Dome and the typical 'antique dealers street'. We will stop in a local pastry shop where you'll taste the Buccellato, a typical sweet of Lucca. Return to Florence in the late afternoon.

Operates Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday
Departure: 09:15
Duration:  Full Day
From: £53.00

Uffizi Tour: Visit with our expert local guide one of the most beautiful museums in the world; the Uffizi Gallery, enjoying the paintings of the Italian Renaissance from the Masters Giotto, Botticelli, Leonardo, Michelangelo, Caravaggio and many others.

The tour will finish enjoying a beautiful view of Florence, from the Uffizi terrace. It is possible to remain inside the museum until closing time.

Operates Daily excluding Mondays
Departure: 15:30
Duration: 2 hours
From: £31.00

Accademia Tour: Guided tour of the fascinating Academy Gallery with some of the most famous sculptures of Michelangelo, 'the Prisoners', the 'Saint Matthew' and especially the renowned 'David'. Discover also important Gothic works and Renaissance paintings by Botticelli, Ghirlandaio and Perugino and the original plaster of 'Rape of Sabine Women' by Giambologna. It is possible to remain inside the museum until closing time.

Operates Daily excluding Mondays
Departure: 11:15
Duration: 1 hour
From: £31.00

Palatina Gallery of Pitti Palace Tour: A tour to discover with our expert guide the Palatina Gallery, with its private collection of paintings owned by the Medici and Lorraine families, housed on the first floor of the Pitti Palace. The collection includes masterpieces of the Renaissance and Baroque periods, such as paintings by Raphael, Titian, Rubens, Caravaggio and Tintoretto as well as Flamish artists such as Van Dyck.

You will also have the opportunity to visit the Royal Apartments were the Savoy family (King of Italy) used to live.

Operates Tuesday and Saturday
Departure: 16:00
Duration: 2 hours
From: £31.00

My Florence Tour (including Uffizi): Our visit will start inside the Academy Gallery, where you will admire some of the most important Michelangelo's sculptures such as; 'The Prisoners', 'Saint Matthew' and obviously the well renowned 'David'. Discover also important Gothic works and Renaissance paintings by Botticelli, Ghirlandaio and Perugino and the original plaster of 'Rape of Sabine Women' by Giambologna.
 
At the end of the visit you will have free time for lunch until 13:30 when we'll meet for the second part of the tour in Repubblica Square, in front of the Hard Rock Cafè. We'll continue with a pleasant walk through the most fascinating and interesting places of Florence such as the Cathedral (exterior) with Brunelleschi's Dome, the Baptistery (exterior) with its famous Gates of Paradise, Signoria Square with its Palazzo Vecchio (exterior) and Loggia dei Lanzi.

We will conclude the tour discovering Uffizi Gallery with its famous collections of Italian Renaissance paintings. The tour will finish enjoying a beautiful view of Florence, from the Uffizi terrace. It is possible to remain inside the museum until closing time.

Operates Daily excluding Mondays
Departure: 11:15
Duration: 4 hours 45 mins (plus lunch)
From: £65.00

Vasarian Corridor : Discover Florence from a different point of view! Our guided tour begins with the visit to the Uffizi Gallery, one of the most famous museums in the world for its extraordinary collections of paintings and ancient statues, including masterpieces such as Botticelli's Spring. The tour continues onward to the Vasari Corridor, the Medici's secret passageway that runs above the Ponte Vecchio Bridge across Palazzo Vecchio and Pitti Palace. Built in only five months by order of Cosimo I de' Medici to allow safe and private passage for the grand dukes, it was constructed in 1564 according to the design of Giorgio Vasari and it is now filled with precious works of art. The corridor is rarely open to the public, so take advantage of this unique opportunity to view Florence and its artistic pleasures on this exclusive walking tour.

Operates Daily excluding Mondays

Departure: 15:15
Duration: 3 hours
From: £87.00

Cinque Terre National Park: An intense, unforgettable day dedicated to 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.

Upon arrival in Manarola, we will have free time to discover the little village: later a local train will take us to the second village Riomaggiore for a pleasant stop to admire its beauties. We will proceed by boat to Monterosso, an ancient fishing village considered 'the pearl of the Cinque Terre', where you will see enchanting beaches and luxuriant vegetation that surrounds the little village. You will have free time to plunge into the crystal sea and eat a typical Ligurian light lunch (included).

We will continue to Vernazza where we will admire the intricate layout of this village with its carruggi (narrow lanes) and steep stairways. After the visit in Vernazza we will reach La Spezia where our bus is waiting for us to come back to Florence.

In addition to comfortable clothes, we recommend to bring along swimwear and a sun hat. The itinerary may be subject to change in case of acts of force majeure.

Operates Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday
Departure: 07:00
Duration: Full Day
From: £79.00

Pasta Cooking Lesson: Our chefs will show and help you to make fresh pasta, to model it into the different shapes of traditional Italian recipes and to choose and prepare the most appropriate sauce to accompany them. Once the pasta is cooked and the sauce is ready, you will try all your dishes during lunch along with Tuscan wine.

Operates Saturday
Departure: 12:00
Duration: 3 hours
From: £44.00

Cooking Class with Lunch or Dinner: You will cook together a Chef in a typical Florentine school: under their careful control you will prepare regional dishes and discover the precious secrets of traditional Italian cooking. You will select a typical Tuscan menu composed by appetizer, first course or second course with a side-dish and dessert. At the end of the lesson you will taste the dishes you have prepared during a lovely lunch or dinner.

Operates Wednesday with lunch or Tuesday with dinner
Departure: 12:00 or 18:30
Duration: 3 hours
From: £49.00

Market & Cooking Class: Enjoy a full experience inside a traditional Italian kitchen and taste the flavour of an authentic Tuscan menu that you will prepare all by yourself!

The tour starts inside the Central Market where the chef will help you choose the freshest and best ingredients. Afterwards you will be taught basic elements of Tuscan dishes allowing you to experience every step of the preparations. You will enjoy all the dishes prepared during the lesson over lunch, accompanied by Tuscan wine.

Operates Monday
Departure: 10:00
Duration: Half Day - 5 hours
From: £61.00

Pizza & Ice Cream Cooking Class with Dinner: Learn the secrets of making handmade ice cream using quality ingredients and the activities involved in pizza making, the creation and the working of the dough. You have the chance to learn about all the different types of flour, the amount of ingredients and the products used for making the sauce.

Following the lesson, you will partake in the sampling of the pizza, ice cream and sorbet.

Operates Thursday
Departure: 18:30
Duration: 3 hours
From: £44.00

Inferno Tour (novel by Dan Brown): Experience the 'Inferno' best seller and discover its mysteries. Take the route of  Robert Langdon together with a local guide who will lead you into Inferno 'Gironi'. The tour includes a guided tour of the city following the tracks of Robert Langdon, discovering the unusual places of the novel. The guide will lead you inside Palazzo Vecchio to have a close look, in the 'Salone dei 500', at Giorgio Vasari's noted painting discovering the famous detail 'Cerca Trova'. Following the tracks of the American teacher you will have the opportunity to visit the places where the Supreme Poet lived, Dante's Church (interior), Badia Tower (exterior), the Baptistery (exterior) with its well-known Gate of Paradise, and conclude with the entrance to Florence Cathedral.

Operates Mondays
Departure: 15:00
Duration: 2 hours
From: £31.00

Wine Tour at Sunset: At sunset take a pleasant guided stroll in the heart of Florence tasting Chianti wine. With our expert guide you will taste Tuscan wine walking along the lanes of the well-known craftsman district 'Oltrarno'. The first stop is in a local wine shop to enjoy Chianti wine and bruschettas. Passing through the famous Golden bridge, Ponte Vecchio, you will cross the river to reach the religious and political heart of Florence, San Giovanni Square and Signoria Square, where you will admire the majestic Cathedral (exterior) and Palazzo Vecchio (exterior). Here you will stop for a second wine tasting.

Operates Daily
Departure: 19:30
Duration: 2 hours
From: £40.00

Important Information:

The advertised program of events is dependent upon achieving a minimum number of participants and, therefore, some events may not always be available due to insufficient demand or, in some cases, adverse weather conditions.

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...
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...
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 is part of the 'Leading Hotels of the World' and lies...
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 walls...
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...