Italian City Guide: Florence

One of the most charming cities in Tuscany, Florence is a place to immerse yourself in history, art and architecture, as well as indulging in the wonderful food. Read on to find out Citalia's favourite spots in Florence to explore...

What is there to do in Florence?


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Basilica di Santa Maria del Fiore

Florence Cathedral's impressive dome dominates the skyline of the city. Built between 1420 and 1436 by Brunelleschi, with its 45.5 metres diameter and a total height of more than 116 metres, the dome is the largest masonry vault in the world and is well worth a visit. Take a look inside at the beautiful stained-glass windows and climb the 463 steps to the top to admire the panoramic views over the city.

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Giotto's Campanile

For another spectacular view over the Renaissance city, head to the top of Giotto's bell tower. Clad in white, red and green marble like the Cathedral adjacent to it, the majestic tower overlooks the urban skyline and surrounding hills. The tower houses twelve bells and is considered the most beautiful in Italy.

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Boboli Gardens

For a touch of tranquillity, visit the Boboli Gardens situated just moments away from the city centre. Extended from the hill behind the Pitti Palace as far as Porta Romana, it has become one of the largest and most elegant Italian style gardens. Wander the tree-lined alleyways, statued passages and dramatic lagoons as you explore Florence's greatest outdoor museum.

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Uffizi Gallery

One of the world's most prominent art museums, the Uffizi Gallery houses some of the important works of the Renaissance. With over 1,800 pieces of artwork spread out between 45 halls and two floors, there is plenty to see if you are an art lover. From Leonardo da Vinci to Michelangelo, you will be spoilt for choice.

What is there to eat in Florence?


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The many dishes of Florence tell the history of the region through food. For instance, the Panino al Lampredotto was once the dish of the working class Tuscans, and is now an emblem of Italian comfort food. 
For meat-lovers, Bistecca all Fiorentina (Florentine Steak) can be found on menus all over the city.  Although a simple recipe, seasoned with just salt and pepper, this Porterhouse steak is incredibly flavourful and is perfectly paired with a local glass of Chianti wine.
If you have a sweet-tooth, the dome shaped dessert called Zuccotto is said to be inspired by Brunelleschi's architectural masterpiece. Sponge cake soaked in alchermes, filled with whipped cream and decorated with seasonal berries or chocolate - delicious!

Where should I stay in Florence?


Grand Hotel Baglioni
Once a former residence of Prince Carrega di Lucedio, Grand Hotel Baglioni is filled with grandiose interiors and delicate, regal touches. Located right in the heart of Florence, only a few minutes walk from the bustling Mercato Centrale, it is the perfect base to explore the city's main attractions as well as enjoy the delicious street food independent boutiques.
This truly authentic boutique hotel has been a favourite with Citalia guests for many years. Experience unforgettable cuisine with al fresco dining in the summer months and an intimate restaurant nestled in the tower. Rooms are opulently decorated and you can even choose to have a room with a view of the famous Duomo.

If you are ready to start planning your Florence adventure, you can easily book online today to enjoy fantastic offers at our resorts. We look forward to bringing you the real Italy.

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