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Florence Holidays

Holidays in Florence allow you to experience one of Europe’s most culturally and historically significant cities. Florence is a vibrant city nestled among the idyllic green hills of Tuscany. It retains a sense of intimacy and romance thanks to its relatively small size, while also offering a remarkable selection of museums, galleries, and restaurants, which continue to impress even the most regular visitor. Every stroll has the potential for something remarkable, whether it’s peering out of the Vasari Corridor or wandering across the Giardino di Boboli. Alternatively, for those looking to relax, there are beautiful vistas to be seen while enjoying a rooftop aperitivi in the evening.

Perhaps most known for its remarkable historical architecture, you will easily find renowned pieces of art by famous artists such as Filippo Brunelleschi, Leon Battista Alberti, and Michelangelo throughout the city. Florence continues to celebrate this tradition with impressive modern buildings, notably The New Florence Opera House, maintaining the city’s reputation as a marvel from every angle. Any visiting foodies will undoubtedly revel in Florence’s food culture, from its seven Michelin starred restaurants to the brilliant bustle of the Mercato Centrale. For peaceful and romantic retreats, there are numerous opportunities for short trips to the surrounding landscapes and towns, allowing for blissful escapes into Italy’s rural life.

Explore Florence like no other

As the leading specialist in Italian holidays, Citalia will help make your trip to Florence a unique and unforgettable experience.

Across the cobbles of Florence’s streets, beneath the shuttered windows and quaint balconies there are hidden treasures, many close to the Arno River. Wander through the Piazza della Passera, which holds a wonderful respite from the energy of the centre. Here you can sample delicious gelato in the afternoon sunshine or enjoy wine from the surrounding vineyards, notably a Chianti, in one of the intimate bars. One evening you may even stumble upon a gathering of locals and visitors alike, mesmerised by an impromptu musical performance.

One of the finest panoramas of the city is to be found south of the river and at the top of the Bellosguardo Hill. Stroll along the secluded roads, away from not only the crowds but also modernity, where you will feel as if you’re visiting an Italy of the past. Catch glimpses of Florence through the trees, taking in the gorgeous terracotta roofs, making for a perfect picnic spot.

Florence Multi Centre Holidays

Take a look at our suggested itineraries for inspiration, or call our Trusted Advisers on 01293 762400* for a bespoke multi centre

Venice, Florence and Rome

10 day suggested trip


At a glance
  • Take an Islands tour in Venice and enjoy a glass blowing demonstration
  • Admire Brunelleschis dome of Florence Cathedral
  • Visit some of the most famous sights in Rome, including the Colosseum
  • Visit Pompeii, one of the world's most important archaeological sites
From £1729 per person
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Florence and Tuscany Countryside

8 day suggested trip


At a glance
  • Explore Chianti vineyards
  • Full day in Florence
  • Optional activities include cooking lessons
  • Stay in characterful Tuscan hotels
From £899 per person
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Excursions and experiences in and around Florence

Experience more of Italy by adding an excursion to your holiday. To pre-book one of our specially selected excursions, please call our Italy Experts on 01293 762410*.
Handpicked hotels in Florence
Discover the real Florence while staying in one of our carefully selected hotels
Tour Inspiration

Tuscan Discovery Small Group Escorted Tour


At a glance
  • Enjoy guided walks of Florence, Siena and Pisa
  • Enjoy wine tasting in the Chianti region
  • Exclusive to Citalia
  • Maximum Group Size: 18
  • Visit some of Tuscany’s most scenic towns including San Gimignano and Pienza
8 days from £1799 per person
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Things to do in Florence

There is no shortage of cultural institutions within Florence and, alongside the prestigious Uffizi Gallery and the Accademia Gallery, you may find a host of fascinating museums. If you are captivated by the impressive Duomo then the Museo dell’Opera del Duomo will complement your interest, offering a closer look at the design and creativity behind the cathedral.

Florence is within a short and easy train journey of many wonderful towns and villages. Escape from the city with a journey into Fiesole where you’ll be able to wander along picturesque streets, passing centuries of history that can be explored in depth at the town’s archaeological area. Alternatively, for a greater experience of Tuscany, you can try our Tuscany Self-Drive Tour, which will take you across the region to experience the historical sights and some of the best wines.
Flight Information

The majority of international flights arrive into Pisa airport (PSA), which is approximately 60 minutes from the centre of Florence. Direct flights to Pisa are available from Belfast, Bristol, East Midlands, Leeds Bradford, London Gatwick, London Heathrow, London Luton, Manchester and Newcastle and take approximately 2 hours. Flights into Florence airport are also available to book through our Travel Centre.

When to go

Florence is a year-round destination, with the busiest tourist crowds arriving in spring and summer. Autumn is a perfect time for visiting – the city is less crowded and the temperatures are still pretty good. Winter can be chilly and there are chances of snow, but generally the streets are emptier and the Christmas markets are well worth a visit.

Visa Information

At the current time, British citizens do not require a visa to visit Italy.

Tipping

You don’t have to leave a tip in Italy – most Italians don’t tip for restaurant meals, bar drinks, taxi rides or hair and beauty treatments. However if you do leave a tip, you might receive quicker service.

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Lulia Robe

When it comes to art, not even Rome can compare to Florence. This is my absolute favourite city as it combines art and great food, and is central to a lot of Tuscany's attractions.

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We have been helping our customers discover the real Italy for 90 years now. Our experience and expertise, together with our attention to detail and personal touch, really does make us the leading Italian holiday specialist

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