an italian renaissance affair
Is this an affair of the heart, the eyes or the stomach? That’s for you to decide, but a trip to the periodic city of Florence aims to impress in a number of ways. Boutique hotels nestled high above the meandering streets; mouthwatering markets, your choice of rooftop bars serving up delicious feasts & endless Aperol spritz and an abundance of cultural sites, there’s plenty to keep you entertained in this magical city.
The explorers among us will venture out of the city walls in search of adventure; a timeless option being a visit to Pisa – top tip; think of your pose before you arrive! If you prefer to see the lesser-known parts, then the Tuscan countryside awaits – Lucca, famed for it’s well-preserved Renaissance walls is within easy reach, or star in your own romance novel as you hire a Vespa & explore at your pace. For a truly romantic experience, opt for a private pasta-making class in a local villa. However you choose to spend your time here, we guarantee you’ll leave with a piece of Florence in your heart.
Facts about Florence
Currency – Euro
2+ hour flight time
Birthplace of the piano
Historic centre is a UNESCO site
Why should you travel to Florence with us?
We’re true romantics at heart – we can’t help but get caught up in the magic of this city. From a short break to explore the heart of the city, to a longer holiday to truly immerse yourself in the Tuscan lifestyle, our travel experts are here to help you plan and maximise your time. From the properties in the best location to the easiest ways to explore the region, or helping to arrange a private tour, our Concierge service takes the stress out of planning the finer details of your well-deserved holiday.
Some of our favourite boutique Properties in Florence
A vibrant, dynamic & romantic property, providing 4-star luxury on the banks of the Arno, overlooking Ponte Vecchio. The elegant colour palette evokes simplicity & fantasy. From Double Rooms to a Panoramic Consorti Suite – with modern four-poster bed & free-standing bathtub on your mezzanine level – Continentale has something for everyone. Be sure to visit Caffè dell’Oro & La Terrazza Rooftop for perfect coffee & amazing views.
Hospitality is an artform, and Portrait Firenze has made it a masterpiece. Whilst still offering luxury, this boutique hotel have turned it into spontaneous personalisation – something our travel experts are very familiar with. This all-suite property of just 37 rooms – aptly located in an iconic part of Florence – also has a spectacular rooftop suite & entire Penthouse Floor. Ideal for families & couples alike, this place is special.
In the heart of the city, The Place is most certainly the place to be. Deeply connected to the local artistic heritage & lively cultural scene, this property is your home in this emotive Tuscan city. Attention to detail here is key – both in the rooms & suites and the level of service. Start your day at The Kitchen & The Bar, with a leisurely al fresco breakfast in a glorious Renaissance piazza, seamlessly segueing into an intimate dinner.
Things to do in Florence
Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore
Formally known as the Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, this iconic landmark of the Florentine skyline glistens as the golden sun sets over the city. The structure towers over you, standing in Piazza di San Giovanni and instantly feels magical, connecting you to history. The climb up the Cupola is worth every step... plus you'll deserve a drink afterwards!
The Chianti region produces many of Tuscany's best wines, and it's easy to explore on a day trip from Florence. From Rufina to Vinci, Siena to Arezzo, this gentle land leaves visitors impressed with the endless rows of grapes, evergreen olive groves and epic cypress trees greeting you on arrival. Speak with our travel experts to arrange your vineyard tour.
The Palazzo Pitti, in English sometimes called the Pitti Palace, is a vast, mainly Renaissance palace in Florence. Located on the South side - close to Ponte Vecchio - and originally built in 1457, contains artefacts including 16th century paintings, 19th century furnishings and a vast collection of Medici household treasures, from silverware to precious jewellery.
The Mercato Centrale is from the risanamento time; the period when Florence was the capital of Italy in the late 19th century. Perhaps more relevant, the abundance of smells inside is outstanding! Shop for local groceries, or stop by for a snack, cocktail or even made-to-order pizza. The Lorenzo de’ Medici cooking school is available for the chefs among us!
Seeing as you're most likely to be flying into Pisa, it would be a shame to not visit this town - some say it's famous for a leaning tower! A fun few hours can be spent exploring this popular spot, along with some planned photo-time. Whilst the direct train is only 45-60 minutes from Florence, our travel experts can assist with a guided tour if you prefer.
Book with us today
Now is always the best time to book your next holiday and we’re here to take all of your stress away. Simply get in touch with our travel experts for an initial consultation and whether you need a little inspiration or know exactly what you want – with a little help from us – you’ll soon be jetting off to your next destination.