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Florence City Breaks

florance city mapBirthplace of the Renaissance, home to Michelangelo’s ‘David’ and the works of Botticelli and Giotto, Florence has inherited a rich cultural heritage. A perfect choice for a short city break; even today, the Florentines and their city never fail to impress, a perfect holiday to Italy.

Insider Tip

Perhaps the best views of the city are to be had from the Piazzale Michelangelo, reached by following the quiet landes from the Ponte Vecchio along the city walls rising towards the San Miniato church.





 

 


Must See

 

must see in florence

Michelangelo's huge statue of David occupies pride of place in the Accademia Gallery, carved from a single block of marble.

Brunelleschi's gravity-defying Duomo which dominates the Florence skyline.

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Must Do

must do in florence

Marvel at the frescoed ceilings of the Baptistry and the Duomo.

If you are not afraid of heights, ascend the 463 steps to the summit of the Duomo, which provides a new perspective on Florence.

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Food & Drink

food and drink in florence

Try schiacciata, a type of Tuscan flatbread, for a snack or a light lunch, or sample the fare of the many fiaschetterie around the city for a plate of crostini, salami, and pecorino cheese accompanied by a glass of wine from the Chianti region. The traditional bistecca fiorentina, the Florentine T-bone steak, is a must if you enjoy a hearty portion of meat, whilst the delicate fresh courgette flowers stuffed with ricotta cheese are not to be missed.

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Shopping

shopping in florence

Piazza San Lorenzo has a daily morning market that's a great place to pick up some bargains and traditional gifts. Good buys in Florence include baskets, leather gloves, jackets and handbags, beautiful paper goods, silk and lace. Food and drink are also good buys; bottles of herb-infused olive oil, dried porcini mushrooms and dried pasta in all shapes and sizes and colours all make welcome gifts.



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Excursions

excursions in florence

City Tour
Includes the main cultural and historical sights of Florence, such as the Piazzale Michelangelo, the Accademia  Gallery, the Duomo, Giotto's Bell Tower and the Baptistry.

Departs: daily except Mondays. Duration: half day.
Adult from £36, child from £18.
 

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