Florence

Florence - the home of renaissance, romance & fantastic art

Florence is a city of art, history and beauty like no other. Brimming with museums, galleries and medieval churches, each one packed to the rafters with priceless masterpieces, Florence is quite rightly considered to be the renaissance capital of the world.  Here you will find some of the most important works from Michelangelo, Botichelli and Da Vinchi, as well as iconic Cathedrals and historical architecture. 

Often voted as one of the best cities in Europe, Florence is the capital of Tuscany and undoubtedly the jewel in its crown.

 

What to do

You will find no shortage of things to do in Florence, the biggest problem for most visitors is how to fit it all in. Head first to the Magnificent Il Duomo, standing proud in the Piazza del Duomo this impressive gothic structure is considered one of Italy's grandest cathedrals, and one of Florence's most popular sites. Dating from 1926, behind it's elaborate façade you will find an interior packed with gothic treasures. It's impressive central dome was the largest in the world until 1881. And for the energetic, a climb of the 463 steps to the cathedral's lantern offers magnificent views of the city and even the snow-capped peaks beyond.  

For art lovers The Uffizi is a must. This treasure trove of renaissance art is the home to one of  Botichelli's finest pieces, 'Birth of Venus' as well as hundreds more iconic works.

Follow the crowds to the Galleria dell'Accademia, the home to Michelangelo's David. As well as the iconic masterpiece you will find more historic works of art in this one building than you'll find in most entire cities. Head there early to avoid the crowds.

The Ponte Vecchio (old bridge) is the most famous bridge in Florence and one of its most iconic landmarks. More than a bridge, this magnificent structure is lined on either side with small boutiques and jewellery shops. Take some time to indulge in a little retail therapy and take in the views it offers.

 

What to eat

Unsurprisingly there are no shortage of dining options in Florence, catering for every budget and taste. For those looking for fine dining, head to Enoteca Pinchiorri, Florence's only 3 Michelin starred restaurant. The wine list is epic and they feature a tasting menu of 15 small plates. 

For a typical old school trattoria, head to Antica Trattoria da Tito. Established in 1913, this traditional Tuscan restaurant has been serving some of the finest fresh pasta and meat and cheese platters in the city. Run, don't walk to L'Girone De Ghietto, one of the city's most famous sandwich shops. The queues often run round the block, so yes you will have to wait your turn but their delicious sandwiches will not disappoint.

No trip to Florence would be complete with a Gelato stop. For some of the best the city has to offer try Gelatria La Carria, right off the Ponte Alla Carraia or Mordilatte, less than a block away from the Duomo, it offers a prime location, creamy flavours and abundant portions.

 

How to get there

Florence is located approximately 170km northwest of Rome. If arriving by car it's worth noting that much of central Florence is a restricted traffic area between 7.30 am and 7.30pm on weekdays. If you are staying in a hotel in this area you'll need to organise well in advance for them to send you a temporary permit.

If arriving by train, Florence's main station is very central and many of the central hotels are accessible from here by foot. Most low-cost carriers use Pisa's Galileo Galilei airport, 80km west of Florence. It is connected via a bus service run by Autostradle up to 20 times per day.

The Bologna, Milan and Rome airports are also large airports you can fly into. From there you can rent a car or take a train into Florence.

 

 

See below our villas and apartment in Florence & surrounding area

Tuscany villa
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* Located in the hills of the Chianti region * Spectacular views of the surrounding countryside * Converted medieval chapel * Shared swimming pool * Pets allowed

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Historic villa in Tuscany with pool
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* Located in the region perfect for exploring Florence & the surrounding * 360 degree ivew of the Olive groves & vineyards * Unique private swimming pool being built partly inside the house * Pool table * Winetasting & cheese events available

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Villa in Tuscany
£5,000 - £6,820
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* Located in the heart of the Chianti region between Florence & Siena * 5 minutes drive from the local village of San Donato in Poggio * Situated on over 30 acres with grape vines, olive trees, pastures and woodland * Nearby a winery * Fenced in private swimming pool * Outdoor wood burning pizza oven

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Villa in Chianti
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* In a historical site in the heart of Chianti with great views * Restored church * Private pool with outdoor terraces for dining

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Lovely family holiday home in the Chianti region
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* Private swimming pool * Within walking distance of the local village * Fully enclosed property

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Tuscany villa
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12

* With private swimming pool * Just a few km from Vicchio north of Florence * 6 double bedrooms

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Tuscany villa
£2,865 - £4,135
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* Private swimming pool * Peaceful position approximately 18km from Florence * Surrounded by olive groves * Great base for exploring the region

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Tuscany villas
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* Private swimming pool located in the countryside around Florence * Set in peaceful valley, surrounded by fields and vineyards * Chef service & cooking classes on request * Excellent base for exploring the Chianti region

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Villa in Tuscany
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with restaurant within walking distance

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Luxury villas Tuscany
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* Sleeping upto 15 people * Good choice in the Chianti region * 4km from Castellina in Chianti * Private swimming with hydromassage & waterfall * Luxury furnishings

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Villa in Tuscany with pool
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* Converted look out tower * Surrounded by splendid countryside full of vineyards, olive groves & woods * 2km from the nearest village * Lovely covered outdoor relaxation area next to the private swimming pool

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Villa in Tuscany with private pool
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* Lying at the edge of Chianti in the village of Bucine * Surrounded by cypresses and centuries-old olive trees * Purpose built spa equipped with a a Jacuzzi for 6 people * Small putting green * Private 7m x 14m swimming-pool

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Villa in Chianti with private pool
£2,490 - £4,840
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* Located in an excellent position for exploring Florence & Siena * Large attractive stone farmhouse * Great views of Chianti hills * Includes daily cleaning

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Large villa in Tuscany
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* Perfect for groups of friends or families * Sleeping upto 22 people * Private swimming pool * Panoramic views of the hills south of Florence * Walking distance to the local village shop * Spacious property with lovely terraces

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Tuscany villa rental
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* Private swimming pool & jacuzzi * Charming old barn exquisitely renovated and with breathtaking views * Spectacular views of rolling Tuscan hills * Surrounded by lawns and gardens

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Large villa in Tuscany
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* With private swimming pool & in a tranquil position * 15 minutes drive from Florence * Possibility to buy produce from the farms * Bathroom suitable for disabled * 2km from the nearest village

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Large villa in Tuscany
£7,275 - £11,435
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16

* Located in the Florence region * Sleeping 16 people * Fenced in private swimming pool * Lovely shaded outside dining area * Possible wedding venue * Pets allowed

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Authentic large villa in Tuscany with private pool
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14

* Stunning views of the local village only 1.5km away * Sleeping 14 people * Suitable for groups as there's seperate accommodation * Very nice and well-equipped outdoor areas * Private swimming pool

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Large villa in Tuscany
£6,820 - £8,545
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* Sleeping upto 15 people in 8 bedrooms * Suitable for groups of friends and families * Private heated fenced in swimming pool * Fitness house with hydromassage, gym & sauna * Possible wedding venue * Pets allowed on request

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Tuscany country house in the Chianti region with private pool & walking distance to local village
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* With private swimming pool * Walking distance to local village * Rooftop terrace * Chef & maid service available on request

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Tuscany villa with private pool for large groups in the Chianti region
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* Beautiful farmhouse located in a panoramic position on the Chianti Classico hills * Divided into two large units * Garden slopes gently down to a beautiful swimming pool

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Converted mill Tuscan holiday home
£1,275 - £2,545
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9

* Converted mill house * With private swimming pool * Large private grounds & garden * Well located for Florence and surrounding Chianti region * 1.5km from the great Chianti golf course of Ugolino

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Villa for 8 people near Vinci with private pool in Tuscany
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8

* Pets allowed on request * Private swimming with childrens area * Tourist guide, food & wine tours on request

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Villas in Tuscany
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* Suitable for horse lovers there is an equestrian centre nearby * Located in the hills west of Florence * Fenced in garden with private swimming pool * Small pets allowed on request

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18

* Situated in the hills from the city of Florence towards Chianti * Countryside all around with woods, olive groves and vineyards * Infinity edge private swimming pool * The rent always includes a daily maid service * Domestic help, cook, cookery courses available on request

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Tuscany villa
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* Lovely stone holiday home with private pool * Fascinating panorama over the green Mugello valley * Private outdoor area and a private swimming pool

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