Renaissance art and phenomenal architecture meet high fashion on holidays to Florence

Florence is all about intriguing Medici history, Michelin-starred restaurants and museums that silently hold tight to prized works of art. As you make your second or third mouth-watering gelato stop of the day, strolling the exclusive jewellery shops lining Ponte Vecchio, or sauntering into the newly opened Gucci Garden you’ll start to see how history and style are merging in this architecturally rich city. The most ancient bridge in the city now trades on the allure of diamonds and the designer stores on Via Tornabuoni intertwine with 13th-Century palaces and the medieval Palazzo Spini-Fertoni. Florence holidays unveil Renaissance masterpieces in the Uffizi Gallery and Michelangelo’s graffiti on the walls nearby; vespas whizz through narrow streets in frivolous Florentine style and the steps up to the Duomo’s cupola or a stroll through the elegant 16th-Century Boboli Gardens deliver spellbinding rewards.

Just before dusk it’s time to get the camera out, as amber rays land on architectural Italian treasures – Duomo – Florence Cathedral, the Church of Santa Croce and the sculptures in Piazzale Michelangelo. There’s a golden time of day in Florence – la passeggiata. It’s a stylish affair, heralding the start of each evening, with everyone spilling out into fairytale piazzas to dress up, socialise and enjoy a campari sprtizer. Join this customary pre-dinner stroll for a real sense of what the Italians love – glorious chit-chat, spontaneity and the uniting of young and old. It’s the same harmony seen throughout our hand-picked Florence holidays – a city steeped in breathtaking history but not afraid of getting ever-so cosmopolitan. For a shift in scenery your passage out of the city takes you by foot into Tuscan countryside, or, less than an hour by high-speed train, to Pisa.

Whether you want a chic boutique hotel behind the Duomo or a 15th-Century building on the banks of the River Arno, give one of our Personal Travel Experts a call and we’ll craft your dream Florence holiday.

“Nowhere else has quite the mix of incredible culture, history and food. I love wandering around Italian villages and cities, soaking up the atmosphere, admiring the buildings and marvelling at the fact people actually live in them. Who hasn’t wished, at least once, that they were born Italian?” - Simon Reeve

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