Sep 30, 2019 - Oct 1, 2019
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Where to stay in Florence
Capital of Italy’s Tuscany region, the city of Florence is home to many impressive sights and artistic masterpieces. As the cradle of the Renaissance and a tourist hot spot, Florence has an abundance of hotels to suit every taste and budget.
While many opt to stay in the center of the city, there are several districts to choose from with the Duomo area, Ognissanti and San Lorenzo being particularly popular. No matter where you choose, getting around is simple with options including public buses, trams, taxis, cars and bike rental. If you plan to explore more of Tuscany you could rent a car in Florence.
Pizza Del Duomo Hotels
The city’s heart is centered around the Duomo and the Piazza della Signoria with the strip between the two areas popular with tourists who want to be close to the ancient Baptistery Brunelleschi’s dome, the Palazzo Vecchio and the Uffizi Gallery.
Ideally placed just 500m from the city center and close to public transport links, this five-star hotel features just 20 classically-designed rooms in a four-storey building within easy walking distance of many of Florence’s historic gems.
Located close to the Academy of Fine Arts, the Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore and the famous Ponte Vecchio, the four-star hotel is a romantic base close to the Duomo offering complimentary breakfast, a rooftop terrace and air-conditioned rooms.
The Tourist House is a two-star budget choice located close to Florence’s most important and popular monuments as well as being just 100m from the city’s Central Railway Station.
The area around the Piazza Ognissanti is another popular area to stay with luxury and budget hotels hugging the banks of the River Arno and providing accommodation close to attractions such as Ghirladaio’s Last Supper painting in the church of Ognissanti, the frescoes in the Chapel of the Magi and the San Lorenzo Market.
Overlooking the Piazza Ognissanti, the five-star St Regis Florence is set in a historic palace alongside the River Arno with spacious and elegant guest rooms, a spa and fine dining.
The four-star Best Western hotel is just a short stroll from many of the city’s historical attractions and provides comfortable rooms in a quiet and relaxed environment. The Florence Exhibition and Congress Center and railway station are also within walking distance.
A great value two-star hotel with complimentary Wi-Fi, the Toscana is just 600m from the railway station and close to many attractions in the historic quarter. As well as private rooms, dorms are also available in this budget choice hotel just ten minutes from the Ponte Vecchio.
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Studied abroad in Cortona, Italy, not too far from Florence. Tuscany really is God’s country and a blast for those wanting to walk everywhere, interact with locals, and drink wine!
Beautiful Firenze! An incredible place to take in the art and the splendor of the past and present in Tuscany and Italy. Can feel a bit touristy, but mostly overwhelmingly pretty.
Florence is one of my favorite places in the world and I cannot wait to go back. The old mix with the new, as you meander intimate corridors scattered with high-end fashion retailers only to emerge in a number of grand, historic piazzas. For anyone interested in Renaissance history, culture or even shopping, there is something to be found, though you're probably luckier if you, instead, find yourself lost.
Our local guide for Florence was Elisabetta (+39 335 6674163) who we connected with through our local guide from Rome. She was FANTASTIC! (She is reachable on WhatsApp for those who only have data plans or WiFi) The second time I visited Florence was on a cruise, the closest port is Livorno where Elisabetta picked us up in a very clean, comfortable Mercedes van. She filled our journey into Florence with a great background history of the city and catered our day around our “must see’s”. She drove us all over the city, dropping us off at the closest point possible to everything we wanted to see, and everything she suggested we should see (her drop off points are much closer than the drop off point when traveling in a large tour group because of the vehicle size). She even accompanied us into museums where we had previously purchased our own tickets without a guide to give us the true experience. As I said this was my second visit to Florence and it was a completely different experience to my first. Having a local expert guide in a small group was amazing. Must see’s: Michelangelo’s David: housed in The Galleria dell’ Academia- purchase your tickets ahead of time online: the walk up line wraps multiple blocks! Piazzale Michelangelo: beautiful panoramic views of Florence! Santa Croce Church: Marvelous church with the tombs of Michelangelo and Galileo located in a large square with many authentic Italian restaurants Florence Cathedral: locates in the Piazza del Duomo, it is one of Italy’s largest cathedrals, the 4th largest in the world. You can even climb to the top of the dome! Yes climb! There is no lift! Must reserve your timed ticket online Piazza della Signoria: main square of the city- includes a David replica, fountain of neptune and lots of shopping nearby!