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Florence is often hailed as one of the world’s most beautiful cities. Tuscany’s capital was the cradle of the Renaissance, and Michelangelo, Donatello and dozens more of Europe’s most revered artists plied their trades here. Wander the network of cobbled streets and pass boutique stores, historical cafés and outstanding galleries.
Brunelleschi’s dome atop the Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore (Duomo) dominates the skyline. Up close, the cathedral is no less impressive. The colorful marble façade is a highlight in the city’s cultural and physical heart, the Piazza del Duomo. The square’s central location makes it the perfect starting point from which to navigate the city’s major attractions.
Head in any direction to encounter yet more Florentine delights. South is the Uffizi Gallery (Galleria degli Uffizi), one of the most important and revered art museums in the world. Spend an entire day admiring masterpieces by Renaissance greats such as Botticelli, da Vinci and Raphael.
Stroll across the Ponte Vecchio, the famous pedestrian bridge that spans the Arno River, towards yet more art in the Pitti Palace (Palazzo Pitti). Once the residence of the ruling Medici family, the palace houses a series of galleries containing works by masters such as Raphael and Caravaggio. Discover an early example of Italian garden design in the nearby Boboli Gardens (Giardino di Boboli), which also offer splendid views across the city. To the north you’ll find superb examples of the harmonious, rational design so important to Renaissance art. The San Lorenzo Church (Basilica di San Lorenzo) features the artistry of Brunelleschi and Michelangelo.
Numerous cafés tucked between galleries and shops serve typical Tuscan delights such as prosciutto ham, tomato soups and Florentine steaks. Take a seat and watch as the locals buzz by on motor scooters or parade in the latest designer outfits. This is the home of Gucci and people here are passionate about their style.
Florence has a hot, Mediterranean climate. Only the winter months bring any sustained undesirable weather. The city attracts close to 8 million visitors each year, so you are unlikely to have it to yourself even in the quieter seasons. Book tickets to galleries, particularly the Uffizi, in advance as you may not get them if you simply turn up on the day.
Major attractions in the city center are within 15 minutes’ walk of each other. Florence’s public transportation is efficient; electric buses service the main museums. Driving and parking can be a challenge
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Fantastically updated hotel with great location in central Florence. The rooftop bar is something really special. Everything you love about Florence is within 10 minutes. We truly enjoyed our stay!
Room was very nice and modern. We stayed in a double size room but it feels spacious because of very high ceiling...12’ high. Toilet and bath was exceptional. Room was clean. Two ladies in the reception were very helpful and friendly. Good breakfast
The hotel is at a great location close to trains coming from the airport and going to Rome and Pisa. It is also close to major touristic sites. The staff was pleasant. Unfortunately, the only elevator is small and slow. We often took the stairs because it was faster and we wouldn't all fit in it. ...
We loved staying here. The staff were very friendly and helpful, we even got a few extras in our room which was very appreciated! The room was lovely and new, plenty of space and all the amenities that you’d need. The location is perfect too, we were able to walk everywhere. We really couldn’t rate ...
Incredibly nice staff always willing to help. The hotel was in a perfect location to walk to most attractions in Florence.
Staff were so nice and accommodating room was perfect and bed was so comfortable large king size with full memory form
The breakfast was great and the room where it is located (on the 6th floor) is lovely, with a great view. We loved the location of the hotel.
Location location location! Right off Piazza Signoria few blocks from Ponte Vecchio. You open the lobby door and your right in the middle of all the action Restaurant's, shops, bar’s, statues. At night the crowds dies way down and you can enjoy the Piazza even more. I found the location very easy ...