The cradle of Renaissance, Europe’s most artistic cities. Giotto’s frescoes, Michelangelo’s David, canvases by Botticelli, Leonardo da Vinci and a host of other greats in the Uffizi Gallery… there’s so much exquisite art and architecture, you will feel like a fairy tale. Entwining the past with the presence, Florence offers a vibrant nightlife, mixing hip bars with opera. Picturesque, full of art to see and buy, Florence offers a wonderful get-away as it is one of Europe’s most civilised destinations.
Roaming in the city, you can marvel the streets roaming in aw. Make a long stop at Uffizi Gallery, Europe’s first modern museum where you can spend hours staring at Botticelli’s Birth of Venus and Primavera. Feast your eyes on the Basilica di Santa Maria del Fiore, the UNESCO protected symbol of the city. Eat al fresco tasting the famous Chianti from the local vineyards, after enjoying a performance in Florence’s world-class classical music and opera venue, the Teatro del Maggio Musicale.
Best Time to visit
Summer season in Florence (May to September), offers a nice summery weather and many open-air events. During that time, the city is highly crowded, and hotel rates are at their maximum. Reservations must be made three to four months in advance. Therefore, it’s recommended to visit in early spring (March – April) for better accommodation deals. Winter, and especially the month of February is also another good choice, if you do not mind chilly weather, as it is quiet and inexpensive.
Budget Hotel Areas
Timing is everything when it comes to Florence. If you are travelling on a budget, choose a hotel near city’s train station. The neighbourhoods of Oltrarno, San Niccolo and San Frediano, are great places for budget travellers. If you prefer staying in the city centre, there are some affordable choices for B&B, provided you book early and avoid high season. Avoid renting a car, as the city is not car-compatible.
Hotel Deals in Florence
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