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48 hours in Florence

With its striking landmarks, world-class shopping, five-star hotels and Michelin-starred restaurants, Florence is a top city in which to spend a weekend

Ruairidh Pritchard
City Guide
Ruairidh Pritchard ,

Spending a weekend in the Florence is one of the best ways to experience the Italian summer. Explore Renaissance landmarks, including the striking cathedral, browse the boutiques of the city’s historic shopping streets to discover the best of Italian design, and relax and unwind in some of the top restaurants in Italy. Here we’ve selected several highlights in the Tuscan capital to help you plan a two-day break in one of the world’s most beautiful cities.

Stay at Il Salviatino: Explore Florence from the sublime base of a restored 15th-century villa perched in the Fiesole hillside and overlooking the city. The spa at Il Salviatino has a two-tiered swimming pool and offers a wide range of relaxing treatments and massages, while La Cucina restaurant, under the direction of chef Carmine Calò, makes use of produce from Il Salviatino’s own organic garden.

Il Salviatino, Via del Salviatino 21, 50137 Florence, +39 055 904 1111

Grab a bite to eat at Caffè Gilli: Opened in 1733, Caffè Gilli is a Florentine institution and has been a favourite of the city’s creative crowd for decades. Offering freshly made pastries and biscuits as well as a variety of traditional Italian sweet treats, it’s certainly not to be missed by those with a sweet tooth.

Caffè Gilli, Via Roma 1R, 50123 Florence, +39 055 213896

Window shop on Via de’ Tornabuoni: Known as the most expensive street in Florence, Via de’ Tornabuoni is home to some of the most exclusive designer boutiques in the city, such as Italian labels Prada, Ermenegildo Zegna and Gucci, as well as international brands including Burberry, Dior and Céline.

Dine at Cibrèo: Founded in 1979, Cibrèo Restaurant is one of the best loved eateries in Florence. It offers an authentic taste of Tuscany and is famed for its delicious, healthy food created with ingredients from the best local suppliers. If the main restaurant is fully booked, try nearby Cibrèo Trattoria, which doesn’t accept reservations; the wait may be long but the food will be worth it.

Cibrèo Restaurant, Via Andrea del Verrocchio 8R, 50122 Florence, +39 055 234 1100

See renowned Florentine architecture: Spend an afternoon wandering through the city’s historic streets and discovering some of the architectural highlights of Florence. Take a stroll from the city’s famous cathedral to stunning Orsanmichele church, then head to Piazza della Signoria where you’ll see Florence’s ancient town hall, Palazzo Vecchio, and a copy of Michelangelo’s statue of David.

Admire Renaissance masterpieces at the Uffizi: Florence’s Uffizi gallery is home to some of the world’s most acclaimed works of art. Guests can explore more than 45 incredible museum rooms and gaze at mesmerising works by Caravaggio, Michelangelo and Botticelli ‒ including his most famous painting, the Birth of Venus.

Galleria degli Uffizi, Piazzale degli Uffizi 6, 50122 Florence, +39 055 238 8651

Grab a drink at Dolce Vita: One of the city’s most popular meeting points for a drink, Dolce Vita has large veranda which is the perfect place to relax and unwind after a long day exploring Florence. In the early evenings patrons are serenaded by jazz or classical musicians. Once the sun goes down a DJ takes over and you can party the summer night away.

Dolce Vita, Piazza del Carmine 6R, 50124 Florence, +39 055 284595



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