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Top travel tips for visiting Florence


Discover where you should stay, what you should eat and how to make the most of your time in the Italian city of Florence

Katie Ramsingh
Katie Ramsingh ,

Why Florence?
Like many other Italian cities Florence is steeped in culture, beautiful architecture and rich history.

 

When to visit
In the summer months of July and August Florence can feel uncomfortably humid, and it can be chilly from November through to March. From April to June is an ideal time to take a trip to the city.

 

Where to stay
For the ultimate in luxury check into the St Regis. Situated by the River Arno, it offers old-school elegance with spectacular views inside and out. For a more contemporary experience, seek out Gallery Hotel Art, a boutique hotel designed by Florentine architect Michele Bonan.

 

What to see
Among the many notable sights of Florence it would be hard to miss out Michelangelo’s David at the Galleria dell’Accademia, the Piazza del Duomo, the Ponte Vecchio and the statue-filled Piazza della Signoria.

 

Where to dine
Florence has a selection of great bars, often with rooftop or riverside views, which make for pleasant evening dining. Our top choices include Borgo San Jacopo, situated a short walk from the Ponte Vecchio, and Ora d’Aria, which offers unusual twists on classic Italian dishes, including sea urchin risotto and maccheroni soufflé.

 

Where to shop
Salvatore Ferragamo’s must-visit flagship is on Via de’ Tornabuoni, one of the city’s most famous shopping streets, near to the equally stylish Via degli Strozzi and Via Porta Rossa. The areas around the Duomo and the Ponte Vecchio are also major shopping destinations.

 

Top tips to remember

Get the FirenzeCard – save money on museum entry by picking up a FirenzeCard. For €72 you get free admission to all major museums in Florence for 72 hours.

Walk as much as you can – the traffic in Florence is often described as horrendous, but as the city is relatively small it is very easy to walk to anywhere you need to go.

Rub the Porcellino – the Porcellino is a bronze statue of a boar; leaving a coin in its mouth, which then falls through a grating below, is said to bring good luck, while rubbing its snout is said to guarantee a return to Florence.

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