Florence Travel Guide


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Plan Your Florence Vacation

Florence, the city of the lily, gave birth to the Renaissance and changed the way we see the world. For centuries it has captured the imaginations of travelers, who have come seeking rooms with views and phenomenal art. Florence's is a subtle beauty—its staid, unprepossessing palaces built in local stone are not showy, even though they are very large. They take on a certain magnificence when day breaks and when the sun sets; their muted colors glow in this light. A walk along the Arno offers views that don't quit and haven't much changed in 700 years; navigating Piazza della Signoria, always packed with tourists, requires patience. There's a reason why everyone seems to be here, however. It's the heart of the city, and home to the Uffizi—the world's finest repository of Italian Renaissance art.


Florence Hotels

Florence is equipped with hotels for all budgets; for instance, you can find both budget and luxury hotels in the centro storico... read more


Florence Restaurants

Florence's popularity with tourists means that, unfortunately, there's a higher percentage of mediocre restaurants here than... read more


Florence Experiences

  • Top Reasons to Go

    Galleria degli Uffizi: Italian Renaissance art doesn't get much better than this vast collection bequeathed to the city by the last... Read more

  • Florence Through the Ages

    Guelph vs. Ghibelline. Though Florence can lay claim to a modest importance in the ancient world, it didn't come into its own until... Read more

  • Girolamo Savonarola: Florence's Friar

    One of the most striking figures of Renaissance Florence was Girolamo Savonarola, a Dominican friar who, for a moment, captured the... Read more

  • Meet the Medici

    The Medici were the dominant family of Renaissance Florence, wielding political power and financing some of the world's greatest art.... Read more

  • Florence's Gelato and Pastry Shops

    Sweet-lovers have a bounty of gelato and pastry shops to choose from in Florence. Read more

  • Salumerie

    Salumerie, specialty food shops similar to delis, are strong on fine fresh ingredients such as meats and cheeses. They're great... Read more

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