Florence Travel Guide

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You're Going to Love Florence

The city of Dante, Michelangelo, Raphael, Botticelli, and Leonardo da Vinci, Florence is one of the world's great historical and cultural destinations.

It's one of the few places where you can feel the presence of greatness, from the artworks of the Uffizi to the soaring sight of the Duomo, and it's an utterly spellbinding place to spend time.

You can shop all week at the markets, boutiques, and artisan stores of the city, tour Tuscan wineries, take boat trips along the Arno or gaze in awe at frescoes, sculptures, and paintings in the city's churches and galleries. Whatever you do, Florence draws you in, leaving memories that will never fade.

Top 5 Reasons to Visit Florence

What to do in Florence

Cattedrale di Santa Maria del Fiore
Galleria degli Uffizi
Giardino di Boboli
Top activities in Florence

When to Visit Florence

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Summer in Florence brings the best weather, but also draws massive crowds (and battling through hundreds of people to see Botticelli's Venus isn't the best way to enjoy its artistry). Instead, try March and April, when Florence warms up, or late September and October.

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How to Get to Florence

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Where to Stay in Florence

There are hundreds of wonderful hostels, guesthouses and hotels to choose from in Florence. If you want a beautiful, luxurious city center hotel, the 4-star Hotel degli Orafi is ideal, while the Galileo Hotel is a more affordable alternative. Further out, Hotel Mirage is near the airport and perfect for anyone renting a car. Duomo View B&B Florence is a family-run, welcoming place within sight of the Duomo, while Hostel Archi Rossi is a budget option very close to the station.

Popular Neighborhoods in Florence

Most popular hotel in Florence by neighborhood

Campo di Marte

Where to stay in popular areas of Florence

Most booked hotels in Florence

How to Get Around Florence

The Cost of Living in Florence

Shopping Streets

Florence is a fantastic place to shop for clothes, food, jewelry, leather accessories, and shoes. In fact, there are few better spots for fashion fans to explore. Some of the best places to look are in Oltrarno, where artisan stores like Anita Russo Ceramics and recycled clothing boutiques like Giulia Materia rub shoulders. For really high-end fashion, head to the Via de' Tornabuoni, home to world-famous labels like Gucci, Hermes, and Versace, as well as many smaller apparel boutiques.

Groceries and Other

Supermarkets in Florence include Billa, Conad, and il Centro - all of which provide essentials like bread, cheese, milk, and fresh fruit. Florence isn't always the cheapest place to shop for groceries though. Expect to spend EUR6 on a gallon of milk or EUR2.70 for 12 eggs.

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$16.61
A pair of jeans
A pair of jeans
$103.33
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$1.33
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$1.68

Where to Eat in Florence

Food is one of Florence's greatest attractions, and you'll find almost as many masterpieces at restaurants in Santa Croce as you will in the Uffizi. Some of the leading city center restaurants include Enoteca Pinchiorri (which has a stellar wine list), Il Cibreo, the best place to go for authentic Tuscan dishes, and Filipepe, a wonderful seafood restaurant. Expect to pay more than EUR50 for a really good meal, but around the Mercato Centrale you can find excellent pizzas and pasta meals for around EUR15-20.

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