Going on vacation is all about location, and when it comes to escaping on the Florence vacation of your dreams, you can’t take a wrong turn. Consider these guest-loved hotels for easy access to history, art, and cultural immersion.
For the love of artistry and antiquity, make your way to the Piazza dellaSignoria, the city's political center since the 14th century. The piazza is filled with ornate statues, including a replica of Michelangelo's David (the original is in the Galleria dell'Accademia). Adjacent to the piazza, browse the Uffizi Gallery—Italy’s premier art gallery and a must-see for any romantic vacation in Florence—because there’s no such thing as too much art. Another destination, Brunelleschi's Dome, is hard to miss, but still deserves its own trip. The Duomo is the largest masonry dome in the world and is seen by many as the symbol of the Renaissance.
Work up an appetite the size of the Arno River with a walk to the top of the dome, then satisfy your cravings for fine wine and scrumptious dining in the locally loved Santa Croce neighborhood. For the foodie, Italy is a dream. Pizza and pasta are the typical tourist meals, but don't be afraid to seek out other regional fare, like Tuscan ribollita—a peasant soup that traditionally used leftover stale bread and hearty vegetables, like kale and legumes, simmered in generous pours of olive oil. With a full belly, let your eyes graze on the gorgeous views from this historic district, a panorama that includes its namesake basilica.
Christmas is a particularly beautiful time to visit Florence, as the whole city is draped in lights and bustling with open-air markets for the holidays. On Christmas Eve, head to the Duomo for midnight mass. It is recommended that you get there early to get a seat, and for Catholics, it will be an unforgettable religious experience.
Seeking a summer getaway to Florence? On June 24, the city celebrates St. John the Baptist, the city's patron saint, with incredible fireworks over the Arno River. The day starts with a parade that leads to a game of CalcioStorico—a combination of soccer, rugby, and wrestling—all in 16th-century costume!
A variety of Florence package deals are at your fingertips. With Travelocity, you can save you up to $537 compared to booking your flight and your hotel separately, and why would you do that? It’s like ordering agliatelle al tartufo and passing up on the house wine.
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