The jewel in Tuscany’s crown, Florence beckons with photogenic piazzas, opulent palaces and incredible collections of masterpieces. From exquisitely carved fountains to high-end designer shops, there’s nothing low-key about this Renaissance city. A stroll through its World Heritage sites uncovers pretty pastel buildings, a Gothic basilica and postcard-perfect views of the Ponte Vecchio. Beyond the city walls, the region’s serpentine hills make a tranquil setting for pampering boutique hotels.  

When to go

The intense summer heat can be draining, so visit in spring or autumn for pleasant weather and more room to dawdle by the sights.

Food & Drink

Considered some of the best in the world, gelato is Florence’s not-so-guilty pleasure. The city’s gelaterias serve made-that-morning ice cream in ever-inventive flavours: try fun-loving Festival del Gelato for a dizzying tastebud-teasing selection. Sample authentic regional dishes at intimate Ora D’Aria – its fresh pasta and succulent steak are worth the detour.

Not to miss

Climbing the 414 steps of Giotto’s gothic bell tower won’t go unrewarded: catch your breath at the top to take in the city’s sea of terracotta rooftops.

Nightlife

Florence makes the most of balmy evenings with lively wine bars, convivial terraces and on-trend clubs. Most of the fun happens in the city centre, where the magnificently lit Duomo makes a striking backdrop for leisurely conversations over a glass or two. Oenophiles will love Cantinetta Antinori’s delightful vintages, produced in Tuscany by the Antinori family for generations.

Where to stay in Florence

The bustling centre is rife with historical buildings, buzzing bars and intriguing boutiques. Stay south of the River Arno for easy access to Palazzo Pitti and boho shops. Alternatively head just outside the city: rural Borgo San Lorenzo is ideal for carefree countryside retreats.

How to get there

Florence’s Peretola Airport serves domestic and European destinations. By train, Florence’s Santa Maria Novella station has links to most of Italy’s big cities.

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