Florentine Breaks

Florence is one of those cities that you’re definitely going to visit some time right? Of course, you may already have been, in which case you’ll probably have been back time and again as you’ll have experienced at first hand just how wonderful a city this is. But it’s surprising just how many people haven’t got round to going. In this way, Florence is rather like its Italian siblings Rome and Venice, or perhaps Paris and Barcelona further afield; you know you “have” to go one day.

The best advice where Florence is concerned is to delay no longer; you won’t be disappointed. Holidays to Florence are always never-to-be-forgotten experiences, no matter what time of year you go. Having said that, the height of the summer and depths of the winter are generally best avoided. If you can come during spring or autumn (and better yet during school term times if you can make it) than that’s ideal.

Quite simply, Florenceis one of the most beautiful cities in the world. It’s perhapsthemost beautiful. This is a city influenced by Leonardo da Vinci, Donatello, and of course Michelangelo. It positively oozes artistic style and it’s set in some of the most stunning countryside you’reever likely to see, so if you come for a holiday, be sure to get out and explore the surrounding Tuscan hills.

There are a few must-see things in Florence including the Duomo di Firenze cathedral andthe Boboli Gardens spread over 11 acres. Beyond the gardens, you will find the famous Ponte Vecchio, the oldest bridge in the city. Meanwhile, the famous Giotto Bell Tower has 463 steps to the top, but it’s worth the climb for the breath-taking views over the city and the beautiful Tuscan countryside beyond.

Art lovers have to visit the Galleria Degli Uffizi, and there are more than 80 museums around the old city, so do your research before you come and decide what the priorities are for you – you can’t do it all here even if you stayed for months.

It goes without saying that the cuisine is superb and shoppers won’t be disappointed. So what’s stopping you?

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