Destination Guide - Florence.

 

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London City to Florence

Overview

Florence is the archetypal Italian city: stunning, vibrant and a piece of living history. The image of the historical centre has barely changed for the last few hundred years, and at every turn you will be confronted with glorious architecture reminiscent of Florence’s golden era: the Renaissance. Once home to history’s most famous artists including Michelangelo and Botticelli, the city now houses some of the world’s premier art collections, some of which are must-sees. But relaxing time can be just as cultural: beautiful cafes and restaurants line Florence’s lovely piazzas, many of which date back hundreds of years, something to reflect upon as you sip your espresso.

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Our top five activities

Shopping in the leather markets

Leather has been one of Florence’s most famous products since the Middle Ages, and while not cheap, browsing the leather markets can yield good deals and great quality.
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Wine-tasting

To get a feel for Italian wines from the surrounding Tuscan region, join a wine-tasting tour to nearby vineyards. Try Italy and Wine for a choice of groups and private tours.
Corsi dei Tintori 13, 33 1874 9912
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Outdoor swimming

Florence is well known for its many excellent outdoor pools, and taking a dip, especially in summer, is very refreshing. Try the Piscina Paolo Costoli.
Viale Pasquale Paoli, 055 623 6027
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Cooking lessons

Italy is world-famous for its excellent cuisine, and Florence is no exception. If you fancy finding out how it’s done, book yourself the Giglio Cooking Day Course.
Via del Ghirlandaio 6, 055 614 5914
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Day trips

If you’re looking for something extra, Florence is in easy reach of many other beautiful locations in Italy, such as Pisa, Siena, Fiesole and Cinque Terra, accessible by train, bus or tour.
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Shopping

Shopping in Florence ranges from top Italian designer stores on the Via dei Tornabuoni to individual crafts shops such as those within the leather markets in San Lorenzo. You’ll also find flea markets within the city such as the daily one in Piazza dei Ciompi or the Tuesday morning affair in Cascine Park, and major outlets on the outskirts around Florence such as Lo Spaccio or The Mall, both of which are popular day trips for Florentines. For something a bit more unique, Florentine mosaic work is excellent, and you’ll find it for sale in Piazza Santa Croce. For jewellery, window-shop on the Ponte Vecchio but head for the surrounding streets for actual purchasing.

Food & Drink

Tuscan food is hearty, filling, lashed with olive oil and always accompanied by bread, which is unsalted and never eaten with butter. Florence is filled with cafés, bars, ristorantes and trattorias, from which you can get everything from a snack to a full-blown five-course meal. Among the more delicious local specialities are prosciutto con fiche (prosciutto with figs) for antipasti or for a main the famous bistecca alla fiorentina (char-grilled T-bone steak, crispy outside and rare inside, and drizzled with olive oil). Don’t forget to wash it down with Chianti. For a luxury dining experience, splash out at Enoteca Pinchiori (Via Ghibellina 87, 055 242 777).

Nightlife

Don’t miss aperitivo, the Italian happy hour in which you buy an above-the-odds drink and then get to help yourself to a buffet. Post dinner, sitting outside in a piazza bar is lovely; try Volume (Piazza Santo Spirito 5, 055 2381 460) or Ambrosia (Piazza Ambrosia). For something a little quieter but still beautiful, you’ll find many cafés and bars to grab a drink at in the hills surrounding the city such as at Piazzale Michelangelo. For live music, Florence’s jazz scene explodes between June and September with free shows at the Piazza della SS Anuncia, and summer alfresco concerts are put on in the Boboli Gardens. Opera season, from December to April, is held at the Teatro Comunale (Corso Italia 16, 055 27791).

Our favourites

 
La Vedetta restaurant Florence

Villa La Vedetta - Viale Michelangiolo, 78  50125 Florence, Italy
Tel: +39(0)55 681631, Website: www.villalavedettahotel.com/

This Neo renaissance romantic villa, is today a refined 5 star luxury with only 18 deluxe rooms and suites. This unique structure, with its exclusive panoramic position directly at Piazzale Michelangelo and just a few steps from Ponte Vecchi. With a breathtaking view of the city you can indulge in its lush garden or beautiful panoramic swimming pool and Jacuzzi.
 

 
Hotel Savoy Dublin

Hotel Savoy – Piazza della Repubblica 7, 50123 Florence
Tel: +39 055 27 35 1, Email: reservations.savoy@roccofortehotels.com, Website: www.hotelsavoy.it

The five-star Hotel Savoy offers luxury and style in the heart of Florence with elegant rooms styled by Olga Polizzi, the fashionable L'Incontro Restaurant and a well-equipped fitness centre. Located on the Piazza Repubblica, close to the Duomo, it’s the ideal base from which to visit the key attractions of this beautiful and historic city.

 
Hotel Villa Mangiacane
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Hotel Villa Mangiacane - Via Faltignano 4, San Casciano VP, 50026 Florence
Tel: +39 055 829 0123, Email: reservation@mangiacane.com Website: www.mangiacane.com

A five star beautifully restored 15th Century Villa Hotel built by the Machiavelli family which is located just 12 kms outside Florence in the heart of Chianti.  With 28 luxurious suites and bedrooms, two swimming pools, a Spa and elegant dining it is a magnificent home from home.  Our private estate produces award winning wines and olive oil which you can taste during your stay whilst enjoying total relaxation and our warm hospitality.  

Florence Airport Information

Florence airport (FLR)
Aeroporto "Amergio Vespucci"- Firenze

Website
www.aeroporto.firenze.it

Tourism Office Website
www.firenzeturismo.it

General information
+39 55 373498 / 30615

Getting to Florence
Choose from our schedule of up to 7 times-per-week service, this stunning City and breathtaking region are closer than ever. Flights start from just from £83 one-way including taxes.

Check-in
Please check-in 40 minutes before your scheduled departure time.

Timetable
For the complete schedule of services between Florence and London City Airport LCY click here

Distance
Florence Airport is located just four kilometres from the City centre.

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