As one of the most romantic cities in the world, Florence is deeply intertwined with Renaissance art, culture and history. Here, the people, the buildings and the architecture create a unique tapestry that blends past and present. In this guide, we’ll take you on a tour of everything that Florence holidays have to offer!

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Cultural Holidays in Florence: Renaissance Art at Every Turn

During your holiday in Florence, you couldn’t escape the historic influence of Renaissance art, even if you tried. And you definitely shouldn’t try, because you’ll miss out on what makes this place so special. For example, in the Uffizi Gallery, you can take a close look at the famous “Venus by Botticelli“. Not impressive enough for you? On to some of the other masterpieces of art history by Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo and Giotto di Bondone.

Just a short stroll away lies the Palazzo Medici Riccardi. This 15th-century palace has historically been at the heart of Florentine politics and intrigue. On your visit, you should stop by the palace’s inner courtyard as well as admire the ceiling paintings in the Galleria Riccardiana.

Discovering Florence on Holidays: 4 Must-See Sights For Every Visitor

Nestled comfortably in the hills of the famous Chianti region, numerous sights are waiting to be discovered by the keen-eyed traveller in Florence:

The Ponte Vecchio

The Ponte Vecchio​

The Ponte Vecchio stands as one of the proudest monuments to Florentine history. But it’s not just famous for being the oldest bridge in all of Florence. It’s also lined with small jewellery shops perfect for browsing authentic Tuscan souvenirs, making it a haven for international bounty hunters.

The Palazzo Vecchio

The Palazzo Vecchio​

Not far from the Ponte Vecchio, you’ll find its namesake, the Palazzo Vecchio. Now serving as Florence’s town hall, this structure is most famous for its 94-metre-high tower. If you’re up to braving the climb, a wonderful view over the city will be waiting for you. Speaking of famous: did you know that Tom Hanks frequented this location in his role as the Iconography professor Robert Langdon in the movie “Inferno“?

The Piazzale Michelangelo

The Piazzale Michelangelo​

Another Florentine highlight is the elevated Piazzale Michelangelo. This little square on the south side of the Arno is a lovely attraction in itself due to its breathtaking view of the city. However, it’s worth noting that the famous bronze statue of Michelangelo’s David that adorns this location is actually a replica of the original. The original sculpture of David can be found in the Galleria dell’Accademia. A third copy of David is situated in the Piazza della Signoria, standing proudly in front of the Palazzo Vecchio. This makes the Piazzale Michelangelo a must-visit location on your holidays to Florence, offering not only stunning city views but also a piece of its rich artistic heritage.

Santa Croce

Remember Florence’s famous residents, the artists and thinkers who shaped the Renaissance? Well, you can actually visit them at Santa Croce, one of Italy’s key Franciscan churches. This isn’t just any church; it’s the final resting place of Galileo, Michelangelo, and Machiavelli. As you explore, consider the impact these figures have had on art, science, and politics. Santa Croce offers more than just tombs; it’s a living gallery of history and art, echoing with the legacy of those who’ve left an indelible mark on our world. A visit here is a journey through history, offering a unique chance to connect with the great minds of the past. So, don’t miss Santa Croce on your Florence itinerary – it’s a truly enlightening experience.

Considering holidays to Florence during the spring?

This season brings the city to life, not just with its pleasant weather but also through the blooming beauty of its gardens, making it an ideal time for nature and art enthusiasts alike. Among the must-visit spots are the Rose Garden, boasting an array of vibrant colours and fragrances; the Iris Garden, which hosts its annual competition showcasing these elegant flowers in a riot of colours; and the Garden of Camellias, offering a serene escape with its delicate blooms.

Adding to Florence’s spring, the 87th edition of the International Handicrafts Trade Fair will take place from 25th April to 1st May 2024 at the Fortezza da Basso. This renowned event celebrates the rich tradition of craftsmanship, featuring a wide range of handmade goods from both local and international artisans. Visitors can explore unique creations, from jewellery and ceramics to textiles and beyond, making it a perfect opportunity to witness the artistry that Florence is famed for.

Whether you’re drawn to the natural beauty of its gardens or the creative wonders of its craft fair, Florence in spring offers an enchanting experience that combines the best of nature and human ingenuity.

A Time for the Whole Family: Child-Friendly Holidays in Florence

While Florence is certainly a particular favourite among slightly older crowds, the city has many attractions to offer to its smallest visitors. If you plan on taking your family on a holiday to Florence, we have some tips to make it an exciting getaway for parents and kids alike. Here are four of the most family-friendly spots in Florence:

  • the Antica Giostra Toscana, a historic children’s carousel at Piazza della Repubblica
  • the Leonardo da Vinci Interactive Museum, where families can try out the devices he designed 600 years ago
  • Tuscany’s largest high ropes course located on the rolling hills north-east of Florence
  • Villa Demidoff Park, a sprawling park with artificial grottos, ponds and giant statues just around the corner from the high ropes course

For more things to do in family, visit our article about Florence with Kids

Discovering the Surroundings of Florence

When visiting Florence, we highly recommend sparing at least a day or two to explore the region around the city. For example, during a one-day outing, you can visit the mediaeval castle of Monteriggioni, take a stroll through the historic city of Siena and enjoy the majestic views from San Gimignano.

And just 100 kilometres south, you’ll have the perfect opportunity for some relaxation. In the small town of Saturnia, you can bathe your pavement-weary feet in 37-degree sulphur water that flows from the Gorello waterfalls. The Cascate del Mulino waterfall is famous for its turquoise-blue waters that flow directly into a hot thermal pool. And the best part? Bathing is free!

Day-Trips and Holidays in Tuscany

Still haven’t seen enough? In that case, you should visit the Leaning Tower of Pisa. After all, your Tuscan holiday wouldn’t be complete without a picture of you holding up the tower by the sheer force of your will (and good camera angles).

To round off your visit, why not stop by the lovely beaches on the outskirts of Livorno? They’re the perfect destination to enjoy the sand tickling between your toes while remembering your amazing experiences on this trip.

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