The riverside homeland of the Italian Renaissance
Florence holidays bring you some of the world’s most famous art and architecture, combined with beautiful natural surroundings and some of Italy’s favourite wines. The heart of the Renaissance scene, Florence is alive with romance, with stunning buildings and spectacular views to be found around almost every corner. Couples will love the opportunity to immerse themselves in the history, culture, and atmosphere of the city, while families will find lots to explore in the surrounding countryside.
Florence is one of the most popular Italian Cities, but with so much to explore there’s always something new to be discovered. Wander through the streets and soak in the warmth of the golden stones, stopping off to watch the glamorous artists and visitors pass by as you enjoy a coffee or glass of wine. Visit some of the world’s most famous sights and art galleries, see the 13th Century Palazzo Vecchio or take a romantic boat ride down the River Arno.
Holidays in Florence allow you to spend your time soaking up the romance and culture of this unique city. Take in views of grand Cathedrals and magnificent palaces before indulging in delicious menus using fresh seasonal ingredients and created by celebrated local and international chefs. Spend the day exploring the rolling Tuscan landscapes, taking in the fertile hills and valleys, and the historic farmhouses, or book a wine tasting tour and try some of Italy’s best bottles.
Let Sovereign help you find the perfect hotel for your luxury holidays in Florence. We’ve hand picked each of the hotels we offer, to ensure you get the most from your time away. Stay at the Belmond Villa San Michele for spectacular views, historic architecture, fine dining and luscious, tranquil gardens just waiting to be discovered. You’ll be close enough to the city to be able to explore its lively atmosphere and many attractions, while enjoying a serene atmosphere in the hills.
Flight time from the UK to Florence is around 2 hours 15 minutes.
Transfer time from Florence airport is around 20 minutes. From Pisa airport to Florence is approximately 1 hour 15 minutes.
Florence is a great place to visit all year round. The summer and spring months can definitely be the busiest, but the city’s piazzas and al-fresco dining venues are lovely in the warmer weather. In autumn, the weather cools down and the crowds reduce. Then the winter brings crisp, cool temperatures (and occasionally even snow) – perfect for wrapping up and enjoying a glass of red (or two). If you time it right, you can also catch the Christmas markets throughout December.
British citizens do not currently require a visa to visit Italy.
When you dine out in Italy, you will generally be charged a coperto (cover charge), which is for the bread, tablecloth, cutlery, etc. Tipping in Italy is not customary, but is always appreciated.
The official language of Italy is Italian. English is widely spoken too, so getting by is easy.