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Florence Vacations

From the ambling riverside footpaths to the strikingly colorful sunsets and hand-painted domes, Florence is more than a city. It’s a legend. Nestled among the rolling hills and vineyard-blanketed valleys of Tuscany, Florence is a point of pilgrimage for many. Whether you seek spiritual awakening, cultural enlightenment, or culinary delight, a trip to Florence is the beginning of a beautiful journey. Keep reading to learn more about the sights, sounds, and flavors of the internationally beloved Cradle of the Renaissance.

The best journeys begin with stress-free, awe-inspired planning. Browse our top flights and hotels and book a Florence, Italy vacation package curated for your schedule and specific tastes. The rest of your trip preparations can be of the menu-browsing variety…

Where to Stay in Florence

Going on vacation is all about location, and when it comes to escaping on the Florence vacation of your dreams, you can’t take a wrong turn. Consider these guest-loved hotels for easy access to history, art, and cultural immersion.

Duomo

  • Firenze Number Nine Wellness Hotel: Pamper yourself in one of the world’s most beautiful cities. Your body is like a work of art and the hotel’s calming atmosphere and decadent spa will soothe away each ache and refresh your spirit. With a spring in your step, walk to the Basilica di Santa Maria del Fiore, home of Brunelleschi's famous dome.
  • B4 Astoria Firenze: For some of the best views of the Duomo district, climb to the rooftop terrace of this enchanting hotel. Each room boasts plush, vintage décor, and the location is truly magical. Walk to the Church of Santa Maria Maggiore to explore centuries of local history, dine at the hotel restaurant before an unforgettable evening at the Opera Teatro Auditorium al Duomo.
  • Hotel degliOrafi: Reminiscent of a palace with rich wooden interiors and homey touches, like desks and a charming dining room on the rooftop terrace, this hotel is vintage luxury at its finest. Just steps from the river and the city’s quiet local nooks and crannies, Hotel degliOrafi is the place to stay when you want to feel like a Florentine.
  • Hotel Lungarno: South of the Arno River, enjoy a quieter side of Florence while still close to popular attractions, including Palazzo Pitti, and the medieval Marsilis Tower. Savor the Romance of Florence with a morning on your private balcony looking over the water, and indulge in a delicious meal at the in-house restaurant.

Major Attractions

For the love of artistry and antiquity, make your way to the Piazza dellaSignoria, the city's political center since the 14th century. The piazza is filled with ornate statues, including a replica of Michelangelo's David (the original is in the Galleria dell'Accademia). Adjacent to the piazza, browse the Uffizi Gallery—Italy’s premier art gallery and a must-see for any romantic vacation in Florence—because there’s no such thing as too much art. Another destination, Brunelleschi's Dome, is hard to miss, but still deserves its own trip. The Duomo is the largest masonry dome in the world and is seen by many as the symbol of the Renaissance.

Work up an appetite the size of the Arno River with a walk to the top of the dome, then satisfy your cravings for fine wine and scrumptious dining in the locally loved Santa Croce neighborhood. For the foodie, Italy is a dream. Pizza and pasta are the typical tourist meals, but don't be afraid to seek out other regional fare, like Tuscan ribollita—a peasant soup that traditionally used leftover stale bread and hearty vegetables, like kale and legumes, simmered in generous pours of olive oil. With a full belly, let your eyes graze on the gorgeous views from this historic district, a panorama that includes its namesake basilica.

Festivals and Events

Christmas is a particularly beautiful time to visit Florence, as the whole city is draped in lights and bustling with open-air markets for the holidays. On Christmas Eve, head to the Duomo for midnight mass. It is recommended that you get there early to get a seat, and for Catholics, it will be an unforgettable religious experience.

Seeking a summer getaway to Florence? On June 24, the city celebrates St. John the Baptist, the city's patron saint, with incredible fireworks over the Arno River. The day starts with a parade that leads to a game of CalcioStorico—a combination of soccer, rugby, and wrestling—all in 16th-century costume!

A variety of Florence package deals are at your fingertips. With Travelocity, you can save you up to $537 compared to booking your flight and your hotel separately, and why would you do that? It’s like ordering agliatelle al tartufo and passing up on the house wine.

Top Florence Hotels Deals

$102
Hotel Laurus al Duomo

Hotel Laurus al Duomo

4.0 out of 5.0 Via Cerretani, 54r, Florence, FI
4.6/5
(12 Reviews)
This hotel features a rooftop terrace and a bar/lounge. WiFi in public areas is free. Valet parking, a business center, and a coffee shop are also offered.
$124
Palazzo Alfieri Residenza d’epoca – Alfieri Collezione

Palazzo Alfieri Residenza d’epoca – Alfieri Collezione

Lungarno Corsini 2, Florence, FI
4/5
(1 Reviews)
This residence features a rooftop terrace and a bar/lounge. Guests will appreciate free perks like buffet breakfast and WiFi in public areas. You'll appreciate the area shuttle, valet parking, and dry cleaning.
$79
TSH Florence Lavagnini

TSH Florence Lavagnini

4.0 out of 5.0 Viale Spartaco Lavagnini 70 72, Florence
This hotel features a restaurant, a 24-hour fitness center, and a poolside bar. Traveling on business? Take advantage of the 24-hour business center and free WiFi in public areas. You'll appreciate the seasonal outdoor pool, bar/lounge, and laundry facilities.

Things to do in Florence

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Top Flight Deals to Florence

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