Accommodation and travel ideas in Florence
Florence, the capital of Italy's Tuscany region, is undeniably a beautiful city. The dome of the 15th century cathedral dominates the skyline, and the river Arno is criss-crossed by a number of bridges that transform into perfect romantic spots at night. Visitors come to Florence for its art, its architecture, and its food.
What to do
As everyone knows, Florence is home to some beautiful art - most famously, Michalenagelo's David and Botticelli's Birth of Venus. Explore the many galleries and museums to see hundreds more iconic works of art.
Florence, and Tuscany in general, is a foodie's heaven! Head to Mercanto Centrale in the San Lorenzo district to haggle over some of the regions best produce. In the evenings, take your pick from one of the many outdoor terraces and enjoy a relaxed al-fresco dinner.
If you're visiting in Spring, you'll be able to experience the fantastic Notte Bianca ("White Night"). Held every 30 April in streets and squares throughout the centre, with events such as live music, performances, films and DJ sets - this is a great way to celebrate the start of summer.
Where to stay
The centre of Florence has some brilliant trendy B&Bs and hotels, perfect for younger travellers as well as families. There are also many historic hotels and guest houses. These are all perfectly located for exploring the city's many attractions.
Alternatively, stay in a more rural Bed and Breakfast if you want to escape the bustle of city life. The countryside surrounding Florence is beautiful, and many of these guest houses come with swimming pools - the ultimate way to relax on holiday!
A unique accommodation option in the city is to stay in vacant university residences. With modern rooms and self-catering facilities, these are a great way to stay in Florence on a budget. And they're not just for students - anyone can book and benefit from these amazing deals.