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Florence Holidays: An Overview

The 'Cradle of the Renaissance' - not a bad strapline for a city, and one that Florence richly deserves. The Tuscan capital has long drawn British visitors to its culture filled streets. With its magnificent Duomo, Uffizi gallery and the Ponte Vecchio, Florence is quite simply one of the world's finest open air museums. There is also plenty of contemporary sights to enjoy on a holiday to this magnificent city, including some excellent restaurants and some of Italy's coolest new hotels.

It all adds up to a perfect Big Short Break destination, or as part of a longer itinerary taking in the other highlights of Tuscany. We know the city and the region intimately, so can recommend the best way to explore, and the finest places to eat and drink that are - mercifully - tourist-free.

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Visit The Uffizi

Galleria degli Uffizi is one of the oldest and finest museums in the world, housing a vast collection of art ranging from the Middle Ages to the Modern Period. Embark on a guided tour of the galleries with an art historian for a short course in Renaissance art or join a tactile tour for a hands-on experience into the art of sculpture. No matter the choice, remember to book in advance.

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Secret Gardens Of Florence

Escape the hot and sunny days of the city and wonder around the famous Boboli Gardens. Admire this outdoor museum and walk around its grand avenues flanked by imposing statues to enjoy panoramic views of Florence. For an off the beaten path experience, stroll the romantic Torrigiani Gardens. Abundant with exotic sculptures and ancient cedars, vegetables gardens and restored greenhouses, the estate is perfect for a lazy wander.

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Pitti Palace

Discover one of Florence's largest and important architectural monuments, the Palazzo Pitti. Guided by an art historian, take the 3-hour tour and learn about the rich story and the opulent lifestyle of the Medici family, one of the most powerful families in Europe. Admire the Palatine Gallery with its ample Renaissance and Baroque art collection or peek in the Costume Gallery for an encounter with the elegant history of Italian fashion.

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Visit San Miniato al Monte

Visit San Miniato al Monte, a basilica built between the 11th and 13th centuries, which sits at one of the highest points in Florence, meaning from the entrance you can enjoy a fantastic view of the city's skyline and see sights such as the Duomo and the Palazzo Vecchio. Admire the green and white marble façade, the marble pavement and beautiful frescoes which decorate the inside of the church.

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A Note on Price

All of our holidays are completely tailor-made and prices will vary based on things like when in the year you will be travelling, how far in advance you book, the class of flights included and the level of accommodation you choose. The guide prices shown across this website are designed to provide you with a broad indication of how much to budget for your trip.

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