Florence, Italy, is the capital city of the region of Tuscany. Florence was once city the capital of the Kingdom of Italy. A centre of medieval European trade and finance, the city is often considered the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance and was long ruled by the Medici family. Florence is also famous for its magnificent art and architecture - Florence has had a rich concentration of significant European artists residing within it. The historic Centre of Florence was declared a World Heritage Site by the UNESCO in 1982. Holidays in Florence are therefore an incomparable experience full of history and culture.
There are a limited number of cheap Florence hotels, and these are usually not the luxury hotels. It is therefore recommended to seek Florence accommodation in Florence villas or apartments in Florence. These provide everything a luxury hotel in Florence Italy has and the experience of genuine French living.
Val d’Elsa – the Colle Val d' Elsa lies in the heart of Tuscany. This area is rich in history, namely political battles. Colle Val d'Elsa’s claim to fame is that today it produces 15 percent of the world's crystal. It has been known as the “Crystal city”
Chianti - Whether you choose to rent a villa in Chianti or a farmhouse in Chianti or in another enchanting corner of Tuscany, you will be just a short distance from some of the best vineyards, breathtaking vistas and charming villages in all of Italy. Drive leisurely along the roads that winds through the rolling hills of the Chianti region, and follow in the footsteps of Machiavelli, Michelangelo and the Etruscans and Romans that came before them. Steeped in colourful history and even more colourful cuisine, the beauty of the Chianti region is appealing throughout the year.
Florence restaurants are renowned all over the world, but there is also abundant in Florence shopping and Florence entertainment. From the domed cathedral of the city, Santa Maria del Fiore, known as "The Duomo", to Bartolomeo Ammanati's Fountain of Neptune, which is a masterpiece of marble sculpture at the terminus of a still functioning Roman aqueduct, and rivers – a Florence tour has lots of culture, beauty, history and architecture to offer.
Florence has a warm temperate continental climate. It has hot, dry summers and cool, damp winters. Summer temperatures are higher than those along coastlines due to the lack of a prevailing wind. There is a small amount of rain which falls in the summer, and relief rainfall dominates in the winter.
Cheap flights to Florence are easily available. They can sometimes be found on cheapflights.co.uk. Within, bussing in Florence is relatively easy. The centre of the city of Florence is closed to through-traffic, although buses, taxis and residents with appropriate permits are allowed in. Within the city walls most places can easily be reached by foot.