The city of Florence is the capital of the Tuscany region in Italy, and is often accredited with being the birthplace of Italian Renaissance. Although the un-rivalled artistic and cultural influence of the city is hugely well documented, little is mentioned regarding the fantastically pleasant atmosphere which surrounds the city.
Famous across the globe for its art and architecture, Florence’s historic city centre was declared a World Heritage Centre by UNESCO. The domed Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore or Florence Duomo, together with the Campanile, is one of the most recognized features of Florence, but there are an infinite number of extraordinary and beautiful structures to marvel at from holiday accommodation in Florence. The Fountain of Neptune and the Ponte Vecchio are also un-missable attractions from a Florence apartment rental. The vast majority of sights are in the Centro Storico, which has more artistic treasures per square metre than any other destination.
UNESCO estimate that over 30% of the world’s most important artistic treasures are in Florence city centre alone, and there are a number of excellent tours of Florence which allow you not only to avoid many of the queues, but get to see far more of these masterpieces than you usually could.
Florence has attracted a large number of excellent international restaurants, but for the authentic Florence dining experience, you must find a classic trattoria, which still hide amongst the shops and boutiques of Florence. Any self catering apartment in Florence must be stocked with Vivoli ice cream, of every flavour you can imagine too!
San Marco has developed into the student quarter of Florence, buzzing with youthful exuberance, but attracts a huge number of tourists daily due to one thing; Michelangelo’s David, which stands proudly on the Piazza Annunziata.
A holiday villa or rental apartment in Florence can be your gateway to the whole of Tuscany. The area boasts some of the most beautiful scenery in Europe, and wine connoisseurs cannot miss a day trip to Chianti, just south of Florence. Siena is also within an hour of the rental accommodation in Florence, but with so much to see and do in Siena, a day trip will only leave you wishing you had taken at least a weekend!
Summers in Florence are hot, with temperatures reaching into the 30’s (?C) from June until September. Winters are also relatively mild, with temperatures hovering around the 8?C mark during much of December and January. Admittedly, the summer crowds swarming to get a view of the Renaissance masterpieces of Florence can be overwhelming, so the peace and privacy of a private lodging is invaluable. Alternatively, visiting Florence in the autumn or winter means queues are vastly reduced.
Reaching any of the self catering villas in Florence is easy due to the proximity of the Amerigo Vespucci Airport, 5km west of the city centre.
Read more about things to do in Florence from travel experts Donald, Alexandra and Kaeli