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Destination guide

Romance in Florence holiday lettings

Florence is a place to be wowed. In the centre, cobbled streets weave and wind past a handsome Duomo of ivory-hued marble and vaulted towers. The colourful Ponte Vecchio arches over the snaking Arno river. Tiny piazzas are packed with coffee shops and ice-cream stands. Every turn of every corner promises something to take the breath away – Michelangelo's David here, the world-famous Uffizi Gallery there. Florence holiday rentals can be charming city flats or deluxe villas with pools and views up in the rising Tuscan hills. Take your pick.

History

Historic sites near Florence holiday homes

History buffs will love the array of heritage sites and museums in Florence. Holiday rentals are available near places like Museo Galileo, a museum with science artefacts from the 15th and 16th centuries, and the Church and Museum of Orsanmichele, located in a 14th-century granary with religious paintings and a marble shrine to the Madonna. You could also explore Belvedere, a 16th-century fortress on a hilltop with sweeping views of the coast and art exhibitions.

Things to do

Attractions near your holiday rental in Florence

Giving even Rome a run for its money on the museum front, Florence offers everything from Renaissance wonders to scientific curiosities in its exhibitions. The Uffizi should always be top of the list. Queues will snake around the block in the summer, with people eager to catch a glimpse of da Vinci's Adoration of the Magi or Botticelli's The Birth of Venus – and that's naming just 2. The nearby Museum of the History of Science offers something different with its early electrical generators and telescopes, while the Galleria dell'Accademia is home to the iconic statue of David by Michelangelo.

Activities

Things to do near Florence holiday homes

You'll instantly see why Florence is a UNESCO site. Its medieval-come-Renaissance heart is a web of lanes and arches, tight-knit piazzas and alleys of cobblestone, all converging on great squares where churches, famous sculptures and babbling fountains erupt from the marble. Get lost there. It's a real joy. Street tours and guided walks are available to help you make sense of all the heritage you'll pass along the way. And there's no shortage of authentic Italian trattorias and cafes to settle in when lunchtime swings around – a Tuscan pappa al pomodoro soup, perhaps?

Weather

Local weather for your stay in Florence holiday homes

Relaxation is easy to come by between the Mediterranean cypress trees and Tuscan hills in the summer. There are plenty of Florence holiday rentals with pools close to the city that can offer peace and quiet away from the bustling city – just be sure to visit between June and August for the hottest temperatures and most sun. If you're coming solely for a city break and a glimpse at the iconic artworks and Duomo, then any time of year is fine. Winter, from November to March, can be frosty and cold, while spring and autumn are great for dodging the crowds.

Natural features

Views of rivers and hills in Florence

It might not seem like it as you wander the cobbled streets of the centre, but Florence isn't short of parks. Hike the steep roads up to the Boboli Gardens and sweeping views of the Arno valley and the town will unfold before you. Once you've admired the panorama, you can wander through the topiary and bee-buzzing flower beds to escape for a moment. Alternatively, you could simply look for a Florence holiday rental in the nearby Tuscan hills. They rise to meet the Apennine mountains in the east, or roll down to the vineyards of Chianti, all dotted with cypress rows and rustic farms.

How to get there

How to get to and around Florence

Fly into Florence (FLR-Peretola), the closest airport, located 3.5 mi (5.6 km) from the city centre.

If you're travelling by train, Florence Santa Maria Novella Station, Stazione Porta al Prado, Florence, Italy and Florence Campo Di Marte Station are the main stations that serve the city. You might consider catching a ride on the metro at Florence-Cascine Station for ease of access to the rest of the city.

Good for couples

Couple's retreat in Florence holiday homes

Florence is an ideal location for a couple’s retreat. Holiday homes are available near romantic locations like Ponte Vecchio, a medieval stone bridge over the river with Roman origins and an array of jewellery shops, and Pitti Palace, a gallery within a renaissance palace with work from the European masters. You could also see David, the world-famous renaissance statue depicting the biblical character.

How many holiday rentals are available around Florence?

Our 2020 accommodation listings offer a large selection of 5,008 holiday lettings around Florence. From 429 villas to 3,573 flats & apartments, find unique self catering accommodation for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends for a long holiday or a weekend break.

Can I rent a city-centre property in Florence?

Sure, getting away from it all is nice. But sometimes leaping into the energetic pace of city life is heaps more fun and entertaining! HomeAway has 1,452 centrally located rental homes available. Alternatively, you may prefer to try another type of holiday setting. HomeAway has tons of options to choose from, including:

  • 820 town holiday accommodation options.
  • 772 rural holiday accommodation options.
  • 358 village holiday accommodation options.

Can I rent an apartment in Florence?

Forget about impersonal hotel rooms. Take in this destination from the comfort and convenience of your very own apartment. You'll be able to choose from 4,769 different options via HomeAway. How does £17 a night sound? That's what you could be paying if you don't leave it too long! If that doesn't fit with your family's style, we've got a range of different self-catering accommodation options to select from, such as:

  • House: 704 self-catering accommodation options. Prices start from £22 per night.
  • Villa: 484 self-catering accommodation options. Prices start from £34 per night.
  • Hotel: 365 self-catering accommodation options. Prices start from £20 per night.

Can I stay in Florence in a large group?

Whether you're embarking on a getaway with the extended family or spending a week away with all your old school friends, it's a whole lot of fun staying under the one roof! The best news is that HomeAway has options that'll suit. 887 apartment holiday rentals are available. At the moment, they're the preferred choice here for big groups. Rental properties around this area that are just right for bigger groups include:

  • If yours is a group of 6, we offer 2,294 properties to rent perfectly suited for that size. Book a night from just £30.
  • If you've got 5 in your family, you'll be thrilled to find out that there are 1,348 rental accommodation suitable. The starting price is £34 a night.
  • Travelling with a group of 8? We've got 592 properties for rent that fit the bill. Prices start from £60 per night.

So don't fear! When you book with us you can take your dad, your sister and all your besties to Florence.

Where are the cheapest holiday rentals in Florence?

Say au revoir to boring cookie-cutter hotel chains! Savour the charm of staying like a local in a great value holiday rental instead. Have a look at the wonderful options that can be booked now on HomeAway. San Donato a Livizzano is a magnet for bargain hunters. And with 3 HomeAway holiday rentals at an average price of £67 a night, it isn't hard to see why. Santomato is another place to consider. We have holiday rentals here, and the average price is around £113 a night.

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