Florence, the capital of Tuscany, has history, culture, fantastic food and is a must for any luxury travel seeker.
Below is a complete guide to the best hotels in Florence, best restaurants in Florence and the best things to do in Florence.
Best hotels Florence
The Hotel Villa Cora is the aristocratic former home of Baron Oppenheim, and it exudes all the history and luxury you would expect from such a residence. High, vaulted ceilings and grand windows with views onto the parkland below, mean you won’t want to leave. The hotel has a great pool and restaurant to boot.
The opulent, Renaissance decor in the Four Seasons Hotel Florence will leave you romanticising about Michelangelo and this beautiful city long after you have departed. The two floor spa and Michelin star restaurant more than make up for the less than ideal location (about a 15 minute walk from the Duomo).
Rooms start at £350 per night.
Best restaurants Florence
Florence is a foodie’s heaven. Make sure you go to the Osteria Cafe Italiano. The best pappardelle with ragu I’ve ever had – succulent, tender wild boar in a delicious Valpolicella wine sauce – I was in heaven.
For the best pizza in town go to Gusta Pizza where you can either eat in or take away.
Things to do Florence
There are too many sights to mention but don’t miss the Duomo, Ponte Vecchio and the statue of David. Michelangelo got very very busy in Florence
Then eat, drink and get out into the beautiful Tuscan countryside.
There are some lovely walks and bike rides to be had.
What to wear
This is Italy, so designer shorts with Polo top and loafers by day and tailored chinos by night. For the girls, it’s all about those light, airy frocks and wedges. Don’t forget your Bulgari sunglasses…!
How to get there
We flew direct into Pisa with Easyjet (cost ~£200) and caught the train to Florence (journey time around 1 hour), but those seeking a more luxury lifestyle can hire a taxi at the airport (though we found the train both easy and comfortable).
A number of airlines fly direct to Florence from London.
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