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Florence



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The Art Palace of Italy. Packed with Renaissance art and architecture, Florence is an aesthete's paradise.
Florence is the capital of Tuscany, home to the region’s greatest Renaissance art and architecture. This is where the Renaissance began. You'll see proof in the city's cathedrals and galleries. This creative era was financed by the city's famed Medici family. You will see traces of their influence throughout the city. You’ll want to visit the Duomo Cathedral and the Galleria dell’Accademia, where you can admire Michelangelo’s “David.” Botticelli and Da Vinci's works are in Florence too, at some of the city’s other great galleries.
But there’s more to do in Florence than admire art. It’s a beautiful and romantic place. Even a stroll through the streets and piazzas will charm you. Add world-class restaurants, delectable local wine, and that warm Tuscan welcome, and you'll add up to a travel destination like no other. Visiting Florence also perfectly situates you for exploring Tuscany. Easy day trips will take you through picturesque landscapes of hills and vineyards in the heart of Italy.

What we love about Florence

Lidija

Trip Planner

Florence is my favourite city in Italy (and I did visit most of them). It is small enough to be able to get around on foot and big enough to have every imaginable type of restaurant, bar and shop. Above all: art, art, art like nowhere else! On the streets, facades, churches, piazzas, museums, from architecture to music, from old to modern, this is a city you'll want to take your time in, and it will leave you with a permanent impression from the first minute.

Bettina

Central Europe Team Leader

The cultural value and heritage of Florence is immeasurable. Classic Italian city what has everything to offer. The list of the museums and galleries and important fashion boutiques are endliess. You can't spend enough time there to explore everything and most probably you will arrive to the point when you will say: "I am not able to visit one more museum". Apart from the very touristy places, Florence has a more hidden and more interesting side. The other side of the Arno river, Oltrarno, San Nicolo or the area around the Piazza Santo Spirito. There are so many amazing hidden places, with kind locals, shoemaker's boutiques, outstanding restaurants and cafes. For me the best part of Florence is sitting somewhere in this area in a piazza, having an ice cream and a coffee, speaking with locals and enjoying the local side of the city.

Where to stay in Florence

We have hand-picked the very best hotels in the center of Florence in all price categories from three to five stars. Selected for their location, history, and friendly staff, here you'll find some truly unique properties and spectacular features. A suite in a 500 year old palazzo or a room with a view of the Duomo are just a couple of the options we can offer. Could there be anything better on a hot summer day than looking out over the roofs of Florence from your hotel's own terrace? How about if there was a pool up there? Once we start preparing your customized itinerary we will present our recommended options for you to select from.
Spa Boutique Hotel
An upscale boutique hotel close to the action in the historical center of Florence.
Modern Boutique Hotel
A very refreshing atmosphere after a busy day admiring monuments, this hotel is very quiet although within walking distance of the center.
Small Central Hotel
A centrally located hotel with fantastic views to the Duomo from the lobby and many of the rooms.

Things to do in Florence

Florence's main sights can be easily admired on your own. Ponte Vecchio, the Duomo, the beautiful squares, the galleries and museums but if you want to truly appreciate them we suggest taking a tour with an expert local guide. We can arrange group or private tours according to your budget and preferences. Florence isn't just about these major sights though. One of our favorite things to do in Florence is a market tour and cooking class or for the less culinary minded, a food tour offers a fantastic way to get under the skin of the city. Florence is also a great base for exploring the surroundings, it is in Tuscany after all. Group and private day trips to towns like Pisa, Siena, San Gimignano, or perhaps some Tuscan wineries are all great options. If you don't mind the extended travel time you can even take a day trip to Cinque Terre on the Italian Riviera. When we send you your customized itinerary you will be able to choose additional excursions to include in your vacation package or consider adding later.
Pisa and Lucca Full-Day Private Tour from Florence
Cinque Terre Small Group Tour
The Tuscan Gems - Siena, San Gimignano and the Tuscan Countryside Small Group Tour
Dinner in Chianti Vineyards Group Tour
Florence in a Day Private Tour

Glowing Reviews from Our Guests

  4.9 / 5
Average of our Guest's Ratings of our Florence vacation packages, based on 17 reviews
Review by Barbara & Howard

Barbara & Howard

Michigan

We had a wonderful experience with JayWay Travel. From the beginning of formulating our trip ideas, to our arrival home, their assistance was excellent. Our individual needs, wishes, hopes were woven into great recommendations for places to stay, ways to travel, etc. We especially enjoyed our tour guides and driver, as they were so knowledgeable, personable, and attentive and flexible. We will certainly use JayWay again!

We had a wonderful experience with JayWay Travel. From the beginning of formulating our trip ideas, to our arrival home, their assistance was excellent. Our individual needs, wishes, hopes were woven into great recommendations for places to stay, ways to travel, etc. We especially enjoyed our tour guides and driver, as they were so knowledgeable, personable, and attentive and flexible. We will certainly use JayWay again!

Year : 2019
Visited : Slovenia, Italy
Itinerary : Ljubljana, Venice, Florence
Rating :
5 / 5
Year : 2019
Visited : Slovenia, Italy
Itinerary : Ljubljana, Venice, Florence
Rating :
5 / 5
Review by Alexander & Irina

Alexander & Irina

New York

JayWay Travel delivers the best personalized high quality hassle free travel experience.

JayWay Travel delivers the best personalized high quality hassle free travel experience.

Year : 2019
Visited : Italy
Itinerary : Florence, Rome, Positano
Rating :
5 / 5
Year : 2019
Visited : Italy
Itinerary : Florence, Rome, Positano
Rating :
5 / 5
Review by Mike & Kirsten

Mike & Kirsten

Nebraska

JayWay Travel is a company that will take most of the hassles of planning an international trip. From budgeting, preplanning ideas and execution. JayWay Travel help build the trip that you want instead of following someone else's itinerary.

JayWay Travel is a company that will take most of the hassles of planning an international trip. From budgeting, preplanning ideas and execution. JayWay Travel help build the trip that you want instead of following someone else's itinerary.

Year : 2019
Visited : Italy
Itinerary : Rome, Castellina in Chianti, Florence, Venice
Rating :
5 / 5
Year : 2019
Visited : Italy
Itinerary : Rome, Castellina in Chianti, Florence, Venice
Rating :
5 / 5

Frequently Asked Questions about travel to Florence

What are Florence's prices like?
A quick lunch with a drink in the center, is around 25-30 euros. Museums and landmarks generally cost 10-20 euros. For a full dinner, budget at least 40 euros. 
How can I get around Florence?
Florence's main sights are in the city center, which is best explored on foot. A ticket for the city's public transportation (buses and trams) costs 2.50 EUR and is valid for 90 minutes. Taxis cost around 20 EUR for two kilometers.
What options does Florence have for those with dietary restrictions?
Many pizza places offer gluten-free pizzas (Ciro and Sons - Restaurant Pizzeria Firenze is one of them); you can also find many vegetarian options in most restaurants, or go to a restaurant specialized in vegetarian and vegan options, such as 5ecinque.
How long should I stay in Florence?
We recommend spending at least two nights in Florence, to enjoy its immense cultural richness, plus perhaps a third night to allow for a day trip into Tuscany.
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