Florence City Trips
Florence is the birth place of the Renaissance and features many iconic sights, however, these sights are on everyone’s to do list. At Italian Short Breaks, we recognise the value of making the most of your Florence short break time and not spending it queuing for access.
We have developed our Florence short breaks to have two main advantages; all of our tours are private to you meaning no queuing, or alternatively if you wish to visit at your own pace, we include a Priority Line Pass Card which provides free access to either the Uffizi or Accademia Galleries. For those staying longer a 3 day Florence Pass Card can be provided, which gives free access to the other main sites, but with fast lane access.
The advantage of the Florence Pass Card is that it provides you with a full list and map of everything that is worth a visit, meaning you can focus your time on visiting the most important places to you. This means you can enjoy your Florence short break exactly to your requirements.
On your list after the Duomo, Santa Croce, Uffizi Gallery and Pitti Palace, should be the Medici Chapels and the perfumery, before you head up to the Accademia Gallery for a sighting of David!
Renaissance Florence has inspired such artists and sculptors as Brunelleschi, Donatello, Botticelli, Leonardo da Vinci and Michelangelo, who have all lived in this beautiful city. Other well-known people include Dominican monk Girolamo Savonarola, the diplomat Niccolo Machiavelli and Dante who was famously banished from Florence. Once ruled by the powerful Medici family, Florence is also known for being home to the Florentine bankers. If time permits on your Florence short break, you can visit the Medici Chapels. You will see many signs of all these historical figures as you enjoy your Florence short break.The Media
Recently Florence has been made more recognisable by such romantic films as “A Room with a View” and “Tea with Mussolini.” Activities for a Florence Short Break
Florence is rich in history and has quite a few sights of wonder. Any Florence short break has to include The Santa Maria del Fiore Duomo with Brunelleschi’s dome being central to the city, dating back to 1296. It also houses Giotto’s bell tower, Baptistery of St John and Santa Reparata’s crypt.
There are many wonderful sights to see in Florence. Short breaks should include a visit to as many of them as your schedule permits.
An absolute must do on your Florence short break list is Santa Croce Church. This houses the graves of most of Florence’s best loved artists, and in this way has been nicknamed The Temple of the Italian Glories. The Basilica is the largest Franciscan church in the world, and rumour has it, was founded by St Francis himself! Visitors can watch many fine leather purses and wallets being made in the church, which are then sold in the gift shop.
Enjoy your Florence short break using your beat the queues Pass Card to wander through the Uffizi Gallery, which holds probably the most well-known painting in the world – “The Birth of Venus”. Other priceless pieces include “The Adoration of the Magi”, “Madonna and Child” and “Baptism of Christ.”
The Pitti Palace was built in 1458 and was bought in 1549 by the Medici Family. After being the chief residence of the Grand Duchy of Tuscany’s ruling families, where it amassed many collectors’ paintings, it opened its doors to the public in 1919, after a brief prior spell as the royal palace for Napoleon.
For those wanting to experience the full Florence short break, you must visit both the Uffizi Gallery and Pitti Palace the way the Florentine government viewed them; the Vasari Corridor connects the two by a secret passageway. Whilst most people visiting Florence will see both these galleries, few will see them using the Vasari Corridor. Italian Short Breaks are pleased to announce we are able to book places on this specialised tour for all our Florence short breaks.Accommodation for your Florence Short Break
With so many wonderful sights within walking distance, it is imperative to be in the centre of the city for your Florence short break, and no hotel fits this brief quite as well as 4 star Hotel Brunelleschi. Located close to the Duomo, the higher tier rooms even have uninterrupted views looking across at Brunelleschi’s iconic ceiling. This hotel originates from the original historical structures of the ancient town, and the medieval church of San Michele in Palchetto. It has an impressive well rated restaurant with first class service. For the history lovers, there is even a private museum which houses some relics found during the reconstruction project. We love this hotel and so do our clients who always rate this as the perfect place in which to enjoy their Florence short break.
For those wanting to experience a 5 star hotel on their Florence short break, we offer the superb 18th century Relais Santa Croce, which is decorated with sumptuous furnishings and frescoed ceilings. There is also a three star Michelin restaurant, where some of the best Florentine dishes are served. The Relais is located close to Santa Croce Church.Holiday Extensions
A Florence Short Break is ideal for those wanting a 3-4 day trip away, celebrating a special anniversary or birthday. With flights into Pisa, a half day exploring the Learning Tower of Pisa is a must before travelling on for your Florence short break. For those wanting to extend their holiday and enjoy more wonderful experiences, Florence is well located for other Italian cities including Milan, Venice, Verona and Palio
for the famous horse race, all within easy distance of Florence. Short break or long, there is something for everyone.