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  • Sunset over cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore
  • Panoramic view of Florence and Ponte Vecchio - a must inclusion on your Italy vacation.
  • A replica of Michelangelo's David statue
  • Sunset colors in Florence Ponte Vecchio
  • The last judgment in the cathedral of Florence
  • Brunelleschi's dome

It is easy to spend a week or more in Florence while on an Italy vacation and still not see everything. It is certainly known for its art collections but these apart, there is still plenty to experience in this city. The list of must-see sights in Florence should include its beautiful churches and museums. Florence is famous for its history and as a centre of medieval European trade and finance it was one of the wealthiest cities in its time. It is considered the birthplace of the Renaissance. Its history includes periods of rule by the powerful Medici family. From 1865 to 1871 the city was the capital of the then recently established Kingdom of Italy. Florence is an important city for the Italian fashion industry being ranked in the top 50 fashion capitals of the world

Florence contains numerous museums and art galleries where some of the World’s most important works of art are to be found. The city is one of the best preserved Renaissance centres of art and architecture in the world and has a high concentration of art, architecture and culture to be enjoyed on a trip to Italy. Starting with the Uffizi Gallery, Florence’s best known art gallery, it takes you on a trip back into history with works of art organized in chronological order dating from the 13th to the 18th Centuries. The Gallery has stunning frescoed ceilings and a long labyrinth of amazing works of art.

The Palazzo Pitti called the Pitti Palace, is a vast mainly Renaissance styled palace situated on the south side of the River Arno, a short distance from the Ponte Vecchio. The Palazzo is now the largest museum complex in Florence.  The Galleria del’Accademia is without a doubt most famous for its sculptures by the great Renaissance artist, Michelangelo. His Prisoners (or Slaves), his St. Matthew and above all, the magnificent statue of David are what draw most of the hundreds of thousands of visitors the museum welcomes every year. Florence is a busy Italian city, full of Italians as well as foreign visitors and the main tourist sights are some of the busiest in the entire country. Always consider reserving entrance tickets in advance.

The Basilica di Santa Maria del Fiore is the main church of Florence. It is known generally as the Duomo. It was completed in 1436 in the Gothic style with the dome engineered by Filippo Brunelleschi. The exterior of the basilica is faced with marble panels in various shades of green and pink bordered by white and has an elaborate 19th-century Gothic Revival façade.  The cathedral complex, located in Piazza del Duomo, includes the Baptistery and Giotto's Campanile. The three buildings are part of a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The basilica is one of Italy's largest churches and a major landmark in the city.

Possibly the most visited site in Florence on an Italy vacation package is the iconic Ponte Vecchio which simply means old bridge and which connects the two sides of central Florence noted for still having shops built along it. Butchers initially occupied the shops; the present tenants are jewellers, art dealers and souvenir sellers. 

The Piazzale Michelangelo is a famous square with a magnificent panoramic view of Florence. The famous view from this observation point overlooking the city has been reproduced on countless postcards and snapshots over the years. It was built in 1869 on a hill just south of the historic centre. The square was dedicated to the great Renaissance sculptor Michelangelo.

Florence is an excellent centre on an Italy vacation for visiting the many attractive Tuscan and Umbrian hill towns such as Siena, Lucca, Assisi and San Gimignano. Pisa and its leaning tower and the wine growing region of Tuscany are also easily accessible from here.

 

Italy Vacation Information

At Goway we believe that a well-informed traveller is a safer traveller. With this in mind, we have compiled an easy to navigate travel information section dedicated to Italy vacations. 

Learn about the history and culture of Italy, the must-try food and drink, and what to pack in your suitcase. Read about Italy's nature and wildlife, weather and geography, along with 'Country Quickfacts' compiled by our travel experts. Our globetrotting tips, as well as our visa and health information will help ensure you're properly prepared for a safe and enjoyable trip. The only way you could possibly learn more is by embarking on your journey and discovering Italy for yourself. Start exploring...book your Italy vacation today!

 

Extend your Stay

Consider an additional stopover to your Italy vacation at one of Goway's other European destinations. You can choose from  a Paris vacation, a London vacation or an Amsterdam vacation. This can be done stopping over en route to or from Italy.

 

 

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Florence, Italy

  • Tuscan Adventure Self-Drive: Florence, Lucca, Siena and Montepulciano

    FIRST-CLASS | SELF-DRIVE: Discover Tuscany on this 10-day self-drive program. Stay in first-class accommodations and travel at your own pace. Discover the region’s beautiful medieval old towns and verdant rolling hills, exploring Florence, Lucca, Siena, and Montepulciano along the way.
    Duration:
    10 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 1,898
    Trip Type:
    Self-Drives, Tailor-made Travel Ideas
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  • Classic Italian Highlights: Rome, Florence and Venice

    FIRST-CLASS | TAILOR-MADE: Discover the beauty and charm of three of Italy's iconic cities - Rome, Florence and Venice. Visit historic Rome with it's ancient ruins and Vatican City, enjoy wine tasting and the magnificent art and architecture of Florence. As a grand finale, spend time in Venice, city of canals.
    Duration:
    8 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 2,358
    Trip Type:
    Bucket List Travel Ideas, Classics (Bestsellers), Tailor-made Travel Ideas
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  • Eat + Drink: Rome to Florence

    FIRST-CLASS | TAILOR-MADE: Take a culinary journey through Rome and Florence. Pick fresh ingredients in the Campo de’Fiori market, learn how to make fresh pasta with a cooking class, and sample local delicacies in Trastevere. Explore the Tuscan countryside, enjoy dinner and wine in Chianti, and head on a private truffle hunt.
    Duration:
    7 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 3,174
    Trip Type:
    Tailor-made Travel Ideas
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  • Walking in Italy: Rome, Florence and Cinque Terre

    FIRST-CLASS | TAILOR-MADE: Experience the best of Italy's top cities by foot in Rome, Florence and Cinque Terre. In Rome and Florence, get outside and roam the streets visiting important piazza's like, Navona, the Vatican Museums and Michaelangelo's David. Then, hike the villages in Cinque Terre and be rewarded with local food and wine!
    Duration:
    9 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 2,899
    Trip Type:
    Active & Adventurous, Tailor-made Travel Ideas
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  • Italian Deluxe: Rome, Florence and Amalfi

    DELUXE | PRIVATE: Stay in luxurious hotels and enjoy unique privately guided and small group experiences in Rome, Florence and Sorrento. Enter the Vatican Museums before the crowds, get up close and personal with Michalangelo's David and dine under the stars in Chianti. Then, relax in the Amalfi Coast for an unforgettable experience..
    Duration:
    10 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 4,799
    Trip Type:
    Luxury and Beyond, Private Experiences, Tailor-made Travel Ideas
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  • Bike, Hike & Boat in Italy: Florence, Cinque Terre and Milan

    FIRST-CLASS | TAILOR-MADE: Get off the beaten track and explore three incredible regions of Italy in three unique ways! Cycle your way through olive groves and vineyards of the Tuscan countryside, hike through the picturesque villages of Cinque Terre, and take a boat out onto Lake Maggiore near the bustling metropolis of Milan.
    Duration:
    10 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 2,913
    Trip Type:
    Active & Adventurous, Tailor-made Travel Ideas
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  • Italy for Families: Rome, Florence and Venice

    DELUXE | PRIVATE-GUIDED: Enjoy an Italian vacation for the whole family. Explore Rome, Florence, and Venice at your own pace with private tours and learn to master Italian classics in intimate cooking classes. Top it all off with a gondola ride on the canals of Venice and a visit to see Michelangelo’s “David.” All the essentials for a family fun trip!
    Duration:
    10 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 2,956
    Trip Type:
    Family Vacations, Private Experiences, Tailor-made Travel Ideas
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  • Highlights of Florence

    FIRST CLASS | TAILOR-MADE: Explore the highlights of Florence, the Renaissance city! Take a walking tour through the heart of the city, learn about the Medici family, visit Michelangelo’s “David,” and take a sunset boat on the Arno. Then, head to the Tuscan countryside to Siena and San Gimignano and end with a special Tuscan dinner in Chianti.
    Duration:
    4 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 1,113
    Trip Type:
    Stopovers/City Breaks, Tailor-made Travel Ideas
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  • Classic Northern Italy: Milan, Venice, Florence

    FIRST-CLASS | TAILOR-MADE: Discover the artistic masterworks of Italy’s north on this trip to Milan, Venice, and Florence. Stay in first-class accommodations as you venture through the cities to gaze upon world-famous paintings, admire Renaissance architecture, and enjoy the charming Italian culture.
    Duration:
    10 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 3,907
    Trip Type:
    Classics (Bestsellers), Tailor-made Travel Ideas
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  • Tuscan Treats & Cinque Terre: Small Group: Florence to Florence

    This Tuscany Tour takes you to all the highlights of this beautiful region, including Florence, Siena, and Cinque Terre. Cap off your week with a Tuscan cooking class, and whip up some treats of your own.
    Duration:
    7 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 2,181
    Trip Type:
    Escorted Coach Touring, Small Group Touring
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  • Art Cities of Italy: Venice, Florence and Rome

    MODERATE | TAILOR-MADE: Explore the Italian classics with this tour to three of the nation’s most popular art cities. Journey to Venice, Florence, and Rome to gaze upon artistic masterpieces, explore the treasures of the Vatican, and delight in the romantic atmosphere.
    Duration:
    10 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 3,092
    Trip Type:
    Tailor-made Travel Ideas
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  • Classic Exploring Italy: Venice, Florence & Sorrento to Rome

    FIRST-CLASS | TAILOR-MADE: This Italy tour takes you to the country’s most romantic cities. Cruise the canals in Venice, step back into the Renaissance in Florence, and marvel at Rome’s ancient splendour, all in between magnificent meals and charming local discoveries.
    Duration:
    14 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 3,881
    Trip Type:
    Classics (Bestsellers), Tailor-made Travel Ideas
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  • Classic Italy & Cruising the Greek Isles with NCL

    FIRST-CLASS | CRUISE: Explore historical treasures and windswept islands on this journey across Italy and Greece. Starting in Italy, you’ll explore the masterworks of Rome, Florence, and Venice before cruising the Greek islands and visiting the medieval walled city of Dubrovnik.
    Duration:
    15 Days
    Prices:
    On request
    Trip Type:
    Cruises & Sailing
    Greece See Trip Details
  • Classic Spain & the Mediterranean In Depth

    Explore the highlights of Spain and the Mediterranean on this city and cruise combo. You’ll begin in Madrid, Seville, and Barcelona to experience the vibrancy of Spain before boarding a cruise ship and visiting Mediterranean highlights, from Naples and Rome to Florence and Cannes.
    Duration:
    17 Days
    Prices:
    On request
    Trip Type:
    Multi Country Vacation Ideas, Small Group Touring
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  • Hotel Bernini Palace Florence: Stay of Distinction

    DELUXE | PRIVATE-GUIDED: Explore the Italian Renaissance and beautiful Tuscan countryside from a luxury hotel in Florence. Staying at the 5-star Hotel Bernini Palace, you’ll explore the 15th-century streets and buildings of the historic centre and take a day trip out to Siena and San Gimignano.
    Duration:
    4 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 1,813
    Trip Type:
    Stays of Distinction, Stopovers/City Breaks
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