Florence is the capital city of the Italian region of Tuscany. It is the most populated city of Tuscany and is famous as the centre of medieval European trade and finance. This city is one of the wealthiest cities through time and this is reflected in the abundance of fine art and architecture. Framed with beautiful russet roof skylines, the city which initiated the renaissance, is any cultural couples dream. The only problem you will encounter is how quickly you can turn your head to catch a glance at every inch of this stunning city.
Florence has long been known as one of the most romantic places for a weekend break and with milder winter temperatures than many other European cities it is an obvious choice for a Valentines break. Florence is featured in every Top Ten for romantic european cities and it is not a surprise that many couples come here to get married.
The best time to visit Florence is the Spring and Autumn. The slightly cooler temperatures and the lack of queues allows the cultural couple to discover the city in its true glowing state. Autumn is also when the surrounding country side looks at it’s best. With autumnal leaves and an orange sun, it will be hard to get on the plane home. The average temperature in the summer hovers above 35C with little cloud, where as the average temperature in January is cooler 5C.
Italy has a complex and advanced travel system in place. The road system contains many fast, direct routes as well as country lanes allowing you to get to even the most remote areas. The train network in place is also widespread, and can be a more convenient mode of transport as parking is limited in city centres.
The list of places to visit is endless is Florence, but here are a few ideas to set you on the road to discovery:
The Piazza della Signoria is the most famous square in Florence and holds large collections of modern open air sculptures.
The Campanile Bell Tower is one of the best places in Florence if you want to find views of the city. Once you have climbed the 414 stairs, the awe inspiring views will take your breath away!
The San Lorenzo Market was once the trade centre of Florence but now it holds the buzzing daily market of Florence. Take a stroll through the stands and take in the unique atmosphere.
There is a great choice of hotels in the centre of Florence, and we chose two contrasting properties from the Why The Best Group which we felt complimented each other perfectly; the 5* Grand Hotel Villa Cora on the edge of the city, and the more central 4* L’Orologio. The hotel have a further four properties you may want to consider.
Grand Villa Cora
A stunning 5* hotel in beautiful grounds with an outside swimming pool, spa and gourmet restaurant. The perfect retreat from the bustle of the city centre, with fabulous views down over the sights of Florence and a gentle cooling breeze in the hot summer months.
Grand Hotel Villa Cora is the epitome of wedding venues and if you are thinking of getting married in Florence, speak to them first for helpful advice. We challenge you to resist their baroque style ballroom or alfresco poolside restaurant. Read our review.
Tastefully decorated and with lots of space, this hotel is perfectly positioned close to the centre of Florence and is a prefect base for sightseeing. Read our review.
J.K. Place Firenze
Hidden behind majestic hand-crafted wooden doors, J.K. Place is a personal and ultra-chic boutique hotel. This stunning property unites traditional architecture with the comfort and luxury of modernism, without losing the personality of local traditions. Just five minutes walk from the main shopping and cultural areas of Florence, this stunning hotel is perfect for a luxury Italian honeymoon.
If you really want to travel in style, consider chartering your own private jet to Florence with Air Partner.
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