Florence Villa Holidays
A Florence villa holiday will introduce you to one of the most glorious Renaissance cities in northern Italy, home to breathtaking architecture and magnificent works of art. The capital of Tuscany, Florence makes an absolutely perfect place for a Tuscany villa holiday. It is a landmark of Western culture, one of Italy’s most atmospheric and pleasant cities, retaining much of the small late-medieval centre that contributed hugely to the cultural and political development of Europe.
Taking a Florence villa holiday will place you excellently for exploring not only the city, but also the surrounding Tuscan countryside and towns.
Shopping on Your Florence Villa Holiday
A Florence villa holiday can be an ideal time to shop! During the morning, check out the San Lorenzo market for mouthwatering fresh food ideas for your Italian style evening meal. The Mercato delle Pulci (the flea market) is also definitely worth a visit and is held daily in the Piazza dei Ciompi. During the afternoon, you may wish to try an out-of-town outlet for top label bargains, including fashion by Armani, Gucci, Prada and Ferragamo. Via Maggio is good for antiques shopping whilst enjoying your Florence villa holiday.
Eating Out on Your Florence Villa Holiday
Simple, fresh food is the classic Florentine cuisine – keep away from the main tourist centres for more authentic dishes while on your Florence villa holiday. Great little restaurants jostle each other for space in Florence. Tuscans appreciate cheeses and grilled meat, as well as soups, bread, olive oil and always a nice bottle of Chianti!
What To See & Do on Your Florence Villa Holiday
Florence is a city of fine architecture and superb art. The famous Uffizi gallery houses a fine collection of astounding and important art, gathered together by the Medici family – historically of great influence in the area. Brunelleschi’s Dome adorns the Florence skyline with its famed orange glory – and the Duomo itself, the holy centre of Florence, is the World’s fourth largest cathedral. Your Florence villa holiday will prove a pleasurable way to pitch base for all kinds of super days out.
Florence is almost overwhelming in its wealth of art, culture and history. When you are exploring the many sights on your Florence villa holiday, find some time to include the Florentine Gothic church of Santa Croce with works by Giotto and Donatello. Florence can become busy with tourists – do not forget to try out some of the less-trodden routes. For example, visit the Piazza San Giovanni, from where you can also admire the historic cathedral by Brunelleschi. San Lorenzo chapel is also glorious. Rolling hills covered with vineyards and olive groves lead many Tuscany villa holiday makers out of the city’s congestion in search of peace and relaxation; definitely worth following suit on your Florence villa holiday.
Other Florence Villa Holiday Information
From Florence you can plan some wonderful day trips to Montepulciano, Pienza, San Gimignano, Verazzano and Pisa.
Florence is not a die-hard party town, but more of a take it easy over a drink place; nurse a beverage along with the locals and make the most of your relaxing Tuscany villa holiday. Try the Piazza del Duomo – you can have breakfast and return for an after-hours tipple – it is an engaging venue open from 10am to 3am.Treat yourself to a Florence villa holiday this year; book with Iglu for a great selection.
Most clubs and pubs are found in the city centre near the Duomo and the main squares. Here you can relax over a beer or a glass of the best Chianti wine.