Florence Cheap Hotels in Florence

Hotels in central Florence put guests within walking distance of the city's wonderful historic and cultural draws, and a collection of the planet's finest museums. Add to this an abundant selection of shops and dining venues, and it is no surprise Florence is one of the most visited destinations in Italy.

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Today's capital city of Tuscany was once the hub of European culture. Opera and the Italian Renaissance both originated here. Renaissance architecture dominates the skyline of the center, which is crowned by the iconic dome of St Maria's Cathedral. Wandering through splendid gardens and parks or beside the River Arno is an ideal way of enjoying Florence's heady ambience. The city is no slouch when it comes to shopping as it hosts a great collection of designer outlets and jewelry stores. The choice of restaurants, pubs and cafes provides something that will satisfy all tastes. 

Key attractions
Florence's draws are primarily art and architecture, which can be best appreciated with a trip to the cathedral. The Cathedral Museum's diverse exhibits include works by Michelangelo and Donatello. The Madonna and da Vinci's Annunciation are among the masterpieces in the Uffizi Gallery's vast art collections. Boboli Gardens, adjacent to the Pitti Palace, is a surreal expanse of greenery inlaid with sculptures and Roman monuments. The reward for climbing Giotto's Tower is a commanding view of the city's principal sights. The medieval Ponte Vecchio, an enclosed stone structure, spans the River Arno and is a Florence icon. 

Having fun
Florence's classical music heritage is celebrated annually with a concert and opera season which runs between October and the spring. The Toscana Orchestra is a permanent attraction at the Teatro Verdi. Pop and jazz bands, and concerts, are a staple at a number of clubs, cafes and arenas. The Viper Club and downtown cafes are the best places to check for these events. Wine bars and trattorias abound, and visitors will find they are never more than a few minutes' walk from one serving tasty local fare. The maze of streets around the cathedral (duomo) is a favorite with night owls for its contemporary discos and bars. Oltrarno, across the River Arno from the city centre, is an alternate precinct for a night out.   

Via Roma leads from Cathedral Piazza before changing into Via Calimala, which leads to Ponte Vecchio. Luxury brand names, such as Gucci, as well as department and international chain stores are located on this thoroughfare. Via Tornabuoni is home to an exclusive collection of fashion and designer stores. Shops on Ponte Vecchio sell an eclectic selection of custom-designed jewelry. Oltrarno is a traditional artisan's quarter and its workshops have a dizzying array of handicrafts on offer. San Lorenzo street market is the place to head when looking for souvenirs and cheap clothing and accessories.

Opportunities for daytrips from Florence are plentiful. Pisa and its landmark Leaning Tower are only a one-hour drive away in light traffic. Florence is at the heart of Tuscany's draws. It provides easy access to Chianti wine-producing country. The Chianti town of Greve is served by a regular bus service from Florence which takes around one hour. Impruneta is closer and features a majestic 11th century basilica and a rejuvenating spa. Piazzale Michelangelo is a hilltop location a few miles east which has walking trails and nice views over Florence.


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