Fringed by the rugged Chianti mountains and set on the banks of the Arno river, Florence is the cradle of the Renaissance, one of the most beautiful and timeless cities in the entire world. In Florence, romance, art, history linger on the warm orange-scented breeze, a city once home to artists and poets, and now culture-hungry travellers. Choose a villa holiday in Florence to tick off a bucket-list city and explore streets brimming with frescoed churches and world-class art galleries – showcasing the works of Botticelli, Michelangelo and Donatello. Our villas in Florence are dotted around the city and the surrounding lush Tuscany countryside and many come with a private pool, acting as a gateway to romantic Florence itself but also vineyards and hilltop villages.
Things to do in Florence
From wandering historical streets hiding some of the world's most famous artistic treasures and dining in mouth-watering Florentine trattorias, to relaxing under the Tuscan sun from your Florence villa with a private pool, there's something for everyone to enjoy on a villa holiday in Florence. From our Florence villas, it's an easy journey into the city itself, a maze of terracotta-hued buildings and attractions like the Renaissance Uffizi Gallery, Accademia Gallery (home of Michelangelo's David) and the Ponte Vecchio – a medieval stone bridge dotted with shops. Couples will love the myriad of rooftop bars, offering spectacular views of the Duomo di Firenze – the best situated near the river. Guests enjoying one of our family villas in Florence will love enjoying the view, peace and freedom from their family villa, but will also enjoy the multitude of day trips on offer, with Pisa's Amusement Park Piccolo Mondo an easy drive from your villa.
In Florence, everything is a feast for the eyes and stomach, from the local Tuscan chianti and truffle-smothered everything to priceless works like Michelangelo's David and the cinematic Florentine countryside.
History and Culture in Florence
Love the history and culture of Italy? You're in the right place, as being the cradle of the Renaissance, home of the Medici family and a key player in Tuscany's history, Florence is dripping in historical and cultural sights. There's so much to explore from your villa on Florence, including churches like the Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore and Sante Croce. Walk the Ponte Vecchio, the city's most famous bridge dating back to 996, and see the enormous wealth enjoyed by the influential Medici family at the lavish Pitti Palace. Art lovers will be in their element on a Florence villa holiday and must-sees include the Strozzi Palace with its famous exhibitions and Michelangelo's David at the Accademia Gallery.
Family holidays in Florence
Florence is a beautiful and family-friendly destination, filled with exciting activities and sights that both parents and children will adore. Kids will enjoy learning about Florentine history at the Palazzo Vecchio, once the home of the Medici family, with the highlight being a costume room where they can dress up in Renaissance-style outfits worn by the royal family. Kids will also love the gold-dipped carousel in the city's Piazza Della Repubblica and the family-friendly Leonardo di Vinci Museum. Alternatively, head east for a fantastic family day out at the Amusement Park Piccolo Mondo – an action-packed waterpark with pools and slides. Of course, there's always spending the day unwinding in your Florence family villa with a private pool, overlooking the surrounding rolling valleys with their olive groves and vines.
Adventurous activities in Florence
While travellers flock to Florence to get lost in the city itself, it's worth noting its spectacular setting on the verge of the Chianti mountains. Adventure-loving and outdoorsy folk will love staying in our Florence villas, and there are plenty of activities in the countryside near your villa, like hiking and biking. Rent a mountain, or e-bike, and head for the rolling vine and olive grove-covered hills, before stopping for a glass of Chianti. You can also get your walking shoes and head out into the hills of cypress trees to walk the 10-kilometre route from Florence to Fiesole, a beautiful hilltop town. If you fancy a challenge in the city, climb to the top of Giotto's Bell Tower, the tallest in Florence with 414 steps.
Romance in Florence
Endless sunsets, ornate churches, art galleries and hundreds of wine bars and eateries hiding down cobbled lanes, it doesn't get much more romantic than Florence. When staying in one of our couple's villas in Florence, you'll be bowled over at all the romantic things to do in the city and surrounding areas. Spend the day wandering the historic city centre, meandering over the Ponte Vecchio and on the banks of the Arno river and unwinding at the Giardino Bardini – a beautiful Renaissance garden. Don't miss the fierce orange Florentine sunset from one of the city's sultry rooftop bars (offering the best views in the city). For a more relaxing day, enjoy the views from your Florence villa with a private pool, as you sip on an ice-cold spritz.
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