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Embrace life in Florence

Book flights to Florence and enjoy classic Italian dishes, marvel at stunning artwork and architecture and explore one of Italy’s most charming destinations.

The birthplace of the Renaissance, this enchanting Italian city is incredibly rich in culture with centuries-old buildings to admire and historic markets to stroll around.

Florence Cathedral

Amazing art awaits you here, with the Uffizi Gallery and Accademia Gallery Museum displaying indelible masterpieces by the likes of Botticelli and Michelangelo, in buildings that are themselves works of art.

The wonderful aromas of the Tuscany region fill the streets thanks to Michelin-starred restaurants and a fine selection of cafes sitting either side of the Arno river.

Picturesque landscapes make up the city’s surrounds, with stunning countryside offering acres of lush vineyards, gently rolling hills and long, winding roads. Day trips to nearby cities are another option, and there’s plenty to admire as you travel under the Tuscan sun.

Book your Florence plane tickets with Etihad Airways and enjoy an unforgettable trip to a cultural gem.

What's the weather like in Florence?

What's the weather like in Florence?

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The city benefits from dry, warm weather and longer days from late spring to early autumn. July and August are Florence’s hottest months, with highs often approaching the mid 30°Cs.

Winters can be colder and wetter, with the occasional chance of snow. However, it’s a wonderful time to visit, with fewer crowds to contend with and much of the city transformed for the festive period.

Reasons to visit Florence

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Delectable dishes

Take a flight to Florence and discover some of the best cuisine Italy has to offer. Its beauty may often lie in its simplicity, but that doesn’t mean the chefs of Tuscany can’t be creative – as Florence’s array of Michelin-starred kitchens demonstrates.

Expect dishes packed with fragrant truffles, freshly made pasta and game meat. Enoteca Pinchiorri – one of Italy’s select band of three Michelin-starred restaurants – is a must-visit for those who want to experience a style of cooking which celebrates traditional Tuscan flavours. Only the finest ingredients from wider Italy and around the world are used here.

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Astounding artworks

The Tuscan capital is so rich in culture that you’ll be astounded by how much there is to see. The Uffizi Gallery is one of the best reasons to come here, with its acclaimed collection of art by Botticelli, Michelangelo, Raphael and Leonardo da Vinci.

Few places can beat Florence’s abundance of Renaissance architecture, so it’s little surprise that its historic centre has been recognised as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Elegant buildings from the 15th and 16th centuries adorn the city skyline, along with landmarks such as the Museo dell’Opera del Duomo, Palazzo Vecchio and Accademia Gallery Museum.

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Sights of the countryside

Rolling hills, expansive vineyards and cypress tree-lined roads make Tuscany one of the most beautiful regions in Europe. Whether it’s the dramatic mountain ranges and forests of the north or bijou islets dotted along the south coast, there’s always something to see in this idyllic area.

Escape to an untouched realm of golden wheat fields, fragrant olive groves and hilltop villages which exude medieval charm. Visit the nearby cities of Pisa and Bologna, or take a trip to the Chianti area to marvel at rolling vineyards.

Things to know before you fly to Florence

plane Airport transfers

Florence Airport is situated three miles (5 kilometres) north-west of the centre of Florence. You can choose to take a taxi, tram bus or hire car from the airport direct to the city. For comfort and convenience, book a transfer with Etihad.

bus Getting around

Florence is easy to navigate on foot, with the walk from one side of the city to the other only taking around half an hour. You may prefer to catch one of its buses, with many routes starting and ending at the Santa Maria Novella train station.

holiday Public holidays

The Italian public holiday Ferragosto – or Feast of the Assumption – takes place on August 15 every year and sees some attractions, restaurants and businesses closing down for anything from a couple of days to two weeks.

currency Currency

Italy uses the euro (EUR), with one euro consisting of 100 cents. ATMs are widely available and most shops, hotels, restaurants and tourist attractions will accept credit and debit cards.

Flying to Florence: FAQs

Where should I stay in Florence?

The area surrounding the Piazza del Duomo is at the centre of life in Florence and this is a great place to stay for an immediate insight into what the city is all about. For those seeking a trip with an extra touch of class, try the five-star Hotel Lungarno.

How long should I spend in Florence?

A two or three-day stay generally gives people enough time to explore the main attractions in Florence. There’s also plenty to see in the wider Tuscany region, though, and the wonderful cities of Pisa and Bologna are just a short distance away. Allow up to five days for any additional adventures.

Where can I shop in Florence?

Florence, like much of northern Italy, is a centre of fashion and style. Head to the Via de’ Tornabuoni to browse the latest looks from the catwalks and fashion icons of Europe.

Where should I eat in Florence?

La Giostra is one of the city’s best-known restaurants and has welcomed many famous guests over the years. A perfect place for a romantic evening out, it serves up a refined take on traditional trattoria food. Head to the other side of the river for spots usually missed by visitors.

Why we love Florence

“It’s hard not to feel inspired by Florence. The Uffizi Gallery is home to some of the world's most famous and impressive works. There is history aplenty and lots of delicious cafes and restaurants to while away an afternoon in.”

Weather in Florence

21 °C
Monday28 Sep 2020
22 °C
Tuesday29 Sep 2020
23 °C
Wednesday30 Sep 2020
19 °C
Thursday1 Oct 2020
23 °C
Friday2 Oct 2020
22 °C
Saturday3 Oct 2020
18 °C
Sunday4 Oct 2020
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