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Florence City Break
Best time to go: September to November
3 Nights | from £650pp
Holiday type: Tailor-made
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Included in your A&K Florence City Break:
- Private half day walking tour with one of our expert guides
- Entrance fees to Galleria dell’ Accademia, Santa Maria del Fiore, San Lorenzo and Medici Chapels
- Return flights
- Private luxury transfers
- Accommodation including breakfast
Services of your dedicated A&K Concierge to book additional private tours, restaurants & spa treatments, to tailor your break to suit you
Surprisingly small but perfectly formed, history pours from every tiny alleyway, arching doorway and soaring bell tower of Rome’s little sister, Florence. Once the home of inspiration for Brunelleschi, Bernini and Michelangelo, art has left a lasting impression on the city’s streets. But while its magnificent domes and stately palaces still feel like a living museum, Florence has accelerated into the 21st century without sacrificing any of its beauty and charm. Once dilapidated piazzas have been sympathetically revitalised, while contemporary art galleries have sprung up to join the venerable Uffizi, the jewel in Florence’s crown. We like taking in the Duomo at dusk, when its pink, green and white marble façade reflects the dying light, before heading to the amazing Mercato Centrale for dinner with a difference.
Visiting the Duomo is a more pleasant experience now that its surrounding piazza has been pedestrianised; if you’re feeling energetic climb the 463 steps to the roof for a breathtaking view over the city, or the 414 of Giotto’s campanile – or both if you’ve had enough espresso. Pop into the adjacent Museo to see Michelangelo’s unfinished Pietá, before visiting the Galleria dell’Accademia to marvel at David in all his glory. Those with a sweet tooth should try the gelato at Perché No! or Venchi, two of the best in a city that literally offers ice cream on every corner. Fashionistas can revel in the history of one of the world’s finest shoe designers, Salvatore Ferragamo, with his collection of over 10,000 shoes in the archive. Balmy autumn nights were made for aperitivo; sample small plates and drinks with a crowd of locals that spills onto Piazza Santo Spirito.
Hotel Brunelleschi elegantly combines contemporary design with history; part of the hotel was originally a medieval church, the ceiling still visible in the breakfast room. Completely renovated in 2012, the works have brought to light the unique stylistic features of each of the hotel’s various buildings, dating from the 1st century AD to the 19th, and include the remains of a Roman caldarium and the Byzantine tower that was incorporated in the façade. In a city full of exceptional Tuscan cuisine the Brunelleschi more than steps up to the plate. We love the exclusive Santa Elisabetta Restaurant, with just seven tables in the tower, and we can highly recommend the gelato.
The Rocco Forte Hotel Savoy has some serious design cachet: styled by Olga Polizzi, the eldest of the late Lord Forte’s daughters and the younger sister of Sir Rocco (hence the name), the hotel is elegant and quintessentially Italian in style with muted colours that reflect the traditional Tuscan hues of the city and its surrounding countryside. It’s perfectly situated for exploring Florence thanks to its ideal location on Piazza della Repubblica, but we come here for the martinis alone: shaken or stirred, the drinks at Irene are so good the hotel is officially listed in the exclusive Bond Bar circuit.
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At A&K all of our journeys are individually tailored to suit your needs and timescale. As a guide, this four day suggested city break will cost from:
• £650 per person, staying at Hotel Brunelleschi
• £895 per person, staying at Hotel Savoy
Including flights, breakfast, private transfers, half day walking tour and entrances.
Prices based on two people sharing in low season and subject to availability.
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Best time to be there
Coastal areas and the islands are great year round, although July and August can be very hot. The arts and opera seasons are generally at their peak outside these months. August is very much a shut down month as Italians take their annual break.
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