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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 eating at a palazzo-turned-restaurant for dinner.
 
Start as you mean to go on with the Duomo, a more pleasant experience now that its surrounding piazza has been pedestrianized; if you're feeling energetic climb the 464 steps to the roof of the Duomo for a breathtaking view over the city. 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 Dolci & Dolcezze, the city's best pasticceria filled with cases of tiny wrapped chocolates and pastry tarts, perfect with a breakfast cappuccino. Balmy autumn nights were made for aperitivo: sample small plates and drinks with a crowd of locals that spills onto Piazza Santo Spirito.



Our experts can tailor-make the perfect holiday to suit your individual requirements, however, if you need inspiration or a starting point, below are some of our suggested trips and experiences:

City Breaks to Rome

Nights: 3 | from £675pp

Rome is a heady blend of artistic and architectural masterpieces, classical ruins and extravagant baroque churches and piazzas. Bring Roman history to... Find out more

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Venice City Break

Nights: 3 | from £625pp

Venice is a city that has endured a litany of both triumph and tragedy, rising from its marshy foundations to become a labyrinth of placid waterways and... Find out more

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Florence City Break

Nights: 3 | from £650pp

Surprisingly small but perfectly formed, history pours from every alleyway, arching doorway and soaring bell tower of Florence. Find out more

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Gladiators & Gelati: Family Fun in Italy

Nights: 6 | from £3,950pp

Immerse your family in the exciting world of Italian history on a luxurious tour of Rome, Florence and Pisa that makes learning fun – and delicious, with... Find out more

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Amalfi Coast

Nights: 4 | from £1,850pp

Sip Limoncello overlooking the romantic Amalfi coast each night after your adventures exploring Capri and Pompeii during your 4 night holiday. Find out more

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Below are some of our suggested places to stay:

Belmond Villa San Michele

Villa San Michele is a listed Tuscan villa and a member of Belmond Hotels. This former 15th Century Franciscan monastery with restful Italian gardens... Find out more

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Four Seasons Firenze

This hotel transports its guests back to the city's Renaissance heyday, thanks to its classical gardens, stunning, palatial architecture and wonderful,... Find out more

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Honeymoons

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Hotel Brunelleschi

Located in the heart of Florence, only a few minutes away from the Duomo, the Brunelleschi Hotel has been completely renovated in 2012. The works have... Find out more

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Hotel Savoy, a Rocco Forte Hotel

The five-star Hotel Savoy offers luxury and style in the heart of Florence. Located on the Piazza Repubblica, close to Florence's renowned landmark, the... Find out more

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Barcelona to Monte Carlo Ft. Silversea Cruises

Nights: 14 | from £3,550pp

Contrast the glitz of Monte Carlo with the rustic prettiness of Elba on a voyage that brings out the best of the Mediterranean’s history, art, and culture. Find out more

Holiday type: Group departure

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Venice to Rome discovery Ft. Regent SevenSeas

Nights: 13 | from £4,650pp

Discover the Mediterranean’s evocative mix of culture and history, from the canals of Venice and walled city of Dubrovnik to the romance of Capri and... Find out more

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Adriatic Wonders Ft. Seabourn

Nights: 13 | from £3,750pp

Sail away in style from Venice to discover the natural wonders and historic riches of atmospheric tucked-away Adriatic ports and islands, whose appeal... Find out more

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Borgo Egnazia, Italy

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Book a 4 night stay at Borgo Egnazia and pay for only 3 nights. Valid for travel 2nd November - 29th December 2016. Subject to availability. Terms and conditions apply.

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Castello del Nero, Italy

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Book a 4 night stay at Castello del Nero and pay for only 3 nights. Valid for travel until 7th January 2017. Subject to availability. Terms and conditions apply.

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Our Europe & Middle East team – Sarah, Eleanor, Lynne, Rob, Aline, Kate and Sandrine are experts in designing the perfect holiday to suit your personal needs, interests and budget. Their intimate knowledge of every hotel and resort featured in our portfolio, together with our own network of offices throughout the region, allows us to offer unique in-depth knowledge, unparalleled insider access and the VIP service for which Abercrombie & Kent is renowned. 

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