The city of lilies, Florence offers travellers a plethora of options to ensure their breaks are packed with experiences. City breaks to Florence mean finding beautiful Renaissance sculptures lining the streets of the Centro Storico, dining on the finest Italian and international cuisine and shopping for cutting-edge fashion.
Start off Florence city breaks with a walking tour, admiring the various examples of gothic and classical architecture. Wander the city's many streets, but be sure to make a stop at the Piazza della Repubblica, where Julius Caesar originally founded the city, and enjoy an invigorating espresso at Caffe Giubbe Rosse, a historic literary cafe. Further afield, take your city break in Florence to the lush Boboli Gardens, housing the Casino del Cavaliere, a one-of-a-kind porcelain museum. Why not take a picnic and meander through the green space on city breaks in Florence to admire the many classical fountains and works of art?
From the city's many cafés and street vendors to its posh upscale options, it's hard to make it through city breaks in Florence with an unappeased stomach. Go for a breakfast of mushroom or formaggio omelettes in one of the eateries on Piazza della Signoria and afterward settle in with Rivoire's signature hot chocolate and people-watch in the city square. While en route throughout the city, sample a porchetta pannini at the Mercato Centrale in San Lorenzo, where sliced pork with garlic meets the finest Tuscan bread. For a decadent dining on Florence city breaks, visit Enotecca Piniciorri for what they call 'an always-evolving voyage into the memory of taste"!
Visitors on city breaks in Florence need not feel limited to the city centre, however: With many outstanding villas, such as the Villa del Trebbio, built by the Medicis, in the surrounding area, day trips can provide a relaxing relocation to breaks in a rustic countryside spot. Many of these getaways boast similar architectural aesthetics as the classical buildings of the city, just in a more serene and soothing setting. To see more of the Italian outdoors, take a break by car through the forests of the Parco Nazionale, or visit provincial towns en route to breaks in other major Italian cities such as Rome or Milan.