Florence Villas

Discover the jewel of Italy’s Renaissance in Florence, the exquisite capital of Tuscany.  Art and history combine to create a city that enthrals and captivates guests at every twist and turn.  Staying at a villa in Florence allows you to take in all the many delights of the region in your own time.  From the spectacular architecture of the city to Tuscany's gastronomic delights, there is an abundance of rich experiences in the city which is why it has become one of Italy’s most popular destinations.  Villas in Florence also allow you to explore the surrounding countryside, villages and cities of Tuscany, including the city’s historic rival Siena.

The elegant River Arno meanders through the city and is overlooked by four graceful bridges including The Ponte Vecchio ("Old Bridge"), which was originally built in 1345.  The Ponte Vecchio was the only bridge in Florence to survive WW2 and is an iconic symbol of the city, so be sure to visit it whilst staying in a villa in Florence.  Walking along the river offers visitors picturesque views of Florence’s cityscape, especially when night falls and the buildings that adorn the riverbanks are illuminated.

Villas in Florence are extremely popular with art lovers as the city is home to the Uffizi Gallery, one of the world’s most famous and revered art galleries.  Masterpieces by Michelangelo and Leonardo da Vinci as well as Botticelli’s The Birth of Venus can be viewed by visitors.  Many renowned religious landmarks can also be visited by tourists staying in Florence villas, including the city’s magnificent Cathedral.  The Florence Duomo was built in the 14th century after being designed by the talented Arnolfo di Cambio and during a visit you can ascend the cathedral’s Campanile (bell tower) for amazing views of the city. 

The Santa Croce is another popular church for tourists as it houses a variety of historical artefacts including frescos by Giotto. For modern day fun during a Florence villa holiday hit the shops along Via de' Tornabuoni and Via degli Strozzi, which feature designers names such as Prada, Gucci and Versace.  There are also many specialist boutiques selling traditional Italian leather goods near the Santa Croce.  Some of the city’s shops are attractions in their own right such as the Officina Profumo Farmaceutica di Santa Maria Novella, which features high frescoed ceilings and sells traditional herbal remedies.  Bargain hunters may also want to visit the Prada and Gucci factory outlets on the outskirts of the city during their stay in a villa in Florence.

The real hustle and bustle of Florence is best observed from the Piazza della Signoria, in the heart of the city. People staying in villas in Florence can witness some of history’s best statues (some are replicas) at the Loggia dei Lanzi, an outdoor sculpture gallery that was designed in the 14th century.  Remainders of political strife can be seen scattered throughout the Piazza, such as the marble inscription marking where Savonarola was burned after being accused of being a heretic.  Keen photographers staying in a villa in Florence should make sure they make enough time to visit the Piazza, as it is one of the best places for taking pictures.  

Further afield from Florence you will find lush vineyards, hill-top fortresses and dramatic valleys.  The serenity of the countryside can be a nice contrast to the hustle and bustle of the city, making it wise to spend at least a day of your Florence villa holiday exploring the other treasures of Tuscany.  A trip to see the Leaning Tower of Pisa is a must for many people on a Florence villa holiday, as is the medieval walled city if Siena, which has been named a World Heritage Site.

Public transport and car rental are both available close to many holiday villas in Florence, making exploring the stunning region of Tuscany during your break easy.