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Florence

Overview

There could be no better setting, on the banks of the River Arno, for the birthplace of the Renaissance than Florence, the city of Michelangelo, Da Vinci, Giotto, Dante and their patrons, the Medici family. The list of works of art is almost overpowering, but our Kirker Guide Notes will help you find quieter secrets and some special trattoria and restaurants, not found in other ‘official’ handbooks. All holidays include a guaranteed timed entrance to the Uffizi so you can avoid the lengthy queues.

 

The Kirker Florence Walking Tour

A recent introduction to our programme, the Kirker Florence Walking Tour takes place every Sunday morning and is offered exclusively to our clients. The two hour tour costs just £10 per person (winter) and £20 (summer) and is a wonderful way of seeing Florence from the perspective of a local expert. Starting at Piazza della Repubblica, the walk takes in the Loggia del Mercato Nuovo, Ponte Vecchio, Piazza Pitti, the Basilica di Santo Spirito and Ponte alla Carraia.

 

Highlights of Florence

Hotels

Hotel

Antica Torre di via Tornabuoni 1
Boutique Residence

3 nights from £694

including Flights, Transfers

Florence, Italy
We are delighted to introduce this beautiful property which dates from the 13th Century and stands on via Tornabuoni, a few minutes' walk from the Duomo.

Hotel

Rosso 23
Superior

3 nights from £624

including Flights, Transfers

Florence, Italy
Over the last four years, the Piazza Santa Maria Novella has undergone significant change. Many of the buildings, including the beautiful church have been restored and the square itself is now virtually traffic free.

Hotel

Balestri
Superior

3 nights from £628

including Flights, Transfers

Florence, Italy
This fine boutique hotel reopened in January 2015 following a complete renovation. It is located overlooking the River Arno in the heart of the Santa Croce district, 400 metres from the Ponte Vecchio and the Uffizi Gallery.

3 nights from £1,294

including Flights, Transfers

Florence, Italy
Owned by the Belmond Group, the Villa San Michele is nestled on the hillside below the small town of Fiesole and is one of our favourite hotels in Italy.

Hotel

Helvetia & Bristol
Superior

3 nights from £829

including Flights, Transfers

Florence, Italy
A Kirker favourite for over 30 years, the location of this characterful, traditional hotel is perfect – in the very heart of Florence, very close to Palazzo Strozzi and Piazza della Rebubblica

Hotel

Brunelleschi
Superior

3 nights from £698

including Flights, Transfers

Florence, Italy
One of the oldest buildings in Florence, the Brunelleschi stands in a quiet courtyard in the centre of Florence, a few steps from the Duomo. The Pagliazza Tower dates back to the 6th century and was once home to Filippo Brunelleschi, architect of Florence’s famous dome.

Hotel

Grand Hotel Villa Cora
Superior

3 nights from £776

including Flights, Transfers

Florence, Italy
This elegant villa was built in 1868 and reopened in 2010 as a stylish hotel combining elegant furnishings with personal service.

Hotel

Relais Santa Croce
Superior

3 nights from £829

including Flights, Transfers

Florence, Italy
The Palazzo was built in the early 1700s by Marquis Baldinucci who was the treasurer to the Pope and a recent restoration has returned it to its original splendour – the frescoes are spectacular.

Hotel

Degli Orafi
Superior

3 nights from £598

including Flights, Transfers

Florence, Italy
This beautiful hotel is housed in one of Florence’s most attractive ancientresidences, with parts dating back to the 12th century Holy Agostino Padri Convent.

Hotel

Villa Fiesole
Superior

3 nights from £559

including Flights, Transfers

Florence, Italy
This 19th century villa sits just below the famous Villa San Michele on the edge of the town of Fiesole. It benefits from wonderful, panoramic views of Florence and is a perfect base to explore the rural surroundings. Access into the city is easy as a regular bus service operates from outside the hotel.

Hotel

Four Seasons Florence
Deluxe

3 nights from £1,259

including Flights, Transfers

Florence, Italy
The Four Seasons, Florence, finally opened its doors in the summer of 2008. It is made up of two palazzos, either side of a wonderful, eight acre park, filled with mature trees.

Hotel

L’Orologio Florence
Superior

3 nights from £598

including Flights, Transfers

Florence, Italy
One of Florence’s most stylish boutique hotels, L’Orologio is located on the majestic Piazza Santa Maria Novella. The design takes its inspiration from watchmakers, with each floor dedicated to a famous brand.

Hotel

Villa La Massa
Deluxe

3 nights from £948

including Flights, Transfers

Florence, Italy
As Florence flourished during the 16th century, wealthy families commissioned the building of impressive countryside residences. Villa La Massa, with its noble architecture and idyllic location on the banks of the Arno is an impressive example.

Hotel

Lungarno
Deluxe

3 nights from £998

including Flights, Transfers

Florence, Italy
Shelley described the view of the River Arno from the Ponte Vecchio as “the most vibrant and elegant that I have ever seen” and you have the same breathtaking vista if you book a riverside room at the Lungarno.

Hotel

Santa Maria Novella
Superior

3 nights from £598

including Flights, Transfers

Florence, Italy
Over the last four years, the Piazza Santa Maria Novella has undergone significant change. Many of the buildings, including the beautiful church have been restored and the square itself is now virtually traffic free.

Hotel

Marignolle
Superior Country House Hotel

Prices on request

including Flights, Transfers

Florence, Italy
This charming hotel is located in the rolling hills just four kilometres from Florence and is perfect for those seeking a relaxing environment with easy access to the historical centre.

Hotel

Pitti Palace
Superior

3 nights from £598

including Flights, Transfers

Florence, Italy
This famous hotel is in a fabulous location, just a few steps from the southern end of the Ponte Vecchio.

Hotel

Savoy
Deluxe

3 nights from £1,159

including Flights, Transfers

Florence, Italy
The Hotel Savoy stands on the Piazza della Repubblica, in the centre of Florence and has been completely refurbished. Its traditional Italian exterior reflects the turn-of-the-century period in which it was built – but there are many Rocco Forte individual touches to lift this hotel above the norm.

Holidays

Tailor-made Holidays

Gastronomic Holidays in Italy

Price from£1,749

Florence, Italy
We have teamed up with our friends at Baglioni, a privately-owned Italian hotel company who have luxurious hotels in Venice, Florence, Rome and Milan and in the elegant resort of Punta Ala in southern Tuscany. If you combine two or more of these hotels in one tailor-made holiday, you will receive a complimentary dinner in each hotel’s gastronomic restaurant.

9 night low season price from£2,098

Florence, Italy
The unique beauty of Venice combines perfectly with stays in the thriving cities of Milan and Florence. Since the days of the Grand Tour, these cities have been at the top of many travellers’ wish lists.

9 night high season price from£2,098

Florence, Italy
The classic Italian trilogy combines the three great cities of Venice, Florence and Rome in one tailor-made holiday, which takes you through Renaissance, Classical and Baroque architecture, exceptional art galleries and magnificent religious buildings ranging from the Basilica of St Mark in Venice to Brunelleschi’s Duomo in Florence and the vast dome of St Peter’s in Rome.

7 night low season price from£1,578

Florence, Italy
Leonardo da Vinci was the foremost artist, inventor and scientist of the Italian Renaissance, and 2019 marks 500 years since his death.

6 night low season price from£1,749

Florence, Italy
Discover the wonderful city of the Medici before heading to Punta Ala on the Tuscan Coast for peaceful relaxation. This six night holiday combines glorious art, architecture and history with fine cuisine, splendid sea views and two extremely comfortable hotels.

Tailor-made Holidays

Florence & The Chianti Countryside

7 night low season price from£1,348

Florence, Italy
The cradle of the Italian Renaissance, Florence is home to some of the world's greatest art and architecture. Stay for three nights at our favourite small hotel, the Antica Torre and take advantage of Kirker's timed entrance tickets to see the new Leonardo, Michelangelo and Raphael rooms at the Uffizi Gallery.

Featured Tours

7 nights from £3,198

Bologna, Italy
Harden’s & Kirker Holidays present a ‘foodie’ tour of Emilia-Romagna and Tuscany with Italian food expert Valentina Harris.

Staff Reviews

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Our reservation consultants travel extensively to our holiday destinations throughout the year. They embark on regular visits to not only our most popular destinations such as Venice and Paris but also to our lesser visited cities and rural hideaways to ensure we have a comprehensive and detailed product knowledge.

Vatican City

Italy by Rail – Rome, Florence and Venice

By Andrea Mignot, 30 April 2019

One of the trips that I have most enjoyed recently, was a ‘trilogy’ of Rome, Florence and Venice. These three cities are just perfect for a tailor-made holiday at any time of year – my trip in…

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