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Highlights of Florence

By Charlotte Phillips, 22 January 2018

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Florence

Flying into Pisa airport, to then be whisked off in a private chauffeured transfer is a wonderful way to arrive into Florence. The Tuscan scenery en route to our hotel was an excellent introduction to this wonderful part of Italy. I stayed at the impressive Grand Hotel Villa Medici, an 18th century palace, which is an excellent base from which to explore the city of the Medici, a mere three minute walk from the River Arno and 15 minutes from the Duomo. Even more importantly, a number of our favourite trattorias are within a few minutes’ walk. To top it off, the hotel’s small yet inviting swimming pool and delightful outdoor terrace make a perfect summer oasis.

Florence is a compact city, and strolling around is the perfect way to feel the beating heart of Florentine culture. We had the pleasure of a private guided tour, which really added so much to my experience of the city. As a Florentine herself, our guide really offered us a unique insight into the city, something that one would not be able to find on one’s own.

Visiting the Uffizi gallery was another highlight of the trip and not to be missed. With such a wonderful array of artwork, largely from the Florentine Renaissance, it includes some real blockbusters. The likes of which cannot be found anywhere else, such as Botticelli’s Venus. I look forward to visiting the Accademia and Bargello galleries the next time I am in Florence.

Luckily, I had a few more days to spare in Italy, so I boarded an ITALO train to Rome where I continued my trip. The ITALO trains really are an excellent way to travel around Italy, especially in Prima class, with large comfortable seats and plenty of space. I would recommend combining Florence with other Italian cities, such as Rome (just 80 minutes away) or Venice (just over 2 hours).

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