If you are looking for a holiday rental in Italy which guarantees tasty authentic food, lively culture, art and a vibrant music scene, then look no further than book a holiday letting in Florence. Choose your dates, use our filter tool and let Likibu do all the hard work. We have a plenty of accommodation to select from on websites like Airbnb, Tripadvisor and Booking.com.
Book accommodation in the fantastic city of Florence
Florence is a city that has a particularly rich cultural scene and it has been a very significant city since the Medicis, otherwise known as the architects of the modern economy, ruled Florence in 15th century. If you want to learn more about this historic city, then find accommodation on Likibu we have many holiday lettings to choose from. As the jewel in the crown of this renowned region, there is no more beautiful place to reserve a holiday apartment in Tuscany than in the heart of this historic city. Here, you can wake up surrounded by the hustle and bustle of one of Italy's best loved cities. Or, if you are travelling with your family and want to dip in and out of the city, then rent a villa in the hills.
Best Time to Visit Florence
The climate in Florence is generally mild, July is definitely the hottest month with average temperatures reaching 30 degrees Celsius. The coldest month is in January where temperatures drop to 6 degrees celsius, and be aware that the wettest time to visit Florence is in November.
How to get to there
Florence's main airport is Amerigo Vespucci Airport; it is three miles north-west of the centre and all the main UK airlines fly here. There are a few ways of getting from the airport to the centre of town, a taxi to the centre roughly costs €25. However, if you are looking for a cheaper transfer then buy a ticket for the Vola Bus that run from the airport into the central bus station. The bus journey is around half an hour; it leaves every 30 minutes and it is only €10 return.
If you have landed in Rome, or you want to add some Tuscan sunshine into your itinerary after your time in the capital, then travelling to Florence has never been easier. Take the train from the airport or your accommodation in Rome for only one and a half hours, before you will arrive in this beautiful city.
How to get around Florence
Walking around Florence is a great way to see the city and most of the main tourist attractions are within a 25-minute walk. Public transport is very easy to use in the city; we would recommend small electric buses that run all over the centro storico and you can buy tickets at a tabacco shop or a newsstand.
Where to book accommodation in Florence
Santa Croce and the East
If you are looking to enjoy a holiday filled with culture and partying then this is the place to stay. The main square here is filled at night with students partying and clubbers returning home early in the morning. It is the ideal place to find great value accommodation, browse through our selection of apartments and bed and breakfasts' in this neighbourhood. This area is a popular place for locals to meet, so you will definitely get a feel for the real Florence by staying here, additionally it is only a five minute walk from all the main tourist sites
The Duomo and Piazza Della Signoria
For centuries, the heart of Florence has been centred around the Duomo and Piazza della Signoria. Today the main road that connects the two is strewn with tourists, delicious Italian food markets and souvenir shops. If you want to book a holiday rental that is in the centre of all the action and you don't mind being amongst the crowds of tourists, then this is the most convenient place to stay. You will find numerous hotel rooms and serviced apartments available for rental here. A bonus of booking accommodation here is that you have the main tourist attractions on your doorstep for example: Brunelleschi's beautiful dome, the ancient baptistery, Palazzo Vecchio and the world famous Uffizi gallery. This is also a fantastic area for shopping as you will find Via Tornabuoni filled with stylish boutiques nearby.
Santa Maria Novella, San Lorenzo and the West
These two medieval parishes stand adjacent to one another and they are within Florence's ‘centro storico', you will find lots of holiday rentals here. These two neighbourhoods are filled with palazzi that have a very interesting history, as well as incredible museums and churches. If you are a bargain hunter then you will find great markets here selling good value leather, clothes and many accessories. This is the perfect place to stay to experience life as a local. If you are travelling in a large group rent a spacious apartment or if you are travelling as a couple then book an authentic Italian hotel. The famous Mercato Centrale is also in this area which is full of affordable trattoria, cafés and stylish boutiques. For those looking to soak in the culture of Florence this neighbourhood has many great places to visit nearby such as: the magnificent churches of Santa Maria Novella and San Lorenzo, the Medici chapels and Gozzoli's frescoes in the Chapel of the Magi.
Florence is surrounded by the neighbourhoods known as the Hills, this is the perfect place to escape when you are visiting Rome in the summer. Here you can rent a villa, enjoy the beautiful rural landscape and the cooler temperatures. This neighbourhood is home to some of Florence's finest hotels that come with some of the most beautiful Italian gardens and pools. Renting accommodation here means that you can enjoy sightseeing all day in town and still be back in time for an exquisite al fresco dinner in the Hills.
What to see in Florence
The Duomo, Florence's Cathedral
The impressive Santa Maria del Fiore Cathedral took over six centuries to build and the most impressive part of it is Brunelleschi's huge 15th century terracotta tiled dome and it is still the largest in the world. For the best panoramic view of the city climb up 414 steps of Giotto's bell tower.
The Magnificent Uffizi is Italy's most famous art gallery and it was originally built as the Medici Whitehall. The Medici's were the governing dynasty and the Uffizi was their administrative centre. The Uffizi has one of the most astonishing collections of art, its highlights include Botticelli's Primavera and Birth of Venus, Francesca's portraits of the Duke and Duchess of Urbino and Tondo Doni by Michelangelo. We would advise booking tickets in advance when visiting here.
Take a boat trip on the Arno
If you want to get another perspective of Florence then you can book a trip on an authentic wooden barchetti and enjoy floating down the Arno, these boats used to be used for transporting building materials. The boats hold 12 passengers and each boat trip lasts 50 minutes.
Piazza della Signoria
The Piazza della Signoria has been the hub of political life in Florence since the 14th century with the beautiful prominent Palazzo Vecchio looking over the square. The sculptures in this Piazza are astonishing, this is where the incredible statue of David made by Michelangelo once stood as a symbol of the Republic's rebellion against the oppressive Medici.