Florence

From world-leading art galleries such as the Uffizi to some of Italy’s finest food, Florence is an unbeatable destination.

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Birthplace of the Renaissance, one-time home to Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo and Raphael, and an Aladdin’s cave of artistic masterpieces, Florence is a cultural powerhouse. From world-leading art galleries such as the Uffizi to timeless masterpieces including Michelangelo’s David, via some of Italy’s finest food, Florence is an unbeatable destination.

Arriving at Florence Airport

Florence Airport sits around 2.5 miles (4km) north-west of the centre of Florence, and there are a few options for getting into the city centre. The only public transport is the VolaInBus shuttle bus directly between the airport and Via Santa Caterina in the centre of Florence, taking around 20 minutes. It runs daily 0530—0030, with a one-way ticket €6 or a return €10.

A slightly quicker but significantly more expensive option is to get a taxi. These are available throughout the day and night in front of the terminal on arrival. Fixed rates to the centre of Florence are €22 in the daytime, €25.30 at night and €24 on public holidays. There is also a €1 luggage supplement.

If you want your own wheels to explore Florence’s surroundings, it’s best to pre-book car-hire.

Food markets

In a region as celebrated for its cuisine as Tuscany, it comes as no surprise that Florence is home to some truly fantastic food markets. One of the best is the vast, two-level San Lorenzo Central, with fresh produce perfect for assembling a picnic and gourmet food stalls selling everything from Neapolitan pizza to local Chianti wine.

Cooking classes

Learning to cook Tuscan dishes is a fantastic way to take a piece of Florence home with you, as well as to sample regional delicacies. These include pappardelle pasta with wild boar sauce, Tuscan bean stew and antipasto Toscano (crostini with chicken liver pâté). You’ll see cookery classes advertised all over the place in Florence.

Gelato

Not too far behind pizza and pasta when it comes to iconic Italian food is ice cream. Florentines can argue until the cows come home about where to find the best gelato in the city, but a good place to start is Badiani on Via dei Mille, welcoming customers since 1932. Here you can try the Buontalenti, designed in homage to the local architect said to have invented gelato.