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.

Nightlife

Florence offers something for all tastes when it comes to nightlife, from sleek cocktail bars and buzzing clubs to traditional trattorias for quieter evenings. One thing that should be on every Florentine itinerary – although it needn’t be in the evening – is wine tasting. One of the finest places to do it is the aptly named Piazza del Vino, on Via della Torretta. Each tasting session sees you sampling four local wines, including a Chianti, accompanied by light Florentine snacks.

To experience a true stalwart of Florence’s nightlife, head to Harry’s Bar on the banks of the Arno. Welcoming guests since 1952, this is one of the best places in the city for a traditional cocktail, in keeping with its pedigree – founder Giuseppe Cipriani invented the Bellini at the original Harry’s Bar in Venice in the mid 20th century.

Florence has no shortage of live music options, but a particularly good place to head is the Santo Spirito area south of the Arno. Perennial local favourites here include NoF, an always-packed venue playing host to local bands, and La Cite, a fantastic multimedia space incorporating a library, jazz lounge and bar.