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Why Fly to Florence?
Brimming with art and a magnet for global culture seekers, you could spend months taking in all the breathtaking artworks that litter Florence, both inside its museums and churches and outside in its streets and avenues. A trip to the city will never be complete without a wander around the Uffizi. For sculptural works of genius, The Baghello Palace is stuffed with the labours of Donatello, Michelangelo and della Robbia or you could make for Dante’s favourite church Santa Croce where the great and the good of Florence are buried including Galileo, Rossini and Machiavelli. You can use Travelzoo’s SuperSearch to find cheap flights to Florence.
Flying to Florence from the UK
Currently there are only three services operating direct flights into Florence Peretola airport from the UK, from London Heathrow, London Gatwick and London City. However, neighbouring Pisa, which is just 50 miles west of Florence, has become a major low-cost flights centre and you can reach that airport from across the UK & Ireland. You’ll also get cheap flight deals with Swiss which code shares with Lufthansa and BMI to offer indirect flights to Florence.
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Which Airlines Fly to Florence?
Meridiana is the only airline that flies directly into Florence Peretola airport from the UK and operates services only in the south, from London Heathrow, London Gatwick and London City. (It code shares with British Airways so you can also book directly with BA.) However, Ryanair has created a base at Pisa airport, some 50 miles and one hour by train away, which means you can access low-cost flights from many regional UK airports including London Stansted, Liverpool, Glasgow, Prestwick, Dublin, Birmingham, Bournemouth, Bristol, East Midlands and Edinburgh. easyjet also offers low-cost flights from Bristol, Gatwick and Luton. You can get discount flights from Jet2 from Belfast, Leeds Bradford, Manchester and Newcastle. British Airways has services from London Heathrow and London Gatwick but they tend to be more expensive.
Mini Travel Guide to Florence
Take a stroll across the Ponte Vecchio, the only bridge across the River Arno to survive Luftwaffe bombing, which is lined with goldsmiths and was built in 1345. Trust us, you’ll have art fatigue after your Uffizi tour so grab some prosciutto and ciabatta and rest awhile in the glorious Boboli Gardens behind the Palazzo Pitti. Inside the palace there are a whole load of museums including the Gallery of Modern Art, the Silver Gallery which houses all the Medici family heirlooms and the Royal Apartments which gives you a peek into how minted Renaissance dynasties lived. The Costume Gallery appeals to the fashionistas in all of us, displaying what folks wore through 300 years of city living.
Before you declare yourself in cultural overdrive, nip to the Accademia where the real Michelangelo’s David sits (the one in Piazza della Signoria is a fake) as well as Giambologna’s Rape of the Sabines.
If you’ve kids in tow, give them a break with a dip in the Lido at Piscina Le Pavoniere where overheated Florentines cool down from the frenzy of the city.