For £169 per person, stay in a 19th-century former palace right in the centre of Florence, an "enchanting" Italian city with "some of the most famous art in the world, a beautifully romantic setting, shopping aplenty and superb Tuscan food", says Condé Nast Traveller. This offer, almost half the usual price, includes:
Awarded a TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence this year, the hotel is a 5-minute walk from Santa Maria Novella, Florence's main station. Ponte Vecchio, the 14th-century bridge lined with glittering jewellery shops and art dealers, is a 15-minute walk away and the city's famous cathedral is 10 minutes away; be sure to climb to the top for 360-degree views of the city.
Florence is "delightfully uncrowded" during this time, according to The Daily Telegraph.
It's an extra £10 per person to depart from London Gatwick on 5, 7-8, 16, 27 January; 11-12, 22, 25 February; 5, 9, 16, 26 March; or from London Stansted on 1, 3, 5-6, 10, 12, 16, 24 December; 6, 8, 13, 15, 27, 29 January; 2-5, 9-12, 23-26 February; 3, 9-10, 16-17, 23-24 March.
Alternatively, depart from London Stansted from 21 September-24 October, or from East Midlands on 5, 8, 19 October for an extra £50.
Checked luggage is from an extra £35 per person. Transfers are not included, but a train ticket from Pisa International Airport to Santa Maria Novella station costs from 7.80€.