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Where to Stay in Florence?
Florence is so compact that wherever you are staying, you’ll never be far from the Uffizi, the Accademia, the Palazzo Strozzi and the rest of the main attractions. Staying in a B&B or hotel in the area around the Ponte Vecchio means you’ll always be close to a plate of pasta – there are hundreds of small restaurants dotted around the ancient bridge. If you want to stay in the Duomo area, you’ll find plenty of 3- and 4-star properties to choose from, and you’ll have the Campanile, the Bargello and the Museo dell’Opera del Duomo on your doorstep. For those who crave a little peace after a frenetic day’s sightseeing, choosing a hotel on the other side of the Arno from the Duomo is a good idea. The noise of the city recedes as you cross the Ponte Vecchio and you are close to the blissfully beautiful Boboli Gardens and Pitti Palace.
Florence Accommodation Options
Wherever you book to stay in Florence, from the humblest of family-run B&Bs to the grandest of historic palazzos, you can’t fail to be surrounded by spires, statues and art. There are boutique hotels tucked away behind grandiose gateways with peaceful courtyards, five star grand dames overlooking buzzing squares and simple cheap hotels – all nudging side by side in this small cradle of Renaissance. If you want a little more independence, Florence also has plenty of loft-type self-catering accommodation where you can take advantage of the city’s dozens of delicious delis and cook up your own Italian feasts. If you plan to splurge head to Via del Prato for the Grand Hotel Villa Medici close to the Arno whose tranquil gardens and pool provide a haven from the heat and sightseeing.
Florence Hotel Recommendations?
*A room with a view – The Hotel Bretagna, which sits on the bank of the Arno just minutes from the Ponte Vecchio
* Central -- Davanzati – an extremely popular 3-star hotel right next to Museo di palazzo Davanzati in the centre of town
* Self-catering – the stylish Firenze Lofts are located right in the heart of the city opposite a bakery, grocers, cafes and bars
*Cheap and cheerful – Hotel Crocini, a15-minute walk from all the action but good value.
Transport in Florence
If you’ve flown directly into Florence Peretola, buses leave the airport every half an hour and reach the centre in about 25 minutes, depending on traffic. Arriving into Tuscany via Pisa airport, it’ll take you an hour by train to reach Florence.