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Travel: How to spend 48 hours in the beautiful Italian city of Florence

Cathedral Santa Maria del Fiore in Florence, Italy
Cathedral Santa Maria del Fiore in Florence, Italy

 

STAY

Florence has something for everyone, from the museums and art galleries that house some of the world’s greatest artistic treasures, to the Piazzale Michelangelo, where you can enjoy sweeping, panoramic views across this beautiful city.

Book a room at The Portrait Firenze Hotel, a stunning five-star hotel overlooking The Arno River and just a few steps away from some of the city’s most iconic sights such as the Palazzo Vecchio.

Most rooms offer beautiful views of the river and the iconic Ponte Vecchio.

EAT

If you don’t mind the long queues, try the delicious sandwiches at All’Antico Vinaio. But make sure you have an empty tummy as they are extremely filling.

For eating out, head to Fuoco Matto to marvel at the chefs cooking traditional Florentine steaks.

DRINK

With Florence located near some of the best vineyards in the world, it would be a shame not to visit them while you’re here.

To make the most of your 48 hours, head out on an evening sunset Chianti wine tour and marvel at the beautiful Tuscan scenery whilst sampling the region’s world-renowned wines.

SEE

Florence is a walkable city, so you can easily navigate around the sights on foot.

You’re spoilt for choice for things to do so it’s a good idea to plan your day out and pre-book tickets for the galleries and landmarks you want to visit.

If you feel like stretching your legs, a trip up the 463 steps of the Duomo at the Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore is a must. The hike is worth it simply for the views across the city.

Discover some of the world’s greatest artwork during visits to the Uffizi Gallery and Galleria dell’Accademia.

Fans of the Renaissance period should head along to the Medici Chapels and Palazzo Vecchio.