Florence

One of the world's most architecturally beautiful cities, it is not surprising that the elegant, fashionable and picturesque city of Florence is bursting with life. Nestled below the wooded foothills of the Apennines, along the banks of the Arno River, this capital of the Tuscany region is located on Italy's northwest coast. Founded in 59 B.C. as a settlement for retired Roman soldiers, Florence retains its old-fashioned spirit and will make you feel as if you were transported back in time. Countless museums and galleries are filled with masterpieces by Botticelli, Brunelleschi, da Vinci and Michelangelo while great shopping and delicious cuisine make Florence a popular vacation spot. Most of the sights you'll want to see are within walking distance of the Duomo cathedral in the city center. The heart of the city is the Piazza de Duomo and the Piazza della Signoria where statues commemorate major historical events of the city's life. Next door, the Uffizi is the oldest gallery in the world, with a collection of the greatest works of the Renaissance commissioned largely by the Medici family.

Good to Know

  • Lively and actively expanding gay scene
  • Generally inclusive
  • Civil unions legal since May 2016

Featured Resorts:

Hotel Monna Lisa

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The Hotel Monna Lisa is located in the ancient center of Florence. This elegant renaissance palace is furnished with fine antique furniture, old oil paintings and a number of art treasures. These include the first model of Giambologna's "Rape of Sabines", plus neoclassical drawings and statues by Giovanni Dupre, the famous sculptor from whom the owner's family is descended. This hotel is an attractive, unique establishment that is perfect for the guest who wants a p ...

Plaza Lucchesi

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Built in 1860, this hotel is located just a few steps from Santa Croce Square. The Plaza Hotel Lucchesi (or the Lucchesi as the faithful guests call it) is surely one of Florence's historical hotels. It offers a solicitous, personalized service in a relaxed ambiance. Among those who have made the most of the wonderful view over the River Arno or the Church of Santa Croce that can be enjoyed from the rooms.

Relais Santa Croce

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Overlooking Florence's rooftops, the Duomo or Santa Croce, the 25 splendid rooms offer high quality comfort and luxury services. The Guelfi e Ghibellini restaurant stands out for its Mediterranean character and strong inclination for Tuscan specialties, a perfect combination of traditional flavors and the rebirth of the local cuisine. Drinks and snacks are served at the Bar and in the Music room.  In the same building there is the famous Enoteca Pinchiorri restaurant, at ...

Additional Resorts:

Hotel Lungarno
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The serenity of the river Arno caressed by the soft morning light and the charm of the Hotel Lungarno nestled close to the Ponte Vecchio lets you fall in love with Florence and its enchanting beauty. Spectacular views of the city from the guestrooms and a precious art collection from the 1900's distinguish this wonderful hotel. The atmosphere of the elegant Lounge Bar Picteau is enhanced by original art from Picasso and Cocteau. As the reflections of the river Arno are soften ...

Gallery Hotel Art
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Like the world of art, the creativity and style of the Gallery Hotel Art is ever evolving. Renaissance inspired, some of the finest contemporary art is displayed in the lounges and library in ever changing settings, effortlessly combining the simplicity of the Asian with Tuscan elegance and comfort. Discover splendid rooms and suites, each warm and inviting with a unique essence of Florentine character and a hint of Asian fascination. The upper levels of the hotel feature spe ...

Villa Cora
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The Villa Cora is located inside a centuries-old park that overlooks the Boboli Gardens, on the hills just outside the historical center of Florence. The main villa is an aristocratic residence built at the end of the XIX century reflecting thearchitectural styles of that period, dominated by a strong eclectic decor that provides the villa with different, sometimes even bazarre, artistic styles. Villa Cora, inaugurated when Florence was the capital of the Kingdom of Italy, ha ...

Hotel Helvetia & Bristol
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This is a special hotel in Florence - a Renaissance period building which has been perfectly maintained throughout the centuries. Each visitor is personally served by members of a highly professional staff who do all they can to see to your every need. The hotel is located in the middle of the city's historic center, just a three-minute walk to the Duomo and very close to all the major attractions and shopping.

HOTEL LONDRA
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Completely renovated the Hotel Londra is situated a few steps from the train station of Santa Maria Novella and the Masterpieces of Medieval Florentine Art and from the elegant shops of the historical center. Not far from Palazzo dei Congressi and to the Fortezza da Basso exhibition center. The hotel has 166 comfortable rooms and a major conference center with 10 meeting rooms. Despite its very central location it is easily accessible by car and has a large garage and private ...

Rivoli Boutique Hotel
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Rivoli Boutique Hotel is located in the heart of the incredible, bustling city of Florence. Just minutes from all the major cultural points of interest like the Uffizzi Gallery, the Duomo, the Ponte Vecchio and the Academy of Fine Arts. This unique old Franciscan convent has been completely modernized and in the same time they have magnificently preserved all the beautiful details that make it such an original building. There still remain the original classic ceilings, stone ...

San Gallo Palace Hotel
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San Gallo Palace is a 4 star Superior Hotel rebuilt in 2011 and completly refurbished in 2013. Its 56 suites and rooms offer an elegant setting with warm atmosphere. The Hotel is located in Piazza della Liberta, a great home- base to discover Florence since the 15th century. In fact, the original San Gallo door is still one of the oldest gates through the walls of the old city.In 10 minutes walking distance, you can reach the original David by Michelangelo in the Accademia Ga ...

Hotel Brunelleschi
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Hotel Brunelleschi has been expertly and successfully restored bringing back to splendor one of the oldest and most fascinating buildings of Florence.  Ideal both for work trips and pleasure, Hotel Brunelleschi is located in one of the city's oldest buildings and is barely 50 meters from the Cathedral, 100 meters from the Uffizi Gallery, and five minutes from the most important museums and fashionable shopping streets as Via de Calzaiuoli and Via de Tornabuoni.  

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