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Where to stay in Florence

If you’re looking to spend a holiday in Florence, you’ve come to the right place. There are 5,385 vacation rentals available all over Florence, and we’re confident you’ll find a neighborhood that fits your needs and your budget. Affordable vacation rentals in Florence start at a nightly rate of $7, with 20% of properties priced under $53 per night. Whether you’re on the hunt for a private apartment near Bargello National Museum or a retreat close to Pitti Palace, our mission is to help you find exactly what you need. VacationRenter offers a wide selection of holiday homes from top travel websites like Airbnb, Vrbo, HomeAway, Booking.com, and many more. Seeking particular amenities such as a private pool or air conditioning? You can easily filter search results with the click of a button. No matter if you’re travelling on your own, going on a romantic Italian honeymoon, or planning a trip for a group of 15, we can match you with a villa that sleeps everyone comfortably. Start planning the trip of a lifetime to Florence with VacationRenter today.

Where Is Florence, Italy?

Located in central Italy, Florence is the capital city of the region of Tuscany.

What Is Florence, Italy Famous For?

The birthplace of the Renaissance, Florence showcases the very best of Italia. Romantic, enchanting, and utterly irresistible, Florence is a place to feast your eyes and taste buds with world-class art and gourmet Tuscan cuisine. Skip down the narrow cobbled streets as you marvel at a cinematic collection of elegant palazzi, medieval candle-lit chapels, fresco-decorated churches, and world-class art museums bursting with the chef-d’œuvres of Botticcelli and Michelangelo. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, the city is also the birthplace of Italy’s fashion industry, as well as a gourmet paradise where eating and drinking is not a necessary activity, but opportunities of unmitigated pleasure. An Italian treasure chest of art, culture, and history, the Florentine lifestyle is truly dolce.

Where to Go in Florence, Italy

  • Duomo: Discover the delights of the Duomo when you enter the iconic cathedral repeatedly printed on postcards and travel catalogues alike. Built over six centuries, the cathedral is famous above all for Brunelleschi’s huge 15th-century terracotta-tiled cupola, still the biggest masonry dome in the world. Inside, look out for Paolo Uccello’s famous fresco of the 14th-century British mercenary, Sir John Hawkwood, as well as the glittering mosaic ceiling in the Baptistery.
  • Piazza della Signoria: Spend your afternoon hours nursing an espresso on an outside table at one of the cafes and restaurants surrounding the Piazza della Signoria. Dominated by the medieval town hall of Palazzo Vecchio, the Piazza del Signoria is always crowded and always buzzing with high-energy, enhanced by the cacophony of sounds that originate from the wonderful mix of Florentines and tourists intermingling with each other.
  • Ponte Vecchio: Straddling the Arno, Florence’s oldest bridge has been lined with quaint stores since the 14th century. Once populated with malodorous proprietors of butchers, tanners, and blacksmiths, the shops are now occupied by jewelers and goldsmiths that still continue to reign over their centuries-old shops. When you visit Ponte Vecchio, make sure to pick up a treasure to take home.

Popular Destinations Near Florence

  • Pisa: Galileo Galilei, the father of modern science, was not the only famous thinker with strong ties to Pisa. Since its golden era from the 9th to the 13th century, the city has been a sanctuary for artists, writers, and poets. Today, it has lost none of its charm. Once a maritime power to rival Genoa and Venice, modern Pisa is best known for an architectural project gone terribly wrong. The world-famous Leaning Tower is just one of many noteworthy sights in this compelling city. Boasting a vibrant bar and café scene alongside beautifully maintained structures dating back to the old world, Pisa’s streets are alive with romance, art, and unparalleled beauty.
  • Pietrasanta: At first glance, Pietrasanta is just another pretty Tuscan locale, with a pretty piazza surrounded by cafés, awe-inspiring mountainous scenery, and a varied assortment of aesthetically pleasing churches. However, look beneath the surface and you'll discover a wealth of creativity where art and workmanship blend together to create the authentic spirit of the local culture. An open-air museum studded with over 70 sculptures by international artists, the town’s art collection increases in number thanks to the donations from the tried and true artists who continue to call this town home.

Best Neighborhoods in Florence

  • Sant’Ambrogio: Retaining the city’s village-like charm, Sant’Ambrogio embodies the character of Florence in one neighborhood. Elderly ladies start assembling their stalls in the morning, gabbing to each other in a cacophony of Italian tongue. With seasonal fruits, fresh vegetables, rich meats, and tasty cheese, every foodie’s dream is realized in Sant'Ambrogio. Tread down the cobbled lanes and spectate at the romantic couples holding hands, friends sipping morning espressos together in the open-air cafes, and the firefly light of simple but content life.
  • Santo Spirito: Renowned for its bohemian feel and creation of artisan treasures, Santo Spirito is the center of a leafy piazza that is an ongoing party. Eateries are always buzzing from dusk to dawn, where impatient businessmen quickly sip espressos and laid-back young men nurse a sunset aperitivo with their girlfriends. Pop into the namesake basilica and discover a paradoxical blend of ornate art behind a simplistic façade.

Home-types in Florence

Florence has a variety of property types for you to consider when booking a trip. Here are the most popular property types in Florence:

Points of interests in Florence

Florence has several popular points of interest for you to check out when visiting the area. Here are the most popular points of interest in Florence: