Best area to stay in Florence

Where is the best area to stay in Florence?

With winding narrow streets, world class art and wonderful Tuscan cuisine, Florence is a city that tourists flock to from all over the world. This is the birthplace of Renaissance art, where art lovers can feast upon works by Botticelli and Leonardo da Vinci, in the beautiful surroundings of famous churches and galleries. While you’re there, why not wander around the Cattedrale di Santa Maria del Fiore, or contemplate the statue of David in the Galleria dell'Accademia. Whether you’re marvelling at the paintings in the Uffizi gallery, or gazing out over the terracotta rooftops from the Piazzale Michelangelo, this UNESCO World Heritage Site is sure to capture your heart.


If you want to be near to the major sights of city, the best area to stay in Florence is the historic centre. This means you’ll be within strolling distance of the Florence Cathedral (The Duomo), and you can easily reach the Piazza della Signoria, around which many of the major museums and galleries are situated. In this area, you’ll find antique shops, cafes and restaurants. You’ll also be close to the Ponte Vechio, a medieval bridge that takes you to the other side of the Arno River. The Santa Maria Novella train station is a 10-15 minute walk, and you’ll find the bus station close by.

Hotel   Price per night
Hotel Casci
Via Camillo Cavour, 13
121€ - 144$
Hotel Alessandra
Borgo SS. Apostoli, 17
110€ - 131$
Hotel   Price per night
Hotel Benivieni
Via delle Oche, 5
150€ - 179$
Hotel Palazzo Guadagni
Piazza Santo Spirito 9
170€ - 202$
Hotel   Price per night
NH Porta Rossa
Via Porta Rossa 19
314€ - 374$
Hotel L'Orologio
Piazza Santa Maria Novella 24
375€ - 446$
Hotel Degli Orafi
Lungarno degli Archibusieri, 4
339€ - 403$
Hotel   Price per night
Palazzo Magnani Feroni
Borgo San Frediano, 5
415€ - 494$
Golden Tower Hotel
Piazza Strozzi 11r
387€ - 461$

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The Historic Centre, the best area to stay in Florence

Florence Historic Centre is located in quartiere 1 of this city, which became a UNESCO World Heritage Site in the 1980s. This part of the city is known not only for its rich history and culture but also the arts and you will find the works of many world famous artists here in buildings such as the Santa Maria Del Flore cathedral, the Uffizi, the Pitti Palace and the Church of Santa Croce. Visitors get to feast their eyes on the incredible work of artists such as Michelangelo, Brunelleschi, Giotto and Botticelli amongst others. You will also find some of the most impressive and well known cultural attractions in Florence within its historic centre.


One of the great things about this part of the city is that it combines both the historic and the modern. Many of the sights and attractions that are here are historically, culturally or architecturally fascinating. At the same time, this part of the city offers easy access to modern facilities such as hotels and places to dine out. This part of the city is best explored on foot, as there is so much to take in, from the museums and galleries to the beautiful piazzas, the churches and grand architecture.

Ponte Vecchio Florencia

Key Attractions in Florence Historic Centre

When you stay in Florence Historic Centre, you will find a host of world famous, fascinating and awe-inspiring attractions to explore. This part of the city is easy to get around, so you shouldn’t have any problems getting around and enjoying these incredible sights. Some of the key attractions that you can look forward to visiting in Florence Historic Centre include:


  • IL Duomo: The Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore is a stunning structure that was constructed between 1296, when building began, and 1436, when it was finally completed. This Gothic style building was designed by Arnolfo di Cambio and its impressive dome was designed by Filippo Brunelleschi. For fans of history, culture, arts or architecture, a visit to this beautiful cathedral is a must. You can even climb its 463 steps in order to enjoy incredible views of Florence.


  • The Baptistery of San Giovanni: This is one of the most important and oldest religious buildings in Florence and one that is steeped in history and culture. It is dedicated to John the Baptist and is hexagonal in shape with an elaborate marble exterior. Inside the building you will find stunning works of art as well as historical and religious artefacts, making this a truly fascinating place to visit both in terms of its architecture and its historical value.


  • Campanile: One of the most visited places in Europe, Piazza del Duomo lies at the very heart of Florence Historic Centre and is where you will find some of the best known and most popular sights and attractions in the city. Amongst the sights and attractions located here is Giotto’s Campanile or the Bell Tower. Rising to 278 feet, this is a great place from which to enjoy views of the city. The tower is beautifully decorated in marble and has become one of the most recognised landmarks in Florence. There are five levels to the tower with the interior boasting intricate decoration and artwork.


  • Ponte Vecchio: Until the early 1200s, the Ponte Vecchio was the only bridge to cross the Arno River in Florence, although flooding meant that it had to be rebuilt in the mid-1300s. This beautiful arched, medieval bridge has three huge arches and has always been home to shops. Today it has become a hotspot for jewellery shops, with retailers of gold and silver offering an array of beautiful items. When you walk along the bridge you not only get to browse the shops and take in its structure but you can also enjoy great views of the river.


  • Galleria degli Uffizi: One of the most historic and well known museums on the planet, the Uffizi Gallery is an extremely popular attraction in this city. This is a gallery that is home to many incredible artistic masterpieces created by some of the most famous artists in history. You can look forward to taking in work by the likes of Michelangelo, Raphael, Titian, and Botticelli. The building of this museum began in the mid-1500s by Giorgio Vasari and it was originally constructed to house the offices of the magistrates in Florence.


  • Gallerie dell’ Accademia: This gallery is a must for art lovers, as it is home to the original world famous sculpture ‘David’ by Michelangelo. You will also find a variety of other sculptures housed here as well as an excellent Renaissance artwork collection. This includes painting by artists such as Botticelli, Uccello and Andrea del Sarto.


  • The Basilica of the Holy Cross: Believed to have been founded by Saint Francis, the Basilica Di Santa Croce is the burial place of the likes of Michelangelo, Galileo, and Rossini amongst others. Many of the sixteen chapels that form part of the basilica were elaborately decorated by Giotto. You can also see the ruins of a convent, which are located on the southern side of this structure. When you visit this basilica you will also be able to explore the attractions within, which includes the Museum of the Opera of Santa Croce and the Pazzi Chapel, which was created by Filippo Brunelleschi.


  • The Pitti Palace: The huge, largely Renaissance Palazzo Pitti dates back to the 1450s and was once the residence of wealthy Florentine banker, Luca Pitti. It then became the main residence for royalty after being purchased in the 1540s by the Medici family. This is a grand building that boasts a rich and fascinating history, having even been used as a power base by Napoleon in the 18th century. It has now become the largest museum complex in the city, with a number of galleries and museums located within. This includes the Palatine Gallery, the Royal Apartments, the Gallery of Modern Art, the Silver Museum, and the Porcelain Museum amongst others.