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Thanks to its popularity, it's easy to access Florence via cheap airlines. Both British Airways and Alitalia offer direct flights. British Airways departs from London twice daily. Alitalia flies from London Heathrow to Florence Airport (FLR) seven times daily with a stopover in Rome.
Summers in Florence are warm and dry, the winters can get quite cold and tend to be wet. Just watch out from March to May though, that's when school trips are popular and the museums are usually packed with children.
Direct flights to Florence take a mere 2h.
This city is beautiful. Maybe it's just because it's home to Michelangelo's David, but as soon as you arrive and see the locals dressed in the latest fashions, it's hard to believe that time has passed since Medici was was around. The Tuscan countryside is the perfect backdrop, and easily explored with a Florence rent car, for you next trip.
Duomo: The world's fourth largest cathedral took almost 150 years to build. The interior of it is totally Spartan and most of the churches valuables are now located in the adjacent museum.
Galleria degli Uffizi: This museum is reason enough to come to Florence. It contains the world's finest collection of Renaissance art, more than 1500 works in total and all of them spectacular.
Basilica di Santa Croce: This cathedral is a stunning work of architecture and holds the remains of some very impressive Italians (Michelangelo, Galileo and Machiavelli to name a few). It's the largest Franciscan church in the world and its sixteen chapels are worth visiting alone for their impressive frescoes.
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Florence has hotels to suit every style and budget. Family-run pensioni are still popular and while the rooms tend to be small, they're an intimate and authentic option when choosing hotels in Florence. You should book your accommodations as far in advance as possible unless you're travelling in winter, things tend to be a lot slower then.