Information & Facts
Florence is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, packed with churches, cathedrals, art galleries and museums like the Cattedrale de Santa Maria del Fiore, the church of Santa Croce, the Galleria degli Uffizi. The city houses some of the finest examples of renaissance art on display. One of the key pieces on view is Michelangelo’s David which stands proud in the Academia Gallery.
While museums and architecture are visually appealing there is more to this city and region to be enjoyed on city breaks to Florence from Dublin. Cross the River Arno to the Giardino di Boboli with its fountains and the Pitti Palace or sip a coffee in Piazza della Signoria in the historic centre and watch the world go by. With a one day tour around the region of Tuscany taking in the beautiful scenery, you could enjoy in the vineyards surrounding Florence with a wine tasting tour.
You will be able to shop til you drop on Via de' Tornabuoni, Florence's main shopping street, where luxury fashion houses and jewellery stores can be found. For more reasonable prices try The Mall, a designer outlet with labels such as Alexander McQueen, Gucci, Fendi and Burberry. Visit the Ponte Vecchio, where jewellery shops line the sides of the medieval bridgeor try out the local markets, such as San Lorenzo, a popular spot for souvenirs and leather goods. Start you shopping trip on one of our unforgettable cheap weekend breaks to Florence from Ireland.
Florence enjoys a humid, subtropical climate. Summers are hot and muggy with temperatures higher than those found along the coast. Relief rainfall prevails in the winter, with cool to cold temperatures and occasional snow.
The official language of Italy is Italian. English is understood in the larger cities but not in the more remote parts of the country.
The Euro (EUR) is the official currency, which is divided into 100 cents. Those arriving in Italy with foreign currency can obtain Euros through any bank, ATM or bureaux de change. ATMs are widespread. Travellers cheques can be exchanged with ease in the large cities, not so in the smaller towns. Credit cards are accepted in upmarket establishments and shops around the cities. Banks are closed on weekends, but tend to have better rates than casas de cambios.