Who needs a weekend away in Florence?
Benefits of a weekend break
Get away for a weekend in Florence. Return feeling rejuvenated. Reawaken your thoughts and get back to work until your next break.
You know how a weekend away or longer makes you feel so much more relaxed, refreshed and ready to tackle any problem that comes your way. Have you got anything booked? Or are you putting it off because you are so busy? Life’s short. Book your holiday now and reap the benefits.
Getting there / airlines
You can travel from the UK direct to Pisa airport with various airlines from EasyJet, Skyscanner and Jet2com.
Travel from Pisa Airport to Florence
When you arrive at Pisa Airport why not take the bus or train into the centre of Florence? It’s less stressful than driving. If you’re not used to lots of horn honking — public transport will be the best option for you.
Around rush hour the Italian’s certainly like honking their horn for nearly anything! It all adds to the atmosphere of the city.
You can purchase your tickets from the kiosk at the airport. The journey is just over an hour. The Autostradale bus will drop you at the railway station and costs €10.00 for a single ticket.
What to do in Florence
Soak up the atmosphere by walking to your hotel. The city is vibrant with lots of tourists soaking up the Italian sunshine.
Depending on your route you’ll pass everything from budget to high street and designer shops. The trendy Italian designer shops of Prada, Armani and Gucci are in Via de’ Tornabuoni.
There are charming cafes everywhere displaying mouth-watering delicious looking gelatos, coffees and pastries. Believe me; they are too good to resist. They taste divine!
Piazza Del Duomo
From the railway to the Piazza Del Duomo, it’s only a 15-minute walk. This Piazza is the most famous tourist point in Florence because it is home to the famous Duomo Cathedral, Baptistery and the Campanile.
Sit down in the Piazza with a coffee and marvel at the architecture. Listen too for the gasps — yes actual gasps, from some of the tourists, when they first see the Duomo, the Baptistery and the Campanile.
Duomo, Baptistery and The Campanile
As you walk, you’ll turn various corners, and you’ll catch a glimpse of the amazing Baptistery, Campanile and part of the stunning Cathedral. The architecture is so impressive.
The Cathedral Duomo
The Cathedral Duomo is excellent, the marble exterior and gold that surround it are mesmerising. Inside it’s just as beautiful.
To the top of the dome, it’s well worth taking the trip up the many 463 steps to see the beautiful view of Florence. It is a mini workout but good fun.
But be warned you need to get your tickets for the Duomo costing €15.00 in advance, especially if you are planning to visit on the weekends. It’s so popular, and they do put a daily limit on how many tickets they sell.
Again if you like heights and walking The Campanile dating back to 1334, with its 414 steps, has an outstanding view of the city. You can see the visible Duomo close up. You’ll probably want to have coffee in between these two climbs or plan them in on separate days!
Admire the Baptistery marble exterior and gold-bronzed doors. It’s Florence’s oldest building and dates back to 897. It looks like a painted canvas for a theatre production.
However, if walking up lots of steps are not your style, but you enjoy a stroll, head to the Piazzale Michelangelo on the south side of the river. Be sure to walk over the Ponte Vecchio Bridge, take some photos and look in the jewellery shops.
The Piazzale Michelangelo is a little bit of a tourist trap with lots of stalls, but there are some good cafes for you to stop and rest along the way. The view across Florence to the Tuscany hills is breath taking.
A walk up the hill to the church of San Miniato al Monte is charming. Inside the church is quaint and cool, which you’ll appreciate after exerting yourself, especially if it’s a hot day. You’ll find it beautiful and tranquil, as a lot of the tourists don’t bother to walk that far.
Indeed whatever you decide to visit in Florence — it’s well worth the trip. You won’t meet anyone who doesn’t say it’s a beautiful city.
Regardless of what you decide to do, you really will have some fond memories and superb pictures of this stunning, surreal Italian city break.
All that’s left for you now is to decide where to go next, for another city break! Bon, voyage!