Destination guide

Florence invites you to live la dolce vita

Renaissance masters like Botticelli, Michelangelo, and da Vinci all left their mark on Florence, and now, you get to reap the rewards. For families, adventurers, and couples looking for a romantic getaway, a Florence vacation rental is the perfect place to start. Weave your way down ancient, winding roads toward chic boutiques and open-air cafes. Eat the best dishes on the planet, and gaze at the finest art Europe has to offer, all within sight of Brunelleschi's iconic dome and within easy driving distance of rolling hills and postcard-perfect wineries.


Let a local expert lead you through a foodie's paradise

There are more sights to see, shopping to do, and food to eat in Florence than any mere mortal can describe. Wherever your Florence vacation rental is located, it is likely on a picturesque cobblestone street or near Renaissance-era architectural wonders. Guided tours are a treat, especially for first-time visitors. You can take your pick of walking tours in town, Vespa excursions through the surrounding hillsides, and food tours led by experts in local wine and Italian cuisine. Speaking of food, cooking classes are also available for kids and adults.


Hot summers and irresistibly sunny skies

The subtropical climate of Florence brings hot summers and cool winters, and it draws the most visitors between May and September, when brilliant sunny days are common and open-air dining is de rigueur. Early spring and late fall are good options, too, when average temps cool down to the 60s and 70s and crowds thin out. For a true steal on a Florence vacation rental, plan your trip between November and March. You'll have the run of the city, but remember to bring rain gear and your winter coat.

Natural features

Ready to source your own produce? Head out on a truffle hunt

Plenty of visitors don't look up from their wine long enough to take in the natural landscape around Florence. You can't blame them, but the area has much to offer the dedicated outdoors person. Right in the city is Cascine Park, 400 acres that include an amphitheater and an ice house, but that also make room for 19,000 trees. Animal lovers can head to the hills surrounding the city to wander the lush Tuscan woods or go on a truffle-hunting expedition, and birdwatchers can hope to spot tawny owls, ring ouzel, and the rare glossy ibis.


How to get to and around Florence

Fly into Florence (FLR-Peretola), the closest airport, located 3.5 mi (5.6 km) from the city center.

If you're traveling by train, Florence Santa Maria Novella Station, Porta al Prato Station and Florence Campo Di Marte Station are the main stations that serve the city. You might consider catching a ride on the metro at Florence-Cascine Station for ease of access to the rest of the city.

Where to stay around Florence?

Our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 5,822 vacation rentals near Florence. From 4,134 Condos/Apartments to 631 Houses, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Florence for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

What is the best area to stay when traveling to Florence?

Whether you're traveling with family or friends, here are the areas with the largest selection of vacation rentals for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Florence:

  • Oltrarno: 1,362 vacation rentals
  • Basilica of Santa Croce: 1,997 vacation rentals
  • Careggi Rifredi: 440 vacation rentals
  • Val d'Elsa: 1,678 vacation rentals
  • Santomato: 31 vacation rentals

For other neighborhoods, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

What are the popular points of interest near where I can stay when traveling to Florence?

HomeAway offers a large selection of vacation rentals near lovely places in Florence. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Florence (ZMS-Santa Maria Novella Train Station): 8,538 vacation rentals
  • Piazza San Firenze: 8,589 vacation rentals
  • Piazza del Duomo: 8,526 vacation rentals
  • Ponte Vecchio: 2,176 vacation rentals
  • Piazza Santa Croce: 8,556 vacation rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Florence listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available near the point of interest of your choice.

Can I rent Condos/Apartments in Florence?

Yes, of course. HomeAway has 4,134 Condos/Apartments in Florence. Our other popular types of vacation rentals in Florence include:

  • Houses: 631 rentals available
  • Villas: 514 rentals available
  • Cottages: 41 rentals available

But you can also enjoy a great stay in one of our other vacation rentals including Farmhouses and more.

Can I find a vacation rental with pool in Florence?

Yes, you can select your preferred vacation rental with pool among our 1,742 vacation rentals with pool available in Florence. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

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