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.

Things to do

Stunning views rivaled only by stunning art

With such a tremendous supply of cathedrals, palaces, and museums, it's no wonder the entire city center is a historical landmark. Start your sightseeing excursion at the Galleria degli Uffizi if you're interested in the Italian Renaissance. It has the world's greatest collection of art from this era, and is conveniently located in the same neighborhood as Palazzo Vecchio, a fortress designed in the 14th century. The city's most iconic landmark is its duomo (cathedral), adjacent to the Museo dell'Opera del Duomo and topped by its beautiful cupola, or dome, that offers a stairway climb past stained-glass windows to a breathtaking view of the city.

Activities

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.

Weather

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 there

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 5,717 vacation rentals near Florence. From 4,055 Condos/Apartments to 693 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: 1,407 vacation rentals
  • Duomo: 2,482 vacation rentals
  • Basilica of Santa Croce: 2,031 vacation rentals
  • San Giovanni: 1,659 vacation rentals
  • Isolotto-Legnaia (Quartiere 4): 1,330 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:

  • Ponte Vecchio: 2,216 vacation rentals
  • Accademia Italiana: 8,330 vacation rentals
  • Piazza San Firenze: 8,300 vacation rentals
  • Florence (ZMS-Santa Maria Novella Train Station): 8,269 vacation rentals
  • Piazza del Duomo: 8,254 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 4,055 Condos/Apartments in Florence. Our other popular types of vacation rentals in Florence include:

  • Houses: 693 rentals available
  • Villas: 432 rentals available
  • Cottages: 36 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 1,531 vacation rentals with pool available in Florence. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

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