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Florence Guide

What should I know before visiting Florence?

Florence is famous for its leather

In the market for a new leather jacket, bag or wallet? Save up to buy one in Florence, and explore the amazing leather markets around the city. Use the money you’ve saved on cheap flights to Florence to pick up a new handbag, leather-bound journal, or other handmade goods. If you’re buying from any of the leather markets, be sure to try and negotiate on price. Also, be aware of leather dupes and fakes; many items may actually be made of synthetic vinyls and passed off as the real thing. A good way to avoid being sold a fake is to ask your hotel for their recommendations on where to buy.

Florence is within reach of the famous Tuscan wine region

Many travellers book their airfare with Florence with the intention of exploring the world-famous wine region for which the city is the capital: Tuscany. In less than an hours’ drive, you can travel from bustling Florence to the gorgeous landscapes of the Tuscan countryside. There are an abundance of organised tours departing from Florence into the area, stopping at various vineyards and small towns along the way. Or, you might even be tempted to hire a car and drive yourself around Tuscany. 

Book tickets to top attractions in advance

Consider booking your entry or ticket to some of the city’s famous museums and attractions before departing New Zealand on return flights to Florence. Booking in advance means not missing out on tickets to limited-entry attractions, as well as potentially being able to skip the long queues and enjoying priority entry. Two of the best sights to pre-book for are the Uffizi Gallery and Galleria dell’Accademia. Those on flights to Florence during the high season, between May and September, may find booking tickets in advance a particular time-saver. If you’re hoping to visit a variety of major attractions between your return flights to Florence, consider purchasing a Firenze card. This card offers priority access to many top landmarks and attractions.


What are Florence’s most famous landmarks and monuments?

Florence Cathedral

Also known as the Duomo, this attraction is a must-see when you book cheap flights to Florence. The cathedral was built in the late Middle Ages in a striking Gothic style. Its most noticeable feature is the terracotta-coloured dome that dominates the Florence skyline. Inside, the Florence Cathedral showcases an intricate design with many pieces of artwork by Italian Renaissance artist Donatello. For an unforgettable experience while holidaying on flights to Florence, make the trip into the actual dome. While climbing, you’ll see murals that date back to the Renaissance, and from the top, you’ll be treated to a gorgeous view over the city.

Ponte Vecchio

Ponte Vecchio is arguably one of the most famous bridges in Europe, and a must-see when you book return flights to Florence. The Medieval stone bridge crosses the Arno River, connecting the Old Town to the south bank of the city. Ponte Vecchio is covered and lined by shops, setting it apart from other bridges you’ll find around Italy. Stroll along the Ponte Vecchio to browse souvenirs and local goods, including leather products and jewellery. Then head to one of the neighbouring bridges to admire the stunning exterior of Ponte Vecchio.

Galleria dell’Accademia

If you’re hoping to immerse yourself in the era of the Italian Renaissance, plan a visit to the Galleria dell’Accademia when you book flights to Florence. The museum is home to dozens of famous pieces, but the centrepiece is Michelangelo’s David. This world-renowned sculpture is a must-see for all art enthusiasts holidaying on cheap flights to Florence. In addition to David, the Galleria dell’Accademia showcases pieces from other Italian artists, including Botticelli and del Sarto.


What is the cost of visiting Florence?

Before catching your flights to Florence, consider changing some dollars into euros. While credit cards are accepted in Florence, many local vendors prefer to trade only in cash.

After booking your airfare to Florence, you can also find your accommodation through Webjet. Hotels are available around the city centre across a range of budgets. On average, a hotel room in the heart of the city will set you back about $150 to $200 NZD per night.

Transportation is another cost to consider. After arriving on cheap flights to Florence, public transport is available from Florence Airport (FLR) into the city for €6 ($10.10 NZD), while a taxi costs about €25 ($42.10 NZD). Once you’ve reached the centre, public transport costs go down, with a bus or tram ticket costing €1.50 ($2.50 NZD).

In terms of entertainment, the Firenze Card costs €85 ($143.10 NZD) and provides priority access to many attractions around the city. Consider purchasing the card if you’re hoping to visit several of the city’s top attractions like the Duomo, Uffizi Gallery, and Galleria dell’Accademia.

Food and drink are another aspect to budget for when you book tickets to Florence. Dining out at a local restaurant can set you back about €15 ($25.25 NZD) per person, depending on the eatery and what you order. If you’re a wine drinker, you’ll be pleased to learn that local Tuscan wine is extremely affordable in Florence at only about €3 ($5.05 NZD) a glass.