The Tuscan capital is an architectural and artistic jewel, giving hotel guests in Florence a mind-blowing amount to explore.
As the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance, the city simply bursts with sculptures, frescos and paintings by renowned artists such as Michelangelo, Donatello, Botticelli and Giotto.
Among the 70 museums found in Florence, many hotel patrons visit the world-famous Uffizzi, the Galleria dell'Accademia and the Pitti Palace.
The historical centre, just a short walk from the Marriott hotel in Florence, is best explored on foot. Climb the cupola of the magnificent Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore for stunning views over Florence's red-tiled roofs. Amble down narrow streets selling antiquities as you head towards the River Arno to admire the Ponte Vecchio.
For those footsore from all the sightseeing, no hotel in Florence is far from a restaurant or bistro serving some of the best food and wines Italy has to offer. Based on humble peasant foods of the past, Florentine dishes rely on seasonal produce and have simple rustic flavours. For a taste of the Tuscan countryside, try wild boar, pasta with porcini mushrooms or the winter speciality castagnaccio, made with sweet chestnut flour. Ask the concierge at your Florence hotel for recommendations.