Live the dream: spend Valentine's Day in Florence in 2019.
25 Jan 2019
There is no better place for a romantic trip to celebrate Valentine's Day with the one you love.
How to spend Valentine's Day in Florence.
A stroll along the banks of the Arno River, a romantic candle-lit dinner and enjoying the sights of Florence are the ideal way to spend Valentine's Day in Florence. And you're privy to some insider tips: here are some of the best places to visit in the city for a very special romantic getaway.
The most romantic places in Florence.
It's almost impossible to choose a single most romantic place in Florence - as there are so many. So many corners of the city are picturesque and full of wonderful sights. The Arno River is certainly a beautiful area to visit, whether you are walking alongside it hand-in-hand or dining on an open-air terrace overlooking it.
A ride in a horse-drawn carriage through the medieval streets of Florence is definitely another must-do on a romantic holiday. You will feel transported back in time to another era, surrounded by stunning architecture as you amble along the roads. Another way to see the city is on a cruise along the Arno River. Try a traditional barchetto cruise and enjoy a glass of prosecco as you sail past the Uffizi Gallery and the Corsini Palace.
Wandering around looking at the sights is wonderfully simple and romantic - not to mention the ideal photo-op. Experiencing the beauty of Florence together will create memories to last a lifetime. Carnevale starts in February, so you can also enjoy the colourful celebration at the weekend.
Things to do on in Florence on St Valentine's Day.
Naturally, being in Florence on Valentine's Day demands a romantic meal for two. The city is full of stylish restaurants that are perfect for the most romantic night of the year. There are many day spas in Florence offering relaxing treatments that are perfect after a busy day of sightseeing. Piazzale Michelangelo is a favourite spot for enjoying a beautiful sunset and a stunning view over the city.
If you book ahead of time, you can climb up to the top of the Brunelleschi Dome. Florence Cathedral is a major landmark, dominating the landscape with its red-hued dome that contrasts against the white of the main building. At the top, you will experience unforgettable panoramic views over the city.
Culture and art-lovers should visit the Accademia Gallery to see the world-famous Michelangelo's David. There are more unfinished pieces displayed by the artist as well as Florentine Gothic paintings. In the Medici Chapels you can see more work by Michelangelo and the breathtaking, lavishly-designed Princes Chapel.
Romantic restaurants in Florence.
SE-STO on Arno is a restaurant with a 360° view over the rooftops of Florence. Unusual in this low-lying city, it allows you to enjoy spectacular views unlike anywhere else in Florence, and the menu features refined Italian cuisine. BSJ (Borgo San Jacopo) is an elegant Michelin-starred restaurant right by the Ponte Vecchio bridge. Book ahead of time for a table on the terrace overlooking the river. The eclectic menu combines the flavours of truffles, fruits and spices.
If you prefer a more low-key Valentine's meal, there are, of course, plenty of cosy restaurants around the city. You can enjoy traditional Florentine food in small, family-run establishments or a modern fusion restaurant with a French and Moroccan twist. Wherever you choose to spend this special night, you are sure to find impeccable dishes in this city; we don't have to tell you that Italians take their food seriously.
The ideal Valentine's Day in Florence.
Our idea of the perfect way to spend Valentine's Day would be to wake up, exchange gifts with your loved one and have a delicious breakfast. Head out and enjoy some sights on a horse-drawn tour of the city. Stop off for a light lunch and then head to a spa for a relaxing massage or some refreshing beauty treatments. Enjoy the picturesque sunset and then finish off your day with a romantic meal by the Arno River.
Enjoy luxury Valentine's Day accommodation in 2019
Spending Valentine's Day in Florence is an unforgettable experience. Choose a hotel which reflects the beauty and luxury of the city. Whether you stay in the stunning Villa le Maschere | UNA Esperienze or choose the stylish modern UNAHOTELS Vittoria Firenze, you are to be pampered.