Fly To Florence, Italy
Florence (or Firenze in Italian) is the jewel of Renaissance Italy, and is unparalleled in its wealth of important historical artwork, sculpture and architecture. The likes of Michelangelo, Leonardo, Brunelleschi, Alberti, Donatello, Arnolfo, Cimabue and Giotto are just the tip of the iceberg of great artists who have left their indelible mark on this great city.
While history, art and architecture are the soul of Florence; music, food and wine are its beating heart. With typical Italian passion, Florence seduces all five senses, capturing the imagination of visitors from all corners of the globe.
Find the cheapest flights to Florence using our search tool above. With cheap flights to Florence from South Africa, Travelstart will have you watching the sun set over terracotta roofs with a glass of Chianti in your hand before you can say “ciao bella”.
Visa Requirements and SA Embassy Details
- South African Passport holders do need an Italian Schengen Visa to visit Florence, and anywhere else in Italy. Leave plenty of time for Visa processing, and make sure your passport is valid for 6 months after your return date, and that you have 3 blank pages available for entry stamps.
- There is a South African Honorary Consulate in Florence. Piazza De Saltarelli, 150122, Firenze. Phone: + 39 055 281 863 / + 39 055 271 061.
See and Do
With its wealth of great art and architecture, you could spend weeks simply wondering the streets of Florence, but there are some iconic pieces and places no visitor should ever miss.
Brunelleschi’s Santa Maria del Fiore Cathedral, with the famed Dome of Florence is definitely one such place. The Ponte Vecchio also makes the list, as the oldest and most famous Florentine bridge to survive WW2. The Ponte Vecchio is also lined with jewellery shops, as it has been since the days of the Medici, and is a great place to pick out a sparklingly extravagant souvenir.
Palazzo Vecchio houses a replica of Michelangelo’s David and displays a collection of important Renaissance sculptures and paintings, while Santa Croce holds the tombs of many of the great artists, philosophers and politicians of the time.
When you’ve worked up an appetite, do visit some of Florence’s restaurants and cafés. You’ll find excellent food in every price range, but high-prices are common near popular attractions. For dessert, make a point of trying Florentine gelato – many consider it the best in the world, and it comes in countless exotic flavours.
The easiest public transport to use around Florence is the bus, as there are bus routes all over the city, running frequently and cheaply. Tickets are time-based and available from 90 minutes to a full day. Remember to stamp them as you board the bus, as inspectors do check this en route.
Florence Peretola Airport – FLR
Food and beverage: A-Café.
Currency Exchange: Banca Toscana offers currency exchange at Florence Airport, and is located inside the departures terminal.
Lost Luggage: Lost checked luggage should be handled by your individual airline’s help desk. The airport Lost and Found desk is located on the ground floor of the departures area.
Airport Hotels: None on site. Nearby: Golden Tulip Miage Hotel Florence, Hotel Franchi, Starhotels Tuscany and Auto Park Hotel.
Car Hire: Auto Europa, Avis, Budget, Europcar, Hertz, Maggiore/National, Sizt, and Targarent.
Airport Hub: Florence Peretola Airport (code FLR) is a hub for Vueling.