If you like your romance with a dollop of art, Florence is the Italian city for you. From the Uffizi Gallery and Michelangelo's David at the Accademia, to the walls of your room at Hotel Lungarno, you can soak it up at every turn.


The city is also famous for fashion, and Lungarno has it in designer handbagfuls, not least because it's owned by the Ferragamo fashion dynasty.

It's situated right at the heart of the city with unrivalled views of the iconic Ponte Vecchio over the river Arno. The decor is a refreshingly light take on classic Italian - all creams and blues with classic dark wood and chic marble bathrooms.

Shopping, sightseeing and foodie experiences will all beckon, but try to fit in an evening boat trip down the Arno. The hotel can organise a picnic so you can see the city while sipping chianti - trust us, there's no better way.


WOW FACTOR: Book the Studio Suite Torre - the medieval marvel of Marsili Tower has been transformed into a super-contemporary two-floor suite, complete with floating staircase and canopied bed.

FLIGHT TIME: 2 hours

WHEN TO GO: Spring, Summer

GO: Kirker Holidays (www.kirkerholidays.com) offers three nights, B&B, from £1,059 per person. Includes flights to Pisa, private car transfers and tickets to the Uffizi Gallery.