Lufthansa and Swissair offer one-stop flights from Washington Dulles to Florence, Italy, with early December fares currently starting at $1,037 round-trip.
WHERE TO STAY
Piazza del Duomo 1/7
Charming hotel with apartment-style rooms and dazzling views of the Duomo. Doubles from $190.
Via dei Pandolfini 33
Simple bed-and-breakfast with modern amenities in central Florence. Doubles from $130.
WHERE TO EAT
Via delle Oche 15r
Casual yet sophisticated wine bar offering inventive salads and fresh pasta with a boutique wine cellar. Entrees start at $9.
Golden View Open Bar
Via de Bardi 64/58r, Ponte Vecchio
Upscale restaurant serving seafood, meat and fresh pasta with extensive wine cellar, fantastic views and live jazz. Entrees start at $18.
Cantinetta dei Verrazzano
Via dei Tavolini 18r
Traditional eatery specializing in stuffed focaccia, meat and cheese plates and its own wines. Entrees start at $19.
WHAT TO DO
A gastronomic excursion tasting Florence’s best food and wine. Florence Food Tour, Monday-Saturday 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. until Nov. 15. Florence Food and Wine Taste Around Town, Monday-Saturday 10:30 a.m. to 3:15 p.m. year-round. Both tours $97 per person. Tour meeting points located near major monuments. Book online or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.