Art, architecture and history The wealth of world-class art and architecture found in Florence brings the tourist masses flocking, but the city offers more: along with great restaurants and nightlife, there is a flourishing contemporary art, opera and classical music scene. Just wandering the narrow medieval streets is an experience in itself, or standing on the Arno River watching the light change with the time of day. For a respite from the city and crowds, head to Boboli Gardens, which has beautiful gardens and panoramic views of Florence. Don't miss the city's newly-gentrified Oltrarno district (the area across the Arno River). What was a large open-air car park has been transformed into a pedestrianized square, and boutiques, restaurants and bars are bringing visitors to a characterful area previously overlooked. Our selection of hotels ranges from gorgeous restored palaces in the centre of town to restful retreats on the outskirts with swimming pools and gardens. Here are four fabulous hotels in Florence.