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Florence Travel Guide
Florence tourism gives you a taste of culture, art, and monuments. It's a great destination both for the young and old. The city is also home to abundant museums and art galleries including the Uffizi Gallery and the Palazzo Pitti. It is an important city as far as Italian fashion goes and is ranked in the top 15 fashion capitals of the world. Other than being a major tourist and industrial focal point, it's also a key Italian economic center.
Famous attractions in Florence
Among the most prominent attractions of tourism in Florence, The Galleria Degli Uffizi is the prominent one. It is a museum housing several masterpieces by famed artists including Leonardo da Vinci Uccello, Caravaggio, and Botticelli.
Another popular gallery is the Accademia Gallery that is home to David, an artwork by Michelangelo. It is the most celebrated sculpture the world over. It also has workings of Alessandro Allori, Giambologna, Perugino, Botticelli and Michelangelo again with the unfinished and dominant Prisoners. Other gallerías include Museo Nazionale del Bargello, Museo De San Marco, Basilica di Santa Croce and Corridoio Vasariano Museum.
Cattedrale di Santa Maria del Fiore
The Cathedral of Duomo in Italian is a very big Italian church which is very popular with tourists. It holds 20000 people and has beautiful white, green and pink marbles on the outside. Its main attraction is the Brunelleschi's Dome, a work of sheer genius. It has 463 steps to the top and you pay to go up there.
It's the most famous square in Florence tourism and it is a free open-air display of monuments. It has an iconic and important statue of David that is just a replica by Michelangelo.
It's decorated in white, pink, and green marble and has 5 levels. It has 414 steps and from the top, you can get a nice shot of the city. Housed inside the tower are sculptures and also 16 life-size replicas of the original statues created by artists including Andrea Pisano and Donatello.
This popular bridge was Florence's first bridge across the Arno River. Others built after The Ponte Vecchio were destroyed in World War II. Atop the bridge, you get a great view of Arno River and you can get ornaments while you are there since their a many vendors selling gold and silver jewels.
Tips on exploring Florence
Florence is a must see city, if you are an art and architecture enthusiasts. But while being there take care of the tips mentioned below: -
Avoid going to Florence during the summer; this time is so hot. You would be sweaty and cranky, especially if you are not used to it.
Go on a one-day trip to Siena, Pisa, San Gimignano, etc. This is a great way to see all three of these amazing places in one quick trip.
Do not miss out on the Tuscan Countryside, there are loads of tour to Tusan. During the tour, stay at the Mullins Di Firenze hotel, this is probably the nicest hotel anyone can experience in Europe.
Tourism in Florence is a beautiful blend of free-to-view churches, palaces, museums full of sculptures and paintings. They are truly a sight to behold having been designed, built and decorated by the most renowned artists of the time among them Brunelleschi to Michelangelo. There are numerous places to eat in Florence with all streets having a restaurant, Trattoria or Enoteca. The weather in Florence is generally good. July and August are warmest while June and September are pleasant. December and January are cool while October, December, March, and April generally have a good amount of rain.
The weather in Florence is generally good. July and August are warmest while June and September are pleasant. December and January are cool while October, December, March, and April generally have a good amount of rain.
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Places To Visit In Florence
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Piazza Della Signoria in Florence
Piazza Della Signoria has been the political center of Florence life from the 14th century. This is the square, which has got its name from the ruling body of Florence’s republic Signoria. Signoria represents a group comprising nine men who were known as priori. They were chosen randomly from the city for ruling Florence ...
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Piazzale Michelangelo in Florence
Piazzale Michelangelo is a best and most popular lookout for the stunning view of the Florence both the day and night. It is one of the best places where you can enjoy the view and the best part of it is that it is for free. You need to have a steep walk but Piazzale Michelangelo sunset is really a worth with an amazing vie...
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Ponte Vecchio in Florence
Ponte Vecchio is one among the beloved landmarks of Florence. It is the old bridge which is stone span for crossing River Arno at the narrowest point. Original bridge was constructed during the first century AD but that swept away in the floods. River Arno is infamous for the floods and the bridge had to be rebuilt every ti...
- St. Paul’s Ruins
Santa Maria Del Fiore in Florence
Santa Maria del Fiore is the cathedral which is designed by Arnolfo di Cambio and Filippo Brunelleschi. It is the third largest church of world. It is the largest church of Europe that gets completed in 15th century. The cathedral is named after Santa Maria del Fiore and is the Gothic structure which is built on site of chu...
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Uffizi Gallery in Florence
Uffizi Gallery is a popular museum that has got many unique masterpieces and works conserved with the walls. The majority of the works in the Uffizi Gallery are dated back to Renaissance period. Major collections are left by the Medici family to Tuscany State so they could get the state adorned to attract foreigner’s curios...
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Things To Do In Florence
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Basilica Visit in Florence
Florence is a place which is popular for it's historic, architectural and artistic relevance. The place is indeed a great one for history buffs. There are many palaces, monuments, museums, and Basilica in Florence that not only provides a visual treat but are a collection of great information which anyone would love to know...
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Museums of Florence
Florence is the city where history lives. The city center is completely covered with historic monuments, palaces and museums. It would not be wrong to call this city itself as a museum because you may find ancient artifacts everywhere being exhibited. Here are the most popular museums one should not miss while visiting Flor...
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Holy Gates of Florence
History of the Basilica and the Holy Gates
The Basilica of San Miniato is built between 11 to 13 centuries. The exterior of the Basilica is decorated with the marbles of white and green in color the geometrical patterns similar to the ones that one can find at the facades of Santa Maria Novella and Santa Croce. The mosai...
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Treasure Hunt in Florence
Florence has an intimidating look with the historical monuments covering the major area of the city. Many of the monuments in this beautiful place has so many mysteries and secrets tagged with them. The treasure hunt in Florence is an amazing experience for the people who visit here as it gives the experience of being in th...
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Tuscan Food in Florence
Tuscany is the region in Italy that provides exceptional cuisine. Tuscany is popular for the local produce and the meat. It is also popular for the seasonal foods and simplicity. The Tuscan food is as per the Italian idea of poor cooking. The concept start with the idea of making simple meals which are inexpensive and which...
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How to Reach Florence
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Florence has 2 airports near it. One is Florence International Airport which is 4 kms away from the city. The other is Pisa International Airport which is 85 kms away from the city. Pisa is a major airport and has many flights coming here. Florence has less of air traffic.
The express train network of Rome enables one to reach here from different cities via express trains. There are 3 main railway stations in Florence. Firenze SMN is the most famous. Firenze Campo Di is another and Firenze Refried is also one. One can take any express train like one runs from Rome to Milan and get down here.
Florence is a compact city. One can best explore the city by walking. The main historic centre here can be walked around from one end to another in 15 minutes maximum.
Bus routes also operate within the city. The network is separated into 2 lines. One is the city Centre line which has 4 routes C1, C2, C3, D. It moves around the historic centre.
Another route is ATAF and LI-MA bus which caters to the suburban areas.
There are Airport buses as well. The Volain bus takes you to Florence Airport in 20 minutes and Terra-vision takes one to Pisa Airport in 70 minutes. The airport buses are available from SMN station and they also drop you here from the airport.
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Although there are several festivals celebrated in the city over the year, one of the most important one is the Carnevale that is held in the month of February. It is a representation of the local culture in a creative manner, through dances, shows and floats.
It is absolutely safe to visit Florence, but the usual cautionary points apply here as well, such as not trusting strangers with your luggage and taking care of your wallets.
Yes, visitors are required to cover their shoulders and legs up to the knees when visiting any religious place in the city.
The Firenzecard, depending upon which one you buy, offers access to various attractions of the city and local transport.
People generally speak Italian in Florence, but most can understand and speak bits of English.
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