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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 fo...
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- City Tour
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 worth with an amazing view....
- Historic sightseeing
Ponte Vecchio in Florence
Ponte Vecchio in Florence 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. The 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 ...
- 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 in Florence and is the Gothic structure which is built on...
- Historic sightseeing
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 in Florence is dated back to the Renaissance period. Major collections are left by the Medici family to Tuscany State so they could get the state adorned to attract for...
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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 a 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 in Florence one should not miss while vi...
- Historical Sites
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...
- Historical Tour
- Ideal for couples
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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Trip to FlorenceThe overall experience was really good.we had a great time in all the three cities.Things moved as per our planned iternary.However would like to share few experiences so as your team can keep this in mind for any other travelers.first experienxe-the driver who came to pick us up looked little irritated as he had to wait for quite sometime.Though our flight arrived on time but I guess he came there an hour before and thus had to wait long but with no fault of ours. Second I-I believe planning a visit to Venice itself makes Gondola ride inevitable.It is a kind of experience which every traveler looks forward to.I would suggest to keep it a private tour instead of a shared tour so that the experience goes at par with expectations.I would suggest to prediscuss this with each traveler and then take it forward accordingly and customize if need be.Rest all was really good,the services and responses from the agent were very prompt and supportive .Thanks for making it so beautiful..Will definitely like to take your services in future as well Visit to Vatican city, florence -tower of pisa and so many others
Trip to LondonI immensely thank Mr. Prashant Daroch & Mr. Shubham Gupta for having taken keen interest and booked out tickets meticulously, our Hotel bookings were done taking into consideration the closest distance from the station, so that it was within the walking distance, the guided tours and also the pick up from the Airport in Rome, the trip to Amalfi Coast covering Ravello, Positano & Sorrento, guided tour to Pompeii from Naples, the tour to Pisa from Florence were superb. All the inter city transfers were booked by trains & there was never a hitch i.e., transfer from Rome to Naples, Naples to Florence, Florence to Padova. Even the "Hop-on & Hop-off" bus tickets were booked in Rome and it was very convenient way of seeing the place at your convenience & added convenience was that the boarding & ending points were close to our Hotel (within walking distance). The Hotels booked were very good and made our stay comfortable in every way be it food, the cleanliness & a always ambience. Mr. Prashant & Mr. Shubham were always very courteous & did their best to help us out with our itinerary , tickets, hotel booking, tours, train tickets etc and also my invoices were provided. In all our group of eight people has a fabulous tour which will forever remain etched in our memories. A wonderful job by Mr Prashant & Mr. Shubham. The duo really deserves accolades. Thank you for everything. Regards. G Kameswari Mob- 7506195992
Trip to EuropeMe and my wife planned 11 days trip to France and Italy during mid Feb'19. To say that our trip planner Siddhant and his team put together the experience of a lifetime for us, still somehow seems an understatement! When we started planning this trip, we spoke to about two to three different travel planners and while almost all of them were thorough and impressive in their own ways, Siddhant was the one who provided itinerary suggestions which were real time and exactly what we were looking for. Siddhant himself is quite familiar with various destinations across Europe and hence his expertise helped us in planning a wonderful trip. We started our trip from Paris. We stayed in Paris for three days and covered many known places like Eiffel Tower, Louvre, Notre Dame etc. We also did cruise ride and even visited Indian street in Paris, named Gare du Nord, which had every Indian thing available. From Paris we travelled to Venice and stayed there for two days. Our stay was booked on the canal, which gave an edge to the whole trip. We visited beautiful islands in Venice like Murano, Burano and Torcello. We also enjoyed the scenic beauty of Venice by foot. Did Gandora ride, which was one of the lifetime experience. In Venice we did some shopping too and relished mouth watering handmade chocolates too. From there we travelled to Florence and stayed there for two days. Florence is a perfect place to be discovered on foot, it has very fine and breathtaking architecture. We also did a one day Tuscany tour where we covered Vienna, Siena, vine tasting etc. We were lucky enough to locate and dine in Indian Restaurants in Florence. From Florence we visited our last stop Rome. We stayed in Rome for 3 days and were able to see some lovely places like Colosseum, Vatican City, Fountain Triveni etc. Siddhant helped us in planning everything, right from perfect commute to choosing proper stay location so that we could easily travel to/from station by foot. He also helped us in figuring out stay duration at each place and also helped us in deciding right flight/train timings so we don’t end up wasting a day in just commuting. It’s so important to plan things right when you are travelling by yourself (no group). It turned out to be the most amazing and memorable trip of our lives. And we intend to book our future trips with Siddhant and his team. Thank you Team Duniya Safari :)
Trip to Europe"Travel with no regrets" is what i would like to say before planning on to any trip. So i had booked a 9 Nights and 10 Days customised package to Italy (Rome, Florence, Venice) and Austria (Vienna). Well where do i start from right from airport pick, the hotel bookings, Places recommended, City tours, train travel to different cities and drop-off at the airport everything was so smooth with Street Romeo Travel planner ; they also are always there to help you if you have any queries during the trip too without any issues. Also the really good part was the pickup and drop off at the airport cause we were provided with chauffeur driven Mercedes E class cars which is usually not common and majority of the travel agents don't provide & this had not cost us extra at all everything was well within the budget estimate provided to us. I came across Street Romeo Travel planner through Travel Triangle, and they were the one who had given me the best budget for the trip so with no questions asked we went ahead with them. Great Job Team Street Romeo Travel Planner. Keep it up!! Cheers.
Trip to EuropeOur Italy trip of 10 days i.e 3-nights rome, 3-nights florence , 2-nights in venice, 2 nights in milan was good. The hotel location of Milan could have been better, although it was close to the main Milan train station the area wasn't good and safe as per the receptionist of the hotel, even we could feel the same when we used to go out. One day hop-on hop-off service should have been provided in Milan in the package. There's nothing much to explore in Milan, I would suggest instead of Milan a country side destination should have been added like the amalfi coast. If we get an early train like 9:00 Am from rome to florence than 2 nights are enough in florence as venice is so pretty we felt instead of 3 night in florence we should have got 3-nights in venice. The sim card which was provided had alot of internet connection issues. The experience was good overall and we enjoyed our trip.
Trip to EuropeI went on a 9 days Italy trip with my wife and 1 yr old daughter. Trip was planned by Shashank from I need trip. From the very first call, the itinerary seemed interesting and value for money. He took care of each and every small need of ours and modified the package as and when needed. We spent 4 nights Milan ( including day tour to lake Como and Lugano and one day tour of Venice ) personally felt that one day tour of Venice from Milan is better than staying in Venice. the tours arranged were excellent. 2 days Florence and 2 days Rome. The location of hotels were extremely convenient.. in the heart of the city, close to metro stations and numerous food options around. We didn’t face any challenges. Following are the points for improvement: There were tours of lake como and Lugano which allowed baby strollers that would have made it easier for us in the day long excursion. So for families with infants try to book those tours. The last tour.. vetican and colosseum one day.. was kind of hectic as we had to move from vetican to colosseum on our own. There were tours which covered the transfer as well. Overall it was a fabulous experience.. full marks for hotels , trains and flights. Specially hotel Axial in Florence.. it’s is located right in the center of the city where all important tourist places are 2-3 mins walk Thanks to your team for making it a memorable trip for us! .
Trip to EuropeRome Florence hotel, transportation and location everything was very good. But Venice hotel, distance between the hotel and pickup point, ease of transport was not convenient and not aware of mode of transportation in Venice. Rome and Florence everything was wonderful. Venice City was mind-blowing.
Trip to FlorenceWe contacted Duniya Safari for a customized Italy trip covering 3 cities - Rome, Florence and Venice and they really exceeded our expectations! Everything about the trip was so well-organized and coordinated. Right from the airport to hotel transfers, hotel bookings, inter-city transfers and sight-seeing vouchers- everything went very smoothly. The high-light of the trip was a day trip to the Tuscany region and Piza with a wine-tasting lunch at a family-run vineyard. A special thanks to Mayuri Ganguly from Duniya Safari for making this trip so memorable for my family and me!
Trip to EuropeTo start with, would give a short feedback on TravelTrianglethrough whom we landed upon the Travelfunda team. The best amongst all professional itinerary designer aggregators when it comes to customised and needs based travel requirements. Had enquired with the who’s who in this segment - likes of yatra, mmt, thomas cook and finally realised how Traveltriangle has truly built up a team and an ecosystem of its travel design partners who are really passionate about travelling and not just providing business centric packages. Kudos and all the best to the whole team including Mr. Sagar from TT and Mr. Niraj from Travel Funda . Travelfunda Mr. Niraj and his team were an absolute gem of a team as persons apart from their professional roles. Humane to the core in every aspect of discussion and support and there never was “NO” as an answer in every scenario. And the secret behind Niraj’s and his team’s finesse with travel & itinerary insights is that they have themselves travelled extensively and thus could provide minute details about locales and cost saving tips during our visit. Truly appreciate and thank our stars to have opted for Travelfunda as this was our honeymoon trip. In the end, would take this a bit further in thanking from the core of our hearts that we were truly smitten when at every check-in there was a surprise and this was topped by the honeymoon surprise during our Florence check-in. Also there were a couple of instances when we had almost committed blunders in reaching required spots a bit delayed as provided in the itinerary (due to different country, extreme weather, or alarm goof ups)- however in all such instances whenever we called Mr. Niraj, the first aspect was that, we were relieved of 50% of our worries when he used to pick the call within the first 2-3 rings and the response would be “we can look and provide some other options” - in situations when we knew deep down that providing any solution would be almost not possible as everything was meticulously planned and paid for (considering optimisation of the travel budget too). Although in one of these situations we were lucky that the actual service providers in Italy were gracious enough to accommodate us in similar trips with minimal elimination/changes of sightseeing options. And thus, it is a given that we’d be opting travelfunda/travel triangle in all our future trips. Specific things done superbly by travelfunda team are #detaileditineraryfolder #VISAguidance #timelienadherencefollowupreminders #roundtheclockavailability #loveoftravel #personalisedtravelplan #optimisedbudget #localeinsights #awesomestays Team, appreciate your passion and meticulous planning and thanks from my wife and me, for a wonderful experience. Truly obliged. Keep on designing such beautiful and wonderful ITINERARIES! Regards Amreen Begum and Ali Maruf Hassan Surprise gifts in every hotel check-in Murano-Burano sightseeing tour Tuscany tour Constant connect on calls throughout the tour helped immensely in finding trip meeting points and seeing through unexpected challenges Minute insights on locales
Trip to FlorenceHotel in Rome was not good...and other hotels are good hut much far away from the main points and in that my travel adviser didn’t help me and he even not provide me cab transport facility for Florence and Venice. Memories created by us but bookings played a good role, here as well my trip company charges twice the actual cost for everything
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Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore was the major church in Florence during the Renaissance period and it set the pillars for Italian Renaissance in Florence. The architecture of this cathedral preserves important works of art. This church is said to have started a new era of art by inspiring many artists and engineers.
It takes around 35 to 40 minutes per winery visit.
It took almost 140 years to build the Duomo in Florence.
One should wear comfortable clothes, shoes, sunglasses, and a hat for a wine tour.
Generally, 4 to 5 wineries can be covered in a day.
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