WHEN TO GO
The best time to visit Florence is in season, when the weather is milder: from April to June and in September / October. July and August are the hottest months and crowded, in summer a must see is the Boboli Gardens. Winter can be cold and humid, but it is also nice to visit it in December, especially for the Christmas atmosphere.
Florence is the city of the Renaissance and Italian art, thanks to its artistic heritage is one of the most popular and visited destination in the world. Depending on how much time you have available, you can visit its artistic treasures, its events live or dedicate yourself to the discovery of its parks and gardens, its hills and its villages, between Mugello and Chianti.
[Klemens von Metternich]
Florence is located in a valley at the foot of the Apennine Mountains (north) and the Chianti hills (south). It is crossed by the Arno and its historic center was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Historically it is divided into four districts: Santa Maria Novella to the northwest, where the railway station, San Giovanni in the northeast, home to major tourist sites. To the south: Santa Croce, in the main square there is the traditional Florentine football, and Santo Spirito.
The parking spaces in the center are all for a fee. we recommend you leave the car nearby of the tramway and get to places of interest with this or by walking, taking as reference the Santa Maria Novella station.
You can cross the historical center of Florence by walking in about 30 minutes.
To get around the city you can use bus, tram and train (there are several smaller stations in Florence and can be faster than other means). If you love cycling, Florence is perfect to get around by bike because the whole center is plain.
WHAT TO SEE
If you have only one day to visit Florence, the old town is a concentrate of things to see. Piazza della Signoria is its heart, where stands the Palazzo Vecchio. From here you reach the main museums, housed in impressive buildings such as Palazzo Pitti, Ponte Vecchio, the most important city churches and the Cathedral with its striking dome of Brunelleschi and Giotto’s bell tower.
The Uffizi Gallery is the second stop for a typical city tour: one of the most famous museums in the world, contains works of the fourteenth century and the Renaissance including masterpieces by Giotto, Botticelli and Caravaggio. If you have more time you can choose among many routes that offer different perspectives: historical-artistic with insights on medieval sites or on Renaissance art, the Baroque Florence, Sull’Ottocento and Romanticism.
The city preserves traces and works of great artists like Michelangelo, Leonardo da Vinci and Dante that here lived and composed his works. If you hold back most days you can read our tour to Florence in 2 days, three days or four days.
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WHAT TO DO
The city of art and culture offers visitors with its many faces, both day and night. Florence is indeed an open-air museum and widespread, but it is also a destination to live other passions: shopping, events, food and wine, night life.
SHOPPING: luxury boutiques, craft shops, antique shops and local markets. The old town is full of them, and the great names of Italian fashion alternate local crafts (leather, paper, silk). If your passion are stalls and markets, the Cascine Market is the largest and is held at the Cascine Park, which runs parallel to the Arno river. To make a journey through the flavors of the city, however, the place is the Central Market: Indoor section of San Lorenzo, with two floors dedicated entirely to food and gastronomic specialties, or the Sant’Ambrogio market.
EVENTS AND SHOWS: The calendar of events in Florence is rich, from exhibitions to film and theater, from concerts to small and large events for all ages, the proposal meets all entertainment. During the year worth seeing some fixed appointments, among all point out the Calcio Storico Fiorentino, ancient sixteenth-century tradition that pits the four historic districts of the city. It takes place in June.
NIGHTLIFE: The evening begins with an aperitif, one of the busiest areas is that of the Arno river, in the pubs and wine bars. In the historical center are the biggest discos (Maracana, Yab, Jaragua, Space Eletronic), and smaller always lively and full of local tourists (FullUp, Andromeda, ExMud, Kaffeine, etc.) Outside the center of the most popular places are Tenax , Meccano, Central Park where we organize evenings with DJs from all over Europe.
SPORT AND NATURE: to experience nature and the Tuscan hills you can choose to visit the Medici villas and parks, or the villages of Chianti or in Mugello, gentle hills from which to enjoy the view and of course the enogastronomy products. In the province of Florence there are many protected areas and nature trails, here you can organize trekking, hiking, horseback riding and you can practice all sport.Per relaxation and well-being visit the Spa page.
WHERE TO SLEEP
In the old town there are many b & b and even small luxury hotel. The price is lowered in areas outside the center. For a relaxing stay you can choose from the hills in the area where many houses.
FOOD AND WINE
Famous for its Florentine steak, the typical cuisine of Florence is made of simple ingredients that become special dishes, especially meat. Garlic bread and chicken liver bruschetta to start, pappa al pomodoro and ribollita to follow and among the latter, together with the Florentine, also stand out the tripe and lamprey. All, of course, they ask for a good wine and this Tuscany does not unprepared.