You can visit Florence just in one day or during more days, you can discover it from so many different perspectives, depending on the tastes, passions and interests.
You can make artistic and historical tours with emphasis 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 or Dante that here lived and composed his works.
You may also prefer nature tours in Florence and the Chianti area, through the different protected areas. To these can be added to food and wine tours to discover wine or recreational sports, ideal for the outdoors, and if you are traveling with children.
To visit the artistic and cultural heritage of Florence you can choose from a classic itinerary depending on the days you have available: 1 day in Florence – 2 days in Florence – 3 days in Florence – 4 days in Florence.
You can also choose to follow a thematic itinerary.
MEDIEVAL TOUR: It is not easy to distinguish a path only medieval, for the presence of works from different periods in the same places. Definitely can not miss the complex of Santa Maria Novella, Basilica of Santa Maria del Fiore, the Baptistery and Giotto’s bell tower, the Piazza della Signoria area, Ponte Vecchio, the Bargello and the Badia Fiorentina.
DANTE TOUR: Dante The historical center of Florence is also a kind of Dante’s district. Between Piazza della Signoria and Orsanmichele, the Torre della Castagna, the oratory of Buonomini of San Martino and the Badia Fiorentina is the House of Dante, now building a museum that does not match the old house but which was built in the area where they stood the houses of the Alighieri. Authentic is instead the church of Dante, or the church of Santa Margherita de ‘Cerchi, where he celebrated the marriage of Dante Alighieri and Gemma Donati. Inside are the tombs of Donati of Portinari, Beatrice’s family, inspiring the poet’s muse, which perhaps meeting took place right here.
MICHELANGELO TOUR: the milestones are the Accademia Gallery, home to the David, St. Matthew and the Palestrina Pietà), the Medici Chapels with the New Sacristy, the Laurentian Library, the Museo dell’Opera di Santa Maria del Fiore, the Bargello Museum, Casa Buonarroti and Basilica of Santa Croce where the tomb of Michelangelo.
The surroundings of Florence and in particular the towns of Chianti are rich in culture, art and history.
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In the territory of Florence are 15 Protected Areas of Local Interest Natural (ANPIL). It is populated areas where they are stored and protected flora and fauna and fall within protected areas like the regional parks and nature reserves
The Anpil can be visited on foot, by bike or on horseback, with its network of trails and nature trails.
Here are some paths not to be missed:
Podere La Querciola: protected area in Sesto Fiorentino, covers 56 hectares, is home to 176 species of birds and an artificial lake, Lake Marsh.
Montececeri: hills north east of Florence, is an area famous for its pietra serena quarries. At the edge there is the Etruscan town of Fiesole. On the hill came the revolutionary test of the flying machine of Leonardo da Vinci.
Monti della Calvana: between Prato and Florence, is an area that grows in the mountains of Calvana (about 700 meters) that form the watershed between the river Bisenzio, Torrente Marina and streams that cross the Mugello Valley. Find shelter very rare birds and amphibians, between forests of oaks and hornbeams.
Other parks and green areas to visit in the province of Florence are: the Mondeggi park with historical tours to the countryside and forest, the village of Malmantile with Villa Caruso Bellosguardo hill, Mount Morello for a hike through the hills of old Roman aqueduct, and finally Poggio Valicaia which is reached by bike through its turns, its famous park-museum that houses rare animals, artwork, trails, a pond and a picnic area.
FOOD AND WINE TOURS
Florence is the city of gastronomy of excellence. Here the good wine culture is combined with that of good food. The sandwich with the lamprey, bruschetta with Tuscan salami and cheese, Chianina beef, the Florentine, the garlic bread, chicken livers, ribollita, the lamprey, tripe, are some of the most famous Florentine specialties that you can taste.
Many wine shops, local and wineries that offer the chance to taste the prestigious wines D.O.C. – D.O.C.G. and I.G.T. Chianti, both in the historic center of Florence in the Chianti countryside same. You can also visit the Frantoni the discovery of oil production of high quality oil.
In the province of Florence are also held many food and wine festivals, like the blackthorn of Firenzuola, the truffle festival of Borgo San Lorenzo, the figs festival in Florence, the pizza festival of Empoli, the Wild Boar Festival of Certaldo, that of Porcini mushroom-Incisa, the pod feast of Montespertoli, the festival of the frog of Florence, the festival of tortello of Borgo San Lorenzo.
If the playful symbol of Siena is the Palio, that of Florence is the famous game of Calcio Storico Fiorentino, a highly anticipated game that is experienced in a really fierce. Is played with historical costumes by 4 teams furnishing evokes this old seventeenth century sport. It is held every year on various dates 14 to 24 June, to coincide with the feast of St. John the Baptist, patron saint of the city.
If you visit Florence in early summer or autumn you can enjoy both the food and wine that the playful aspect of the various festivals, which take place almost every month. One of all: the celebration of the harvest and the new wine, the Carro Matto in Florence.
Every Florentine council organizes concerts, events and side events during each holiday, like Easter, Christmas, New Year and Carnival. The various villages are also alive with the many traditional local events.
If you travel with children, you can visit together: the botanical garden with the dinosaur exhibition, the Garden of the Stibbert Museum with its Egyptian temple, the interactive and modern museum Galilei, the museum for Mathematics – Garden of Archimedes , the museum of Mr. Horne to find out how they ate 500 in the Florentines, and finally the various creative workshops organized regularly by various museums, as in the case of La Bottega dei Ragazzi within the Institute of the Innocents.