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About Florence

Florence was an artistic and cultural center of the Renaissance. The historic center of Florence has numerous great buildings and has already been listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The Cattedrale di Santa Maria del Fiore (Florence Cathedral) is absolutely stunning to behold. The Ponte Vecchio has become a unique sight on the Arno River due to the many art, jewelry and souvenir shops lining the bridge. So many pieces of art have been collected by the major art galleries that it goes beyond measure. Go to the Uffizi to see astounding masterpieces by Leonardo da Vinci and Giotto di Bondone, and enjoy Michelangelo’s original "David" at the Galleria dell'Accademia. After worshiping at the altar of humanity's priceless art treasures, you should go looking for some delicious local specialties. Lampredotto sandwiches and Bistecca alla Fiorentina are definitely part of an essential gourmet experience in Florence.

Popular Attractions in Florence

Santa Maria del Fiore
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Church
UNESCO World Heritage-Cultural Site
The Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore is the main church of the Catholic Diocese of Florence. It is the third-largest cathedral in the world and a symbol of the Italian city. In 1982, the cathedral was listed as a World Heritage Site and part of the historical center of Florence. The outside of the church is matched with bright red, dark green, and white marble to form spectacular geometric designs that display the classical, elegant and free interpretation characteristic of the Renaissance era. It is both dramatic and beautiful from any angle.
Uffizi Gallery
4.7/5
992 Reviews
Art Gallery
Uffizi Gallery, adjacent to the Municipal Square, is one of the best art galleries in Italy, and even Europe. The gallery was originally the official residence of the Medici family. The entire, giant, palace-sized building took over 20 years to complete. The gallery contains almost all of the Medici family's art collection. The Artwork nearly spans the entire history of art, from ancient Greek sculptures to 18th-century Venetian paintings. There are also many original master works, including Michelangelo's "Holy Family", Raphael's "23-year-old self-portrait", and Da Vinci's "Adoration of the Magi".
Ponte Vecchio
4.5/5
538 Reviews
Literally meaning "old bridge", Italians could have, perhaps, come up with a better name for what was to become one of the more iconic monuments in one of its most iconic cities. Nevertheless, this old bridge, which was only one of six spared by retreating Germans in 1944, is a monument to all that a monarch can accomplish. Once filled with butcher shops, which would dump their old/rotted animal carcasses into the river below, Grand Duke Fernandino I demanded that all butchers be replaced by goldsmiths-- thus ridding the bridge of its stench. Nowadays, rather than rotting animal carcass, Ponte Vecchio is the most golden spot in Italy. The bridge is lined with jewelry shops and vendors (careful, you'll likely encounter a scam or two) and is pleasant enough to walk down in the evening time, when it's not packed from end to end with the thousands of toursits who traverse the Arno over its cobblestones daily.
Piazzale Michelangelo
4.6/5
507 Reviews
Square
Though originally intended by architect Giuseppe Poggi as a gallery to display the works of Michelangelo, today Piazzale Michelangelo is a panoramic lookout for tourists and locals alike. A sweeping view of Florence from this observation point captures the entire city: the Duomo, Forte Belvedere, Santa Croce, the Ponte Vecchio and more. After snapping a few photos, grab a cappuccino in the square's neoclassical-style restaurant and examine a bronze replica of The David which, along with a few other sculptures, were brought up the hill as an attempt to fulfill Poggi's original dream.

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Full-Day Ferrari Museum Maranello Private Tour from Florence
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Morning Venice Lagoon Cruise: Murano Island and Burano Island
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Chianti Wine Tasting in Local Winery with Tuscan Lunch
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Spring break in Italy, an European country blessed with beautiful landscapes to see and mesmerize. The cities in Italy have unique cultures as well as culinary skills. It can be visited at any time of the year but if you consider planning a budget holiday along with good climate, Springtime will be the best. Spring brings a lot of positivity and liveliness as the country has ample attractive gardens which blossom during this season. Italians celebrate spring on a huge level. You'll be able to enjoy a lot of springtime festivals hosted throughout Italy. You can witness these splendid festivals wherever you are in Italy just the season being Spring!
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Florence Travel Tips

Florence Transportation

Flights : Currently there is only 1 airport, Amerigo Vespucci International Airport, in Florence and it handles the domestic flights coming within Italy. International flights go through L'aeroporto Internazionale and then changeover to land transportation towards Florence.

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Best Experience in Florence

In the garden city of Florence, the prevalence of historical artworks and artefacts can make you feel yourself being transported back to the renaissance era. Walk through the narrow cobbled pathways; appreciate the works of Leonardo Da Vinci and Michelangelo in the Basilica Di Santa Maria Del Fiore; daydream at the grounds of the Holy Cross Church and then watch Florence’s sunset from a 5th Century stone bridge. The majestic churches and Gothic architectural buildings and shops make every step here a sightseeing event.

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Helpful Information about Florence
Language
Italian
Time Zone
UTC +1
Peak Season
May - October
Currency
Euros
Emergency Phone Numbers
Police:113,Fire:115,Ambulance:118

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Florence Weather
July to August is the peak tourist season; the weather is at its hottest, so don’t forget to bring your sunscreen. The March to May and the September to November periods are the best time to avoid the crowds and to have a relaxing vacation; the weather is cool and is advised to bring a light jacket along. The winter in Florence is from December to February and it is humid and cold with lots of rain in between; therefore do take note to bring along warm clothing. Winter is also the best time to go skiing in the Alps.

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Here are the absolute best restaurants in Florence: i'tosto, Cantinetta Allegri, Il Coccolo, Vivo, Le Pavoniere.
Here are the best places to visit in Florence, including: Palazzo Vecchio, Campanile di Giotto, Basilica di Santa Croce, Arno River, Basilica di San Lorenzo.