Florence, the romantic capital of Tuscany with its captivating Renaissance beauty
Set amidst the lush Tuscan hills on the Arno River, Florence, the center of the Italian Renaissance, is a city full of towering cathedrals, palaces, museums and unique masterpieces of art! It is no surprise that some of the most important Renaissance artists and scientists have been associated with the city, such as Galileo, Leonardo da Vinci, Michael Angelos, Botticelli, Dante, Machiavelli and Donatello.
The city of Medici, the enchanting Florence, has a lot to discover.
Wander through the historic center, the cobbled streets lined with 15th- and 16th-century palaces, medieval chapels, frescoed churches, marble basilicas and world-class art museums filled with paintings and sculptures by Botticelli, Michael Angelo, Botticelli, Leonardo Da Vinci etc.
The sights in Florence are unique! Visit the Cathedral (Santa Maria del Fiore) architectural landmark of the city, the Town Hall (Palazzo Vecchio) one of the impressive palaces-fortresses of Tuscany, the Uffizi Gallery (Galleria degli Uzi) with precious treasures such as the Nativity of Botticelli, the Academy of Fine Arts (Galleria dell'Accademia) "home" of the most famous sculpture in the world, David of Michael Angelos, the Pitti (Palazzo Pitti) with works of art by the Medici, galleries and museums, Piazza Della Signoria with its historic cafes, the oldest Bridge (Ponte Vecchio) of the city, a medieval jewel over the river Arno and of course, the square of Michelangelo (Piazza le Michel angelo) with the most beautiful view of the city.
Enjoy Florence’s exquisite local cuisine
The gastronomic scene of Florence includes everything. From gourmet restaurants and traditional trattorias to wine bars and canteens where you can try local cuisine. Some of the traditional dishes are: bistecca alla Fiorentina (Chianina beef steak), which is considered one of the most sought after and expensive meats in the world, fagioli all'uccelletto (beans boiled and then fried in olive oil and tomato paste) Fiorentina (tomato tripe and grated Parmesan), pappardelle alla lepre (pasta with cooked hare sauce) and Panzanella (salad with tomato, basil, onions, olive oil, celery and toast). The best way to accompany these dishes is with a good bottle of Chianti, Tuscan’s traditional wine. If you want to try some of the traditional sweets, we recommend cantucci or biscotti di prato (Crunchy almond cookie). It is also customary to dip the cookies in sweet wine
The best season to visit Florence
Most people choose to visit Florence in the spring and summer, until the beginning of autumn and that is why at that time the city is suffocated by people. If you want something quieter and you are not afraid of the cold, you can visit it in late autumn or in winter. Florence, after all, is beautiful all year round.
How to move around Florence
Transport from/to Florence
Florence’s Amerigo Vespucci Airport (FLR) is 10 km from the city center. It is connected with all the big Italian cities as well as with many European destinations. There is a public bus service that connects the airport to the city center.
The bus company Volainbus runs from the airport to Piazza Stazzione (Santa Maria Novella Train Station) every 30 minutes from 5:30 AM. until 8:30 p.m. and departs every 60 minutes from 8:30 a.m. until 12:30 a.m. (midnight). The bus does not stop on the way, so it only takes 30 minutes to reach the historic center. One way costs 6 € with return 10 €.
Taxis from Florence Airport to the city center have a fixed cost of € 22 on weekdays, € 24 on weekends and public holidays and € 25-30 if you travel after 10 p.m. You will be asked to pay an extra charge of € 1 for each suitcase. If you want to travel to other Tuscan villages and towns, the best option is to rent a car directly from Florence Airport.
The historic center of Florence is small and ideal to discover on foot. Alternatively, you can travel by bus, taxi and tram. The efficient bus network, operated by ATAF, includes a fleet of Lilliputian electric buses designed to navigate the narrow streets of the city center.Tickets for all routes cost € 1.20 and are valid for 90 minutes. A 24 hour pass costs 5 €. Buy tickets before boarding the bus, as the driver does not always have them and the price is high. Tickets
You will find it in all tobacco shops and in authorized stores bearing the ATAF mark.