Florence: Florence is full of ancient riches and treasures, it is also the birthplace of the Renaissance.
Florence is a colorful, lively museum that enjoys the great works of Michelangelo, Giotto, Leonardo da Vinci, and Botticelli. Florence has the world’s largest collection of Renaissance art and stunning architecture, often called one big museum or art gallery, with more art treasures per square meter than any other place on earth.
This classic place is located on the banks of the River Arno, below the wooded foothills of the Apennines. The beautiful and romantic city of Florence is the perfect choice for a classic short stay or an exciting weekend break in discovery.
How to explore Florence: Florence invites you to discover Florence and enjoy it on foot. Make sure you wear solid (but stylish) walking shoes to visit many fascinating palaces, museums, and galleries. When you discover Florence for the first time, simply start wandering around the city without referring to a guide or map, you will soon feel drawn into the elegant architecture that dominates the warm, colorful and ancient narrow streets. You’ll soon understand why Florence has helped inspire artists to create many spectacular sculptures and paintings in the city.
What to see in Florence: Take time to visit the Uffizi Gallery, one of the oldest and most significant art galleries in the world. It has an impressive collection of Renaissance works, including the birth of Venus Botticelli, an important collection mostly commissioned by the Medici family. Also worth a visit is the Dell’Accademia Gallery, which houses the original sculpture of Michelangelo David.
The magnificent and impressive structure of the Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore (commonly known as Duomo of Florence) dominates the city, with magnificent views from its famous dome and the Giotto’s Bell Tower.
To relax, stroll along the famous Ponte Vecchio Bridge or admire the beautiful Pitti Palace and its beautiful gardens. The best views of the city can be seen from Porta Romana to Piazzale Michelangelo, then to San Miniato, one of the most beautiful Romanesque churches in Tuscany and the oldest still standing in Florence.
Eating in Florence: Florence has many restaurants serving traditional Tuscan and international dishes. Some of the best authentic restaurants are small, friendly trattoria that can be found around Piazza Santa Maria Novella. Try one of the local Tuscan wines (Chianti) in the café on the top floor of the department store “La Rinascente”, the café has wonderful views as well as excellent coffee and cakes.
Shopping in Florence: Italian fashion can be found on the Via Della Vigna Nuova. For the best deals check out-of-town outlet shops, plus a flea market Piazza Ciompi for more occasions, also visit the large street market in San Lorenzo. Medieval Ponte Vecchio is famous for its handmade jewelry and traditional goldsmiths.
Popular Pre-Bookable Florence Excursions:
1. 3-4 hour tour of Florence – get ready, you can pack up a lot of culture on this tour, including Brunelleschi’s Cupola, Giotto’s Bell Tower, Palazzo Pitti (or Bargello Museum or Medici Chapels), Palatine Gallery, Piazzale Michelangelo, Santa Croce Church and Galleria Dell’Accademia, which houses the original statue of Michelangelo David.
Afternoon trip to Pisa – a relaxing trip to the place where the famous Italian inclined tower, Piazza dei Cavalieri, Piazza dei Miracoli, and the cathedral are located.
3. San Gimignano and Siena – a day trip (at least 9 hours) through the picturesque Tuscan landscape to the fascinating medieval village on the hill of San Gimignano and then to Siena, the famous horse racing site of Palio.
4th Chianti country wine tour – a very popular trip (and a welcome break from the heat and hustle and bustle of the city) visiting Chianti village, includes a visit to the Castle Farm for wine tasting, including traditional Tuscan snacks.
Transfers from the airport: Pisa. Galileo Galilei International Airport (PSA) serves Florence. The airport is located one mile (2 km) northeast of Pisa. The airport bus regularly departs from the airport to the city center of Pisa. Trains from Pisa Centrale train station connect with Florence and other cities in the region. Taxis are easily accessible, check that the taxi driver has turned on the counter before you start your journey. There is a bus running from Pisa to the center of Florence, which takes about 1 hour and 30 minutes.