the Renaissance cradle
The historic capital of Italy's Tuscany region is best known for being the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
It is hugely popular for who want to explore museums and art galleries, like the Uffizi Gallery.
Where to sleep in Florence
I have written an article that will help you decide which is the best neighborhood in Florence depending on your kind of vacation.
Or to make it easy for you, I have picked out the best ones.
Flights from Florence
Florence Airport, Peretola is the international airport of Florence. The airport is connected with the city of Florence by a bus line that runs to and from the central railway station every half-hour, operated by the local bus company ATAF. Taxis are available to downtown Florence.
Thanks to its centrality, I highly suggest travel by train.
What to do in Florence
The Old Bridge (Ponte Vecchio) is one of the main symbols of Florence, perfect for a walk while admiring its jewelry stores.
Santa Maria del Fiore Cathedral, the third-largest in the world church, with the Brunelleschi dome and the Giotto bell-tower.
The Uffizi Gallery, the symbol of Florence art.
Michelangelo's David, one of the most famous statues. The original one is held in Galleria dell'Accademia, while the one in Piazza della Signoria is a copy.
Climate in Florence
The city is located in the north of Italy and enjoys a typical Mediterranean climate with dry hot summers and cold wet winters.
July and August are the hottest months of the year and are very popular times to go. But, If you don't want to get stuck with sky-high flight and accommodation prices, a good compromise is to visit in June or September.
Where and what to eat in Florence
The traditional dishes are the "Bistecca Fiorentina", a T-bone steak charred on the outside and bloody inside. And the "Ribollita", a soup with cabbage, tomato, celery, and bread, so delicious.
Shopping in Florence
Bialetti Store, a heaven for coffee lovers, in Piazza della Repubblica 25.
Calvani, the top for shoes and accessories, via degli Speziali 7.
Forno Sartoni, an old-style bakery, a unique atmosphere not crowded with tourist, here you'll find bread, pasta, pizza, and cakes. In via dei Cerchi 37
Fuxia, the every-woman dream shop. In via Cavour 5.
If you love jumble sales, don't miss the one held near the Basilica di San Lorenzo, from Tuesday to Saturday.
The transport in Florence
The best way to moving in Florence is through public transport, bus or tram. Once in the center, you can both go walking or biking, Florence is a medieval city and its full of little roads and all the main monuments are close to each other.
How far is Tuscany from Florence
Well, this is a common but wrong question, the truth is that Tuscany is a region and Florence is its chief town, that's all! See the map below 🙂