Beautiful Tourist Places to Visit in Florence, Italy, Europe
Florence is the capital city of both Tuscany region and the Florence province in Italy, covers an area of 102.41 sq. km. It is renowned for its historical significance including Renaissance art and architecture. The historic centre of Florence is the main attraction of Florence and it gained place in the UNESCO World Heritage Site list in 1982.
Geography of Florence:
Florence coordinates with 43°47′ N latitude and 11°15′ E longitude at an elevation of 50 meters, is spread over an area of 102.41 sq. km. Florence experiences hot and humid summers, and cool and damp winters.
History of Florence:
Florence has a strong historical background since it was the central point of medieval European trade and finance, and it also witnessed the rule of the influential Medici family and served as the seat of the Kingdom of Italy between 1865 and 1871.
How to reach Florence?
Florence is served by Florence airport, situated around 10 km from the heart of the city covering major European cities such as Vienna, Paris, Munich, Stuttgart, Geneva, Prague, Amsterdam, Barcelona and Frankfurt.
It takes around 15 minutes to reach the city center from the airport by bus or taxi. Ataf-Sita “Vola in Bus” is the prominent bus operator offering services between the airport and city centre, charging €5.00 per way.
The Firenze Santa Maria Novella is the major railway station in Florence receiving scheduled trains from rest of Italy.
Florence also has an upgraded public transportation system served by both general and luxury buses.
Tourists can hire bikes from Baja Bikes and cars from Barocchi for local travel.
Culture, Food and Shopping in Florence:
It is believed that, the Renaissance cultural movement was originated in Florence and the city is also the birthplace of many renowned Italian artists.
Beaded Lily Beads & Designer Jewelry is an ideal place to purchase some important Italian jewels.
The famous food corners in Florence include:
- “Il Latini” Restaurant
- Palle d’Oro
- Borgo Antico
- Trattoria Cammillo
Things to do in Florence:
- 500 Touring Club
- Inferno Tour
- Stroll the Boboli Gardens
Places to see in Florence:
Galleria degli Uffizi:
Situated at Piazzale degli Uffizi in Florence, the Piazzale degli Uffizi is one of the best fine art museums in the globe with a great collection of Renaissance paintings and sculptures. It is open for tourists from 8:15AM-6:50PM (Tuesday-Sunday).
The Palazzo Pitti or Pitti Palace is a Renaissance style historical palace dates back to 1458, is located on the south bank of the Arno River housing many typical art galleries.
Santa Maria del Fiore:
Being an identity of Florence, the Santa Maria del Fiore or Duomo di Firenze is a prime cathedral of Florence featuring an attractive eye catching dome. The entrance fee is €8.
List of other places of interest in Florence includes:
- The National Museu of Bargello
- Accademia Gallery
- Museo dell’Opera del Duomo
- Gucci Museum
- Institute and Museum of the History of Science
- Giotto’s Tower
- Palazzo Vecchio
- Ponte Vecchio
- San Miniato al Monte
- Santa Croce Church
- Boboli Gardens
- Santa Felicita
- San Marco Convent
- Santa Maria del Carmine
Best time to visit Florence:
Alike other European cities, from March to May and from September to middle November is the ideal time travel Florence.
Accommodation options in Florence:
Florence is prosperous city housing around 1000 standard accommodation centers, and camping, hostels and home stays are ideal for those who seek budget options and most of which are located around train stations. The prominent well facilitated hotels in Florence are listed below:
- Antica Torre di Via Tornabuoni
- Hotel David
- JK Place Firenze
- Four Seasons Hotel Firenze
- Hotel Davanzati
- The St. Regis Florence
- Grand Hotel Villa Cora
- Firenze Number Nine Hotel & Spa
- Palazzo Magnani Feroni
- Golden Tower Hotel & Spa
- Il Guelfo Bianco
- Hotel Mulino di Firenze
- Hotel L’Orologio
- Torre Di Bellosguardo
- Hotel Alessandra
- Hotel Palazzo Guadagni