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Why fly to Florence?
It is where language was married to poetry and prolific artists created jaw-dropping pieces during the Renaissance. Florence is one of the prettiest cities you will ever lay eyes on and has also been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Florence is the capital of the province of Tuscany and an artistic and fashion hub in Italy. Millions of people flock to the city every year to taste a bit of the romance found in walking the cobblestone streets dotted with beautiful pieces of public art and flanked by incredible old structures.
The city lies in a cup of hills with the Arno river running through it and wherever you go you will come face to face with beautiful old architecture or that rebuilt after being destroyed in WWII, such as the various bridges which were for the most part reconstructed with the original elements.
Numerous churches and cathedrals with beautiful ornate interiors and sit in the city. The center of the city is anchored by the Basilica of Santa Maria Novella, which is generally referred to as Duomo. You can tour the large complex beginning with the cathedral, follow that with Brunelleschi's Dome, Giotto's Bell Tower and the Crypt of Santa Reparata
Florence is overflowing with galleries and museums that house some of the world's most wonderous and historical pieces. Visit the gallery of ancient statues at the Palazzo Vecchio, which is the city's current city hall but usec to be a place. If you want to see Michaelangelo's masterpiece David, visit the Galleria dell'Academia. Head to Uffizi to see what is likely the greatest collection of Renaissance art in the world.
The cafe life of Florence is not just a made-for-Hollywood story, there are numerous outdoor cafes and on any given night you will see locals enjoying a glass of wine and a chat with a friend, while taking in what is everyday life in Florence. Go during apperitivo-hours, 7 - 9 p.m., when locals meet up for libations. You can enjoy your wine and sample the provided appetizer bar which generally will include cold meats, cheeses, pizza and pasta salads. When it comes to dinner, loosen those belts and dive in. For starters, you should try the Florentine steak - which is a whole 'hunka' meat perhaps going back to the days when people needed to store high levels of protein. Fresh pastas and pizzas and buttery veal are just a few of the most common items on the menus. Don't forget to visit one of the many gelato places for dessert, maybe a little mango and passionfruit inspiration to top off your trip.
Florence is a city that will awaken your senses and move them to new heights of satisfaction.
Florence experiences the changing of all four seasons. The rainy summers are hot with temperatures around the low 30s.. The numbers start to drop in September and hit freezing levels in the winter. With average temperatures in the low tens and dropping to the minuses in the evenings. Flurries do hit the city occasionally but usually not enough to pile up.
When to fly to Florence
Summer is a popular time to fly to Florence, especially for all those families looking to give their children and cultural, educational experience. This means flight tickets to the city will be fairly expensive.
The cold winter weather generally keeps travelers away, which means if you book January to March you are likely to score yourself a nice little deal on flight tickets. October is also a good travel option as temperatures are in the teens and flight tickets are comparatively less expensive.
Getting into Florence
Your portal into Florence opens up at Aeroporto di Firenze. Besides booking a rental car you have two options for getting into the city. You can either take the bus service into the city center or take a taxi from the booth outside of the airport.
Getting around Florence
The small city is great for walking, however there are local buses and train service. Additionally you can rent a bike for a lovely day of exploring or grab a taxi at the end of the day when you're just too tired to walk.
- Visit the Natural History Museum of Florence for fascinating exhibits house in a beautiful building. If you're traveling with children who love dinosaurs, they will be overjoyed with the massive display, including wonderfully detailed information about the ancient creatures that roamed the earth thousands of years ago.
- Visit Via de Torabuoni to get your luxury fix. This is where Italian fashion houses and prominent labels have hung out their shingles. Gucci and Roberto Cavelli among other major names are based in the city.
- One of the city's most powerful families and rather a powerful European family in the 16th and 17th centuries are buried at Capppelle Medicee. This is also where you will see some of Michelangelo's famous works.
- For a slightly different view of Florence head to Piazza di Santo Spirito. Here you can soak up the discernible and colorful hippie cool vibe as you sip your vino.
- The Piazza del Duomo is a must-visit for most people that visit the city as it should be. It's beautiful dome is world-renowned and is home to beautiful sculptures from the Renaissance era. You can head up to the tower to get a fantastic view of all of Florence.
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