The Cradle of the Renaissance
Welcome to Florence
Florence is one of the most well-known and visited cities of the world, as well as one of the most attractive ones. It is said to be the cradle of the Renaissance, a city where art and culture abound, surrounded by vineyards and olive groves, animated all year round by a continual succession of interesting events.
Visiting Florence therefore means living art and beauty at their fullest: from the Duomo to the Uffizi, from the Boboli to the Rose Gardens. Among the must see Ponte Vecchio, Piazza della Signoria and Pitti Palace stand out, whereas among the top things to do you should certainly get a taste of its typical cuisine and wines and take part in some peculiar events, such as the “Scoppio del Carro” (Explosion of the Cart) or the “Calcio Fiorentino” (Florentine Soccer).
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- Things to do
- Things to see
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- Local tips and experiences
Information about the city of Florence
It is easy to reach Florence from both the airport ‘Amerigo Vespucci Firenze-Peretola’ and the ‘Galileo Galilei’.
The Amerigo Vespucci is the main airport of Florence, located at only 5 km from the city centre. A dedicated shuttle service connects the airport with Santa Maria Novella railway station. The airport covers many European drafts and often with flights low cost while there aren't international connections to Florence.
What is widely used to reach the not far Florence is the Pisa airport (about an hour). Reach the city is very easy thanks to train, bus and shuttle which runs from the airport to the Florence city terminal (tickets are available in the airport and must be validated prior to boarding the train).
Once you reach the historical centre, the best ways to move around are on foot and by bicycle (you can rent them around in the city, for few hours or for the entire day). A lot of places of interest are car-free zones and are not far from one another. Public transportation - buses and trams - works quite well.
Are you looking for what to do in the city?
Take a look to the best activities to do in Florence, unique experiences suggested by the Local Friends of Guide Me Right.
Florence would not be the same without...
- The Duomo, Giotto’s Bell Tower and the Baptistery of Saint John
- The Old Bridge (Ponte Vecchio)
- Basilica of Santa Maria Novella
- The trippai with the pushcart
Not-to-be-missed in Florence
- The Rose and Iris Gardens
- The street markets
- The final match of the Florentine Historic Soccer
Museums in Florence
- Uffizi Gallery
- Gallery of the Academy
- The Bardini Museum
- La Specola Museum
It is difficult to suggest the best time to visit the city. Some will prefer to visit it in spring and enjoy it on foot, others will rather go in winter to avoid hordes of tourists and to enjoy the streets, views and museums when they are almost by themselves.
Besides its artistic and architectural beauties, Florence offers a delicious list of recipes and typical dishes: from rabbit-liver crostini to the bread and tomato soup; from the famous beef steak Florentine to the Lampredotto. Typical Florentine desserts are the Castagnaccio (Chestnut cake), made of chestnut flour, and the Schiacciata alla Fiorentina (Florentine Sponge Cake).
Something that maybe you didn't know about Florence...
- One of the most bizarre balcony in the world is located in Florence: the overturned balcony (a balcony with all architectural elements upside down. You can find it in Borgo Ognissanti n° 12.
- Each room of the Uffizi Gallery is visited each year by more than 1.5 million people.
- In the central de’ Cerretani street, next to the wall that runs alongside the Santa Maria Maggiore church, you can find a petrified head of a lady. She is the Berta...
- The bell tower of Florence is 84.70 meters tall and about 15 wide… while the number of steps is 463 to arrive at the lantern at the top (sorry, no elevator!).
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