Florence was one of the richest cities in Italy in the 15th and 16th centuries. In the heart of Tuscany lies the cradle of the Renaissance and attracts every year countless visitors with a lot of history, architecture and above all art. Just a short city break is enough and one is enchanted by the magic of the city. Florence has something for everyone and not only makes the hearts of art-loving Italian lovers beat faster.
The historic city center of Florence is not only UNESCO World Heritage, but also the destination of many art lovers from around the world. Everyone knows the sculpture of David by Michelangelo, which has been in the Accademia di Belle Arti since the 19th century and is an important symbol of art history. In Florence you can admire them and in addition to the David sculpture are many more works of Michelangelo issued.
But the picturesque and historic Old Town is worth a visit. Those who like being in the thick of things can take a room in one of the many hotels in the historic center of Florence. For example, the luxury hotel Brunelleschi with a direct view of the cathedral is popular.
Lovers of beautiful paintings should not miss the Uffizi Gallery. In Florence, no journey should come to an end without having crossed these breathtaking halls. The most important piece of art you should not miss is the world-famous birth of Venus by Botticelli.
Many buildings in Florence tell the impressive history of the city. First and foremost, of course, is the large Cathedral Museum, which consists of the Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore with Bunelleschi’s dome, the Baptistery of San Giovanni, the bell tower of Giotto, the crypt Santa Reparataunder the cathedral and the actual museum. The cathedral is the fourth largest in Europe and offers a breathtaking view from the outside as well as from the inside. The gigantic dome is the highlight and in the interior equipped with beautiful paintings. The bell tower lures with its height. After climbing 414 steps, you can enjoy a beautiful view of the city from here.
If you want to stay near the cathedral, but have a rather limited travel budget, you can take a room in a cheaper hotel or a bed and breakfast, such as the A Florence View, and fully enjoy your holiday in Florence.
In addition to art and history, there are many other things to discover in Florence. The city’s location, right on the largest river in Tuscany, the Arno, plays an important role. Countless hotels along the river offer rooms with a beautiful view. The Hotel Pitti Palace al Ponte Vecchio is both popular and very stylish.
Nearly 15 bridges connect the two sides of Florence, giving it a very special cityscape. The most famous, oldest and most remarkable bridge is the Ponte Vecchio . It differs from the other bridges in that you can only catch a glimpse of the river from a few places. The famous bridge is almost completely built-up and only a few bows give the view. Previously, this bridge was the home and workplace of the tanners and butchers, today there are numerous jewelers located there.
The more natural Florence visitors can be inspired by the beautiful gardens. Just behind Palazzo Pitti, a renaissance palace, is the Boboli Garden , a beautifully landscaped park with an amphitheater, fountains, statues and more. Even on this quieter side of the city you will find one or the other beautiful hotel and can enjoy Florence, without being right in the center.
To see the city in all its beauty, do not miss Piazzale Michelangelo. It is one of the higher places and presents its visitors with an impressive view of the city.
And a little higher up to the Basilica of San Miniato al Monte. Other than her name suggests, this church is rather small and inconspicuous on the outside. However, a look inside is worthwhile, because inside it takes every visitor’s breath away. Also you should not miss the adjacent cemetery, because from there you can again – and this time you are still a bit higher – the whole city admire. In addition, you can relax here, because the tourist hubbub of the city is kept within limits and a hotel is here, unlike in other parts of Florence, in vain.
For many, Italy means shopping as well as art and culture. Last minute book a short trip and stroll through Italian boutiques and shops? No problem in Florence. In addition to the typical Italian fashion labels, the city has much more to offer. Especially their small boutiques attract with their ambience many shopping. Especially leather goods and jewelery can be found here on every corner and you do not need to worry about the lack of quality. Popular with buyers are the market halls Mercato Centrale and Mercato Nuovo.The market stalls inside offer a wide range of products and above all the Mercato Nuovo also pleases the eye architecturally. Inside is the famous Porcellino, the statue of a wild boar. It is said that rubbing the pig’s nose will ensure a return to Florence.
Florence also has something ready for a slightly different shopping trip. What would Italy be without good food? The historic center is littered with small delicatessen shops that want to bring the taste of Tuscany to the man and the woman. For real gourmets also food tours are offered.
But not only in Florence itself, but also in the area you can experience Tuscany up close. Wine lovers should not miss a tour of the region’s vineyards. And those who take an apartment or a room in a hotel to the north or south of Florence are also closer to the nearby cities like Prato or Siena, which should not be missed on a Tuscany trip.
Immerse yourself in the beautiful Tuscan city of Florence and be positively enchanted. You are guaranteed to experience an unforgettable time.
Florence is one of the most popular destinations among travelers.
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