Firenze // Birthplace of Renaissance // Medici // Santa Maria del Fiore // 1.6 million visitors // Population: 370,000...
Florence (Firenze in Italian) is the capital of Tuscany and
is located on the River Arno.
It is famous for its architecture, art and culture and is a
popular destination for both Italians and tourists with some 1.6 million
visitors every year. Fashion also plays
an important role in the region’s history and is considered amongst the fashion
capitals of the world.
Culture and Museums
You are spoilt for museums to visit with places such as the
Uffizi Gallery, which is perhaps one of the finest art museums in the world and
the Pitti Palace. The Porcelain Museum
in the Casino del Cavaliere has an amazing collection of porcelain. The Carriages Museum houses some wonderful historical
carriages. Boboli Gardens is viewed by
many as one of the most important Italian gardens.
Other monuments and
churches worth visiting include Santa Maria del Fiore (The Duomo), Campanile
and Bapistery. Piazza della Signoria is
the heart of the city and it’s also where you will find Bartolomeo Ammanati’s Fountain
of Neptune. The Medici Chapel is inside the
church of San Lorenzo.
Florence is also home to many Villas including Villa Medici
at Careggi, The Belvedere Fort and many more.
The city also has numerous Squares such as Piazza del Duomo, Piazza
della Repubblica and Piazza della Signoria, to name just a few.
You will also find many historical Theatres in Florence and
of course the city’s legendary art collection is well-known throughout the
Public transport in the city is made up of buses (ATAF),
which are orange. Tickets can be
purchased from bars, tobacconists and newsagents (you will see ATAF stickers in
the shop windows) as well as the ATAF booth in Piazza Stazione. Be sure to validate your ticket at the ‘ticket
There is also a Tramway system (TramVia) and trains. Amerigo Vespucci is Florence’s airport located
some 5 km west of the city. Click here
to see how to get around Florence by bus.
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