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Florence is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world. Its combination of history and Renaissance culture combined with some of the world’s most important museums and monuments make the Tuscan capital one of the most beautiful cities on the planet. If you haven’t visited it yet, rent apartments in Florence and discover a city that will fascinate and thrill you like no other one had done until now.
Must see in Florence
There is so much to see and do in Florence that you need a few days to do it properly and not in a rush. Above the city skyline you can see the Duomo sticking out, a church whose main attraction is the Renaissance-style dome made by Brunelleschi. Another wonderful monument is the David of Michelangelo, which resides in the Galleria dell’Accademia, although the most important museum in the city is the Uffizi Gallery. The river Arno crosses Florence and if you want to cross it, you probably want to do it over the legendary Ponte Vecchio, although the best views of Florence come from Piazzale Michelangelo up the top of a hill overlooking the city. However, the nicest square in Florence is undoubtedly Piazza della Signoria with all of its sculptures. Don’t miss the excellent Tuscan cuisine that you can sample in the city’s many trattorias. The Palazzo Pitti and the Boboli Gardens are also a must-see.
Districts in Florence
Duomo is the centre of the city and where most of the most emblematic monuments are, which also give their name to it. Nearby is San Marco, a traditional and old district that’s ideal to find cheap apartments in Florence in because it’s close to everywhere without being in the middle of it. Signoria is closer to the river and the home of the Uffizi Gallery and the homonymous Piazza. At the other side of the river we find Oltrarno, which is where the Palazzo Pitti is whilst further south is Michelangelo and its Piazzale.
When to visit Florence
Summers in Florence can be very stressful due to the large amount of tourists, the queues and the unbearable heat. That’s why autumn is the best time to visit the Tuscan capital, since there’s less people and a lot cooler outside.
Transport in Florence
You can get to Florence from anywhere in Italy to its train station Santa Maria Novella. Once in the city, most of its streets are pedestrian so your holidays in Florence will mostly be spent walking. Its Amerigo Vespucci Airport is north of the city and it connects it with other European cities.
The White Night in Florence on April 30th is when the streets of the city fill with exhibitions, food stalls, music and art. Calcio Storico is a strange mixture of football and wrestling at the end of June, a tradition from back in the 15th century. In September, locals go out onto the street with paper lanterns to celebrate the birth of the Virgin Mary, a Renaissance tradition called Rificolone.