Florence, Italy

Florence, Italy
There’s nothing that this Renaissance Italian city does not do well, from mouthwatering food and historical gems to boutique shopping and incredible art, this city has long reigned supreme where to visit in Italy.

Every corner conceals a masterpiece, whether an artful plate of pasta or a statue from a Renaissance sculptor.

You will never get to everything, but that is part of the Joy of Florence, there is always more to see.

Fact
There is a lot of history within the boundaries of Florence. The piano was invented there, as was gelato. It’s also the final resting place of several notable historical figures, including Galileo, Machiavelli, and Michelangelo.
Map of Florence, Italy
When to Go
November – March
While most tourists travel to Florence in the Summer, visiting in the off-season (November-March) guarantees you fewer crowds and cooler weather. You will be spending a lot of time outdoors exploring the city, so the decrease in temperature is a plus. Lower prices and fewer lines to the major attractions make up for the occasional rainy afternoon.
What to Discover
All the World is a Museum
It is impossible to list the number of historic buildings, stunning museums, and artistic piazzas in Florence.

And whether you line up to see Michelangelo’statue “David” at the Accademia Gallery or just wander the open-air sculpture platform at Piazza della Signoria, you will find lots of fine art in Florence.

Must-sees include the Uffizi Gallery, a center for Renaissance art, and the city’s many ornate churches, from the imposing Duomo to the Santa Croce, the final resting place of Galileo and Michelangelo.

For art off the beaten path, check out the collection at the Stibbert Museum and the modern pieces at Museo Novecento.

Everything’s Gucci
You cannot visit the city where Guccio Gucci started his 1st leather store and not expect to do some shopping.

Window shop at the jewelry stores along Ponte Vecchio bridge, or explore the San Lorenzo market to barter for trinkets and leather goods.

Sample perfumes in the Santa Maria Novella Perfumery, 1 of the oldest pharmacies in the world.

For upscale shopping, Via Tornabuoni has all the favorites, from Prada to Cartier, and beyond.

Stop, Smell Roses
While the cobblestone streets, red-roofed structures, and ornate churches offer an overwhelming amount of medieval beauty, you might start aching for a little greenery.

Florence has its share of gardens and viewpoints for a romantic stroll.

The most well known are the Boboli Gardens behind the Pitti Palace, which include delightful archways and fountains where you can spend the whole afternoon.

Lesser known is the Giardino Bardini, an intimate and quiet garden with stunning views of the entire city.

Inside the real Florence
In Florence, what you see is not always what you get, and there are many hidden treasures for eager travelers to discover.

From Galileo’s finger, on display at the Galileo Museum, to hidden drawings, and a secret carving by Michelangelo, this city is packed with goodies.

Search out the Vasari Corridor, a kilometer-long passageway that runs from the Uffizi Museum to Pitti Palace, crossing the river along the Ponte Vecchio.

This hall is lined with art and was used to transport Medicis between their home and office.

This is a must

Go to The Ponte Vecchio at Sunset is a must, get a gelato at the end of St. Trinity Bridge, have a seat on the wall.

Got your camera?

Getting up high for a view of the city is easy from the Palazzo. Get there in the morning or late afternoon, but before the Sunset rush to have the shortest line, avoiding the crowd is a must, the vistas are memorable.

Have a wonderful time.

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