Florence Travel Guide

Florence is the capital city of the italian region of Tuscany.A centre of medieval European trade and finance, the city is often considered the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance and was long ruled by the Medici family. Florence is also famous for its magnificent art and architecture.

About Florence

Florence covers an area of 39 square miles (102 sq. Km) and is estimated to have a population of 430.000 people being one of the most visited cities in Italy. The historic centre of Florence was declared a world heritage site by the UNESCO.

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Florence City Guide

Florence is a beautiful city that’s surrounded by a fascinating history, gorgeous countryside, superb wines and delicious foods. Although you could walk from one end of the city to the other in about a half hour, you’ll need lots of time to make the most out of this trip. Make sure you pack good walking shoes to guarantee you can see everything this fascinating city has to offer.

The buildings, museums and churches that fill Florence showcase how this city loves to display art and splendor. The Renaissance period can be seen throughout the city. Well known as the capital of the arts, it’s home to stunning galleries that display the works of many Italian artists. Both Dante and Michelangelo were born here. It’s a good idea to grab a map of the city when you get here and plan out what you all want to see. A few places that should be marked as ‘must sees’ are the Bargello Museum, Santa Croce, Duomo, Pitti Palace, Piazza San Lorenzo, and Piazza della Signoria. Each one is fascinating to explore and filled with a rich history.

The Bargello Museum hosts an impressive collection of medieval and Renaissance sculptures. Some of its works include Michelangelo’s drunken Bacchus and Donatello’s David. The building itself tells an interesting story as it used to be a prison in the medieval times where many were tortured. The façade of Santa Croce is a fantastic display of marble. But as the old saying goes, its what’s inside that counts. Famous Florentines that are buried here include Michelangelo, Macchiavelli, Galileo and Bardi. Although damaged in the flood of 1966, the Santa Croce museum features a partially restored crucifix designed by the Italian artist Cimabue.

Most tourists spend some time at the Piazza della Signoria. The streets are lined with replicas of well-known buildings and sculptures. One of the most impressive is the Fountain of Neptune, created out of black marble. There are fantastic restaurants and café’s for you to enjoy here. Because so many tourists come though, you may pay more for an espresso here than elsewhere in the city.

After all that sightseeing you’ll need to get refueled before you continue. Your visit to Florence will only be enhanced when you enjoy its culinary delights. Whether it’s a simple homemade bowl of soup or a gourmet meal, you’ll love the fresh ingredients as well as the fine wines that accompany almost every meal. Although the ingredients are often simple, the chef’s creations will make you want to come back for seconds… or thirds.

Enjoy its fascinating sites, beautiful architecture and amazing foods. Explore its rich history and learn about its culture. Your visit to Florence will soon create many memories as you to experience the many wonders this city can provide.

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