Florence is the capital city of Tuscany, a region in Italy. It is also the largest city in Tuscany, with a population of 382,000. Florence is famous for its history.
It was originally a settlement for veteran Roman soldiers given land in payment for their services. Florence has been called the “Athens of the Middle Ages and it is believed to be the birthplace of the Renaissance.
The Arno River and three smaller rivers run through Florence which lies in a basin formed by hills. Its climate is subtropical and humid.
Getting to Florence
The Florence Airport, Peretola (IATA: FLR, ICAO: LIRQ) is the city’s international airport. Established in the 1930s, it’s a small airport that serves European and Israeli airlines.
The Firenze Santa Maria Novella railway station transports 59 million people per year. It is the main international and national railway station in Florence. This is a high-speed station which is presently being modified to withstand the growing capacity.
Getting Around Florence
The most important system of public transportation within Florence is the tram system which is run by the ATAF and Linnea Bus Company. Tickets can be bought at bars, newspaper stalls and tobacco shops. The main bus station is next door to the Santa Maria Novella railway station.
In an effort to curb automobile traffic air pollution, the city of Florence has imposed restrictions on when and where people may drive cars. People are not allowed to drive cars to and from the city centre without a permit. Florence has buses and taxis.
Where to Stay in Florence
The accommodation in Florence provides great ambience that gives you, comfort, luxury and serenity.These accommodations include hotels, village and apartment for rental which will suite your budgets.
Attractions and Things to Do in Florence
The Cattedrale di Santa Maria del Fiore (Cathedral of St. Mary of the Flower) is Florence’s main church and one of the best-known sites in the city. It has the largest brick dome in the world. The oldest parts of the cathedral date back to the later 13th century, and the dome was built in the 15th century.
The Ponte Vecchio (Old Bridge) is aptly named, for it dates back to at least the 10th century. It used to be traditional to build shops along bridges, and there are still shops built along the Ponte Vecchio.
The Uffizi Gallery was established in 1581 which makes it one of the world’s oldest art museums. It began life as an office building for Florentine magistrates. (Uffizi means “offices”.)
Its then-owner, Cosimo I de’ Medici, used part of the building to house his family’s art collection. It has hundred of paintings, many of which date back to the Renaissance, and some sculptures.
For those looking for things to do in Florence at night, there are a variety of bars and clubs that stay open through the mid-morning. The night’s clubs offer multiple levels of entertainment and live music, which caters to both young local crowd and also the slightly more mature group.