When people visit Italy, they can’t escape the charms of lovely Florence. The Tuscan capital offers historical art, famous artists, delicious cuisine, and rich culture. The creative geniuses marked the Province of Florence and help it become widely known as one of the world’s greatest treasures.
Florence is easy to get around and an ideal place to explore on foot. It is a popular tourist location and a dynamic cosmopolitan metropolis. It has something for every individual taste and promises a memorable experience.
The city has many options regarding accommodation. Travellers can find affordable hotels, apartments and Florence short stay apartments, so no matter how long you intend to stay or how big your budget is, you’ll be able to find a place to call your own.
Art & Monuments
Around 60 percent of the world’s most significant works of art is located in the cradle of the Renaissance. Michelangelo, Dante, Leonardo da Vinci, Boccaccio and many more artists decorated the city with unique artistic masterpieces. When in Florence, one can’t miss:
- Duomo – An iconic landmark whose marble façade and bell tower amaze those who come here for the first time. The cathedral was designed by Filippo Brunelleschi and named after Santa Maria del Fiore. Inside of a 155m long and 90m wide cathedral, one can see the Last Judgment fresco by Giorgio Vasari. The only way to see the interior is to climb 463 steps, as there is no elevator. Right across is a Baptistery and next to it a Museo dell’Opera del Duomo with many interesting statues, as well as the original Baptistery door by Ghiberti.
- Palazzo Vecchio Museum and Tower – Speaking of a trip back through history, Palazzo is a place of Medieval Fortress, Roman ruins, and stunning Renaissance chambers. It is a symbol of civil power with its 94m high tower. From the top, it offers a magnificent view and inside cherishes Michelangelo’s Genio della Vittoria sculpture.
- Cupola del Brunelleschi – Masterpiece of the Renaissance was built in the early-15th-century by Filippo Brunelleschi and it’s based on Rome’s Pantheon. The guest must climb the spiral staircase inside to get to the 16th-century frescoes by Giorgio Vasari and Federico Zuccari.
- Basilica di Santa Croce – The Neo-Gothic façade with colorful marbles embellishes the exterior of the Franciscan basilica. It is the holy place and the final resting place of Galileo, Michelangelo, and Ghiberti. However, the true beauty lies in the altar, frescoes, and murals done by Giotto.
- Museo di San Marco – Located in the center of the university area is the monastery and spiritual museum with the work of Fra’ Angelico. The place houses many important paintings, including the well-known Deposition of Christ.
Food & Wine
When people think about Italy, they immediately think pizza, pasta, and gelato. Tourists can take pleasure in the best gelato in Italy. The most famous gelato shop is Vivoli, placed on a tiny street nestled away from the busy crowd. Nevertheless, Festival del Gelato is right near the main pedestrian drag with numerous gelatos to die for.
On the other hand, the famous Italian bread Panzanella, is a tasteful experience not to be missed. It is made of a day or two old bread blended with fresh tomatoes, basil and soaked in oil and vinegar. Also, a pizza-like bread called Schiacciata is a lovely surprise for the palate.
Another delicious meal perfect for all the bean-lovers out there, Fagioli all’uccelletto is a popular side dish in Florence. Of course, not to be missed is the Lampredotto, a dish that simply melts in the mouth.
When it comes to Italian wine selection, Chianti is Tuscany’s signature wine. Sangiovese grapes are grown locally and give Chianti a unique flavor. White grape wines are also fantastic and the most exquisite of them all is Trebbiano Toscanos. However, the true taste of red wine try Brunello di Montalcino, a complex mixture of grapes grown in two different microclimates.
Florence is a paradise for locals and tourist. With numerous attractions, legendary art, famous influential masterminds, delightful cuisine, and vibrant night scene, one can never get bored of the Renaissance city.
Walk the path of great minds, and relax by the natural landscape while drinking some of the best wines in the world. Explore the monuments and travel back in time, just be careful, you might not want to leave this inspiring location.