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Florence, Italy

One of the Italian cities most visited by tourists, after Rome and Milan.

It is also called Firenze (Italian), the city had and still has great importance for culture and Italian art.

It was important even in the second half of the nineteenth century, when it set up the official Italian language.

Until then the Sicilian would be the chosen language, but in the same period, the region began to stand out very culturally due to the influence of great artists such as Dante Alighieri.

Thus, due to large cultural productions, it was decreed as the official language dialect spoken in the city of Florence and all Tuscany region.

Where is

The city of Florence or Firenze is the capital (Capoluogo) in Tuscany in Italy.

It has over 370,000 inhabitants in an area of ​​102 km².

 Florence Map


Florence airport Amerigo Vespucci is called also by Peretola (

Some of the companies that pass through there are Alitalia, Meridiana, Brussels Airlines, Lufthansa and Swiss.

And some of their destinations are: Catania, Rome, Madrid, Zurich, Paris, London, Amsterdam, Brussels and Barcelona.

Otherwise you get into town by train with Trenitalia (

Note that there is more than one station in Florence. The main ones are: Firenze Rifredi (near the new university center of the city), Firenze Campo di Marte (near the Artemio Franchi stadium) and Firenze Santa Maria Novella.

This last station is the main and largest station in the city. If you get down here, you’ll have easy access to the city center and its tourist attractions.

From Rome to Firenze SMN, takes 1:35h with the Euro Star (Frecciarossa) and spends about € 45. With IC (Intercity) it takes 3 hours and spends 30 €.

From Venezia to Firenze SMN takes 2h to the Euro Star (Frecciarossa) and spends about € 43. With IC (Intercity) takes you 3:15h and spends as from 24 €. The latter, you go down in Rifredi, then you have to pick up or train to Santa Maria Novella.

See the website of Trenitalia for more information sources, destinations, values ​​and timetables (


Wet or Mediterranean temperate climate, can have temperatures below 0°C in winter and above 35°C in summer.

In winter it can snow in town although not a phenomenon of long and often.

December and January are the coldest months and July and August, the hottest. The rains are more abundant in the autumn, with the month of November the wettest.

Especially love the spring in Italy, mainly from late May until mid-June.

Getting around

Florence, its historic center, is to be done on foot. Only then you can truly understand the charms of this city. And between us, the center is not that big.

If you happen to find out the Piazzale Michelangelo, then you can take a bus (Line 12 or 13) at Firenze SMN station

A single ticket lasting 90 min costs 1,20 €. You also have the option of abonamentos of 24 (5 €), 3 days (12 €) and 7 days (18 €).

The ATAF company is responsible for the circular bus lines. Enter the site and check values ​​updated and itineraries (

If you want to know other neighboring town, I suggest the trains.

Where to Stay

I lived in a town very close to Firenze, so I never hospedade in any hotel there.

But the historic center is always a good option. Close to everything, including restaurants and bars. But here the hotels are a bit more expensive.

Looking through the net, I saw the following well recommended hotel for anyone who has visited the city:

– Cicerone Guest House (Via Guelfa, 45)

Double room starting from 45 €.

– Loggia Fiorentina (Via San Gallo, 31)
Double room starting from € 50.

– Florence Room B & B (Via Fiume, 1)
Double room starting from 70 €.

Where to eat

Needless to say, any Italian dish is delicious.

But in Firenze, who commands the Bistecca alla Fiorentina is. This is the typical dish of the city.

A beautiful, thick beef chop (T-bone) roasted on the grill with charcoal embers 3-5 minutes. It weighs about 500g to 800g and is sprinkled with pepper and olive oil.

Bistecca alla Fiorentina

I do not like much because she’s a little underdone inside, due to its thickness.

Another specialty is white beans (fagioli) cooked in olive oil and sage.

And the wine of the region, is the famous Chianti. A pratese 80 years once told me that the best are those of San Gimignano.

Restaurants that put down, restaurants are suggested by an Italian fiorentina. Una buona intenditrice, lol.

– Bistrò del Mare (Lungarno)
Great place to eat fish and seafood. First start at € 14 and the second from 18 €.

– Enotria Restaurant and Enoteca (Via delle Porte Nuove)
First start at € 9 and second starting at € 18.

– Trattoria Da Sergio Gozzi (Piazza San Lorenzo, 8)

It is a typical Tuscan trattoria and economic. By all accounts, works only for lunch.


Below is a list of the main attractions of Florence.

Duomo and Batisttero Duomo and San Giovanni Baptistery ( This is the Cathedral City of Florence and is called Santa Maria del Fiore.

The Battistero in turn, has its doors in the stories of some biblical passages. The most famous is the Porta del Paradiso all made of bronze.

Piazza della Signoria Piazza della Signoria One of the main squares of the city.

Here the Uffizi, Loggia dei Lanzi, Palazzo Vecchio and Fountain of Neptune.

See more about Pizza della Signoria in our post ( Post on Piazza della Signoria ).

Palazzo Vecchio Palazzo Vecchio ( ) City Hall Headquarters (Comune) of the city and formerly the seat of the Italian Parliament . It also houses a museum with works by Donatello, Bronzino,
Michelangelo Buonarroti and Giorgio Vasari.

Loggia dei Lanzi Loggia dei Lanzi It is located right next to the Uffizi.

It’s kind of terrace which houses sculptures like Perseo with the head of Benvenuto Cellini of Medusa and Hercules and the Centaur by Giambologna.

Porcellino in Florence Loggia del Porcellino Where is New Florence city market with stalls selling various trinkets.

There you will find the famous Porcellino (wild boar). There is a superstition about it.

Rub his hand on his nose and then put a coin in his mouth and drop it.

If the coin falls into the grid in front of which flows the water, you’ll be lucky, otherwise not.

Uffizi Uffizi ( ) It is the most important museum in Italy. It houses valuable collections and works of various periods and various artists such as Botticelli, Leonardo da Vinci, Correggio, Raffaello Sanzio, Michelangelo Buonarroti and many others.

Galleria della Accademia
Galleria dell’Accademia ( Here you will find themselves to the original version of Michelangelo’s David and the Museum of Musical Instruments.

Ponte Vecchio Ponte Vecchio most famous bridge in Florence.

Husbands … hold their women !!!

Here’s jewels and gold everywhere. The bridge is surrounded by jewelers.

Palazzo Pitti
Palazzo Pitti ( There a number of museums inside of this palace: Palatine Gallery, Gallery of Modern Art, Museum of Silverware, clothes Museum, Museum of Porcelain and is still possible to visit the rooms of the palace.

Palazzo Medici
Palazzo Medici ( ) It is on Via Cavour, 3 and is the current seat of the Council of the Province.

It houses temporary exhibitions, museum and chapel. You can also visit some areas of the palace.

Basilica di Santa Croce
Basilica di Santa Croce ( ) Located in the Piazza of the same name is one of the largest Franciscan churches all held in the Gothic style. There are over 250 tombs within that church.

Piazza Santa Maria Novella Basilica and Piazza Santa Maria Novella ( we are near the Santa Maria station Novella and represent the order of Dominican priests.

Its marble facade retracted fine Renaissance period lived the city.

Paiazzale Michelangelo Piazzale Michelangelo Definitely the best place for you to have the best and most beautiful view of Florence. Whether you’re in time or not, you can not fail to come by.

Piazza della Repubblica Piazza della Repubblica fiorentina Square where are the historical cafés of the city and the most luxurious hotels. It also has the Arc de Triomphe and the Florentine historic Caffè Gilli.

River Arno Arno River This is the river that runs through the city of Florence. It is the longest river in
Italy after the Tiber in Rome.

Via Calzaiuoli Via dei Calzaiuoli intense pedestrian traffic street in central Firenze. There you will find many shops of clothes, bags, shoes and more.

Has the Max & Co (clothes), Intimissimi (underwear), Bata (shoes and accessories), Carpisa (bags), Salmoiraghi & Viganò (glasses), Tezenis (lingerie and sportswear), Calzedonia (socks), Swarovski, Coin ( clothes), Stefanel (clothing) and others.

It has a currency exchange there, if you need to.

Stores Brands Stores Via degli Strozzi – stores Escada, Louis Vuitton, Patrizia Pepe and Dolce Gabbana.

Via de ‘Vecchietti – Guess and Fendi stores.

Via de ‘Tornabuoni – Gucci stores, Dior, Prada, Cartier.

Artemio Franchi Stadium Stadium Fiorentina Fiorentina Team House, Associazione Calcio Firenze, Artemio Franchi Stadium (http://en.violachannel. TV).


In Italy, the ballad for them is to go out to dinner.

But has a second option: the so-called “locali”.

Recentimente opened one locale in Florence called 22 Noir (

A sort of bar and restaurant with room for live music.

Another space much like the 22 Noir is the Ideal Firenze ( .

From the pictures, it seems to be a great place to have a few drinks or a glass of wine before returning to the hotel.


If you have your base in the city of Florence and a good amount of days available, take the train and visit nearby cities like Pisa (1hr), Lucca (1: 30h), Pistoia (40 min), Livorno (1: 30h) and San Gimignano (1: 05h).

Siena is also close. But you’d better go to her with buses. Near Firenze S.M.N. station you will find the garage SITA bus company ( that performs this route .

Another tip is to visit the Outlet Barberino di Mugello. You can reach him using the service the same bus company I spoke of earlier. In fact, I wrote a post talking about this outlet, see complete information on it ( Post on the outlet of Barberino ).

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