Florence (Firenze)

As the stream of day visitors and tour groups dries up, the right atmosphere begins for a quiet city stroll through Florence. Treat yourself to a romantic evening in the city of the Medici.

Florence’s art history is inextricably linked to the Medici family of bankers. They promoted young artists, so an innovative center of art and culture established itself in Florence. Artists such as Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo Buonarroti, Dante Alighieri, Boccaccio, Brunelleschi, Sandro Botticelli, were able to unfold in Florence, leaving posterity with unmatched masterpieces.

Our offers for your trip to Florence

To see and experience

Dom and Dom Square

The religious center is formed by the Cathedral Square with the Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore. Built in Gothic style, the cathedral was given a gigantic dome built by Brunelleschi and a bell tower from Giotto. The Romanesque Baptistery with impressive bronze doors and mosaics is also particularly beautiful. Michelangelo had created a Pietà * for the Cathedral in 1553, which is located in the Art Museum of the Cathedral.

* Depiction of the grieving Mary holding the body of Christ in her womb

Piazza della Signoria and Palazzo Vecchio

The “power centre” of the city is Piazza della Signoria with the mighty Palazzo Vecchio (built in 1299-1314), the former seat of the head of the guild, the city domination and the residence of the Grand Duke. In front of Palazzo Vecchio is a copy of the famous marble statue of David (1501-1504) by Michelangelo Buonarroti. The monumental statue was created as a symbol of courage, the strength and dignity of the Florentine republic. The original of Michelangelo’s David can be admired in the Galleria dell’ Accademia.

Ponte Vecchio

The old bridge, as banal as the translation, is one of the most photographed bridges in the world and is the typical symbol of Florence on postcards. Once the small shops were occupied by butchers, today only jewellery shops are allowed on the bridge. In the middle of the bridge are arcades through which you can see the Arno.

Palazzo Pitti

On the other side of the Arno, on the Boboli Hills, is the Palazzo Pitti with the gardens “Giardini Boboli.” Throughout its history, Palazzo Pitti housed the dynasties of the Medici, Lorena and the Savoy, when Florence was the capital of the newly created Italian Republic. With a wonderful view over the city, the one who climbs up the steep lanes to the Forte di Belvedere is rewarded.

Uffizi Art Collection

Florence’s Uffizi Gallery is one of the world’s most famous art museums. It houses the largest collection of masterpieces of the Italian Renaissance. In addition, paintings by Italian, German, Flemish Dutch and French painters from the 13th to the 18th century are on display. We recommend visiting the Uffizi Gallery with an art historian. We will get the tickets for you so that you can enjoy the art collection without queuing up. In two hours you will see the most important works of art and get a good insight into the Florence of the Renaissance.

Culinary Experiences

If you want to eat typical in Florence and like meat, then a Fiorentina is the right one. This juicy and delicate T-bone steak is a real pleasure. It’s still pink inside, but not bloody. The meat comes from Chianina beef from Tuscany and has a particularly good taste. A Florentina is enough for the whole family.

Soccer

If you want to see a game of the storied AC Fiorentina at the Artemio Franchi stadium, you’ve come to the right place.

Our guide to Florence

Arrival and transport

By car

If you can avoid it, you shouldn’t drive to Florence. You agonise through the traffic jam, look for the parking lot and risk driving into the limited traffic zone. Florence, as in most of Italy’s major cities, has limited traffic zones. They are marked with ZTL (zona traffico limitato). Among them there are zones where there is always a driving ban and some that can only be used at night and on weekends. In addition, there are the bans on certain types of vehicles by type of fuel and pollutant class. So, as a foreign motorist, you’re well advised to avoid these zones. The penalties are peppered and the penalty notice is sent to your home.
Parking
In the area of Santa Maria Novella at the station is the large parking garage “La Stazione”. Other car parks include Fortezza da Basso and “Sole” in Via del Sole.

By train

Florence is connected to the network of high-speed trains (treni di alte velocità). The Turin-Salerno and Venice-Salerno lines lead via Florence so you can easily travel on to Rome, Milan or Venice. The Frecciarossa or Italo takes you from Milan to Florence in 1.5 hours.

By air

From Florence Amerigo Vespucci Airport, a shuttle bus runs every half an hour to Santa Maria Novella Central Station. The journey time is about 20 minutes. From Pisa Airport you can take the shuttle bus to Florence, travel about 1 hour and from Bologna Airport it takes about 90 minutes to Florence by shuttle bus.

Hotels

We combine your trip to Florence with exclusive hotels on favourable terms. This is not always easy, but we are usually able to do so.

  • Four Seasons Hotel Florence (5 stars)
  • Helvetia & Bristol Hotel (5 stars)
  • Rocco Forte Hotel Savoy (5 stars)
  • Hotel Lungarno (5 stars)
  • Villa Cora (5 stars)
  • Villa sull ‘Arno (5 stars)
  • Golden Tower Hotel & Spa (5 stars)

Please include your desired hotel at the time of the enquiry, if this is important to you. Otherwise, the desired hotel category is enough for us. There are also very nice hotels with 4 stars that we can offer.

Explore downtown

The whole of Florence city centre is limited traffic zone, which means that it is best to explore Florence on foot. Since many of the original paving stones are still in place, we recommend comfortable shoes. It’s also nice with a bike, when not everything is crowded. In Via S. Zanobi, 54R is a shop where you can rent bicycles: Florence by Bike. The bike rental “Mobike” has also arrived in Florence. You need the app to open the lock, find the bikes and pay the small rent. You can park the bike anywhere you want.

Excursions to the surrounding area

The medieval towns of Tuscany are admired by millions of visitors every year.

Places worth seeing include:

  • San Gimignano, with its 12th-century city center and 14 towers, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
  • Volterra with its many contemporary testimonies from the Etruscan and Roman eras, as well as the buildings from the Middle Ages and the Renaissance. Souvenirs of alabaster, the translucent stone mined there.
  • Carrara, center of the famous white Carrara marble mined in the Apuan Alps. We are happy to organise a guided tour of a quarry and stonemason factory for you.
  • Fiesole above Florence with excavations from the Etruscan and Roman eras
  • Livorno, a major port city on the Ligurian Sea
  • The Art Nouveau seaside resort of Viareggio on the Versilia coast
  • The picturesque Pitigliano in the Maremma
  • Sorano’s cave dwellings in the Maremma
  • Porto Santo Stefano on the Monte Argentario Peninsula

Please contact us if you are interested in an organised tour of Tuscany. We design the trip according to your wishes.

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