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 is a city of great charm. At the same time, in the capital of the Tuscany region, visitors will find works of art from a history that hardly any other city has to offer. Because: Florence is the cradle of the Renaissance. The history of art in Florence 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, Giovanni Boccaccio, Filippo Brunelleschi, Sandro Botticelli, were able to unfold in Florence, leaving posterity with unmatched masterpieces.
Explore Florence Cathedral, Duomo
Be amazed by Piazza della Signoria and Palazzo Vecchio
Stroll on Ponte Vecchio
Admire the Uffizi Gallery - Galleria degli Uffizi
Visit Palazzo Pitti
Book Tickets for Museum or Museum Card
Make a Culinary Experiences
Watch a Soccer Match of AC Fiorentina
Florence, Cradle of the Renaissance
Let’s breathe a piece of the history of Florence. Like the other towns of Tuscany, Florence was already settled in antiquity, with Fiesole above Florence being founded even earlier. Florence had a strategic position on the Arno River and the Roman trade route Via Flaminia. In the Middle Ages, the once Roman city rose to become the Republic of Florence, a flourishing trading power. The plague raged in Florence in the 14th century, killing more than half of the population and causing famine and riots to devastate Florence. The Decameron by Giovanni Boccaccio comes from this period.
Wars and struggles for supremacy raged in Italy, Tuscany. The Medici family gained influence in Florence. The Medici dynasty attained great wealth through trade and skillful finance. With the money of the Medici, great buildings such as the Basilica of San Lorenzo di Firenze with the Medici chapels as the burial church of the Medici were built. Cosimo de ’Medici was a patron who promoted artists and scholars. Among them were the important artists whose names are still very familiar to us today and whose works of art in the Uffizi Gallery in Florence and in other art collections around the world astonish visitors. Among the most famous are Michelangelo Buonarroti, Sandro Botticelli, Niccolò Machiavelli and Leonardo da Vinci.
Arrival and transport
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.
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.
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.
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.
Where to Stay in Florence
We combine your trip to Florence with exclusive hotels on favorable terms. This is not always easy, but we are usually able to do so. We have some handpicked places to stay. Book your hotel and place to stay with our experience
- 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 inquiry, 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.
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.