Florence, the home of the Renaissance and birthplace of our modern world, has the best Renaissance art in Europe. In a single day, you could look Michelangelo’s David in the eyes, fall under the seductive sway of Botticelli’s Birth of Venus, and climb the modern world’s first dome, which still dominates the skyline.
What to See and Do
Cupola del Brunelleschi
As the name suggest this renaissance masterpiece was created by Italy’s very own Filippo Brunelleschi. He took inspiration from the Pantheon in Rome, with a distinctive octagonal form of inner and outer concentric domes. This is a very popular destination in Florence and almost always cannot get in with an advanced reservation either online or at the Cathedrals ticket office.
The Palazzo Vecchio (Old Palace) is a large, striking building on a beautiful square Piazza della Signoria in the heart of Florence. The palace is not far from the river Arno and right next to the most important art museum of Italy, the Uffizi. You can visit the magnificent rooms inside the palace and climb the high tower. Once the seat of the Republic of Florence, Palazzo Vecchio is still today the Town Hall of Florence.
Il Duomo Florencia
Florence’s cathedral stands tall over the city with its magnificent Renaissance dome designed by Filippo Brunelleschi, with the baptistery right across. The cathedral named in honor of Santa Maria del Fiore is a vast Gothic structure built on the site of the 7th century church of Santa Reparata, the remains of which can be seen in the crypt.
Visit the cradle of Renaissance starting from £55 return. Escape the hustle and bustle of everyday life and head over to the stunning heart of Tuscany! Experience amazing art and architecture, culture and fresh great tasting foods. Search for your ticket below!
The great ground for socialising and meeting travellers alike, a hostel is a great alternative for accommodation when you’re planning on seeing as many sights and attractions as possible in Florence. You can find yourself a room to rest your head starting from around £18 per night. A great way to save on the usually grand expense for getting away!
The most common means of resting ourselves when we are away on holiday. Hotels tend to bring with it tourist rates due to demand nonetheless with a little bit of effort you can find yourself a lovely 4* hotel starting from around £37 per night for a double room and ranging up to £390+ per night.
Since the beginning of my travel days, Airbnb has been my favourite go to for accommodation. With homes, flats and rooms available all year round and at a similar price to that of a hotel room, Airbnb provides you with the option of taking the road less travelled when travelling! With entire apartments and homes available from £55 per night, you can enjoy living like a local and exploring like a tourist!!
Italian food is famous worldwide, but what most people don’t know is that each region has its own speciality. Florence, which is in the region of Tuscany, has a medieval history that influences the traditional staples of Florentine and Tuscan cuisine. Another factor that affects the cuisine are the local ingredients like tomatoes, rosemary, porcini mushrooms, truffle mushrooms, olives, aubergines, oregano, basil, and a few varieties of meat, cheese, and bread.
City buses are run by ATAF and LI-NEA. Ordinary (a single use 90 minute ticket) and multiple-ride tickets (four 90 minute rides on one single ticket) can be purchased from authorised sales points, anyone with “ATAF” stickers on their shop windows and from the ATAF booth within the SMN train station.
Boboli Gardens, one of the symbols of the renowned Giardini all’Italiana (that is, Italian Gardens). Of course that is a must-see attraction, yet Florence can boast about many other noteworthy green areas that sometimes tourists may miss when staying in the city.
If you are interesed in the Firenze Card, you can buy add on for 5 euros the FirenzeCard+. This will include unlimited bus travel on ATAF buses for the 72 hours the Firenze Card is active. You need the special bus ticket when you buy the Firenze Card, it will have the card number on it. Stamp this bus ticket the FIRST time you get on a bus. If you’re asked for a ticket, you need to show this ticket along with your Firenze Card to the controller.
If you are staying in an accommodation that facilitates cooking you should prepare the most popular dish in Florence. The Florentine steak! Fire grilled on the outside, pink and bloody on the inside, seasoned with salt, pepper, a squeeze of lemon and traditionally cooked over roasted chestnuts for a smoky flavour.
See the countryside speed past as you remain still on the train from Venice to Florence. This 2 hour train journey offers a unique perspective of Italy. Have some time to catch a nap if you need it. With train tickets available from £29 you can enjoy the great cities of Italy!