Florence in a nutshell by ItalyGuides.it
Florence in a nutshell by ItalyGuides.it
Known to locals as “Peretola”, Amerigo Vespucci International Airport (IATA: FLR) is close to Florence with good connections to the city center by taxi or bus. In 2001 Amerigo Vespucci International Airport was among the first European airports to obtain UNI EN ISO 9001/2000 certification for the quality of its services.
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Located near Incisa Valdarno is probably the largest fashion designer outlet mall in Europe. Simply called The Mall it offers 24 shops of the most famous brands around like Gucci, Burberry, Giorgio Armani and Ermenegildo Zegna.
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Florence is the art history capitol of Italy and perhaps even of the whole world; especially if you’re interested in Renaissance art. Short art history courses with no prior knowledge needed are offered by a real professor with a PhD in Renaissance art history
Build along the Arno River in a natural basin surrounded by stunning hills. Florence, or Firenze as it’s called in Italian, is THE city of the Renaissance, of Italian culture and art. The most famous places in Florence… The Uffizi Gallery, Palazzo Vecchio, Ponte Vecchio, Piazzale Michelangelo, but also many other gems, attract millions of visitors from all over the world every year.
As mentioned earlier, Florence truly is the Renaissance capital of the world, with his famous sons like Leonardo, Dante, Machiavelli and Michelangelo. The world-famous Duomo with Brunelleschi’s cupola and the marble clad baptistery are simply breath-taking, but not all the monuments are like this. A lot of streets of the historic town centre are often narrow and dark and still breathing that medieval feeling. The palaces are often robust and intimidating, but then you find yourself wander onto one the amazing squares in Florence: wonderful Mediterranean places where you will like spending hours sitting down, having a few beers and just watching people passing by.
To get a great overview of Florence, you have plenty of choices: climb the “Cupolone” of the Duomo or the Giotto Tower, head for Piazzale Michelangelo in Oltrarno (South or literally “other” side of river Arno) or go a bit further, up to the church of San Miniato.
If you really want to get a taste of the town, it’s best to travel on foot with a city map in your hand and just take your time. For a more in depth look at the city and background information on the historic wealth of Florence we can only advise you to book a guided tour or even take an entry class in art history for 3 days including visits to the Uffizi, important churches and some Medici-villas. The best place to do this is at arthistoryflorence.com. A professor in art history will tell you all about the famous Medici-family, important paintings and buildings in Florence. Also highly recommended is the guided tour of the Medici gardens
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Florence has it’s own airport, Amerigo Vespucci International Airport (IATA: FLR). The airport is pretty close to the town centre so you won’t loose much time there. With a bus or taxi it takes about 15 minutes to get to the centre of Florence.
Modern high-speed Eurostar Italia trains from Milano to Rome or Napels stop right in the town centre at Firenze Santa Maria Novella Station. There are also overnight trains from Paris and some German cities like Munich. These will get you in Florence in the morning and you’ll have the whole day ahead of you exploring this wonderfull city.
Driving your car to Florence is not really recommended. It can be quite expensive to park your car for the whole day and on some days it’s not even allowed to drive in to the city centre due to possible smog in the summer. Best place to park is under the central train station Santa Maria Novella or at the other side of the Arno in Oltrarno.
You can also take a look at the following bus companies that operate in and around Florence
ATAF for Florence town
FLORENTIA BUS for Mugello, Valdisieve and Valdarno
LAZZI for Lucca, Pistoia, Empoli
SITA For the Chianti area or Val di Pesa
Florence to Siena by bus or Siena to Florence by bus every hour, departure near the Santa Maria Novella train station.