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A classical collection of museums, squares, cathedrals and other historically significant structures beg to be explored in Florence. Elegant statues, shops, restaurants and apartments add to the city’s artistic allure.

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Florence gave birth to the Renaissance and changed the way we see the world. For centuries it has captured the imagination of travelers, who have come seeking rooms with views and phenomenal art. Florence's is a subtle beauty—its staid, unprepossessing palaces built in local stone are not showy. They take on a certain magnificence when day breaks and when the sun sets; their muted colors glow in this light. You're likely to be won over by the vibrant, pedestrian-friendly street life played out on its numerous and wonderfully varied piazzas—which are often works of art themselves. Stopping in one for gelato, a caffè, or an aperitivo isn't mandatory, but when the urge strikes you, don't resist. This is Florentine life at its best.

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The main tourist season runs from April to mid-October. For serious sight-seers the best months are from fall to early spring. The so-called low season may be cooler and inevitably rainier, but it has its rewards: less time waiting in line and closer-up, unhurried views of what you want to see. Tourists crowd the major art cities at Easter, when Italians flock to resorts and to the country. From March through May, busloads of eager schoolchildren on excursions take cities of artistic and historical interest by storm.

Weatherwise, the best months for sightseeing are April, May, June, September, and October—generally pleasant and not too hot. The hottest months are July and August, when humidity can make things unpleasant. Winters are relatively mild in most places on the main tourist circuit but always include some rainy spells.

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Top Experiences

  • Galleria degli Uffizi : Italian Renaissance art doesn't get much better than this vast collection bequeathed to the city by the last Medici.

  • The Dome of the Duomo : Brunelleschi's work of engineering genius is the city's undisputed centerpiece. You can also use it as a point of reference when lost in the twisting streets.

  • Michelangelo's David : One look and you'll know why this is the Western world's most famous sculpture.

  • The View from Piazzale Michelangelo : From this perch the city is laid out before you. Being there at sunset heightens the experience.

  • Piazza Santa Croce : After you've had your fill of Renaissance masterpieces, hang out here and watch the world go by.

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Transfers

Region: Italy
Transfer Company: Your Private Italy

Trains

From To Florence
Milan
2 hours
Rome
1 hour 30 minutes
Venice
2 hours 40 minutes

*Overnight Trains

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