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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 : A world class museum featuring works by Botticelli, Caravaggio, Raffaello and Michelangelo. There is also an invaluable collection of statues and busts from the Medici family.

  • Florence Cathedral : Also known as The Duomo, this is the third largest basilica in the world and considered one of the most beautiful. Green, pink and white marble gleam in the Tuscan sun. Climb the bell tower for a view of the city rooftops spreading to the countryside.

  • Galleria dell Accademia di Firenze : This smaller museum holds the famous statue David by Michelangelo. There are of course other works housed here, including a new section for musical instruments.

  • Basilica of Santa Croce : This attractive church houses many tombs and monuments to famous Italians, such as Galileo and Michelangelo. There is also a multitude of other artworks.

  • Ponte Vecchio : This is the famous medieval bridge seen in many photographs. The bridge is currently home to many shops for art, souvenirs and jewelry.

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Transfers

Region: Italy
Transfer Company: Your Private Italy

Trains

From To Florence
Milan 02h 00m
Rome 01h 30m
Venice 02h 40m

*Overnight Trains

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