No visit to Italy would be complete without a Florence vacation for many reasons, one being is that this city has a rich collection of galleries, museums, historical sites and landmarks. Florence Italy, known as the ‘cradle of the Renaissance’, is a remarkable reflection of the art history. Uffizi Gallery is one of the oldest and most prominent art galleries in the World. Piazzale Michelangelo, the square that is elevated above the city is worth the climb since it will reward you with a breathtaking view of the city skyline with a Duomo as a centerpiece. Florence is located in the region of Tuscany and happens to be the capital here.
Florence Italy has long been considered the birthplace of the Renaissance and is often referred to as the “Athens of the Middle Ages.” In addition to being called one of the most beautiful cities in the world, the Historic Centre of Florence was designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in the year 1982.
If museums and galleries are on your travel wish list, Florence is the city for you. The Galleria dell’Accademia holds the world famous statue of David by Michelangelo as well as many other iconic works of art. The Uffizi gallery is another must see with its paintings and sculptures from world-famous artists such as Botticelli, Leonardo da Vinci, and Raphael.
One of the most famous cathedrals in the entire world is located in Florence. The Florence Cathedral or the Duomo as it called can be seen for miles around with its domed roof and is the largest brick dome ever constructed. It is done in the Gothic style and boasts white marble with a green and pink design. The interior of the cathedral is also spectacular with its fresco of the Last Judgement covering the surface of the dome. Other cathedrals and landmarks of interest in Florence include the Campanile Bell Tower and the Florence Baptistery or the Baptistery of Saint John which are nearby to the Duomo.
Other sites of interest in this historic city include Ponte Vecchio which is one of the oldest bridges and features shops built right into it. If you would like to visit historic squares, be sure to take a trip to the Piazza del Duomo and the Piazza Della Signoria. You will also want to take in the Palazzo Vecchio which served as a palace and a town hall among other uses throughout the years. The Palazzo Pitti is a beautiful square that dates back to the 1400s. If it is outdoor spaces you seek on your travels, take a trip to Boboli Gardens which is right next to the Palazzo Pitti. This space features native plants, trees, and flowers as well as statutes, fountains, and ponds. This is a perfect place to relax after a long day of sightseeing.
A Florence vacation has something for every traveler. You won’t be disappointed at the glorious sights, sounds, and landmarks of this historic city. While here, why not pair your visit to the city with a trip to some of Italy’s best vineyards. Thriving restaurants in Florence make excellent use of the local produce that Tuscan fields have to offer - olive oil, herbs, truffles, fruits, wine and vegetables are providing Florence menus with savoury flavours.
Train travel in and out of Florence is made easy. The Firenze Santa Maria Novella Station or the Florence Santa Maria Novella is the main station and is situated in front of the Basilica of Santa Maria Novella from which its name is taken. If you are staying and visiting locally, this station is in the heart of it all. It offers service to places like Milan, Rome, Naples, and Venice just to name a few. Passengers coming into and out of the city may use the Florence Rifredi or Campo di Marte stations. If you end up at one of these stations, it is a quick ten-minute train ride into the main station of Firenze Santa Maria Novella.