Florence travel guide

Vacationers from around the world flock to the capital city of Tuscany in Italy called Florence. With about 370,000 people it’s the largest population in Tuscany. Home to the birth of the Renaissance it’s a city with so much history under it’s belt it’s no wonder they have such a thriving tourist industry.

Florence, Fountain of Neptune

Florence, Fountain of Neptune

In this city the Medici rose to prominence and changed the course of history itself. In Florence you’ll see the sites that ushered in new ages in arts and sciences, politics and religion, and is an actual world Heritage Site as declared by UNESCO in 1982. Florence has 39.5 square miles of rich landscape to explore and enjoy as well.

You can’t go wrong with a city that gave birth to the likes of Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo, Galileo Boccaccio to name just a few of the luminaries of the arts and sciences and humanities. There are so many places of interest to see in Florence that one might have to make several trips just to savor the experience and give a good account to friends and family.

You just can’t beat a city that was founded by none other than Julius Caesar!

A list of the sites to see are the envy of vacation spots throughout the world.

The Piazza del Duomo is a cathedral of nothing short of astonishing architectural genius. Next is the Museo which has been graced by the hand of Michelangelo and Donatello. Giotto’s Bell Tower at 87 meters high will give you views of the region like no other. Don’t miss out on the Galleria Dell’Accademia home to Michelangelo’s David. That site alone is worth the trip.

Palazzo Pitti boasts a flurry of activities to be had. The Palantine Gallery is there, Porcelain Museum, Gallery of Modern Art, and the Boboli Gardens can all be found here. You’ll thrill at the historic works of art and history here.

You’ll see that Florence is sort of a shoulder to shoulder time of city. Being so old it has architecture from almost 2,000 years ago next to buildings that went up or were modified in our age. It’s small land mass makes for this cozy mini metropolis and that means you’ll get that friendly, personal touch no matter where you go.

The city itself has several modes of transportation to get you around. This is essential as some areas are best traveled on foot in order to savor the real ambiance of Florence.

The churches, cathedrals, museums are fine but don’t miss out on the festivals and shopping centers! You will find an abundance of finely crafted goods to purchase and keep as souvenirs or send out as gifts.

The night life is so astounding that you’ll remember every step on the dance floor. People from all over come to party in Florence as well as get their romantic side fired up for adventure. You’ll need to get your tastebuds satisfied with the great cuisine in Florence first so you’ll have enough energy to party to your heart’s content.

No one can doubt the joy of a fine Italian meal and here in Florence you’ll get that home cooked delight that will keep you smiling for a lifetime. Breads and pastas, beef, pork, chicken. Seafood and spices that only Florence can dish up are so a part of the vacationer that many don’t want to come home.

So get your sights set on Florence, Italy and realize you’re taking a trip down memory lane that goes back close to 2,000 years.

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