Visitors Guide To Florence Italy

The city of​ Florence is​ actually the capital of​ Italy's Tuscany area and stands alongside the scenic banks of​ the Arno River, close to​ the Tyrrhenian and Adriatic Seas. Bustling with local industry, which includes arts and crafts, commerce and tourism; Florence is​ a​ particularly historic location, steeped in​ heritage.

One of​ the most desirable places to​ visit in​ Italy, Florence was originally founded by Romans during the first century and grew dramatically between the 1200s and 1600s. of​ particular importance, the Medici family, who ruled over Florence during the 15th century, were responsible for many of​ the city's most spectacular landmarks, buildings and monuments, most of​ which remain in​ excellent condition.

Florence Travel:
The Florence area features a​ well-structured public transport network, comprising of​ main railway lines, orange ATAF buses and local taxis that congregate at​ various taxi ranks and around the piazzas. Renting a​ car is​ one of​ the most popular ways to​ travel around the Tuscany area and the A1 Motorway connects Florence to​ many major Italian cities, such as​ Bologna, Milan, Naples and Rome. Also the A11 Motorway links Florence to​ Lucca, Pisa and a​ number of​ coastal resorts.

Florence is​ easy to​ reach from around the world and the city's Amerigo Vespucci Airport is​ nearby. Just 5 km / 3 miles from the city center, the Florence Vespucci Airport offers modern facilities and is​ home to​ a​ number of​ important international and Italian airlines

Florence Commerce:
With a​ thriving commercial city centre and many businesses supporting the services and financial sector, Florence is​ a​ wealthy city. Nowadays, with tourism being an​ equally important industry in​ the city, many local crafts boost the economy, such as​ jewellery, leatherwork and ceramics, together with hotels. Florence contains a​ number of​ notable, medium-sized companies, including engineering firms, publishing and textile businesses.

Florence Hotels:
Hotels in​ Florence are often fairly expensive throughout the year and many are centrally located, although a​ number of​ popular cheaper alternatives are available. Accommodation during the peak season quickly becomes fully booked in​ the most popular hotels and it​ can be advisable to​ book at​ least two weeks ahead. if​ you decide to​ rent a​ car, ensure that the hotel has car parking space available before booking. Hotels can be found all around the city centre, in​ the green Viale dei Colli area, close to​ the Santa Maria Novella train station, alongside the Arno River and on the city outskirts.

Florence Tourism:
Tourism in​ the Florence area is​ important and thousands of​ people choose to​ visit this part of​ Tuscany each year, to​ enjoy the scenic views, historical buildings, stunning architecture and famous works of​ art. Must-see attractions in​ Florence include a​ number of​ magnificent palaces, such as​ the Palazzo Vecchio, Palazzo Medici-Riccardi and Palazzo Strozzi. Other attractions include the Piazza del Signoria, the Teatro Comunale (theatre), the arched Ponte Vecchio bridge, the historic Campanile di Giotto and the world-famous Duomo / Santa Maria del Fiore – also known as​ the 'Cathedral of​ Florence'.

Top museums in​ Florence contain many important art exhibitions and outstanding exhibits. Worth a​ visit are the National Archeological Museum, the Uffizi Gallery and the Academy Gallery, amongst many others. Also, the Chianti area, which is​ situated between the city of​ Florence and nearby Siena, features one of​ Italy's most stunning countryside landscapes and is​ also home to​ a​ number of​ famous vineyards.

Florence Restaurants:
Restaurants in​ Italy are known as​ 'Ristoranti' or​ 'Trattories' and are widespread in​ Florence, with many different kinds of​ cuisine readily available. Menu prices do not usually include service charges and these are added to​ the bill, together with any further cover charges ('coperto'). Therefore, tipping in​ Florence restaurants is​ not strictly necessary, although always very much appreciated. Lunch in​ the city is​ generally taken around 13:00 and is​ the main meal of​ the day, with dinner being eaten between 20:00 and 21:00.

Florence Weather:
The city of​ Florence features fairly temperature weather, with notable hot, sunny summer months and cooler, breezy winters. Temperatures between the months of​ July and August are at​ their hottest and reach highs of​ up to​ 32°C / 90°F. January tends to​ be Florence's coldest month with daytime temperatures only reaching 9°C / 48°F, although lows of​ 1°C / 34°F may be experienced.

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