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Florence Travel Guide

About Florence

Ah, Florence! The city where art, history, and gelato converge in a symphony of sensory delight. Located in the heart of Tuscany, this charming Italian city is a place where the past meets the present, where Renaissance masterpieces rub shoulders with contemporary culture, and where the scent of fresh basil and tomato sauce wafts through narrow streets. Florence is a city that will steal your heart, fill your belly, and keep you coming back for more. And the best part? This city is committed to sustainability, from its bike-sharing program to eco-friendly hotels and restaurants. So grab a cappuccino and join us on a journey through the streets of Florence, discovering the best place to stay in Florence!

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Best Time To visit

When it comes to the best time to visit Florence, there’s no wrong answer – it all depends on what you’re looking for! If you’re after sunny days and warm weather, then summer is the obvious choice. But beware: you’ll be sharing the city with hoards of other tourists, all vying for the same Instagram-worthy shots of the Ponte Vecchio. For a quieter experience, spring and fall are your best bets, with mild temperatures and fewer crowds. And if you’re a fan of winter wonderlands, then you’re in luck – Florence in winter is a magical sight, with Christmas markets, twinkling lights, and (fingers crossed) a dusting of snow. But no matter when you visit, be sure to explore all of Florence’s unique neighborhoods, from the trendy Oltrarno to the historic Santo Spirito. Each area has its own charm and quirks, so take the time to wander and discover the hidden gems that make Florence so special.

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What to expect

Florence is a city that offers a lot, from history buffs to fashionistas and everything in between. And if you’re looking for a city that values sustainability and healthy living, you’re in luck! Florence is a city that’s as conscious about its impact on the environment as it is about its cuisine. The city offers a wide range of accommodations that cater to those who value sustainability and eco-friendliness. From the Four Seasons Hotel Firenze to the St Regis Hotel Firenze, you can rest easy knowing that  . . . . 

your stay in Florence is as responsible as it is luxurious. And for those looking for a more intimate and eco-conscious experience, Il Salviatino is a stunning 15th-century villa with a spa and restaurant that uses organic vegetables from their own garden. When it comes to dining, Florence has plenty of options for health-conscious food lovers. From Il Vegetariano, which serves organic, zero-kilometer ingredients for vegans and vegetarians, to SimBIOsi Organic Pizza and lovely food, which promotes organic farming and the soil’s natural fertility, Florence is a city that values healthy and organic food. And if you’re in the mood for something sweet, Eduardo Bio offers delicious organic gelato that’s sure to hit the spot. For those who prefer to cook their meals, Green, Go! Firenze is an organic market that offers fresh and locally sourced ingredients. And for a truly immersive experience, Agriturismo Fattoria Lavacchio is an organic farm that allows visitors to stay in a traditional Tuscan farmhouse and experience farm-to-table cuisine firsthand. In Florence, wellness isn’t just a buzzword – it’s a way of life.

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Things to know

When visiting Florence, knowing some practical information is essential to make your trip more enjoyable and hassle-free. So here are some tips to help you navigate the city like a local:

  • Language: Italian is the official language, but most people speak English, especially in tourist areas.
  • Time zone: Florence is in the Central European Time Zone (CET). Florence is 1 hour ahead of London, 6 hours ahead of New York, and 9 hours ahead of Los Angeles.
  • Currency: The Euro is the official currency.
  • Credit Cards: Most places accept major credit cards, but carrying some cash is always a good idea.
  • Plugs + Voltage: The electrical plugs are type F, and the voltage is 220-240V.
  • Airports: Florence has a small airport (FLR), but you can also fly into Pisa (PSA) and take a train to Florence.
  • Common sayings: Learn some basic Italian phrases, like “Ciao” for hello and goodbye, “Per favore” for please, and “Grazie” for thank you.
  • Opening hours: Many shops and museums close during lunchtime, so plan accordingly. Also, be aware that many places are closed on Mondays.
  • Safety: Florence is generally safe, but pickpocketing can occur in tourist areas, so be vigilant and keep your belongings close.
  • Emergency Services: The emergency number is 112 for police, fire, and ambulance.
  • Local customs: Italians are passionate people, so don’t be afraid to express yourself. Dress appropriately when visiting churches and religious sites, and don’t forget to greet people with a smile and a handshake.
  • Tipping: Tipping is not mandatory but appreciated. Round up the bill or leave a few euros for good service.
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how to get around

Getting around Florence can be a breeze with the city’s various transportation options. Here are some ways to explore the city and its surroundings:

  • Walking: One of the best ways to experience Florence is by foot. It’s a relatively small city, and many of its major attractions are located within walking distance of each other.
  • Biking: Consider renting a bike to explore Florence for a more eco-friendly option. There are many bike rental shops throughout the city.
  • Public transportation: Florence has an extensive public transportation system, including buses, trams, and trains. The buses and trams are convenient for getting around the city, while trains can take you to nearby destinations such as Pisa or Lucca.
  • Taxis: Taxis are widely available in Florence, and they’re a good option if you’re traveling with luggage or need to get somewhere quickly.
  • Ride-sharing: Uber and other ride-sharing apps are also available in Florence, providing another convenient option for getting around. No matter which mode of transportation you choose, be sure to take in the beautiful sights of Florence along the way. And if you want to be exceptionally eco-friendly, consider walking or biking instead of taking a taxi or ride-sharing.

No matter which mode of transportation you choose, be sure to take in the beautiful sights of Florence along the way. And if you want to be exceptionally eco-friendly, consider walking or biking instead of taking a taxi or ride-sharing.

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Where to stay

Via di Grignano 37/38, Pontassieve (FI)

Escape to the rustic charm of Agriturismo Fattoria Lavacchio. Nestled amidst picturesque vineyards, this organic farm offers cozy accommodations, an exquisite BIO/organic winery, and a rejuvenating spa. 

Immerse yourself in the tranquil countryside, indulge in farm-fresh delicacies, and discover the art of sustainable living at this idyllic retreat.

Borgo Pinti 99, 50121 Firenze, Italy

Immerse yourself in luxury at the Four Seasons Hotel Firenze. This opulent retreat combines timeless elegance with modern comforts. Enjoy exquisite cuisine, relax in the tranquil gardens, and rejuvenate at  . . . . 

the lavish spa. With its prime location near iconic attractions, this hotel offers an unforgettable experience in the heart of Florence.

Via del Salviatino, 21, 50137 Firenze FI

Step into a 15th-century villa transformed into a haven of luxury at Il Salviatino. Be captivated by its magnificent gardens, indulge in rejuvenating spa treatments, and savor farm-to-table delights at  . . . .

the organic restaurant. Each room showcases a perfect blend of tradition and modernity, ensuring a genuinely enchanting stay in the heart of Florence.

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Via Porta Rossa, 19, 50123 Florence Italy

NH Collection Firenze Porta Rossa is the oldest hotel in Italy and features a 13th-century tower and ancient frescoes. The 70 rooms are tastefully decorated with modern furnishings and old-world charm in ivory  . . . .

cream and vibrant red accents. In addition, you can enjoy a personalized experience by requesting a special pillow menu that offers a variety of materials and relaxing fragrances to enhance your stay.

Piazza Ognissanti 1, Florence, Italy, 50123

Located on the Arno River, with stunning views of the Ponte Vecchio and the beautiful Tuscany hills, St. Regis is a historic palace that perfectly blends Renaissance charm with modern style. You can relax in one of  . . . .

the 80 luxurious guest rooms or 19 suites, including a specially designed suite by Bottega Veneta. Additionally, you can indulge in the Tourmarine, Aquamarine, Citrine, and Jacuzzi baths, complete with chromo therapy and a Turkish bath to help you unwind and destress.

Where to Eat & Drink

Via delle Ruote 30 r 50129 Florence, Italy

Located near the picturesque Piazza della Signoria, Il Vegetariano offers an extraordinary culinary experience emphasizing organic, locally sourced ingredients. The dishes and desserts are all  . . . .

vegetarian or vegan, prepared with zero-mile ingredients. As a vegan and vegetarian haven, it serves delectable dishes from 12.30 to 14.30 for lunch and from 19.30 to 22.30 for dinner. So be sure to visit before 15.30 for lunch and 24.00 for dinner to savor their exceptional menu.

43, Via S. Gallo, 75 Rosso, 50129 Firenze FI, Italy

Situated close to the magnificent Ponte Vecchio, Il Vegano Firenze delights visitors with its organic, vegan, and healthy fare. Their cruelty-free and zero km menu is a testament to their commitment to sustainability. 

You can have lunch and dinner while immersing yourself in the charm of Florence;  Monday is for lunch only, Tuesday through Friday available for lunch and dinner, while Saturday and Sunday are for dinner only. Indulge in guilt-free dining at this delightful eatery!

Via de’ Ginori 56r 50123, Firenze

Nestled near the enchanting Piazza del Duomo, SimBIOsi Pizza is renowned for its mouthwatering organic pizza and delectable cuisine. Embracing organic farming principles, they prioritize the soil’s natural  . . . .

fertility and avoid synthetic products and GMOs. So treat yourself to their irresistible creations while supporting a sustainable and environmentally conscious culinary experience.

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Via de’ Ginori, 64r, 50123 Firenze FI, Italy

Located conveniently near the heart of Florence, SimBIOsi Organic Cafe & Lovely Bistro offers a delightful fusion of food and organic coffee. As a sister space to SimBIOsi Pizza, it upholds the same  . . . .

commitment to organic goodness. Immerse yourself in a cozy atmosphere while relishing their delectable fare and sipping aromatic, sustainably sourced coffee.

Via de’ Ginori 58r/60r, 50123, Florence

Situated amidst the vibrant streets of Florence, Ristorante SimBIOsi captivates discerning palates with its exquisite organic cuisine. Focusing on sustainability and quality ingredients, they create culinary  . . . .

masterpieces that will leave you craving more. Experience the epitome of Florentine gastronomy in an inviting ambiance, making every bite a genuinely unforgettable experience.

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Via San Zanobi 126R, 50129 Florence FI

Tucked away in the heart of Florence, ORA is a modern vegetarian restaurant that prides itself on using organic and biodynamic products. This trendy venue offers a unique experience where you can enjoy music,  . . . .

engaging conversations, and a glass of wine. Indulge in their exceptional menu, available from Tuesday to Saturday, 19:00 to 22:30. Please note their closure on Sundays and Mondays.

Piazza del Duomo, 45/R, 50122 Firenze FI, Italy

Cool off from Florence’s bustling streets with a visit to Edoardo Il Gelato Biologico. Situated in a charming neighborhood, this gelateria tantalizes taste buds with its range of organic gelato. Savor the creamy  . . . .

goodness of their guilt-free creations, made with natural and wholesome ingredients. A sweet treat that nourishes both body and soul.

Sdrucciolo de’ Pitti, 10 R, 50125 Firenze FI, Italy

Nestled between Piazza Santo Spirito and Piazza Pitti, Carduccio is a haven for organic delights sourced directly from local organic farms. Energize your day with invigorating cold-pressed juices, savor the   . . . . 

crispness of organic salads, and savor the heartiness of nourishing soups. Delight in the aroma of freshly baked pastries and discover an array of delectable, farm-to-table dishes—Carduccio – where nature’s bounty takes center stage.

Borgo Ognissanti, 25 Rosso, 50123 Firenze FI, Italy

Enotica Bruni beckons wine enthusiasts with its extraordinary cellar boasting over 3000 labels of Natural Wine. Delve into a world of oenophiles’ delights as you explore the diverse flavors and aromas  . . . . 

carefully curated within. Indulge in the artistry of the culinary team through their three exquisite tasting menus, offering 5 or 7 courses of surprise and gastronomic wonder. Prepare to embark on an unforgettable journey of sensory bliss at Enotica Bruni.

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Via S. Gallo, 24 a, 50129 Firenze FI, Italy

Experience the epitome of wine culture at Bottega P. This charming establishment celebrates the art of wine, showcasing a thoughtfully curated collection of organic wines and products sourced exclusively from  . . . .

small producers. Indulge in the cozy ambiance of their snug bar, complete with sidewalk tables perfect for savoring delightful charcuterie and cheeses. Immerse yourself in a world of flavor with their extensive list of wines available by the glass, a true haven for wine enthusiasts.

Via dell’Ariento, 16r, 50123 Firenze FI, Italy 

Casa Del Vino welcomes you to its rustic sanctuary in the heart of the charming countryside. Step into this wood-lined nook, where a diverse selection of wines awaits, ready to enchant your senses. 

Indulge in exquisite pairings of delectable cold cuts and artisanal cheeses, creating a symphony of flavors that dance upon your palate. Experience the perfect blend of ambiance, wine, and culinary delights at Casa Del Vino.

Via Maggio, 61r, 50125 Firenze FI, Italy

Enoteca Spontanea welcomes you to an enchanting realm of spontaneous delights. Immerse yourself in a symphony of flavors as you explore their curated collection of organic wines, from earthy reds to  . . . .

crisp whites; each bottle tells a unique story of craftsmanship and sustainability. So unleash your senses and embark on a journey of delightful spontaneity, where every sip unveils a new adventure.

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Piazza dei Rossi, 1R, 50125 Firenze FI, Italy

Discover the charming haven of Le Volpi e l’Uva, where wine enthusiasts find bliss. Unveiling a delightful array of offerings, this gem invites you to embark on an educational journey with wine lessons. 

First, immerse yourself in the flavors of flight tastings, relishing a symphony of notes and bouquets. Then, indulge in guided tastings curated by experts as you savor the finest vintages. At Le Volpi e l’Uva, wine becomes an enchanting tale waiting to be discovered.

Via degli Alfani, 39 r, 50121 Firenze FI, Italy

Indulge in natural wines while enjoying a groovy vinyl soundtrack and savoring delicious rural cuisine. A wine bar’s collection includes artisanal, organic, biodynamic, and natural wines that have been carefully selected  . . . .

First, immerse yourself in the flavors of flight tastings, relishing a symphony of notes and bouquets. Then, indulge in guided tastings curated by experts as you savor the finest vintages. At Le Volpi e l’Uva, wine becomes an enchanting tale waiting to be discovered.

Borgo Ognissanti, 70R, 50123 Firenze FI, Italy

Step into Vino al Vino, a captivating natural wine bar and shop. Discover a harmonious blend of rustic charm and refined elegance as you sip their exceptional organic wines. With each glass, experience the  . . . .

essence of nature’s bounty, carefully crafted to tantalize your taste buds. Indulge in the rich flavors and embrace a sustainable approach to wine appreciation.

Organic Markets

Via di Montefiesole, 55, 50065 Pontassieve FI, Italy

Nestled in the enchanting countryside of Florence, Agriturismo Fattoria Lavacchio awaits its organic farm. Embrace the rustic charm as you explore the bountiful selection of fresh, sustainably-grown produce. 

This market celebrates the essence of farm-to-table dining, from vibrant fruits and vegetables to fragrant herbs and artisanal cheeses. Delight your senses, support local agriculture, and savor the pure flavors that define this authentic Tuscan experience

Via Lorenzo Bartolini, 2/R, 50124 Firenze FI, Italy

Experience a true organic haven at Ammore Biologico Firenze. This enchanting gem offers a wide range of wholesome delights. Explore a bountiful selection of fresh fruits and vegetables alongside delectable  . . . .

sourdough bread. Indulge your sweet tooth with mouthwatering vegan desserts that will delight you. Pamper yourself with natural and vegan cosmetics, leaving you feeling refreshed and rejuvenated. Ammore Biologico Firenze is your one-stop destination for organic goodness in every aspect.

Via Reginaldo Giuliani, 27R, 50141 Firenze FI, Italy

Discover the organic wonderland of Bottega Di Arcetri in Florence. This vibrant market is a haven for food lovers. Explore a vast array of carefully selected cured meats and cheeses alongside freshly baked bread and . . . .

sourdough bread. Indulge your sweet tooth with mouthwatering vegan desserts that will delight you. Pamper yourself with natural and vegan cosmetics, leaving you feeling refreshed and rejuvenated. Ammore Biologico Firenze is your one-stop destination for organic goodness in every aspect.

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Via Masaccio angolo, Via degli Artisti, 50132 Firenze FI, Italy

Green, Go! Firenze is the epitome of sustainable indulgence. This eco-conscious haven boasts a quality grocery store offering an enticing array of bulk, organic, vegan products. Are you craving a delectable  . . . .

plant-based meal? Look only as far as their inviting restaurant-bistro, where vegetarians and vegans will find culinary bliss. Embrace a greener lifestyle as you savor the flavors and nourish your body at Green, Go! Firenze. 

Via Kassel (ang, Via Gran Bretagna, 30/54, 50126 Firenze FI, Italy

NaturaSì is your gateway to a world of natural abundance. With over 4,000 exquisite offerings, we curate a diverse selection of biodynamic, organic, and natural products. Explore our bountiful aisles,  . . . . 

brimming with vibrant fruits, crisp vegetables, rejuvenating cosmetics, and nourishing herbal treasures. From gluten-free and intolerance solutions to household essentials, we cater to your well-being. Experience the essence of purity at NaturaSì, where nature’s bounty awaits your discovery.

Via dell’Erta Canina, 1/R, 50125 Firenze FI, Italy

L’Angolo dell’Erta Rocco Ascani is a charming small store in a quaint corner. Here, you’ll discover a delightful array of loose, local, and organic products. From aromatic herbs to freshly ground coffee, each item  . . . .

exudes authenticity. However, note that this treasure trove is closed on Sundays so plan your visit accordingly to experience the rich flavors and unique offerings.

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Via Franco Sacchetti, 20R, 50133 Firenze FI, Italy

Discover the essence of Pepite Sfuse, where many culinary treasures await. Embark on a sensory journey through their diverse offerings, from an array of legumes to aromatic spices. Indulge in the  . . . . 

wholesomeness of rice, flour, dehydrated fruits, and tantalizing dried fruits. Create your personalized experience by bringing your containers and embracing sustainability with every visit. Savor the goodness within this haven of bulk sale bliss, where flavors and eco-consciousness unite.

WELLNESS

Viale Machiavelli 18, 50125 Florence, Italy

This Bene Spa is a luxurious sanctuary with a state-of-the-art fitness center and a blissful wellness area. Immerse yourself with a Jacuzzi pool, sauna, and hammam. Indulge in exquisite massages and  . . . .

pamper yourself with rejuvenating face and body treatments using the renowned Hopebergh and Officina Profumo Farmaceutica di Santa Maria Novella products. Experience serenity and wellness at its finest at BENè SPA.

Borgo Pinti, 99, 50121 Firenze FI, Italy

Indulge in pure bliss at the Four Seasons Hotel Firenze Spa. Discover an oasis of tranquility nestled within this luxury establishment. Immerse yourself in a world of relaxation and rejuvenation as expert therapists  . . . . 

pamper you with an array of exquisite treatments. From soothing massages to revitalizing facials, every experience is tailored to enhance your well-being, leaving you refreshed, renewed, and ready to embrace the world anew.

Via Sant’Egidio, 12, 50122 Firenze FI, Italy

Located on the ground floor of Palazzo Galletti. Discover a sanctuary for your soul at Soul Space. Immerse yourself in a world of serenity and tranquility, where indulgent rituals, rejuvenating treatments,  . . . . 

and blissful massages await. Experience the ultimate escape; every detail is designed to provide your desired stability. Let the soothing atmosphere envelop you as you embark on a transformative journey towards inner peace and wellness—Soulspace, where tranquility meets indulgence, just for you.

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Via dei Conti, 9, 50123 Firenze FI, Italy

A serene haven in Florence, perfect for holistic rejuvenation. This wellness sanctuary spans 250 sqm, providing ultimate relaxation and revitalization for explorers. Enjoy yourself with a sauna, Turkish  . . . . 

baths, a refreshing jacuzzi, and transformative sensory showers. Discover complete wellness at Spa Number Nine, where tranquility meets indulgence, leaving you refreshed and renewed.

Piazza Ognissanti, 1, 50123 Firenze FI, Italy

Surrender to sublime serenity at The St Regis Hotel Firenze Spa. Step into luxury and tranquility, where luxurious treatments and personalized care await. Experience the epitome of wellness as skilled  . . . .

therapists guide you through various indulgent therapies. From therapeutic massages to bespoke beauty rituals, each moment is designed to evoke a sense of harmony, allowing you to unwind, rejuvenate, and emerge with a newfound sense of inner peace.

Via Del Corso 6, 50122, Firenze Italia

Experience ultimate relaxation at Vita Nova Spa. Embark on a revitalizing journey, beginning with a Finnish sauna, steam bath, and an indoor pool featuring ozone therapy. Unwind in the serene relaxation  . . . .

room adorned with ergonomic loungers. Immerse yourself in exotic aromas and spicy scents as you indulge in a personalized rejuvenating massage. This therapeutic experience combines deep expert motions with the holistic benefits of natural Phyto cosmetics. Discover bliss in an intimate and sophisticated atmosphere.

What To Experience

Via delle Porte Sante, 34, 50125 Firenze FI, Italy

Perched atop a hill overlooking Florence, the Abbey of San Miniato al Monte offers a spiritual retreat and architectural marvel. This Romanesque gem is adorned with intricate marble work and a stunning facade. 

Visitors can explore the serene cloisters, admire beautiful frescoes, and attend beautiful Gregorian chants. The panoramic views from the abbey’s terrace are breathtaking, providing a sweeping vista of Florence’s historic center. The Abbey of San Miniato al Monte is a serene sanctuary that captivates with its religious significance and timeless beauty.

Via Ricasoli, 58/60, 50129 Firenze FI, Italy

The Accademia Gallery is a must-visit destination for art enthusiasts and history buffs in Florence. Home to Michelangelo’s world-famous sculpture of David, this gallery also houses a collection of Renaissance  . . . .

paintings and sculptures. Visitors can marvel at the exquisite details of David, explore the works of Botticelli, and appreciate the skill and mastery of renowned artists. The Accademia Gallery offers an intimate and immersive experience with some of the most iconic artworks in the world, providing a deeper understanding and appreciation of Florence’s artistic legacy.

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The Arno River is the lifeblood of Florence, flowing through the city’s heart. Strolling along its banks offers picturesque views and a charming atmosphere. The iconic Ponte Vecchio, adorned with jewelry  . . . . 

shops, spans across the river, adding to its allure. Visitors can enjoy leisurely walks, capture breathtaking photos of Florence’s skyline, or embark on a romantic boat ride. The Arno River provides a serene escape from the bustling city, allowing travelers to soak in the beauty and tranquility of Florence.

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Via del Proconsolo, 4, 50122 Firenze FI, Italy

The Bargello Palace is a former prison-turned-museum that showcases an exceptional collection of Renaissance sculptures. Visitors can admire masterpieces by Michelangelo, Donatello, and  . . . .

Cellini, among others. The palace’s courtyard, adorned with statues and a picturesque well, provides a serene setting to appreciate these artistic treasures. The Bargello Palace is a hidden gem for art enthusiasts, offering a unique and intimate experience with some of the most remarkable sculptural works from the Renaissance period.

Piazza di San Lorenzo, 9, 50123 Firenze FI, Italy

Located in the San Lorenzo neighborhood, the Basilica di San Lorenzo is a significant religious and architectural landmark in Florence. Designed by Brunelleschi, this basilica showcases the harmonious blend of  . . . .

Renaissance and Romanesque styles. Visitors can explore the stunning interior, adorned with intricate artwork and the Medici Chapels. The surrounding area is known for its bustling market stalls, where fresh produce, local delicacies, and leather goods can be found. The Basilica di San Lorenzo offers a captivating glimpse into Florence’s history and cultural heritage.

P.za di Santa Maria Novella, 18, 50123 Firenze FI, Italy

Situated near the Santa Maria Novella train station, the Basilica di Santa Maria Novella is a magnificent example of Gothic and Renaissance architecture. This basilica houses a wealth of artistic treasures, including  . . . . 

works by Masaccio, Ghirlandaio, and Giotto. Visitors can marvel at the ornate facade adorned with intricate marble patterns and stunning frescoes. Nearby, the charming Piazza Santa Maria Novella offers a delightfully relaxing spot to soak in the vibrant atmosphere. The Basilica di Santa Maria Novella is a must-visit destination for art enthusiasts and history lovers.

Piazza Santo Spirito, 30, 50125 Firenze FI, Italy

Nestled in the Oltrarno district, the Basilica di Santo Spirito exudes a serene and authentic ambiance. This basilica, designed by Brunelleschi, showcases elegant simplicity and Renaissance architectural elements. 

Visitors can admire the beautiful interior, featuring notable artworks by artists like Filippino Lippi and del Sarto. The surrounding neighborhood is known for its lively piazza, where locals and visitors gather to enjoy aperitivos and experience the vibrant nightlife. Basilica di Santo Spirito offers a peaceful sanctuary and a glimpse into the genuine Florentine lifestyle.

Piazza de’ Pitti, 1, 50125 Firenze FI, Italy

Situated behind the Palazzo Pitti, the Boboli Gardens is a sprawling Renaissance garden that showcases the elegance and grandeur of Italian landscaping. Visitors can wander through the meticulously manicured  . . . .

lawns, discover hidden caves and fountains, and admire the vast collection of sculptures. The garden offers breathtaking panoramic views of Florence and serves as a peaceful retreat from the city’s bustling streets. Boboli Gardens provides a tranquil oasis where visitors can connect with nature, explore Renaissance aesthetics, and enjoy a stroll amidst lush greenery.

Piazza di Madonna degli Aldobrandini, 6, 50123 Firenze FI, Italy

Cappelle Medicee is an exquisite area in Florence known for its stunning Medici Chapels. Located near the Basilica of San Lorenzo, this neighborhood is a testament to the grandeur and luxury of the  . . . .

Medici family. Visitors can marvel at the intricate marble sculptures and elegant tombs, showcasing the artistic mastery of renowned artists. In addition, the chapels serve as a fascinating historical and cultural attraction, providing insights into Florence’s rich Renaissance heritage.

Piazza del Mercato Centrale, Via dell’Ariento, 50123 Firenze FI, Italy

This bustling hub captivates with its enticing aromas and vivid displays of local delicacies. Immerse yourself in a sensory feast as you wander through stalls brimming with fresh produce, aromatic herbs, and  . . . .

delectable cheeses. Indulge in a culinary adventure, sampling traditional Tuscan flavors, or soak up the lively atmosphere, where old-world charm meets contemporary vitality. Central Market is a true Epicurean paradise.

Piazza del Duomo, 50122 Firenze FI, Italy

Prepare to be awe-struck by the Cupola del Brunelleschi, an architectural masterpiece atop the Florence Cathedral. Then, embark on a challenging climb to the top, rewarded with stunning views  . . . .

of the city and its surrounding landscapes—Marvel at the intricacy of the frescoes that adorn the dome’s interior. As you ascend, witness the ingenious construction techniques employed by Brunelleschi, which revolutionized Renaissance architecture.

Via Ricasoli, 60, 50122 Firenze FI, Italy

Encounter the timeless beauty of Michelangelo’s David, a masterpiece that captivates art enthusiasts worldwide. Visit the Accademia Gallery and witness this iconic sculpture in all its glory. Marvel at the  . . . .

lifelike proportions and the intricate details that Michelangelo meticulously carved from a single block of marble. Experience the emotional impact of this renowned artwork, an accurate representation of the Renaissance’s artistic excellence.

Piazza Mino da Fiesole, 40, 50014 Fiesole FI, Italy

For breathtaking views of Florence and a tranquil escape from the city, head to the Fiesole Hills. Situated just a short distance from Florence, this picturesque area offers a panoramic vista of the city’s skyline. 

In addition, visitors can explore the ancient ruins of Fiesole, an Etruscan settlement dating back centuries. The hills are also dotted with charming villas, scenic hiking trails, and serene olive groves. Fiesole Hills provide a tranquil retreat for nature lovers, history enthusiasts, and those seeking a peaceful respite in the Tuscan countryside.

Via de’ Bardi, 1, 50125 Firenze FI, Italy

Nestled on a hillside overlooking the city, Giardino Bardini is a haven of lush greenery and blooming flowers. This enchanting garden offers panoramic views of Florence’s rooftops and landmarks. 

Visitors can wander through well-manicured paths, discover hidden terraces, and relax in peaceful surroundings. Giardino Bardini showcases a variety of plant species and sculptures, creating a harmonious blend of nature and art. It is an idyllic retreat where one can find solace and rejuvenation amidst the bustling cityscape.

Viale Giuseppe Poggi, 2, 50125 Firenze FI, Italy

Nestled near the picturesque Piazzale Michelangelo, Giardino delle Rose is a haven of tranquility and natural beauty. This enchanting rose garden boasts a vast collection of roses, with over 350 varieties in bloom. 

Visitors can meander through the fragrant pathways, take in the stunning panoramic views of Florence, and relax on shaded benches. The garden also houses sculptures and fountains, adding to its allure. Giardino delle Rose is a delightful escape from the bustling city, inviting visitors to immerse themselves in nature’s beauty and enjoy a peaceful respite amidst vibrant blooms.

Cattedrale di Santa Maria del Fiore, Piazza del Duomo, 50122 Firenze FI, Italy

Rise above the city and enjoy panoramic views from Giotto’s Bell Tower, a magnificent landmark near the Florence Cathedral. Climb the 414 steps to the top and be rewarded with breathtaking vistas of the city’s  . . . .

rooftops and surrounding hills—Marvel at the intricate marble decorations and exquisite Gothic design of the tower. Take your time to capture memorable photos and appreciate the architectural brilliance that defines Florence.

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Florence is renowned for its exceptional leather craftsmanship and has many leather shops and markets. From bustling markets like San Lorenzo Market to boutique stores tucked away in narrow streets,  . . . .

there is something for every leather enthusiast. Visitors can browse a wide selection of leather goods, including bags, jackets, shoes, and accessories. It’s a paradise for fashion lovers and those seeking high-quality Italian leather products. Exploring these leather shops and markets allows you to immerse yourself in Florence’s artisanal traditions and take home a piece of Italian craftsmanship.

Piazza de’ Pitti, 1, 50125 Firenze FI, Italy

Situated in the Oltrarno district, Palazzo Pitti is a grand palace with several renowned museums and galleries. This opulent residence was once home to Florence’s ruling Medici family. Visitors can wander through   . . . .

the vast Boboli Gardens, adorned with sculptures and fountains, and explore the diverse collections of the Palatine Gallery, the Silver Museum, and the Gallery of Modern Art. Palazzo Pitti offers a captivating journey through art, history, and luxury, providing a glimpse into the lavish lifestyles of Florence’s elite.

P.za della Signoria, 50122 Firenze FI, Italy

Palazzo Vecchio is a magnificent symbol of the city’s political and cultural heritage. This medieval fortress-turned-town hall showcases stunning architecture and intricate frescoes. Visitors can explore the opulent . . . .

Salone dei Cinquecento, climb the tower for panoramic views, and admire the ornate courtyards. The palace also houses an impressive collection of artworks and sculptures. Palazzo Vecchio is a testament to Florence’s rich history and a gateway to experiencing the grandeur of the Renaissance era.

P.za della Signoria, 50122 Firenze FI, Italy

Piazza della Signoria is the beating heart of Florence, steeped in history and architectural wonders. This vibrant square is home to the iconic Palazzo Vecchio, a majestic fortress-turned-town hall adorned with  . . . .

stunning sculptures. Visitors can admire the replica of Michelangelo’s David, marvel at the Fountain of Neptune, and explore the Loggia dei Lanzi, an open-air sculpture gallery. Piazza della Signoria offers a captivating blend of art, politics, and Florentine culture, making it a must-visit destination

Piazza del Duomo, 50122 Firenze FI, Italy

Nestled at the heart of Florence, Piazza del Duomo is a vibrant square buzzing with energy. Surrounded by architectural marvels, it invites you to bask in the city’s splendor. Take a moment to soak in the lively  . . . .

atmosphere as street performers entertain passersby. Explore the nearby shops and cafes, or find a spot to sit and marvel at the beauty surrounding you.

Piazzale Michelangelo, 50125 Firenze FI, Italy

Perched high above Florence, Piazzale Michelangelo offers breathtaking panoramic views of the city’s skyline. This iconic square is a popular spot for locals and tourists alike to gather and soak in the  . . . .

beauty of Florence. Visitors can admire the replica of Michelangelo’s David, stroll along the terrace lined with charming souvenir stalls, and enjoy a gelato while marveling at the sunset over the Arno River. Piazzale Michelangelo is a must-visit destination for its stunning vistas, romantic ambiance, and genuine appreciation of Florence’s architectural wonders.

Piazza Santo Spirito, 30, 50125 Firenze FI, Italy

Piazza Santo Spirito is a vibrant square in the Oltrarno district of Florence. It exudes a lively and authentic atmosphere, with locals and visitors mingling in its charming cafes and bars. The square’s centerpiece  . . . .

is the Basilica of Santo Spirito, an architectural marvel designed by Brunelleschi. In addition, the piazza hosts a lively market every morning, where one can explore stalls offering fresh produce, local delicacies, and artisanal crafts. Piazza Santo Spirito is the perfect spot to immerse yourself in Florentine culture, savor traditional cuisine, and witness the daily rhythms of local life.

Via delle Belle Donne, 16R, 50123 Firenze FI, Italy

Tucked away in the heart of Florence, Osteria Belle Donne is a hidden gem for wine lovers. This charming osteria boasts a unique feature—a medieval wine door where guests can sample exquisite wines. 

The cozy atmosphere and knowledgeable staff create a perfect setting to savor regional wines and indulge in traditional Tuscan cuisine. Osteria Belle Donne offers a delightful experience, allowing visitors to immerse themselves in the flavors and traditions of the region while enjoying the rustic ambiance of this ancient wine cellar.

Piazza di Santa Croce, 16, 50122 Firenze FI, Italy

The Basilica of Santa Croce is a majestic church in Florence, serving as the final resting place for illustrious figures such as Michelangelo, Galileo Galilei, and Niccolò Machiavelli. This Franciscan basilica is  . . . . 

renowned for its stunning Gothic architecture, intricate frescoes, and beautiful chapels. Visitors can admire the works of Giotto and Donatello, explore the peaceful cloisters, and pay homage to the tombs of influential historical figures. The Basilica of Santa Croce is a spiritual and artistic marvel, offering a serene refuge and a glimpse into Florence’s cultural legacy.

P.za del Duomo, 20122 Milano MI, Italy

Experience the remarkable Duomo, an iconic cathedral offering free admission with no reservation required. Ensure your attire is appropriate for a sacred space, as bare legs, shoulders, sandals, hats, and sunglasses  . . . .

are prohibited. Kindly refrain from bringing bulky backpacks or bags when entering this holy site. Immerse yourself in the beauty and serenity of this architectural masterpiece.

Piazzale degli Uffizi, 6, 50122 Firenze FI, Italy

Regarded as one of the world’s finest art museums, the Uffizi Gallery is a cultural treasure trove in Florence. Housed in a stunning Renaissance building, the gallery displays an extensive collection of masterpieces, . . . .

including Botticelli’s “The Birth of Venus” and da Vinci’s “Annunciation.” Visitors can explore the meticulously curated rooms, marvel at the intricate details of the artworks, and soak in the beauty of the Arno River from the gallery’s windows. The Uffizi Gallery is an absolute must-visit for art lovers, providing an immersive journey through the rich artistic heritage of Florence.

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