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Visit Florence, Cradle of the Renaissance

Tuscany is known for its fabulous landscapes, amazing artwork and architecture and its incredible charm. Yet there is only one place in Tuscany where all three of these elements combine effortlessly together and give life to a magical, romantic and absolutely one of a kind city: Florence.

Famous for the immense political and economic power it wielded during the rule of the Medici Dynasty, Florence offered the world a stage for great artistic masters such as Michelangelo, Brunelleschi, Leonardo da Vinci and Galileo.  However, Florence has its roots long before, when it rose and fell several times in the hands of the Romans, the lombardic tribe and others. Each successive age brought new architecture, art and creativity which are still evident in the streets, the many museums, churches, monuments and even the everyday life of this marvelous city.

Live and Breathe Florence like a Local

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Our dedicated website will give you practical and useful information about where to park and how to get around. Our team, comprised of locals who live in Florence, shares their experiences to enhance your time in Florence. Whether you are travelling by bus, taxi, plane or train the site is loaded with helpful suggestions about what to expect when you arrive concerning the weather, lines for museums and where to go shopping. The VisitFlorence Team lives in the city of Florence so, we have lots ideas and inspiration for you. Get competent assistance from our Forum with ideas for your itinerary, choose a two day or three day program for your vacation planning, read about the pros and cons of the Firenze Card or simply find out more details about what there is to see.  We have even visited and reviewed accommodations, both in and near Florence, giving you details of where to find family friendly or budget wise solutions.

Enjoy the Flavors of Florence

Florence embodies the intellectual, artistic and cultural center of Tuscany... maybe even Italy. A visit to Tuscany could not be complete without a walk around Florence, photos from Piazzale Michelangelo, a stop at Ponte Vecchio and a stroll along the Arno River.  A trip to Florence must include a visit to the Uffizi Museum, the Accademia and the imposing Palazzo della Signoria. To truly taste the flavor of Florence, one needs to enjoy a gelato in Piazza del Duomo, inhale the perfume of leather at the markets and eat a bistecca Fiorentina in the shade of Palazzo Pitti.

Be Amazed by its Beauty

Florence offers so many unique experiences and events that it will create memories which will live with you long after your holidays in Tuscany are over. All roads, inevitably lead to Florence, so examine our maps and find where you can revel in the awe of a historic skyline, and admire the architectural lines that inspired designers worldwide. The churches Santa Croce, San Miniato, Santa Maria Novella and San Lorenzo house some of the more important tombs, mosaics and frescoes while the museums will delight you with artwork, bronzes and marble statues and many treasures.

From art exhibitions to musical presentations, events which celebrate wine, culture and good food, history and art, you are sure to find just the right piece of information in the many articles below which link directly with our site

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Itineraries in Florence

Planning a visit to Florence? Or a longer vacation? Don't panic, even if you really will be challenged to decide what to see and what to put off to your next visit among the uncountable things to do and to see, we've selected a few itineraries that will guide you to the discovery of of this amazing city and help organizing your holiday.

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Where to stay in Florence?

Visiting Florence with a car or without? Do you want to be in the heart of the city or in the countryside? Here are our suggestions as to the best places to stay in Florence based on your needs!

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Florence Tours

Personalized and guided tours of Florence will help you organizing your visit of the city and enjoy all its marvellous attractions. Book in advance the tour that interests you, choose among the many options of walking tours offered and explore the UNESCO World Heritage sites in the historical center.

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Florence Museums

If you're planning to visit Florence, a museum visit is definitely in your itinerary! Which ones to include? It depends on your interestes... paintings, statues, frescoes or intarsias? The most popular are the Uffizi and Accademia Gallerys, but there are many more so give yourself more time in Florence to truly explore the richness in the collections of its museums.

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Accommodation in Florence

When it comes to finding where to stay in Florence, you'll have lots of choices - from luxury hotels to family-run bed and breakfasts to self-catering apartments and independent villa rentals. What is best for your holidays? Take a look at our recommendations & reviews for an idea!

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What to See in Florence

So many treasures, you won't be able to see them all! So pick and choose among these top attractions and enjoy what you see in Florence without being in a hurry!

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Events in Florence

All the main events taking place in Florence throughout the year: from food festivals to Christmas and Easter celebrations, from art exhibits to music concerts and live street performances, you'll find a long list of things to do and to see whenever you decide to come to visit Florence. Ready to start your virtual - at least for the moment - tour of the Cradle of Renaissance's most eagerly awaited events?

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Photos of Florence

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Getting to Florence

Useful tips and recommendations for getting to Florence by air, car, train or bus.

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Shopping in Florence

Whenever we go on holiday, shopping for bringing back home a local souvenir is a MUST, especially if we're vacationing in a city like Florence! From artisan typical workshops to the most famous brand-name boutiques, from local markets to jewelry and luxury shops, Florence is a sort of wonderland for everyone who loves shopping!

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Churches of Florence

Consider churches in Florence as museums where you can see the magnificent works of art that were commissioned by wealthy local families during the course of the centuries, both to "atone" for their wealth but also to show off to their fellow citizens their power and influence. Many paintings are in museums, but frescoes are still in their original places.

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Book Ahead

There are many things you should book ahead before coming to Florence, from accommodation to museum tickets to tours to your car rental. Take a look!

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Florence Forum

Questions about where to stay, what to see or how many days to stay in Florence? Whether to rent a car or not? Post your proposed itinerary and questions on our Forum and we will give you our ideas and suggestions!

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