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When you think about Florence, the main things that probably come to mind are the ART museums. Museums like the Uffizi Gallery and the Accademia are world-famous and deserve a prime spot on your Florence itinerary, without even mentioning all the churches and other galleries and museums tucked around the city.
Florence airport Peretola (known as Amerigo Vespucci Airport) is the international airport of Florence second largest international airport in Tuscany, serving mainly flight connections to other larger European cities. It is located only 4 km northwest of Florence city center. To reach the downtown several shuttle services will take you to the Santa Maria Novella station. The main railway station connects Milan and Rome in 1 and half hour only. It gets its name from the Santa Maria Novella church across the “piazza” facing the city center, at a short walk from the Duomo and other major attractions. Remember: it is a joy to explore Florence on foot then make sure you’ve got comfortable walking shoes in your suitcase!
Florence has a warm temperate continental climate with sweltering humid summers and cold rainy, snowy winters.
When you think of Italian food, pasta, pizza and gelato come straight to your mind! But in Florence the city’s specialties is steak! The Bistecca alla Fiorentina, as it’s known, is usually a T-Bone served rare (to enjoy it at its best) and it’s huge, so make sure you’ve got at least one other person to share it as it can feed up to 3 people. Generally the quality produce sourced locally and seasonally around Florence helps strengthen the culinary gourmet Tuscan tradition. The city is surrounded by wine-rich hills, which is a gourmet paradise. All the traditional trattorias serve bowl of earthy ribollita soup and if you don’t have much time you can always have a ‘Lampredotto’ (tripe panino) to take away or indulge in an aperitivo at dusk. Curiosity, the bread in Florence is salt-free.
Things to see:
The urban, compact size fabric of this small city is a Unesco World Heritage site. On the banks of the Arno river the city has hardly changed since the Renaissance (14th-16 th century) showing us still its narrow streets with elegant-century palazzi (palaces), medieval chapels, fresco-decorated churches, marble basilicas and world-class art museums brimming with paintings and sculptures by Botticcelli, Michelangelo, Donatello and Ghirlandaio (to name a few). If you like sculpture the less-visited Bargello merits some time.
Just be aware it’s pretty hard to escape from the art, so if you happen to pop into a little church on the corner cause it looks interesting, you’ll probably end up seeing more
Italy's haute couture boutiques were born and bred here, back in 1920s, nowadays it is home for Guccio Gucci and Salvatore Ferragamo just to name a few. So, there are lots of other things to distract you in Florence, one of it is definetely shopping... the leather shops in Via de' Tornabuoni, several family-run botteghe (workshops) producing Florentine goldsmiths, shoes and artisan scents will leave you speechless; the outdoor leather markets tangle on medieval backstreets offers negotiable prices just so you know!
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