Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Destination Tuesdays: Florence, Italy

The cradle of the Italian Renaissance, politically, economically, and culturally Florence was the most important city in Europe from some time before 1300 until the early 1500s. It is the capital of the region of Tuscany and is considered a cultural, artistic and architectural gem.

For first-time visitors must-see places in Florence include Il Duomo di Firenze, the main church of the city; Uffizi Gallery, one of the most famous picture galleries in the world; Ponte Vecchio, a medieval stone arch bridge over the Arno River with shops on it; and Galleria dell’ Accademia which houses Michelangelo's David.

Galleria dell' Accademia

If you want to get a feel of Florence just take a walk along the Arno River and across any of its bridges, through narrow, medieval back streets in the Santa Croce area, and in the Oltrarno - on the south side of the river.

Arno & Ponte Vecchio

For those who love to shop there are superb shopping streets, such as the Via Tornabuoni, the Via del Parione, and the Via Maggio.

If you are looking for something different to do take Segway tour of Florence City Center, pizza and gelato making tour, or wine tasting and appetizers at Gustavino’s Wine Bar. Romantics at heart will absolutely enjoy horse & carriage tour of Boboli Gardens!
Segway Tour
Pizza & Gelato Making Tour
Boboli Gardens

Florence is always buzzing 
with tourists, you will find them in large groups surrounding attractions such as the Duomo di Firenze, even in the worst weather. If you are looking to visit and experience warm weather, head to Florence in early April before it becomes too hot and humid in the city. The restaurants and cafes will open up their outdoor seating when the warm weather rolls in. If you're looking to escape the crowds, January and February deter some tourists due to the cold. Try to avoid traveling to Florence in August because of the smoldering heat. Many Italians flee the city to go on holiday and because of this, most popular shops are closed for the month.

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