Florence: Good to know
Must do's in Florence
Duomo: the magnificent reddish-brown dome of the Santa Maria del Fiore Cathedral is undoubtedly the icon of the city. Make sure to visit this vast Florentine Gothic structure. It’s free of charge. Next to the Duomo you will find the 85 m high bell tower or 'Campanile' that you can climb for a captivating view over Florence.
Ponte Vecchio: the famous medieval arch bridge over the Arno river accommodates a number of tiny shops and has been doing so since the 13th C. Originally, butchers, fishmongers and tanners, today only goldsmiths and jewellers are allowed (after a decree of Ferdinand I) At night the Ponte Vecchio is illuminated and definitely worth a picture.
Galleria degli Uffizi: the-place-to-be for the next super-highlight on your citytrip to Florence: The Venus of Botticelli. This brilliant gallery shelters one of the richest collections of treasured artworks and masterpieces in the world. Think Leonardo da Vinci, Raphael, de Medici, Botticelli… Tip: Book your tickets ahead. These small ‘Uffizi’ (offices) only allow a restricted number of people. Queues are long!
Florence: Insider tips
Fiesole: a mere 11 km north of Florence on a hilltop lays the charming village of Fiesole which offers stunning panoramic views of the capital of Tuscany. Beside quite a few roman artefacts in the area archeologica, it is the perfect spot for a delicious meal in a typical Tuscan setting at a moderate price.
Mercato Centrale: a soothing sights for sore eyes and pure fascination for all five senses, especially those of foodies. Should you care to take home some of the gastronomy or delicatessens of the region or even decide you feel like a high-class picnic or a quick lunch at the packed Nerbone lunch site inside, this market is God-given. But don’t take our word for it; put your senses to the test!
Ice cream parlour: the famous Italian street corner gelateria is obviously present in Florence as well. Probably the most difficult task is deciding which one to pick. May we suggest you try Venchi, a top-chain gelateria from the Piedmonte region which serves delicious home-made ice creams – some say the best in Italy - and delightful cappuccinos! There may not be a single seat left, so plop down anywhere.
How to explore Florence?
It is a good idea to stick to public transport to get around. Remember, Florence’s city centre is perfectly accessible on foot.
Planning to visit the region? Pisa, Lucca or Siena, for instance. Rent a car and feel free to drive anywhere the road takes you.
Florence Travel information
Travel documents: a valid Belgian identity card will suffice to board your flight to Florence
Local time: there is no time difference with Belgium
Climate: Firenze has mild winters and hot summers. A citytrip to Florence may not be advisable in the peak of summer, especially during August when temperatures may reach well in the 30’s.
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