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Things to do in Florence

Florence – a Romantic Destination in Europe

When speaking of the most romantic places to visit in Europe, you may hear places such as Paris, Barcelona, or Rome. You should however not forget Florence, the city being the largest in the Tuscan region of Italy. With its rich history, as well its artistic and economic influences, Florence is perfect for a short holiday and for exploring and breathing in the culture of Tuscany.

Although you may be under the assumption that the Italian diet consists of pizza and pasta, you may like to venture off the beaten track to enjoy some local culinary delights. The city of Florence itself caters to all diets, with a wide choice of fresh products at reasonable prices and meals often enjoyed with local wines.

 

Things to do in Florence

Florence is packed full of sights to see and romantic walks to take.

You can enjoy the city at whatever pace you like, soaking up the atmosphere created by the locals, or by fitting in as much into your agenda as you can.
There are always things to do in Florence, a city that is impressive both by day and by night.

 

Florence Cathedral

The magnificent Florence Cathedral dominates the city skyline with its architectural splendor. From the Palazzo Pitti to the Piazza della Repubblica you will never be short of the perfect café where you can sit and watch in awe as city life goes on before your eyes.

 

Ponte Vecchio

Ponte Vecchio, the ”Old Bridge”,  is probably the most famous landmark in Florence. To enjoy the beautiful view of the Arno River is something one have to do when visiting Florence.

 

Palazzo Pitti

The Palazzo Pitti, also called Pitti Palace, is a beautiful Renaissance palace from 1458. If you like art and beautiful gardens this is a perfect place to spend an afternoon – at Palazzo Pitti you’ll find both modern art, a porcelain museum and the wonderful Boboli Gardens.

 

Piazza della Repubblica

The square Piazza della Repubblica is a part of Florence where you can find everything from street art and installations to great cafés. Piazza della Repubblica is the perfect place to grab a coffee or get something to eat.

 

Florence to Pisa

No trip to Florence would be complete without a day trip to Pisa. With half and whole day excursions readily available, and the option to go it alone on the train, the leaning tower of Pisa awaits you.

 

When to visit Florence

Florence is the perfect holiday destination for both romantics and historians. With pleasant temperatures all year round, and since there are always many things to do in Florence, you can book your holiday dates around your individual tastes.

Considerably warmer than other northern European destinations for the majority of the year, it must be remembered that if you choose to visit in winter the nights will be cool, whilst in summer the temperatures can easily hit the one hundred mark.

 

Things to do in Florence

Florence Facts

Population367 796
CountryItaly
LanguageItalian
CurrencyEuro
Longitude11.25
Latitude43.783333
AirportFirenze, Italy (FLR)

Florence average temperatures

JanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
9~10 °C 10~12 °C 16 °C 20 °C 22~24 °C 26~29 °C 30~32 °C 29~31 °C 25~27 °C 20~21 °C 13~15 °C 9~10 °C

UNESCO-WORLD-HERITAGE-SITE

UNESCO World Heritage Sites Florence - Historic Centre of Florence

The historic centre of Florence is the origin and greatest symbol of the Renaissance. Its golden age were the 15th and 16th centuries under the power of the banking family Medici, who made the city a ideal environment for the flourishing of arts and humanism. For this historic and artistic importance, the historic centre of Florence is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The city is full of pieces by the greatest Renaissance minds. The city’s spiritual focus, the Cathedral Piazza of Santa Maria del Fiore, involved Brunelleschi’s design of the dome, Giotto’s campanile, and Ghiberti’s bronze Gates of Paradise. St Lawrence’s Basilica by Brunelleschi has sacristies designed by Donatello and Michelangelo, while the Museum of St Mark’s contains Fra Angelico’s masterpieces and inside the Galleria dell’Accademia stands Michelangelo’s David. The historic centre of Florence is a jewel of the Renaissance period, and as you walk around it you’ll admire it as a piece of art.

Medici Villas and Gardens in Tuscany

Built between the 15th and 17th centuries, this ensemble of twelve villas and two gardens is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. These residences embody an innovative system of building harmonically with nature, with the purpose of being dedicated to knowledge, leisure and arts, a way of thinking characteristic of Humanism and the Renaissance.

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OPERA

Florence Opera House

Opera di Firenze

Situated between the Cascine Park and the historical quarter of Florence you will find the Opera di Firenze. The venue consists of two auditoriums and an outdoor cavea, all dedicated to music including classic and modern operas and concerts. The Opera di Firenze is the first opera venue to choose photography as decoration for the space. The building has a modern design with straight lines and shapes in white, keeping it simple while elegant.

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MARATHON

Florence Marathon

The Florence Marathon is an annual marathon event that takes place in November every year. The race will take you through the many sights that Florence has to offer, for example a tour around Parco Delle Cascine, Cattedrale di Santa Maria del Flore and Stadio Artemio Franchi and views of the hills and countryside. If you stay a few days after the marathon you can join your fellow runners and spectators in the Marathon Party, a festival in the city with live music and great Italian food. Join the fun and register for the next event!

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GOLF

Golf in Florence

If you are looking for golf in Florence you will not be disappointed! There are many courses in close vicinity of the city, the three best being the demanding and challenging Circolo Golf Ugolino Firenze with its small greens and tight fairways, the luxurious Poggio dei Medici Golf & Country Club known for its great facilities including a top level spa and the flat Golf Club Le Pavoniere, a perfect course for casual players.

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