We all know about the many beauties of Florence, Italy – the Tuscan capital that welcomes thousands of visitors every year. It is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance, and fittingly, it still has one of the most extensive collections of arts and sculptures among the European cities. The landscapes and architecture also offer unique sights, albeit enhanced by its culinary traditions.
So, while visiting Florence, one can expect to have a wonderful experience marvelling at grand heritage and culture, checking out the intricate craftsmanship of Florentine jewellers, buying luxury designer items, all the while savouring some of the tastiest Italian cuisines and delicacies. But the question is how to enjoy the city the most conveniently and effortlessly? We discuss that below.
Learn what to experience in Florence
Located amidst the rolling hills of Tuscany, Florence can offer many different experiences for different travellers. You can find tranquillity and solace by hanging around the countryside and reinvigorating your spirits by sipping from some authentic wines. The picturesque river Arno is another source of calm that can wash away all the stresses and anxieties with her quiet water flow. The riverside communities are also great if you want to explore the birth of Florence’s rich textile history.
However, to buy the gorgeous designer’s textiles in Florence, it will be best to hang around the city streets – particularly along Via Dei Calzaiuoli and Via Roma. You can also include it as part of your city exploration itinerary, as attractions like Ponte Vecchio also doubles up as an excellent jewellery shopping destination. Then, head over to the San Lorenzo market to taste some local produce. The adjacent area here is also great for bargain shopping and souvenirs.
While you are at it, don’t miss out on visiting art museums and galleries in Florence. While the streets and Piazzas are adorned with many sculptures, the Uffizi Gallery is where you can find the most extraordinary collection of Renaissance and modern arts. But perhaps, the Galleria dell’Accademia di Firenze showcases the city’s most renowned Renaissance heritage – David by Michelangelo. Of course, architectural heritage like the Basilica of Santa Croce, Pitti Palace, Palazzo Vecchio, and others can also be considered museums in themselves.
As you do all these, you will have seen the Duomo peeking through all over Florence. Located near the city centre, it is the most recognisable structure in the city. And the best part is that you can have a direct view of this magnifico by staying at a nearby place like Hotel Brunelleschi.
Consider buying the Firenze Card
Once you are done planning the activities of your trip, consider buying the Firenze Card. It is your 72-hours ticket to accessing around fifty of the significant museums and gardens in Florence. An individual card also allows free entry for a minor. You can also upgrade it with an additional Firenzecard+ that makes all Florentine public transports free of cost for the same duration. Sounds ultra-convenient, no?