Florence is one of the coolest towns in Italy. During medieval times, it was the trade and finance center, being one of the wealthiest cities in this period. It was also a cultural capital and is considered the Cradle of the Renaissance.
Florence is one of the coolest cities in Italy. It is the kind of town that makes you wonder “I would love to live here.” The capital of Italian region of Tuscany is the most populous city and was declared World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1982. During medieval times, it was the trade and finance center, being one of the wealthiest cities in this period. It was also a cultural capital and is considered the Cradle of the Renaissance.
The Cradle of the Renaissance
There are a lot of historic sites and buildings, museums, and art galleries to visit. Michelangelo’s sculpture “David” is a top “not to miss” attraction. Galleria dell’Accademia displays the masterpiece of Renaissance sculpture. There is a replica in Piazza Della Signoria next to the entrance to the Palazzo Vecchio. Santa Maria del Fiore, known as Florence’s Duomo, is the best-known site of Florence. The Uffizi Gallery is the home of “The Birth of Venus” Botticelli’s masterpiece, besides other paintings and sculptures. Palazzo Pitti, Basilica of Santa Croce, Piazza Della Repubblica and many others.
As mentioned in the post about Berlin, my suggestion is to go on a cycling tour. You can quickly reach all points of interest. Take a ride along the beautiful Arno River and cross it through Ponte Vecchio. Take a deep breath and head up to Piazzale Michelangelo to enjoy a gorgeous Sunset. And finally, chill out enjoying a Tuscany wine in San Niccolo.
Leverage the Opportunity to Explore Tuscany
From Florence, one can easily take a train and visit Lucca and Piza. Once in Lucca, I would suggest to rent a bicycle. The town is gorgeous, by the way. Piza is a bit bigger, and it is not as charming as Lucca. The Piza Tower, however, worth to visit. Also, from Firenze, it's worth to take a full day tour to Siena. To overnight is a good option as well. Not to mention a journey along Tuscany, being Val D'Orcia my suggestion.
Besides Rome and Venice, Florence is a mandatory destination for anyone planning a trip to Italy.