Florence is the capital of Tuscany’s region and it is known and famous not only for being the place where Renaissance originated, but because of its artistic heritage.
Great sculptors, painters and writers such as Michelangelo, Leonardo, Donatello, Raffaello and Dante have left memorable masterpieces in this enchanting city.
Florence is considering as an open-air museum with all of its squares, churches and monuments, so much it has been declared UNESCO’s cultural heritage in 1982.
HOW GET TO FLORENCE FROM MILAN
Florence is located around 300km south of Milan, that means around 3h by car. As other Italian cities, Florence has many limited traffic areas controlled by cameras and only public transportation are allowed to go downtown, consequently be careful if you decide to rent a car.
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If you prefer traveling by train, you can buy your tickets on the Trenitalia website. Today Milan and Florence are connected by an high speed rail line.
Florence needs at least 3 days to be visited and it could be the right location to start your own Tuscany tour.
WHAT TO VISIT IN FLORENCE
Florence offers many places to visit, things and activities to do. One of the main attraction is “Santa Maria del Fiore” cathedral – in English Cathedral of Saint Mary of the Flower. It is one of the largest church in Italy and it is a must if you are visiting this city.
Other suggestions could be the church of “San Lorenzo”, “Santa Maria Novella” and the “Basilica of Santa Croce” where you will be able to see paintings done by Giotto and Donatello and to visit the tombs of Dante, Galileo and Michelangelo.
The Uffizi Gallery is the most famous museum in Florence. It holds a collection of masterpieces from the period of the Italian Renaissance and, like the church before, it is a must to visit if you are a fan of paintings and art.
Ponte Vecchio – in English Old Bridge – is the symbol of Florence and it has been the first bridge to be built in this city. It is noted to have shops built on it.