Located 145 miles northwest of Rome and surrounded by elegant hills, vineyards, and orchards, is the beautiful city of Florence ― Firenze, in Italian. The foundation of Florence dates back to Roman times. It survived the Gothic-Byzantine war, became the Holy Roman Empire, and birthed the Renaissance. You might say Florence has redone her hair a few times.
Step into Florence today, and you’ll see a thriving city full of commerce and tourism. There are many Florence points of interest. Whether you pop in from the Tuscan countryside for a day trip or spend weeks in the city, here are some travel tips to help you make the most of the experience.
World class museums are also among main Florence points of interest. The museums below are the best of the best.
Uffizi is the most famous of Florentine museums. Carve out time to see the Venus de’ Medici (known in English as The Birth of Venus) and Bacchus, by Caravaggio. But don’t miss the Vasari Corridor, which lets you walk from the Uffizi to the Palazzo Pizzi on the other side of the river. For both places, book tickets online in advance to avoid waiting in long lines.
Other Museums well worth visiting include: the Accademia, the Bargello, the National Sculpture Museum, Palazzo Davanzati, San Lorenzo Church, and the Medici Chapel.
The city is located 145 miles northwest of Rome, surrounded by elegant hills, vineyards, and orchards.
Restaurants are among the main Florence points of interest for almost any tourist. Great establishments you can dine in include: Guetta Guelfa (great spot in the city center),
Il Porcellino, (near the famous Porcellino statue), Mamma Mia (pizzeria), La Giostra-Famous (upscale), and great fish restaurants Borgo Antico and Trattoria Roberto.
A word of advice: Avoid eating at the tourist restaurants near the squares called “piazzas”. They serve overpriced food, but having drinks in the establishments is fun thanks to the bustling area and opportunity to people watch. If you head to the piazzas, check out the Piazza de Republica and the Piazza Signoria.
There are also some great bars to visit in Florence: Colle Bereto (go on Thursday or Friday nights), Slowly Bar (good cocktails and music), Yah Disco Club-YAH DISCO TECH!, and Flo (best disco tech in Florence).
Florence is a pedestrian town. Driving a car in the city will make you go crazy. If you’re staying at a hotel in town that doesn’t have valet service, have someone stay with the travel bags while the other person parks the car on the city’s outskirts. Handling it this way will get you parked faster and on your way to see Florence points of interest.