Without a doubt, plenty of tourists from around the world try to visit Italy because, as we know, all roads lead to Rome. But now we won’t speak about Rome, but about another beautiful and charming Italian city – Florence.
Florence is quite a popular destination among the fans of everything “Italian”. This city embodies the most incredible architectural masterpieces, an infinite number of boutiques, the best Italian restaurants and the most stunning entertainment.
Being the homeland of such famous persons like the traveler Amerigo Vespucci, the master of poetry Dante Alighieri, and great artists Michelangelo and Da Vinci, Florence has very rich cultural heritage and allows to find yourself for a moment in the Middle Ages.
Well, if you’re going to choose this amazing Italian destination for your next trip, we offer you 5 absolutely striking ways to spend your time in Florence:
1. Admire the breathtaking works of the Renaissance painters at the Uffizi Gallery
This is the largest museum in Florence, which keeps the most extensive collection of Italian paintings in the whole world.
The collection includes the works of such talented masters as Botticelli, Raphael, Rembrandt, Leonardo da Vinci, Caravaggio and Michelangelo.
The number of paintings is just unbelievable – the exposition occupies about 6,000 square meters and is divided into more than 50 halls. So, it will take you about 2-4 hours if you want to see all the masterpieces presented at the Uffizi Gallery.
Address: Piazzale degli Uffizi, 6
GPS Position: 43.767576, 11.256222
Working hours: Tue-Sun 8.20am-6.50pm, Mon-closed
Ticket rates: 8€-13€
2. Catch fascinating views of Florence from the Giotto’s Bell Tower
The city’s Cathedral Square (Piazza del Duomo) – is the heart of Florence. Right on the square you will find such famous architectural buildings of the Renaissance as Florence Cathedral – the most recognizable ancient construction in the city, the Baptistery, and the 84-meters-high Giotto’s Bell Tower. The bell tower has a beautifully decorated exterior and allows to get aerial views of Florence. Remember that there’s no elevator and you’ll have to climb the peak of the Giotto’s Bell Tower by foot.
Address: Piazza Duomo
GPS Position: 43.772664, 11.255678
Working hours: Mon-Sun 8.30am-7.30pm
Ticket rates: 6€
3. Walk down the iconic sight of Florence – Ponte Vecchio bridge
Ponte Vecchio – is a 30-meters-long arched bridge made of stone, which was built in 1345 and still maintains its original appearance.
Several centuries ago, the bridge was crowded with meat sellers, but now it’s a home for luxurious jewelry shops. In the evening, when the workshops and shops are closed, Ponte Vecchio becomes like a pantry filled with neat colorful suitcases and boxes – the bridge of jewelry craftsmen ends its work and hundreds of bulbs start illuminating it.
At the center of the Ponte Vecchio on both sides there’s a viewing platform where you can admire stunning landscapes of the Arno River. By the way, views from the observation platforms are especially beautiful during the sunset hours.
Address: Via de Guicciardini
GPS Position: 43.767474, 11.252668
4. Relax lying on the green lawn at Cascine Park
Florence has lots of different parks, but it’s impossible to compare them with a beautiful Cascine Park – a perfectly suitable place for your city break. Indeed, it is a favorite holiday “spot” of all Florentines, and not without a reason. Cascine Park offers to walk along its shady avenues, have a picnic on the grass or enjoy the numerous activities.
Every Tuesday morning there’s a fair is held in the park, where you can purchase some interesting and exclusive goods made by Italian craftsmen.
The entrances to the Cascine Park are located near the square of Piazza Vittorio Veneto and near the Ponte Della Vittoria Bridge.
Address: Viale del Quercione
GPS Position: 43.782152, 11.219128
5. Enjoy discount shopping at “The Mall” outlet
This is a huge outlet in the suburbs of Florence which offers great shopping opportunities with the amazing discounts of up to 70%.
At “The Mall” you’ll find old and new collections of such famous designers as Giorgio Armani, Emanuel Ungaro, Ermenedgildo Zegna, Emilio Puci, Fendi, Sergio Rossi, Valentino, Gucci, Yves Saint Laurent and Yohji Yamamoto.
The outlet is situated just 35 minutes’ drive from Florence in the town of Lecce. You can get to the mall by car, taxi or bus.
Address: Via Europa, 8, Lecce
GPS Position: 43.703268, 11.462281
Working hours: Mon-Sun 10am-7pm
Well, Florence is a very multi-faceted city, which impresses with its unique medieval architecture and at the same time – it offers perfect conditions for relaxation and even for high-quality shopping.
In this article we’ve made a quick overview of the most interesting sights of the city and, for your convenience, we also have noted their GPS positions. So, you can get a rental car and easily find all the places using GPS navigator.
Cheap rental cars (with optional GPS navigators) are available at the Florence Airport, where you can pick it up right after your arrival.