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Located in the middle of Italy, Florence is the capital of Tuscany. This incredible city is also the most populated, with over 383,000 residents. It is also considered to be the birthplace of the Renaissance Era in the 15th century. The city is a tourist attraction where millions flock every year from April through September. In fact, tourists outnumber the locals at that time of year. The main attractions are the Accademia and Uffizi Museums, which are typically sold out during the busy season.
The City of Florence is famous for its art and culture, which include sculptures like Michelangelo’s David as well as works done by Donatello and Leonardo da Vinci. Music in Florence is also popular, including Italian Renaissance, opera, symphonies, and compositions. It is the ideal place for museums and shopping, too.
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Florence is full of history and exciting places to enjoy. Rich in culture and even more bountiful in scenery, you've got to see it all. Learn about the Renaissance Era from the many museums and art galleries or check out some of the fantastic dining spots in the city. And don’t forget to hit up some of the unique shops and boutiques around Florence so you can get some souvenirs for the folks back home.
The City of Florence has more than 70 museums. From art museums to living museums, science centers, and cultural buildings, take your time and peruse them all. Don’t forget to visit these three places that are not to be missed:
Bargello National Museum: This fantastic art museum on Via del Proconsolo, less than a half-mile from the city, is filled with both Medieval and Renaissance sculptures by Michelangelo and other famous artists. It has been showing off these works of art since 1865 and was Italy’s first national museum.
Museo Galileo: Just about a half-mile from the city center, the collection of artifacts from the 15th and 16th centuries takes you on a journey back in time. Located on Piazza dei Giudici, they have been in business since 1927 with collections of Medici, Lorenese, and others.
Leonardo da Vinci Museum: This interactive museum features reproductions of Leonardo da Vinci and inventions you can try. Head two miles to the north on Via dei Servi for a unique way to enjoy history. Stop by their bookstore on your way out to get some gifts. Choose souvenirs all about the Renaissance Genius as well as da Vinci’s works of art.
No matter what else you do in Florence, do not miss out on the shopping in this historic and beautiful city. There are literally thousands of shops, boutiques, and kiosks everywhere you look. Whether you are browsing for souvenirs for your loved ones back at home or looking for something specific for yourself, you will be able to find it all here.
San Lorenzo Market: Two miles north of the City of Florence, the San Lorenzo Market, or Mercato di San Lorenzo, has a little bit of everything. The indoor/outdoor market has hundreds of stalls and booths offering everything from food to artwork. You can also find souvenirs here that are handmade by locals. The outdoor section has several streets full of vendors with items made by hand for that one-of-a-kind gift for your special someone. The inside is all about food. See gourmet foods and a seating area for resting.
Via de’ Tornabuoni: For those looking for designer goods, the Via de’ Tornabuoni has plenty of names for you, such as Prada, Bulgari, Gucci, and many more. This is a street just for pedestrians lined with fantastic places to find the best of the best, just for you. Or for someone you love. Looking for some sensual scents? Head down to the basement of Palazzo Spini Feroni, (the home of Ferragamo) to Olfattorio Bar a Parfums.
Via de’ Martelli: Looking for some reading material or even a rare book for that someone special who likes unique items? Venture less than a mile from the city to Via de’ Martelli. Libreia Giomi has thousands of rare books from many genres and authors from Mario Soldati’s L’architetto to the Works of Guido Bezzola. Libreria Niccolini is a bookshop chain where you can get just about anything you are looking for. Rossi Francesco is a quiet bookstore with unique and modern books at affordable prices.
From fast food kiosks selling pretzels and other snacks to full-service establishments with gourmet food, you can find over 100 eateries in Florence. They have sophisticated places for fine dining as well as family-friendly spots where you can take the kids. Here are some favorites:
Via Lambertesca: Along Via Lambertesca, you can find several places to choose from for a bite to eat. If you are hungry for pizza, hit the Mangia Pizza Firenze. Right next door is the Tuscan Ristorante Il Ricettario, where you can dine in style. Vecchio Vicolo is next in line and serves pasta, veal, seafood, and other delights with local produce in an informal setting. You can enjoy some truffles and game in the sophisticated Degusteria Italiana, right next to Vecchio Vicolo. Finally, the cozy Trattoria Antico Fattore has been serving fine Italian cuisine since 1865 and is extremely popular with locals and tourists.
Gecko Florence Bar & Grill: Looking for a nice comfortable place to enjoy a beer and a burger? Across the Amo River on Via dei Renai, Gecko Florence Bar & Grill has a homey atmosphere with fresh food and a variety of beers as well as other drinks. From Florentine steaks to barbecue burgers and ribs, you will feel right at home while you take care of your hunger pains.
Freddy Donner Kebab Fast Food: How about some kebabs? Freddy Donner Kebab Fast Food is a fantastic place to grab some quick eats. Located on Piazza del Mercato Centrale about three miles from the City of Florence, pre-order your food and pick it up or enjoy a meal at one of their many tables. The atmosphere is casual and family-friendly.
Where are the best parks and nature attractions in Florence?
Florence offers several scenic parks including Northwest Community Park, Friendship Park, and Lucas Park.
Where can I store my luggage in Florence?
We've partnered with local Florence businesses around the city who offer a dedicated storage room or a designated area that's off limits for customers.
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