If you are planning your Florence vacation, you can land directly in Florence Airport. Most holidaymakers book flights to Florence with the aim of visiting historic sights such as Duomo Florence, which is the Cathedral of Saint Mary. Climb the majestic Duomo and have an incredible view of the spectacular city and do not forget to tour the bell tower and the baptistery. Plan your trip around some of Florence’s major festivals and cultural events and add them to your itinerary. One of the most prominent festivals is St John’s Day which is held on the 24th of June each year. The procession proceeds from Palazzo Vecchio in the morning and ends with a massive display of fireworks on Piazzale Michelangelo.
It would take a number of weeks to see all that Florence has to offer. Here are the some things to see in Florence: Piazzale Michelangelo – experience the awe of looking across the city of Florence as well as the Arno River on the Michelangelo square. The square has a parking lot so that you will have no problems with your rented car. Uffizi Palace and Gallery – view a collection of some of the greatest art pieces from renowned artists including Michelangelo, da Vinci, Botticelli, and Titian, all under one roof. However, you need to get Uffizi gallery tickets in advance. Santa Maria Novella – the interior of this Dominican church something to write home about. It features the works of some of Florence’s artists including Paolo Uccello, Giotto, Domenico Ghirlandalo, Lippi, and Masaccio. Vasari corridor – this attraction on the southern side Palazzo Vecchio and extends to Pitti Palace’s interior. It was built by the Medici family back in the 16th century, and therefore, it features ancient artworks.
Florence, which lies on River Arno is also known as the ‘Jewel of the Renaissance.’ Its turbulent political history includes the Republican and religious revolution and being ruled by the dominant Medici family. It is one of the richest cities in modern times. In 1982, UNESCO declared it a World Heritage Site as almost a third of the treasures of the world are found in Florence. The city’s climate is fairly warm in the summer, and it rarely snows during the winter. Italian food is one of the most popular cuisines around the globe. Indeed, most guests have a presumption of the dishes they expect during their stay in Florence. You will be surprised to find that pasta and meatballs are not normally served in Florence restaurants. Also, the bread served in Italy is meant to ‘mop up’ the extra sauce on your plate once you are done eating.
While the city is relatively small and walkable, you will need to rent a car in Florence if you need to visit other parts of Tuscany. Areas such as Maremma and Val d’Orcia are not easily accessible through a bus service or by train. Car rental in Florence is normally available in most airports. As the city is quite congested, you need to be prepared before you get behind the wheel. The historic centre of Florence has adopted the Zone of Limited Traffic (ZTL) or restricted traffic zones. Special rules govern transit through, and access to, the centre. ZTL rules close off the historic centre to all cars without a special pass, mostly commercial lorries and residents. When driving on Italian roads, keep to the right, always observe the speed limits, and wear your seatbelt. The latter is a legal requirement.