Bursting at the seams with Renaissance history, and full of wonderful architecture and great eateries, Florence will enchant you. Find out why to go...
Travellers undertaking flights to Florence generally wish to see the major treasures of the Renaissance which are dotted around the city centre. Chief among these is Filippo Brunelleschi's cathedral, whose Duomo, Baptistry and Square dominate the city.
The rapidity of Florence flights enables visitors to reach the city in time to see many of its other dazzling sites in one day, including the Medici Chapels, the Academia, the Pitti Palace, Ponte Vecchio, Boboli Gardens, Santa Croce, Santa Maria Novella and the wonderful viewing point over the River Arno from the Michelangelo Gardens.
The destination airport for Florence flights can also be Pisa (PSA) just a few miles away, where after a visit to the famous Leaning Tower, visitors can catch a regular bus into the city centre, in time for a slot at the Uffizi Gallery to study the priceless treasures of Botticelli, Filippino Lippi, Michelangelo and many others.
Indeed, there is so much art and history packed into the city that its centre is a renowned World Heritage Site. However the city also enjoys a favourable location in the midst of the Tuscan countryside and staying in Florence will also allow the visitor easy access to the nearby beauty of the hills and valleys of Tuscany, a region also famed for its gastronomy.
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It is very quick and easy to get to Florence, meaning you can be off the plane and enjoying your holiday in no time. Find out the best way to get there for you...
Flights to Florence airport (FLR) take around one and half hours from London.
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If you are flying into Pisa Galileo Galilei airport, you will be able to get the very frequent Terravision bus which takes just over an hour to get to Florence. Alternatively, you can get the train which takes about 60 minutes. You will find that trains running from Pisa Centrale station, rather than the airport station, are much more frequent.
If you are planning on hiring a car, you will need to organise a permit in advance as central Florence is a restricted traffic area.
Beautiful Florence woos numerous tourists every year, but where should you stay? Here are some options...
Florence is known as the cradle of the Renaissance and to be immersed in the rich culture of the city, you should opt to stay in the historic centre. Tourists flood to this area of Florence, and as such you will find a number of hotels here.
As well as this area housing works by Michelangelo, Giotto and Botticelli, you will be also able to absorb the fabulous architecture of buildings such as the 13th century Duomo, the Uffizi and Pitti Palace, and the Church of Santa Croce. You will be close to an array of galleries, as well as an impressive selection of outdoor statues.
To stay in a more residential area away from the tourist areas, you may wish to opt for Piazza Santa Croce. Gavinana is another area where you will find Renaissance art, and Rifredi, while not a popular tourist area, has some interesting attractions such as an outdoor theatre.