Florence – Italy’s Best Beautiful
The most popular city in Tuscany, Florence is a historical center of Italy and is famous for being the birthplace of the Renaissance. The city is fondly called as the Athens of the middle Ages and was one of the wealthiest cities during the medieval times. The city has been declared as a world heritage site by UNESCO and is filled with historical monuments, art galleries and museums. The city was slated to be among the most beautiful cities in the world by Forbes and in the year 2012, it ranked as the world's 89th most visited city. A major tourism, industrial and economic centers, Florence also qualifies as one of the top 51 fashion capitals of the world. It is at an elevation of 50 meters above sea level and serves as home to 381,037 residents. The city has had a turbulent political history and has been ruled by Medici family for a long time. During the years from 1865 to 1871 the city served as the capital of the recently established Kingdom of Italy. While Italian is the official language of the people, English is also widely spoken.
All flights scheduled for Florence land at the Florence Airport in Peretola which is among the two international airports in Tuscany. The airport is directly connected to most of the European cities by regular passenger airlines. Having a humid subtropical climate, the city of Florence features hot summers, mild humid winters and a light rainy season. Most of the rainfall occurs in winter season and snowfall is also occasional. The months from March to October are the best time to plan a visit to Florence; however, the price of hotels is generally higher as this is the peak tourist season. Some of the major tourist festivals that one can enjoy in Florence are - Epiphany in January, the annual Carnival, Florentine New Year on 25th March, Rievocazione Storica Del Venerdì Santo, Scoppio del Carro in April, Maggio Musicale in May, Calcio Storico in June, Florence Dance Festival in July and FESTA DI SANTA REPARATA on 8th October.
In terms of tourism, Florence has so much to offer that you will need weeks to just cover the major sightseeing places. The prime attractions in the city are the Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore and Piazza Duomo which is the masterpiece of art and architecture and houses Italy's greatest artistic treasures. Battistero di San Giovanni is very famous for its marble façade along with exquisite interiors and magnificent bronze panels that were created by Ghiberti. Palazzo Vecchio is another major monumental heritage. It is a fortress which has offices and apartments belonging to powerful Medici family.
While Uffizi Palace and Gallery is among the world's top art museum, Ponte Vecchio is the most beautiful spot in the city. San Lorenzo (displaying the work of Brunelleschi and Michelangelo), Piazza della Signoria and the Loggia dei Lanzi (a major square in Florence), Santa Maria Novella (beautifully carved church), Santa Croce (art-filled church and mausoleum for the famous people) lleria dell'Accademia (housing the original art piece of Michelangelo's Davis), Palazzo Pitti and Boboli Gardens (a charming place to spend a day) and Piazzale Michelangiolo (offering 360-degree view of Florence) are the major sightseeing places you cannot afford to miss on your trip to Florence.
Eating and Shopping
Similar to most of the cities across Italy, the city of Florence also offers delectable range of Italian food. However, owing to the cosmopolitan nature of Florence, one can find cuisines from all over the world. Most of the local dishes involve meat and bread is also a staple. some of the local dishes one can enjoy here are - tripe, lampredotto,, crostini toscani, sliced meats, salt less Tuscan bread, ribollita, pappa al pomodoro, bistecca alla fiorentina, panzanella, T-bone steak, schiacciata alla fiorentina. One can easily locate numerous food arts and trucks selling the local dishes, around the city. If you are looking for the most popular places to enjoy a hearty meal at budget prices, then visit Casa del Vino, Trattoria da Mario, Il Teatro del Sale, Il Vinaino, Oibò, Zoe, Trattoria La Casalinga, Da Vinattieri, Sabatino and Nerbone,
Florence is among the fashion capital of the world; therefore, it goes without saying that every luxury brand has its store in the city. The city is famous for its antiques, marble collectibles, gold jewellery, food and delicious wine, biscuits, pastries, handmade jewellery and valuable artworks. If you are brand conscious then head to the Via Tornabuoni, Via della Vigna Nuova or Via Roma which has luxury shops and boutiques of famous designers. However, if you are travelling on budget, then do not be disappointed as there are multitudinous options for you as well. San Lorenzo Market, Via Santo Spirito is the ideal places for street shopping, especially for bargain predators.
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