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Die berühmte und älteste Brücke in Florenz: Ponte Vecchio, Bild: muratart / shutterstock

Florence – the city of a thousand sights

Florence is located in central Italy, is the capital of the Tuscany region and one of the most important cultural metropolises in Europe. The city has just over 380,000 inhabitants and is also known as the cradle of the Renaissance.

What is the climate of Florence?

Florence is located in a temperate climate zone with very warm summers and cold, humid winters.

What are the attractions in Florence?

Giotto's Campanile
Giotto’s Campanile, Image: Sean Xu / shutterstock

The historic city centre was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1982. Due to its artistic and architectural heritage, Forbes Magazine has selected Florence as one of the most beautiful cities in the world.

One of the most famous sights is the cathedral “Santa Maria del Fiore”, the fourth largest cathedral in the world. Michelangelo’s statue “David” can be admired in the “Galleria dell’Accademia”, while Botticelli’s painting “The Birth of Venus” and da Vinci’s “The Annunciation” are exhibited in the Uffizi Gallery.

Florence
View of Florence and the cathedral, Image: RastoS / shutterstock

The “Palazzo Vecchio” is the most important civic building in Florence. The frescoes inside and the colonnade in the courtyard are worth seeing.

The Renaissance palace “Palazzo Pitti” houses museums and galleries.

In the “Galleria Palatina” the private collections of the Medici can be admired.

In the “Basilica of San Lorenzo”, the main church of the Medici, there are works by Donatello, Rosso Fiorentino, Desiderio da Settignano and Bronzino. The old sacristy by Brunelleschi and the new sacristy by Michelangelo, as well as the funerary chapel of the Medici family, were added to the church.
The tombstones of the Medici family were designed by Michelangelo before he went to Rome . The museum displays fantastic examples of goldsmithing.

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Nightlife Tips

Piazza della Signoria
Piazza della Signoria, Image: givaga / shutterstock

The atmospheric restaurant “Dondino”, with a view of the church “Santa Croce”, offers draft Italian or Belgian beers.

Reservations are recommended in the “Empireo”, the rooftop bar of the Hotel Lucchesi. The restaurant offers a beautiful view of the old town, the cathedral or the Palazzo Vecchio.

A meeting place for the rich and beautiful is the club “Flo Firenze”. Here, people celebrate in the open air on a hill in Piazzale Michelangelo. Elegant attire and reservation is recommended.

The “Joshua Tree Irish Pub” or the “La Terrazza”, the rooftop bar of the Hotel Continentale, are also popular places to go.

In addition to two huge discos, “Central Park” and “Meccano”, Florence offers a large number of clubs where all genres of music can be found.

Jazz fans meet at the “Jazz Club”, a very well-known venue in the scene.

What about security in Florence?

Fontana del Nettuno
Fontana del Nettuno, Image: Catarina Belova / shutterstock

In Florence, you will regularly encounter patrols of the Carabinieri and the Guardia di Finanza throughout the city, which ensure peace and order.

Caution is advised when buying counterfeit branded goods offered at improvised stalls. The purchase of such goods is strictly forbidden and entails very high penalties!

Out and about with children

Basilica di Santa Maria del Fiore, Florence
Basilica di Santa Maria del Fiore, Image: Catarina Belova / shutterstock

Florence is a cultural city with many sights. It is not so easy to find the right program for children, but of course there are some activities that are also fun for the little tourists.

Interesting and at the same time instructive is the pasta production in the “Mercato Centrale”.

Ice cream is always a hit with children, two of the most famous ice cream parlors in Florence are “Edoardos” in Piazza del Duomo and “Grom” on Via del Campanile.

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The huge, wooden carousel at Piazza della Reppublica not only makes children’s eyes shine. 20 horses and two gilded carriages invite you to ride along to Neapolitan ballads on the accordion.

Sports activities

Boat or canoe trips on the Arno can be booked in one of the numerous canoe clubs, in the summer months you can cool off in one of the many outdoor pools. Another good way to do sports is to go on bike trips to Tuscany.

More things to do in Florence

Exciting pastimes are offered by horse races in the “Ippodromo del Visarno” or a visit to one of the numerous escape rooms.

“Joyvillage” is an entertainment center with video games and arcades. “Treasure Hunt” is a scavenger hunt through Florence. Painting courses can be attended in the “Florence Studio”, and the latest films can be experienced in the city’s cinema centres.

Theatre and dance

The “Teatro della Limonaia” organizes the “Festival Intercity” in addition to performances of national and international comedies. This festival offers foreign artists the opportunity to present their contemporary theatre contributions for 3 weeks every year.

The “Teatro della Pergola” offers a varied programme, and exhibitions are organised in the “Teatro Studio di Scandicci”.

Modern dance associations from all over the world meet at the “Florence Dance Festival”, organized by dance schools in Florence.

How do I get around Florence in terms of transport?

Tourists are prohibited from entering the historic center by car, unless they want to go to a hotel or parking garage within the zone.

It is recommended to park outside the centre and take the bus or tram to the centre.