Florence (population: 360000), the city which gave birth to the Renaissance and Gucci has so much to live up to. Expectations are high and imaginations are running wild. After all, when you choose to visit one of the top art cities on the planet, you expect nothing but the best. While some cities fail to live up to your expectation, Florence actually manages to leave you transfixed both in terms of its art and architecture and its fashion, no matter how well you prepare yourself for your journeys.
They say that no matter how many times you come to Florence, you never get to see it all. After all, when a single bridge on the Arno River offers different views and feelings depending on the time of the day you choose to visit, how do you see it all! That said, first timers would certainly want to lay their eyes on the Pitti Palace, Florence Cathedral, Uffizi Gallery, Palazzo Vecchio and the Basilica of Santa Croce. Legendary artworks such as Da Vinci’s Annunciation and Michelangelo’s David can also be seen in the city.
No Such Thing as the ‘Right Time’
The city may be lovely from spring to autumn thanks to the balmy temperature, but it is equally beautiful in the freezing cold, provided you don’t mind wrapping yourself up. Each season presents an entirely new set of sights and experiences, festivals and celebrations.
Getting Around Florence
The ideal way of getting around Florence is on foot. Every place has a history to tell and each alley has something to explore. Your next-best option is to choose one of those hop-on-hop-off tours.