While it is widely known as the birthplace of renaissance art, Florence was also incredibly important for European politics and economy during the same period. Florentines influenced (and financed) everything from industry to literature and language, including modern European languages such as Italian, English, French and Spanish. Moreover, the development ...
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While it is widely known as the birthplace of renaissance art, Florence was also incredibly important for European politics and economy during the same period. Florentines influenced (and financed) everything from industry to literature and language, including modern European languages such as Italian, English, French and Spanish. Moreover, the development of Florentine renaissance and neoclassical architecture changed the faces of all major European cities. Effectively, Florence was the driving force that propelled Europe out of the Dark Ages. All things considered, Florence isn’t just the birthplace of renaissance art. It is in fact the birthplace of modern European culture.
The Galleria degli Uffizi is the largest collection of renaissance art you’ll find, and was gifted to Florence by none other than Anna Maria Luisa Medici.
Watch the sunset from the Piazzale Michelangelo where the city unfolds beneath you under the warm glow of the Tuscan sun.
Get your fill of local dishes at a Florentine trattoria.
The Duomo is an iconic piece of the Florentine skyline and the graceful dome of Bruneschelli is an architectural masterpiece.
Galleria dell'Accademia is a must, if only to see Michelangelo's David.
Piazza della Signoria is the city’s central square and is where the original David sat for centuries.
The Mercato Centrale is a great pitstop for foodies.
If you want some Italian style shopping head to Via Tornabuoni.
Firenze Card is your best bet for saving time and money on local attractions and transport.
Florence is a small city and easy to walk around, you won’t find much need for public transport. The historical center is closed to vehicles.
Don’t try and see every piece of art Florence has to offer. Even die-hard art lovers will find it overwhelming.
Before heading to an attraction, make sure you double-check opening hours. Florentines are known for keeping unusual hours.
All state museums are free on the first Sunday of every month. This might save money but they are especially overcrowded on this day.