Florence is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Italy, mainly due to its rich cultural history. The city was the center of the Italian Renaissance, being one of the most important cities in Europe between 1300 and 1500. It is the rich legacy of arts, architecture and culture that are present in the modern city that continue to attract visitors to the area.
There are lots of famous landmarks and museums in Florence and the best way to see these, and travel around is by purchasing a Firenze Card, for € 50 ($ 67 / £ 42). This will allow free entry to lots of the top museums and free travel on public transport over a period of 72 hours. Due to the layout of the historic part of the city, it is possible to walk around most of the top tourist sites with ease, and this is the preferred option for many as it gives an opportunity to fully explore.
The rich artistic history is clear to see all over the city, and there is no shortage of sites to visit during a holiday to Florence. Some of the most interesting museums include the Accademia Gallery, Galleria Degli Uffizi, Museo dell’Opera del Duomo and the Institute and Museum of the History of Science, all of which house some world famous works by Italian artists. There are a great number of other sites of interest in the city, including Ponte Vecchio, which is the oldest bridge in the city and Giotto’s Tower, which offers an opportunity for visitors to get a full 360 degree view of Florence from a unique viewpoint.
Florence truly is a unique place to visit and a holiday in the beautiful city is sure to leave anyone inspired and invigorated with the romance and charm of its rich history. Travel routes into the city are relatively straight forward and there is accommodation on offer to suit all requirements and budgets. There are even some very old chateau style holiday villas available for rent on the edge of the city.
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