Capital of Tuscany
Florence is one of those must see cities on many travelers lists. It is very easy to see why, since it is a place that is just absolutely filled with a perfect combination of history, beauty and culture all in one place.
The capital of the Tuscany region in Northern Italy, Florence has been around since medieval times and played an incredibly important role in the development and spread of art and culture throughout Europe and the rest of the world.
The main airport that services visitors who are looking to come to Florence is the Amerigo Vespucci airport. In addition, many will arrive via rail into the Firenze Santa Maria Novella station, with a new high speed rail station being constructed currently.
Center of Art
By far, the biggest attraction for those who are coming to Florence is to see all of the art the city has to offer visitors. Many of the most famous and renowned artists and sculptors whose work is still marveled at today were living in and around Florence during the height of the Renaissance period.
There are a number of different museums and galleries that attract visitors in Florence, the most popular being the Uffizi, the Academy, Museo di San Marco (St. Marco Museum), the Bargello Museum, and the Art Gallery Studio Iguarnieri which takes a really interesting look at the lives of local artists.
To learn more about some of the more famous residents of Florence, head to the Institute and Museum of History and Science - Museo Galileo, and the Museo de Salvatore Ferragamo for those fashion fanatics.
Spend some time wandering along the various piazzas found in Florence like the Piazza della Signora for an up close copy of the famous statue David, the Piazzale Michelangelo for some amazing views of the city, and the Piazza della Repubblica, that was once the center of the ancient city.
The most famous building in Florence might be the Duomo, the famous cathedral that has become the symbol of the city. Another hidden spot is the Basilica di San Miniato al Monte, tucked in the hills about a mile outside the city center.