In Arno river valley, is located one of the most beautiful European cities, the capital of Tuscany, Florence. Florence is one of main tourist destinations in Italy and is surrounded by nature and famous for its amazing wines. If you love history, delicious food and wines, art and appreciate Italian peaceful lifestyle, Florence is the perfect destination for you.
By car – Europe is well-connected, so you can come to Florence by your car from every part of this continent.
By train – The main city station is Firenze Santa Maria Novella and it’s located in the city center. You can come here from all European capitals and bigger cities and connection with other Italian cities is available.
By plane – Florence Airport, Peretola or Amerigo Vespucci Airport is the main airport in the city. You can also use nearby Pisa International Airport.
Many of Florence’s major historical sites are located in the city center, and many establishments offering accommodations are located here as well, where everything is pretty much walking distance. For cheaper options, visitors can look at places located outside Florence, including areas in the countryside, where the landscapes are also an added bonus.
Visit local market – remember the movie Under the Tuscan Sun and the scene with the city square? You’ll feel exactly like that! You’ll enjoy the smell and the colors of the fruit, vegetables and the flowers. You’ll meet some local people and get to know the everyday life of the Florentine citizens.
Browse around on the Ponte Vecchio – This bridge is one of the most famous tourist attractions in the world and an inspiration for photographers. There are also many shops to browse. However, things seemed overpriced in this area.
Enjoy the sunset at the Piazzale Michelangelo – This little square is settled on the hill above the city. Here you can see the replica of Michelangelo’s David and the most beautiful sunset on the world. Florence is prettiest at sunset when all the warm colors make this city look even more magical.
Visit some of the nearby vineyards – Tuscany is the land of vineyards. Try some of the finest Tuscan wines like Chianti!
Try a florentine steak – Similar to an American “T-bone”, this Italian steak is from a young steer or heifer that is combined with the specific preparation and it makes one of the most popular dishes of Tuscan cuisine. Not into steak? Well, there not shortage of great Tuscan dishes such as Caccuccio, Pappardelle, etc.
Price Range for Hotels
Depending of the type of the hotel you want to stay in, the price can vary from 60-1000 €. For example, budget hotels are approximately between 60 and 250€, average hotels between 130 and 300 € and luxury hotels vary between 300 and 1000€.
Cost of meal
You can enjoy some amazing dishes in Florence. In the less expensive restaurants you can buy a meal for 5 or 20 €. In some restaurants, you get the full plate of meat, and have an amazing meal for 10€. Check out the Michelin guide for Michelin Star restaurants or if you are looking for a value the Michelin Gourmand.
If you want to explore the city by bus, you should take a circle bus, bus number 12 or 13, with the price of the ticket between 1 and 2 €. You can also take the tourist bus. The ticket for this bus for 24 hours costs 15€ and 22€ for 48 hours.