EMBLEM OF THE ITALIAN CULTURE AND IDENTITY
The fascinating mixture of history, culture, art and landscape linked to the universal fame of the region of Toscana and its capital, Florence, is the result of millenaries life lessons belonging to the civilization of the world. Incarnation of the Renaissance archetype, Florence is one of the emblem of the culture and identity of Italy. The language, the literature, the paint heritage and the architecture is in debt to Florence.
The city of the fleur de Lis receives about 9 million tourists every year. The Uffizi Gallery is one of the 20 most visited museums all over the world. Its historic center has been included in the List of Human Heritage by UNESCO in 1982. Aren’t there enough reasons to visit Florence either for business or simply on holidays?
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WHERE TO SLEEP
The best area to find an accommodation in Florence can be found in its historic center, as you will be really close to the most important cultural points of the city.
For those of you who have a rental car in Florence, the best way to enjoy the city is to find your accommodation in the outskirts in what is known as Tuscany Village, for it is truly close to the center of the city and, most importantly, because you can know another part of Florence in the purest Italia style.
Inside the historic center of the city, there are certain areas which are better than others. On the one hand, the Piazza de la Signoria is considered to be the political and cultural center of Florence, the Piazza del Duomo, considered as the most centric point of the city and where you can find Florence Cathedral.
Also, you can look for an accommodation in Santa María Novella, as it is the closest area to the train station, which is close to the historic center as well.
If, on the contrary, you prefer a much cheaper and economic area, go to the Via Faenza and its surroundings, for it is a really beautiful zone with alleys, small shops and restaurants of all kinds.
HOW TO ACCESS FLORENCE
The most common way to get to Florence is through Florence Airport, though it is also very popular to land in Pisa Airport, as it is located only 100 kilometers west from Florence.
There is an option rising in the last few years to get to Florence. Travelers land directly in Pisa since Vueling set a low cost route from Barcelona to Pisa. To this, you could add the fact that the price of the low cost company is another reason to land in this city and not directly in Florence.
Vueling also has direct flights from Barcelona to Florence, though the deals are much more expensive, for Ryanair is the low cost company which serves most of the flights to Florence Airport. Moreover, with Ryanair you can also fly to Fuerteventura, Gran Canaria, Ibiza, Madrid, Santander, Seville, Tenerife and Valencia.
The advantage of Florence Airport is that it is located only 10 kilometers away from the city of Florence, so it would be much easier to get to the city with your rental car from this airport, as it won’t take you more than 15 minutes.
FLORENCE: EXPLORING ITS GASTRONOMY
There is nothing else like going to Florence and trying its famous antipasti, what is known as hors d’oeuvres, and order some of their specialties such as the crostini, which is fried bread covered with several appetizers, or the famous bruschetta. Some of the real specialties from Florence are the ribollita, a specialty made with black cabbage, beans, several vegetables and recooked hard bread.
Their stews are truly delicious as well, especially the stracotto, a beef with potatos stew cooked for many hours with a wide variety of vegetables as celery, carrot and served with a Tuscany wine.
It is impossible to talk about Florentine gastronomy without mentioning the Lampredotto, a typical way of serving tripe in Florence, usually as very thin slices server either on a plate or, generally, as a sandwich. Lampredotto can be typically found in street stalls, so they are not very expensive.
FROM FLORENCE TO THE WORLD WITH A RENTAL CAR
Florence is a destination with an ideal location to know nearby places of high reputation. The following locations are really close to the city and you can access all of them with your rental car in Florence. Some of our recommendations are:
Pisa is much more than a city with a leaning tower. It also has a huge amount of Roman remains which will amaze visitors. The distance between Florence and Pisa is about 85 kilometers. To get to the city, take your rental car and go through the SGC Firenze-Pisa-Livorno, as it won’t take you more than 1 hour and 15 minutes.
This astonishing city has been declared Human Heritage Site by UNESCO. Siena is one of the most beautiful cities from Toscana. Strolling around its buildings and medieval streets is just priceless.
The distance between Florence and Siena is about 72 kilometers. The best way to access this place is taking the RA Firenze-Siena in direction to Siena.
This city deserves your visit if you are in Florence. It is located in the bank of the Serchio River and its origins are linked to Etruscan tribes. The obligatory visit in Lucca is, undoubtedly, its Roman Amphitheater. Lucca is only 80 kilometers away from Florence. Take the road A11/E76 and in less than 1 hour you will be enjoying this astounding location.