Several million tourists come every year to discover its wonders. Florence is the cradle of the Italian Renaissance that shone all over the world. The capital of Tuscany is an exceptional tourist destination and particularly appreciated by lovers of art and architecture. One of its most emblematic sites is the Duomo, a magnificent cathedral whose terracotta dome was designed by Brunelleschi and the bell tower by Giotto. Another emblem: the Ponte Vecchio. There is also the trio of masters: Michelangelo's David, admired at the Galleria dell'Accademia, Botticelli's La Naissance de Vénus and Leonardo da Vinci's Annunciation, visible at the Uffizi Gallery. In addition to these incomparable works, there are also the palaces, churches and historic squares sponsored in their time by the prestigious Medici. You should visit Palazzo Vecchio, which houses the town hall and above all a huge museum, the Medici chapels and many other wonders. You can also walk through the San Lorenzo leather market and then reach the Mercato centrale, a wonderful covered market behind the scenes of divine Tuscan cuisine. But know that it was at Santa Croce Basilica that Stendhal suffered from the evil of seeing an overload of works of art, since then known as Stendhal's syndrome. You have been warned! Your tour guide will give you many other details and tips to make the most of the pearl of Tuscany and one of the most spectacular sites in the world

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It seems wise to avoid the hordes of tourists that invade this destination in September, the high tourist season. Florence loses its charm, hotel reservations are then mandatory and prices rise. July and August, the hottest months of the year, are less popular and even the locals leave the city to reach the coast. A number of shops and restaurants were then closed. In addition, the Italians also take their holidays in August. Cities are emptying and shops are closing. In winter it is cool, even cold, but there are far fewer tourists than the rest of the year and prices are falling significantly. The most pleasant months are April (although some rains) and May. October is also favourable. You can also choose the Easter holidays, which see the burning of the chariot (Scoppio del Carro), at the end of June to attend the Florentine calcio (a kind of spectacular football) in Piazza Santa Croce or on September 7 to enjoy the Rificolona with its lamps hanging in the windows and in the parades.

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Florence is one of the most popular tourist destinations offered by all tour operators. The most common is a three-day stay (flight + accommodation + visits + guide). The advantage of this formula is that it allows a thread cutter for visiting monuments and museums.

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It is exactly the kind of destination that can easily be discovered on your own. With direct flights from several European cities at low cost, all year round except winter, you can prepare a trip on a tight budget. Find an off-centre hotel that is connected by a bus, eat sandwiches, drink coffee at the counter, cool off with ice cream on the street.... All happiness!

You will visit the historical centre of Florence on foot. The city has bus lines that provide access to the main, more remote sites. Tickets are on sale in cafés or any place displaying the ATAF sticker, including the main station. No direct sales on the day bus, but it is possible to buy a slightly overtaxed ticket at night. The most effective way to get a taxi is to ask for it at the hotel or restaurant you want to leave.

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When to travel?

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Florence is known to be one of the hottest cities in Italy. In August, the thermometer rarely drops below 32°C in th...
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The euro is in force in Italy. Your credit cards work without surcharges. Florence is a relatively expensive city, es...
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To stay in Florence, neither visas nor any specific formalities for members of the European Union and Swiss citizens,...
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As a general rule, living and hygiene conditions in Italy are equivalent to those in France, Belgium, Switzerland or...
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How to travel by yourself?

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How to get organized?

Florence is one of the most popular tourist destinations offered by all tour operators. The most common is a three-da...
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