Florence was the birthplace of the Renaissance movement and for more than 2000 years, the city has been a centre of culture and art and therefore it boasts countless historic monuments.
Today, Florence is home to the important Italian fashion houses. Also, the city is famous for its silver-ware. The best shopping can be done in the district around the cathedral and in the nearby market, but watch out and buy only reasonably-priced things. Elegant shopping streets are Via Tornabuoni and Via della Vigna Nuova.
The cathedral Santa Maria del Fiore is worth a close look. If you climb up the 414 stairs of the gothic campanile you will be rewarded by an unrivalled view over the city’s historic centre. Centro Storico is a very compact area surrounded by the magnificent green Tuscan hills.
The oldest bridge over the Arno river, Ponte Vecchio, dates back to the 14th century. It is well-known for its characteristic construction. Today, the bridge is home to a great many goldsmiths and jeweller’s shops.
The Uffizi Gallery, one of the world’s finest art museums, is situated in the city centre. To avoid the long queues, it might be an advantage to book the tickets on the internet.
The Pitti Palace houses seven museums. Behind the palace you will find one of Italy’s most beautiful gardens: Giardino di Boboli.
It is strongly recommended to go to Florence by train or bus – the parking facilities in the city-centre are very difficult.