Virtual travel to Florence, Italy

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Florence, facts and travel tips

Welcome to the beautiful City of Florence. Bathed in architectural beauty, artist charm and centuries of history, Florence is an Italian city of culture.

Located in the heart of the stunning Tuscany region, the city is surrounded by natural and manmade beauty at every turn. Home to globally-renowned landmarks such as the Duomo Cathedral and Michelangelo’s David, Florence offers a journey of discovery and enlightenment — as well as a feast for the senses.

Whether you’re looking to relax or delve into the history of the beautiful city, there are many great attractions to visit.

Florence Cathedral dominates the skyline, and gives it real character and grace with its famous red dome. If you’re an art-lover, no trip to this beautiful city is complete without a visit to Uffizi Gallery. Home to works initially collected by the Medici family, the gallery now houses the largest collection of renaissance art in the world. Adoration of the Magi by Leonardo da Vinci and Primavera by Sandro Botticelli are just two of the iconic works that take pride of place in this stunning gallery.

If you’re looking for some retail therapy, you’ll find it at the historic Ponte Vecchio, which is a Medieval bridge that hosts, among other things, some authentic Italian jewelry shops. Delve into the military history of this Tuscan city by taking a look around Palazzo Vecchio — an eye-catching fortified palace that dates back to the 13th century. In fact, wherever in the city you are, you’ll find historic landmarks, jaw-dropping architecture and a quintessentially Italian ambience.

Florence has a long and illustrious history of politics, art and military might. Everywhere you turn in this complex, fascinating city you’ll be able to learn something new about the history of both the region and Italy. Take the Santa Croce Franciscan Church, for instance, which is home to Giotto frescoes and the tombs of both Galileo and Michelangelo.

Step back in time with a climb up Giotto’s Campanile, a marbled Gothic tower that delivers spectacular views across the city. And if you want to learn how the wealthiest people of Florence lived during the Medieval era, spend some time at Palazzo Davanzati, which is full to the brim with art, antiques and glorious architecture.

The best way to see this exquisite city is on foot — as you’ll get the chance to walk in the footsteps of some of the most accomplished artists and scientists the world has ever known. Just make sure you take in the very best La Dolce Vita (the sweet life) in Florence has to offer. Stand on the bridge over the Arno, and watch sunrises and sunsets; walk to Piazzale Michelangelo to soak up the artistic beauty of Florence; stroll around the Medieval backstreets for a spot of boutique shopping. Whatever you do, Florence is a city that is there to be explored.

The peak vacation season in Florence runs from April to July. However, the busiest time is usually between April and June, during the Maggio Musicale festival of the arts.

June is a great time to visit, as you’ll get the chance to take part in the historic processions held in honor of the patron saint of Florence — San Giovanni. Another popular time among tourists is Easter, as there are spectacular firework displays by the Duomo.

The hottest month of the year is usually August, which is why many shop and restaurant owners close for a few weeks. Summers in Florence can get very hot and humid, and it’s not unusual to see temperatures of more than 35C. The coldest, wettest month of the year are November to February, but temperatures recover rapidly during March.

The city of Florence is one of the most beautiful in the world. Blessed with Medieval architecture and a welcoming ambience, this treasure trove of art and culture will leave an indelible mark on your heart.