Florence, the regional capital of Tuscany, is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Italy. It is acknowledged by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site, and stepping onto its historic cobbles it is easy to see why. Cradled between the surrounding hills, the city hosts some of the most famous works of art on the planet and the whole of the city centre is packed with stunning palaces, churches and monuments. The surrounding countryside is well-known for its rolling hills and its wine, particularly the Chianti area between Siena and Florence.

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Visit Florence during spring is an obvious option, it is one of the best times of the year to visit due to warmer temperatures and all the beautiful flowers that are in bloom. In Florence there is so much to see and experience outdoor that a pleasant weather is the ideal, and alternate this with a good Italian ice cream can make your holiday unbeatable. In addition, the century city of Florence attracts millions of tourists each year, and it has been ranked as one of the world’s most visited destination by Euromonitor International.

Top attractions in Florence

Planning Your Florence Visit

How long should you stay in Florence?

A minimum of four nights will allow you to see the top sites without rushing from one to another. Give yourself a week or more for a full Renaissance immersion.

What's the best way to get around town?

The heart of Florence is compact, and you can easily explore all that the city has to offer by foot. The historical center is a UNESCO Heritage Site, and traffic is restricted from entering. If you’re planning to rent a car for a trip around Tuscany, you’ll have to park outside the “Limited Traffic Zone.” Consider 15 euros extra per day for a parking garage space, since free parking is a rarity.

How expensive is Florence?

Keep in mind the entrance fees for the all the top sights, including the majority of churches. Although it’s free to enter the Florence Cathedral, you’ll have to buy a ticket to go up the dome for the breathtaking views. Restaurants in Italy also add a service fee called “pane e coperto” (literally “bread and cover”). It’s an extra few euros charged per person seated at the table, but it’s not a tip for your server.

What people are saying about Florence

★★★★★ A guided tour of the Accademia is a must!

Francesca was extremely knowledgeable and made our tour so enjoyable. I was captivated by her descriptions and came away with a much better understanding and respect for the artists, particularly of course Michelangelo.

★★★★★ Excellence and friendly guide and driver!

Very caring and humorous guide.. Driver are always on time and friendly! Will try them again for sure..

Seaside Beauty: Day Trip to Cinque Terre reviewed by Iris, Lih Kheng,

★★★★★ The guide we had was very knowledgeable and engaging.

We throughly enjoyed our time through the museum and we totally give our guide the credit for providing such a wonderful experience.

Other Sightseeing Options in Florence

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