Without exaggeration, Florence can be called an “open-air museum”. Founded in the period BC, the city reached its peak in the XIV-XVI centuries. It was here that the Renaissance began for Giovanni Boccaccio, Francesco Petrarch, Dante Alighieri. The great Florentine architects laid the foundation for a new direction - Renaissance architecture. Arriving in Florence, rent a car, go explore the most famous points in the city and its environs. In Signoria Square, look for the allegedly scratched profile of Michelangelo on a stone right behind the sculpture of Hercules, find the house with the sign “L´Idiota”, where Dostoevsky finished his famous novel, and look into the Basilica of Santa Croce, where Michelangelo’s tombstone is located. Finally, try the amazing Florentine steak and rub the nose of the wild boar Porcellino,
IATA code: FLR
Location: 5 km from Florence
Official website: http://www.aeroporto.firenze.it/en/
Information: +39 055 30615
The following companies provide car rental services at Florence Airport: Hertz, Auto Europa, Sicily by Car, Maggiore, National, Goldcar, Locauto, Enterprise, National, Alamo, Budget, Europcar, Avis and Sixt. Rental car rental desks are located at the entrance to the parking zone. Several parking zones are equipped near the airport: long-term, short-term (the first 15 minutes are free).
Piazza di San Lorenzo, 9 https://angiololivi.com/
When you rent a car, go see one of the oldest buildings in Florence in all its splendor - the Basilica of San Lorenzo. Built in the 4th century, the shrine radically changed its appearance in the 15th century. The architectural composition was organically supplemented by figured doors, bronze and stucco cherubs. The main object that is popular with tourists is the Medici Chapel. Michelangelo took 15 years to complete the next order. The result of the painstaking work of the maestro exceeded all expectations: the accuracy of forms and the beauty of the decoration impresses. The lids of the sarcophagi are decorated with four symbolic figures that recall the transience of life and time.
Piazza de´ Pitti, 1 http://www.polomuseale.firenze.it/en/musei/pitti.php?m=palazzopitti
The next point on the map of the tourist route is the Palazzo Pitti. This is the largest palace in Florence, in the territory of which there is the largest museum complex, Boboli Gardens, Palantine Gallery, Museum of the History of Costume, Museum of Modern Art. During the tour, tourists will have the opportunity to explore Italian art from the end of the XVIII century to the First World War, the work of Titian, Raphael, Rubens, Botticelli, Murillo, Van Dyck.
Piazza del Duomo https://operaduomo.firenze.it/
The history of the Baptistery of San Giovanni begins with the V century. It was intended for christening. It was here that once accepted the Catholic faith of Dante, the Medici. However, the octagonal building made of white-green marble attracts tourists not by centuries of history, but by bas-relief panels on biblical themes depicted on the eastern gate. The southern and northern gates are a true creation of Byzantine masters. Here you can see the mosaic dome, gilded details, a scene that tells about the life of John the Baptist.
Piazzale degli Uffizi, 6 http://www.uffizi.it/index.php?it/171/gli-uffizi
When traveling by rental car, it’s worthwhile to devote several hours to visiting the Uffizi Gallery. The first thing that impresses is the majestic building, which stores unique canvases of outstanding artists. Long corridors, high ceilings, exceptional lighting impresses and disposes to a fascinating inspection of world masterpieces. In the gallery you can see sculptures and canvases from the houses of the great dynasties. The collection also includes works by Aivazovsky, Caravaggio, Leonardo da Vinci, Raphael, Michelangelo, Rembrandt.
Via Santa Margherita, 1
The Dante Alighieri House Museum is of interest not only to fans of his work. On three floors there is a unique collection of artifacts related to the life and work of the great poet. On the ground floor there are exhibits dedicated to the Pharmacists Guild, of which Dante was a member. The poet’s bedroom was recreated on the second floor, a copy of the public book of court decisions is kept, and a video about the Divine Comedy is shown. On the third floor are presented costumes of the medieval Florentine nobility and copies of lifetime editions of the poet's works.
After seeing the sights of Florence, go to the amazing city of Prato, located at the foot of Mount Retaina. The main assets of Prato are medieval sights and picturesque views of the city. The attention of tourists is attracted by the Imperial Castle, which is the only example of Swabian architecture in central Italy and the Datini Palace, built by a wealthy merchant. Walking around the city, it is worth visiting the Cathedral, which is the oldest religious building in the city and the Museum of the Cathedral. When leaving, make sure that you walk along the embankment of the Bicenzio River and take memorable pictures.
Rent a car to explore every corner and experience the authentic atmosphere of the prestigious resort of Versilia Forte dei Marmi. Armed with a comfortable means of transportation, ride along the luxurious beaches along the coast of the Tyrrhenian Sea, swim in the crystal water, and see the sights. The attention of tourists is always attracted by the Cathedral of St. Francis with a statue of Francis of Assisi, Piazza Dante, Villa Bertelli. If you want to enjoy the freshness of nature and the picturesque surroundings, you can go to the port area of Lago di Porta, surrounded by enchanting landscapes. If you have the time, be sure to go on a boat trip to the island of Capri or Elba.
Another popular resort located near Florence is Viareggio. This is one of the most prestigious holiday destinations in the region, with a developed infrastructure, rich architectural heritage and delicious restaurants. The most memorable action at the resort is a puppet carnival, during which a procession of celebrity parody dolls takes place. This tradition dates back to the end of the 19th century. Then the poor parody politicians, dressing up in carnival costumes.
Another ancient city where you can come for a weekend is Lucca. Especially in the warmer months it is difficult to find a more romantic place. Picturesque valleys begin to play with bright colors, wild flowers bloom everywhere, and the fresh wind gives a pleasant coolness. The main attractions here are the cathedral church of St. Martin in Piazza San Martino, the basilica of St. Fredian, which stores the relics of St. Zita. The attention of tourists is also attracted to the houses of Guinigi, where on the upper platform there are luxurious hanging gardens and one of the oldest squares - Piazza del Amphitheater. Arriving in Lucca, do not miss the opportunity to visit the elegant palaces: Palazzo della Provincia, Palazzo Mansi, Palazzo Pretorio.
Having rented a car, go see the picturesque city of Pisa, which is famous not only for the “leaning tower”, as tourists consider. The Duomo Cathedral, the Borgo Stretto Gallery, the Palazzo Reale Royal Palace, the San Antonio Monastery are just a short list of noteworthy sights. If you plan a trip in the summer, then most likely you will be lucky enough to attend the Luminara festival, which is accompanied by concerts, competitions and ends with spectacular fireworks. When leaving, make sure that you have several pictures in which you “support” the Leaning Tower of Pisa with your finger, and that you attended one of the parties in the student quarter.
Via Cesare Battisti 2
If you do not like to have breakfast, and all you need in the morning is a cup of coffee, Un Caffe is what you need. This is a tiny establishment with just a few tables inside and out. Polite waiters will serve you as quickly as possible, and they will be able to offer hearty snacks for the chosen drink. The cafe opens at 7:30, so from early morning you can recharge your batteries and go explore the sights of the city. By the way, if you come here in the evening, the owner will probably offer Limoncella as a gift.
Via dei Tavolini, 18/20-r http://www.verrazzano.com/
For a hearty snack or a full meal, Cantinetta dei Verrazzano is suitable. Sightseeing in the center, this place is hardly possible to pass by. A special atmosphere is created by the sommelier, who correctly talks about all the drinks and selects the most appropriate based on your taste preferences. The main highlight of the restaurant is Tuscan snacks, cooked in the best national traditions.
Viale Edmondo de Amicis, 47 / r http://www.pizzaman.it/
Undoubtedly, the most delicious pizza can be tasted in Pizza Man De Amicis. The institution is popular with locals who know a lot about delicious national food and a cozy Tuscan atmosphere. The highlight of the restaurant is that some dishes, including pizza, are prepared here in an old oven, which gives an unrivaled taste. By the way, a rental car can be parked nearby.
Piazza Dei Pitti 16 http://pittigolaecantina.com/wine-club
Enoteca Pitti Gola e Cantina is popular among tourists and locals because of the wine bar, which presents not only local drinks of the best manufacturers, but also foreign ones. In addition to a glass of wine, you can order pasta, snacks, desserts. In the cozy atmosphere of the institution, you will be able to relax perfectly after the excursions, discuss what you saw, review the photos and plan a further route.
Via de Benci, 3 http://www.labuchetta.com/
La Buchetta Food & Wine is a small cozy place where you can have a hearty lunch or dinner, staying until late at night. Polite staff will meet and serve at the proper level, give advice on the dishes presented in the menu. Authentic interior is organically complemented by original details - bottle caps, beaten in the best design traditions. Steak, lasagna, pasta, cheesecake definitely make an unforgettable impression.
Via di Novoli 59
+39 055 431441 http://www.starhotels.com/en/our-hotels/tuscany-florence/ double room - from € 85
If you plan to rent a car and are looking for a reasonably priced hotel with free parking, opt for Starhotels Tuscany. The hotel has a fitness center, restaurant, banquet hall, conference room. Tourists are provided with room-service, laundry. Couples are offered babysitting services. Thanks to the competent staff, your stay at this hotel will be pleasant and comfortable.
Piazza di S. Firenze, 3A
+39 055 285009 http://www.sanfirenzesuites.com/ double room - from € 132
San Firenze Suites & Spa is a cozy hotel located in the historic center. The rooms are spacious and tastefully furnished. A huge advantage is excellent sound insulation, so even on weekends, extraneous sounds will not disturb your sleep. Attentive staff will make every guest enjoy the hotel: any trifle will be taken into account, any issue will be resolved. After a busy day, you can spend time in the spa, and if necessary, use the dry cleaning service.
Via della Torre del Gallo, 8
+386 120 09 000 http://www.villaagape.it/en/index.php double room - from € 129
If you are looking for a hotel away from noisy streets, but within the city limits, opt for the Art Hotel Villa Agape. Outside, the hotel resembles an old villa. However, the inside pleases guests with modern repairs and interesting design solutions. Near the hotel there is a luxurious garden with flowers, shrubs, walkways. A conference room is equipped in case you need to conduct a business event, or a banquet hall in case of a birthday or wedding.
Lungarno Amerigo Vespucci, 34
+39 055 284848 http://www.hotelprincipe.com/ double room - from € 140
Principe Hotel is a mansion hotel with high-quality service and spacious rooms. The windows offer a picturesque view of the river, which is especially pleasant to see in the morning. Some apartments have a private balcony with garden views where you can have breakfast. Free parking is available near the hotel, where it will be convenient to leave a rental car. The courteous staff will ensure that you are comfortable and satisfied with your stay at the Principe Hotel.
Lungarno degli Archibusieri, 4
+39 055 26622 http://www.hoteldegliorafi.it/ double room - from € 151
In the heart of Florence is the pretty Degli Orafi Hotel. The main advantage is the extremely convenient location. The Uffizi Gallery and the Ponte Vecchio Bridge are within walking distance, and the Vasari corridor can be seen from the restaurant at the hotel. Having ascended to the terrace, you can see a picturesque view of the city and, sitting with a glass of wine, discuss the sights seen. Tourists are provided with a modern conference room, room-service, dry cleaning.
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