Inside the Santa Maria del Carmine church in Florence is a small chapel with some of the most famous paintings in this famously artistic city. Many people overlook the Brancacci Chapel in their race to see the galleries of the Uffizi, but you should definitely pay the chapel a visit.
Florence’s imposing Pitti Palace was built in the 15th century as a home for the ruling Medici family. Today, it is home to seven different museums – not including the museum piece of a garden behind the building.
In Florence, one of the must-see attractions is the marvelous art collection inside the Uffizi Gallery. The long line that often snakes out the front door is a testament to how popular the gallery is. If you plan ahead, however, you can not only avoid waiting in that line, you can get in before the doors open to the general public – and you can have breakfast inside to boot.
There are so many great day trip options from Florence that it’s easy to get away from the usual offerings of Pisa or Siena. In less than an hour, for instance, you can be in the pretty (and wealthy) city of Arezzo.
Almost everyone headed for Florence has a visit to the Uffizi Gallery on the itinerary. Even if you’re not an art aficionado, it’s the kind of gallery you can’t miss. Depending on when you’re in Florence, however, you may be able to add an unexpected twist to your Uffizi stop by touring the gallery at night.
Even with the best intentions to learn Italian before you get to Florence, it’s hard to actually get a feel for realistically using the language in everyday situations. That’s why it can be helpful to combine an Italian lesson with a walking tour.
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Usually, when you consider day trip options, you look at places that are close to your home base. With Italy’s high-speed rail system, however, you can branch out a bit further – such as taking a day trip to Venice from Florence.
There are so many reasons to love Florence, from its world famous art to its delicious food, and after awhile if you need a break from all that “city” you can easily get into the Tuscan countryside. To really get a sense of the big picture of Tuscany, however, you’ll need to take the air to see Tuscany from above.
Sometimes going on a trip to Italy means looking at the past through the lens of the present – gazing over Roman ruins and trying to imagine what life was like so many centuries ago. And sometimes you can pretend you’re back in time, in a small way and for a short while, letting your imagination come to life. That’s just what you can do at a Renaissance court banquet in Florence.