The historic center of Florence is cut in two by the Arno River, so you might expect river cruises in Florence to be plentiful. Today, however, the Arno is relatively small where it runs through the city, and not deep enough to handle the sort of river cruise boats popular elsewhere in Europe. You can take a boat trip in Florence, though, on a traditional Florentine boat.
Michelangelo is inextricably linked to the city of Florence, having spent much of his early artistic career there under the patronage of the Medici family. He was able to purchase a house in Florence, which is today known as Casa Buonarroti, though he never actually lived there.
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.