Florence, Italy, is the Perfect Romantic Vacation
Florence, Italy, is the Perfect Romantic Vacation
Many cities including Rome, Paris and New York have a reputation as romantic places where you can find or re-establish love. They each boast a wealth of romantic features that give them the right to make their claims. But none can match the love creating power of Italy's city of love, Florence. When you want to put love at the front of your next trip, Florence just cannot be beat as the perfect destination.
Florence is the capital city of Italy’s central Tuscany region which offers beautiful landscapes, warm or mild seasonal weather and some of Europe's most remarkable and famous attractions. As Tuscany's most populated city, the city has more than 1.5 million people in its metropolitan area.
History of Florence
Historically, Florence was a center of medieval European trade and finance and one of the wealthiest cities during that time. In terms of its influence on world culture, Florence is regarded as the birthplace of the Renaissance, taking credit for creating the foundations for this cultural movement and the key artists that emerged from it. These artists include: Machiavelli, Leonardo Da Vinci, Michelangelo, Botticelli, and Fra Angelico. Also Opera was invented in Florence. Florence was even the capital of Italy at one point because of its cultural, political and social significance to the country.
Florence is admired as a cultural, artistic and architectural gem. The city is lovely mix of old world charm and new world elegance that has become the playground for lovers the world over. With an average summer temperature of over 29 degrees Celsius and mild winter temperatures never reaching freezing, it is always the right time to visit Florence.
Some might say that Florence lacks the cool factor of Rome, the international flair of Milan, or the storied history of Venice, but Florence is much more seductive and beautiful than any of these other Italian cities. Home to more museums and art galleries per mile than any other city in Europe, Florence can lay its claim to being the capital of culture and fine art. And with its meandering backstreets leading you to new adventures to discover and endless charm, it is the personality of Italy.
One step into Florence and you immediately know you are in a special place. It feels like the city was designed for love and its visual delights put there to make you feel amorous. Outdoor cafes and bistros line the streets, flower-decked patios and picturesque plazas abound, and every place you stop has the most amazing home cooked food and service that makes you feel like you are at home with mom. You will not be hard pressed to remember that this city has been here for more than a thousand years and has always been great.
Things to Do in Florence
The places to visit in Florence all have culture and beauty at their core. Here are a few:
The Uffizi Gallery
It is no secret that the Uffizi Gallery is so amazing. In fact more than 1.5 million people come to the gallery each year to see its more than 2,200 art works on display here. This makes it the second most visited gallery in Italy and Florence the top gallery city in Italy. See the works of the masters from several time periods on display. The gallery is large but also get crowded most days, but your patience will reward you with rare glimpses of some of the most important and beautiful art work ever created.
The small town of Pisa is only a short drive from Florence and taking the time to visit will reveal great architectural treasures. Pisa is the home of the famous Leaning Tower. Construction of the bell tower began in the 12th century and its tilt which was unintended, caused the construction of the building to take nearly 200 years. It was eventually stabilized but its lean was left because it became such a tourist attraction. Today tourists visit the tower to see how something can go so wrong yet turn out so right. Also visit the stunning Piazzo del Mracoli, and its Baptistery and cathedral. This trip will be more than memorable.
Porto Venere and Cinque Terre
To the north and west of Florence on the coast of Italy, there are five colorful and unique seaside villages, nestled along a rough coastline and surrounded by stepped vineyards. Known collectively as Cinque Terre, the villages of Monterosso al Mare, Vernazza, Corniglia, Manarola and Riomaggiore make up one of the most picturesque regions of Italy. A little further down the coast sits Porte Venere, a port and fishing village that has been occupied since the time of ancient Rome To view these two lovely seaport areas is an all day trip from Florence, but well worth the time.
Yes Florence sits in the heart of, and is the largest city in Tuscany, but there is so much more to see here. You can take a visit to San Gimignano, the splendid medieval town visited by thousands each day and declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site. There are also dozens of local wineries that offer wine tastings and first class lunch menus. Visit the Chianti region famous for wine and some of the most beautiful vineyards in the world. Finally take a trip to the lovely Siena, the city of the Palio Horse Race. The entire Tuscany region cannot be matched for beauty and charm.
Eating and Nightlife in Florence
One thing to never overlook about Florence, is the amazing restaurants that are all over the city. This is Italy after all and the food and drinks are first rate and available everywhere. Relaxing goes right into the evening by the way when cafes, nightclubs and live music fill the air. Florence is the perfect place with the perfect entertainment.
Getting Here, Getting Around
Amerigo Vespucci International Airport is the city's local airport that connects with many top cities in Europe. For those coming from the US, Canada, and Asia, typically you will take a flight from Rome to Florence. There are bus transfers from the airport and when in town there are taxis and bus service throughout Florence. To visit many of the attractions listed here you can book tours which are the most convenient to see them.
Florence is a place where you can just relax and still have the time of your life. Come and enjoy the food, the people, the beauty, and the history that is Florence.
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