Florence is a small town in Northern Italy. Florence is very famous for its medieval city center, as well as for a number of the world's most famous works of art, statues, fountains, palaces and cathedrals. The artists, who created Florence's masterpieces are, inter alia, Michelangelo, Leonardo da Vinci and Botticelli. In addition to its rich history and hundreds of works of art, the region is considered to be the cradle of the Italian fashion and art. And besides the shopping opportunities, you can find comprehensive courses in both. Be warned: you should avoid buying pirated products from illegal street vendors in this area. If the product name is spelled correctly, but the price is outrageously cheap, do not buy it. Florence's police can punish the purchase of illegal copies with fees up to EUR 10 000. If the pirated product's name is written wrongly in some way, it is legal.
Monthly Weather Conditions
This beautiful city also offers great weather. It's a good, year round destination but most rainfall happens between December and February.
The best time to visit Florence is between May and September, when warm weather brings art festivals, open-air dining and the sort of Italian sunshine that inspired the Renaissance painters.
More information: Florence forecast and weather conditions monthly
Florence 8 most important sights:
- Eat Gelato: Italys answer to ice cream comes in surprising flavors, from fresh fruit to popcorn.
- Marvel at the Uffizi Gallery: Once youve sweetened up with some gelato, get in line for the Uffizi Gallery, which holds the worlds best collection of art from the Renaissance.
- Ramble in the Countryside: The Tuscan countryside has a fabled beauty, so if you have time to take day trips from Florence, you should explore the region.
- Soak in Scenery at Piazza Della Signoria: In front of the Palazzo Vecchio, wander through the outdoor sculpture gallery Loggia dei Lanzi, buy a coffee or snack in one of the nearby restaurants and bars, and watch other visitors react to this piazzas art-filled charm.
- Pay Your Respects at Il Duomo: Everyone calls it simply Il Duomo, the cathedral, but this breath-taking Gothic structures real name is the Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore.
- Shop for a Snack at the San Lorenzo Market: Walking into the closed San Lorenzo market may feel like going back in time; before supermarkets changed the way people shop, everyone in Florence went to produce markets to get fresh ingredients for their daily meals.
- Wish for Gold While Crossing the Ponte Vecchio: Bridge-The name means Old Bridge, but those arent the words that come to mind when you first see this medieval structure over the Arno River.
- Take in the Sunset at Piazzale Michelangelo: Trek up to Oltrarno, the highest part of the city, for the sunset; from the piazza you'll get a panoramic view of Firenze and the Arno.
Recommendation for one day:
- Start your day with the great view at Duomo - Cathedral of Santa Maria dei Fiore. Designed by Arnolfo di Cambio at the end of the 13th century, the Cathedral's trademark dome is now the symbol of Florence.
- Find Accademia Gallery, Europe's first school of drawing, this museum of art is chiefly famous for its sculptures and is the home of Michelangelo's David.
- Visit Piazza del Duomo, this large city square contains the Basilica of Santa Maria del Fiore, the third largest cathedral in the world after St. Peter's in Rome and St. Paul's in London.
- Enjoy strolling through Centro Storico, that part of Florence situated between Piazza San Marco, Piazza Santa Maria Novella, Santa Croce, and Santo Spirito, it's filled with up-scale and expensive shops.
- Top off the day at Piazzale Michelangelo, this 19th century piazza has undoubtedly the best panoramic view of Florence. The square is decorated with copies of Michelangelo's sculptures, but it's the view people come here to see.
Compared to prices worldwide, Florence is an expensive destination.
On a tight budget, the daily budget is approximately $74.58, which includes hostel accommodation, budget meals and public transportation.
On a moderate budget, the daily budget is approximately $277.12, which includes a moderately priced hotel, meals at moderate priced restaurants and transportation costs.
- Hotel (2 stars): $63.75
- Hotel (3 stars): $78.91
- Hotel (4 stars): $114.59
- Hotel (5 stars): $362.96
- Taxi ride (3 miles): $25.52
- Taxi ride (6 miles): $42.16
- Beer in a restaurant (16 ounces): $4.99
- Meal, McDonalds: $8.88
- Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant: $16.64
Florence has been classified as safe with security classification 4/5.
Safety index values (higher is better):
- General: 62.3 (better than United states average 48.9)
- Walking alone during daytime hours: 79.0 (better than United states average 69.0)
- Walking alone at night: 52.2 (better than United states average 41.3)
More information: Florence safety
Things which affect the renting of the car:
- Driver’s license: In the European Union / Schengen a driver's license from an EU country is sufficient, although for North Americans it is recommended to carry a separate international driving license, in addition to the American driving license.
- Direction of traffic: In Europe the traffic is mainly right-handed. The exception is Great Britain, which is left-handed traffic.
- Insurance: In Western Europe, all rental cars include some kind of insurance, so additional insurance policies are often unnecessary (unless you are going to Russia or Eastern Europe).
- Driving abroad: You can drive a rental car almost everywhere within all countries of the European Union / Schengen territory without additional fees. Eastern European countries and Russia are the exceptions and you should always ask the car rental company in advance about the rules.