Florence is the Capital city of Tuscany where art, history, adventure, romance, food, and wine come together to create the perfect city in which to spend your holidays.
Florence was the center of medieval European trade and finance. It is the birthplace of the Renaissance. From 1865 to 1871 the city was the capital of the Kingdom of Italy.
Florence, thanks to its beauty, it attracts millions of tourists each year. Indeed the city has been declared from UNESCO a World Heritage Site.
Don’t waste your time, book your holidays in one of the most amazing cities in the world.
Florence and other Tuscany Cities
Tuscany is full of incredible cities. Once you go to Florence, you should also visit other important and magnificent towns such as Lucca, Siena, Pisa, and Arezzo.
Why these cities are so famous and visited? Let’s discover the reasons.
Florence, as we said previously, is the capital city of Tuscany. The history of this city began in the first century B.C. with the Romans settlements.
During the years, Florence grew up and became the most important city in Europe thanks to its political, cultural and economic power.
In the XV Century the city was under the role of the Medici Family and since that time Florence became the destination of many artists who fell in love with it.
It still possible admire many paintings, sculptures and masterpieces from that period such as the Duomo Santa Maria del Fiore, the Brunelleschi Cathedral, the Baptistery of San Giovanni who is the Saint protector of the city, and the Giotto’s Bell Tower.
The main symbol of Florence is the Uffizi Gallery. The museum opened for the first time in 1591 and it is one of the most visited galleries in the world. Here is possible to admire the private collection of the Medici Family, composed of priceless busts and statues.
In the gallery are preserved many paints and sculptures, the masterpieces that made the history of art in Florence. Works made by artists such as Botticelli, Giotto, Leonardo, Mantegna, Raffaello, Goya, Caravaggio, and many others. All these artworks are collections from the XIV Century and the Renaissance period.
Palazzo Pitti is another important part of the city where is also possible to admire and take a walk in its Boboli Gardens. In this garden, there are statues, the Porcelain Museum, the Galleria del Costume, and Museo degli Argenti.
You will fall in love with this unique, romantic and incredible city, as well as the artists from the past.
Lucca is a city known for its Renaissance-era city walls. The walls were built between 1504 and 1645, and the impressive aspect of it is that they are still intact.
Lucca became famous in the XV century thanks to the art of silk. This kind of art in the city was the main economic source.
The city of Lucca is full of historical monuments, museums and churches. The National Museum of Palazzo Mansi, the Ducal Palace, the botanical garden, Villa Giunigi, the Cathedral, the Museum of the Archaeology and much more.
Furthermore, every year the city hosts the Lucca Comics and Games festival. It is the largest European Festival inspired to comics, movies, videogames, and related subjects that attract many visitors from different Italian cities and around the world.
If you are passionate about this “world” you cannot miss the event!
Siena is a city very famous for its “Palio”, namely the horse race held twice each year that attract many people, not only local but also foreign.
The city is not only the Palio but art, museums, culture, and of course incredible traditional dishes.
Siena, as well as many other cities in the Tuscany region, it is an old and Etruscan city.
It reached its peak during the Middle ages, and today it is still possible to admire the ancient narrow alleys typical from that historical period.
The main attractions in the city are the Cathedral, Salimbeni Palace, the Medicean Fortress, Piazza del Campo. The square is the economic and social center of the city since the XIV and the Palio take place in this part of the town.
The Civic Museum, where are preserved the masterpieces of the most important and famous artists that visited the city in the past. Palazzo Pubblico is important for its gothic shape.
Walk-in Siena will make you feel like in the past centuries, in the Middle Ages.
Pisa in the past centuries was a Roman settlement and thanks to that colony, today is possible to admire in the city many remains as streets, squares, religious and civil buildings.
In the XI century, the city of Pisa was an important naval base.
The city is known around the world for its Leaning Tower, or Pisa Tower. This Tower is so famous because its main feature is a slope and attracts millions of tourists every year. The Tower is part of the Cathedral of Santa Maria Assunta and its construction can be divided into three stages over 199 years!
In the Tower bell, there are seven bells that represent the note of the major musical scale.
Thereare other monuments to visit in Pisa, such as the Cathedral, the ancient Church of Saint Paolo a Ripa d’Arno, where you can admire the Roman architecture, and the Church of Santa Maria della Spina.
Do not miss to visit the historical narrows alley where are located buildings from the XIV and XV century, called Borgo Stretto and Borgo Largo. Moreover, these two “Borghi” are the commercial areas of the city, full of shops and traditional restaurants.
Arezzo, as the main city in the region of Tuscany, is a medieval town. Its most attractive part of the city is the famous square called Piazza Grande, surrounded by palaces, towers, and churches. All these buildings were built in different centuries and all of them give the city an artistic and historical aspect.
Once you are in Piazza Grande you should walk through Passeggio del Prato Park, it is the perfect place for a quiet walk into nature.
Also, the city is important for its ancient churches, such as the Cathedral of San Donato, which it has a gothic style. The magnificent Basilica di San Francesco, where are still intact the walls with Renaissance frescoes, painted by Piero Della Francesca, one of the most important artist during the Italian Renaissance period.
Distances from top Cities in Italy
All the main cities in Tuscany are well connected and each city can be reached in a maximum of a couple of hours.
From Florence to Lucca
From Florence to Lucca the distance is less than 85 kilometers so it takes just an hour and a half to reach the city.
From Florence to Siena
From Florence to Siena the distance is less than 80 kilometers and it takes around an hour to arrive in the city.
From Florence to Pisa
From Florence to Pisa the distance is 105 kilometers. By car reach, the city takes about an hour and 40 minutes.
From Florence to Arezzo
Arezzo is less than 80 kilometers from Florence and it takes about an hour to go from one city to the other.
How to get there
If you are planning your trip in Tuscany there are different ways to get in the region: by car, plane, train or bus.
The choice of transportation depends on where you are leaving from. The cheapest solutions usually are bus, train, and car.
If you are not close to Tuscany then the best option is the plane. The main airport in Tuscany is located in Florence.
What time is it in Florence
In Florence there is the “Legal hour” that indicates the Greenwich Mean Time of the world.
In Tuscany, as well as in Italy there is the GMT +1.
The last Sunday of March in Italy the clock hands move one hour forward and the Greenwich Mean Time becomes GMT +2 until the last Sunday of October, when the hands move one-hour backwords.
The perfect accommodation for visiting Florence: Volognano
If you are looking for accommodation while you visit the beauties of Tuscany, Volognano can be the perfect place for you.
Volognano is a Castel, only 10 miles away from Florence. Its strategical position is excellent for discovering the cities around Volognano meanwhile, you enjoy the Tuscan countryside.
Volognano Castel is much more. While you stay there, you can take part to wine tours, and taste all the traditional dishes that make this Region one of the best Italian places.
Volognano is a world where you can discover, learn, taste and dream!
An unforgettable experience in Tuscany
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