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Florence your travel guide to know history, art, fashion, food and wine

Florence is one of the most famous Italian cities in the world. It owes its immense popularity to the historical and cultural events of which it was the protagonist, to the artistic treasures it houses, to the thriving food and wine culture and to Italian fashion, of which it has often made its spokesman.

The vastness of attractions that it offers often makes it difficult for tourists to organize a tour of the city capable of capturing all that it has to offer.

Therefore we propose our mini-guide, a sort of Bignami of the Tuscan chief town. So, inside this article there are numerous ‘Tips’, suggestions on what must-do Florence has to offer.

Where is Florence?

Florence is somehow the beating heart of Italy and is located in the center of Tuscany.

The city is immersed in an area as enchanting as the urban center itself. In fact, it is surrounded by  Terre del Chianti, Mugello and Valdelsa. These rural areas, with their soft hills and endless vineyards, are able to amplify the magic of the beautiful city.

Its strategic position has always made Florence a place of passage and exchange, particularly important for the Italian economy. In fact, the city is located between the northern Milan, Turin and Venice and the southernmost Rome and Naples.

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Art in Florence: 5 things to see

One of the greatest pride of Florence is certainly the abundance of Renaissance artistic productions it hosts. In fact, the Italian Renaissance began properly in the Tuscan chief town, through the work of the great architect Brunelleschi.

Furthermore, the museum complexes that enrich the city offers true masterpieces, of inestimable value, made by brilliant minds such as those of Botticelli, Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo, and Titian.

Now we present you some of the treasures that you will have the chance to admire in Florence.

CATHEDRAL OF FLORENCE

The Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, also known as the Duomo of Florence, is a remarkable architectural work having Gothic style and located at the beginning of the historical center of the city.

This splendid Cathedral, designed by Brunelleschi, was inaugurated in 1436 and presents interesting and precious works such as the building itself.

In particular, indoors it is possible to admire L’ultimo Giudizio, a work made by Giorgio Vasari, and a particular clock built on the Ora Italica (it shows, therefore, all 24 hours of the day).

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PONTE VECCHIO

It is probably possible to consider the Ponte Vecchio as one of the main symbols of the city of Florence.

This bridge represents the oldest building able to cross the banks of the Arno. Specifically, it was designed and built by Taddeo Gaddi from 1345.

Initially, this architectural work welcomed the meat market along its parapets. To date, however, the bridge mainly houses jewelers and luxury watches.

GARDENS OF BOBOLI

Located next to Palazzo Pitti, the Boboli Gardens is a verdant area whose construction was commissioned by the Medici family.

The garden does not have a flat structure and covers 30 hectares. The area is enriched by numerous statues and marble fountains, so many to consider the park an open-air museum.

Moreover, always in the green oasis stands the Kaffeehaus which, as the name suggests, is a rococo style structure that was used in the nineteenth century to drink a very Italian coffee.

LA PRIMAVERA

Inside the Uffizi Gallery, Botticelli’s wonderful work ‘La Primavera’ is performed. It was made at the end of the 15th century.

This painting reproduces various figures of classical mythology immersed in a forest of orange and dark laurel. The goal and meaning of the work is largely hidden, but the author certainly want to celebrate love and prosperity, among other things.

What denotes the artist’s ability in this context is certainly the attention to detail. In particular, among the vegetation, it is possible to distinguish 138 different plants.

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BACCO

Still in the Uffizi Gallery, it is possible to admire Bacchus, an original product by Caravaggio, made between 1596 and 1597.

The remarkable element of the painting is the extremely naturalistic rendering of the fruit basket and the cup of wine that adorn the human figure. Bacchus is depicted as stunned by a lot of wine and tries to convey the freedom of the senses that characterized the classical era.

History in Florence: 5 things to know

The history of Florence is inevitably intertwined with the history of the entire peninsula. As I anticipated, the Tuscan capital was a place of passage, much appreciated and contested, since the times of the Roman Empire.

The city was founded in 59 BC and called Florentia, when the Roman civilization assimilated the Etruscan one. After the fall of the Roman Empire, the city became the theater of clashes between the Goths and the Byzantines, and then find themselves under the Lombard domination.

In the 8th century, Florence became part of the Holy Roman Empire and Charlemagne himself stopped there two different times.

We are now reporting some of the main and most important events that, starting from the thirteenth century, had as their protagonist the Tuscan capital, then a simple municipality.

GUELFI AND GHIBELLINI

The war between the Guelphs and the Ghibellines is certainly one of the most famous and tragic historical moments in Florence.

Between the twelfth and thirteenth centuries, while the city was at its maximum economic and demographic splendor, the two factions disputed the succession to the crown.

The Guelphs were spokesmen for the power of Pope Clement IV, who supported them openly. This fringe, formed mainly by people of the people, represented the majority of Florence and was contrary to noble privileges.

Among Ghibellines, however, the Florentine nobility was almost entirely placed. Their faction was supported by the German Emperor and was particularly contrary to the church’s interference in political matters.

The violent struggles ended in 1293 when the Ghibellines, strongly weakened and injured by the loss of the emperor’s support were expelled from the organs of power.

TUMULTO DEI CIOMPI

With Tumulto dei Ciompi is indicated a revolt activated by one of the most humble classes of workers in Florence in the 14th century.

In fact, in 1378 the ciompi, or the battilani, started to protest for the impossibility of creating their own art, a Guild.

On 24 June, therefore, led by Michele di Lando, this poor part of the population managed to enter Palazzo Priore and obtain the much-desired permission.

I MEDICI

The Medici, who had been the richest family in Florence for a long time managed to take possession of it and gain control of it in 1434, thanks to the political ambitions of Cosimo il Vecchio.

This wealthy family had no noble or dynastic origin, but was able, gradually and without causing too much clamor, to make a successful social and economic climb.

The rich family had obtained their wealth mainly through the exchange of works of art and other business, conducted mainly with the State of the Church. In particular, they had become bankers of the pope and had, always with the latter, made an agreement for the monopoly of alum.

The Medici family was at the head of Florence for almost 350 years, interspersed with short periods of the Republic.

Who was able to distinguish himself within this time frame is Lorenzo the Magnificent, whose patronage has given a push and decisive incentives to the development of the artistic heritage for which the city is renowned today.

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FLOOD IN THE FIRST AFTERNOON

Because of its foundation right around the banks of the Arno, floods are a phenomenon that has unfortunately often affected the beautiful Florence.

In particular, in 1966 this natural disaster violently struck the city and caused the death of 34 people.

In addition to the significant human loss, this violent penetration of water inexorably ruined or destroyed various works of art. Fortunately, this event captured international attention in a special way and after a short time a large number of volunteers from all over the world became active in the recovery and restoration of many works of great artistic value damaged.

PESTE NERA

A phenomenon that strongly marked Florence and the whole of Europe was the epidemic of the Black Death in 1348.

The infection spread rapidly and it is estimated that it caused a reduction in the population of the Tuscan chief town of a quantity between 40% and 60%.

The tragic moment was a great inspiration to Boccaccio, who in the Decameron best portrayed the destroyed and dispersed Florentine society due to the fear and pain caused by the epidemic.

Fashion in Florence

Speaking of made in Italy fashion began in Florence thanks to Giovanni Battista Giorgini in 1951.

In general, the city boasts a thriving high fashion industry with a centuries-old tradition. In fact, many of the most famous Italian Fashion Houses, reference points for the international scene, have been conceived and born in the Tuscan chief town. Among the famous designers who started their atelier in Florence, we find Gucci, Enrico Coveri, Roberto Cavalli, Salvatore Ferragamo, Patrizia Pepe, and many others.

Their luxury boutiques do not have a casual placement, they are all concentrated in an area that goes from Via De ‘Tornabuoni and Via di Vigna nuova, specifically called the luxury commercial district.

The close link between the city and Italian fashion is also evident from many initiatives related to fashion that are parallel hosted in Florence.

Firstly, in the capital, it has its headquarters in La Costume Gallery, the only Italian museum dedicated to the history of Italian fashion. Secondly, it is possible to admire the Salvatore Ferragamo Museum, where part of the collection of over 10,000 shoes produced by the Maison is displayed. Then, there are many events related to fashion activated by the city (like Pitti Immagine). Finally, in Florence, there are numerous fashion schools: Polimoda, Italian Academy, Leather School, and IED.

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Food in Florence: what to eat

When planning a trip to Florence it often happens to be so fascinated and involved in how beautiful it is to see that you can’t give the right weight to what good there is to eat.

The food and wine culture of the city is strong and rich. Moreover, Florence can boast the birth of several of the most popular dishes of our cuisine, having meat as its main element.

Therefore, before going to visit the city, we advise you to inquire about the most typical of its restaurants, its food and its stalls have to offer.

Here are some of the tastiest food you will have the chance to taste in the Tuscan capital.

SANDWICH WITH LAMPREDOTTO

We suggest you not only traditional dishes of the Sunday lunch but also tasty street food.

A classic example of Florentine street food is the Panino con il lampredotto. The latter is one of the oldest dishes of the Tuscan tradition and includes a sandwich fills with offal obtained from the abomasum, a part of the digestive tract of cattle, called its lampredotto.

Furthermore, the lampredotto is carefully seasoned with green sauce, salt, pepper and a pinch of spicy.

Although the raw materials may not be exciting at all, the flavor of this dish is unique and easily appreciated.

Historically this particular sandwich was born in 1400 as poor food and was sold by street vendors on carts. This tradition has been partly maintained: even today on the streets of Florence you can find lampredottai, which sell the dish inside small kiosks.

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 FLORENTINE TRIPPA

Remaining on the subject, the second dish of which we speak is the Florentine tripe, which is obtained from the waste of slaughtered meats.

The succulent dish is one of the cornerstones of the popular local cuisine and it seems to have origins in the same period of the sandwich with lampredotto.

Always considered a poor dish, the tripe originally included the dressing of various offal with a special mix of aromas. To date, the recipe has been changed slightly and includes the addition of tomato and grated parmesan

Also, in this case, there were special vendors to take care of the sale of the dish, the tripe makers, who today have moved to banquets and sell the dish in the markets.

CROSTINI DI FEGATO

An appetizer to which the Florentines cannot give up, a strong and succulent opening of the famous Sunday lunch, are liver crostini.

A dish that its goodness and its unique flavor has become an integral part of the gastronomic tradition of all of central Italy, but which originated in the splendid city.

Tasting it is a real experience that will be difficult to escape, because the dish is masterfully offered by any restaurant of traditional cuisine where you can go during your stay.

Even of Roman origin, the main component of the dish is the chicken livers that are delicately blended into the chianti vin santo.

The latter is further flavored with fine chopped capers, anchovy fillets, and broth.

Even the bread is not chosen randomly. Tradition has it that the Florentine whisk is used, a bread having a shape similar to a baguette, which can be dipped in broth, left natural or toasted.

PEPOSO DELL’IMPRUNETA

 In Florence, as has already clearly emerged, treating meat in all its parts is truly an art and is celebrated like a work present in the Uffizi gallery.

Among the main courses to be tasted absolutely we have the Peposo dell’Impruneta.

This stew takes its name from the rich amount of pepper added to it and from the place called Impruneta, situated among the verdant hills of Florence.

Moreover, this long-cooking course requires that the meat is blended into a full-bodied red wine, usually the classic Chianti.

FLORENTINE STEAK

The Florentine steak is probably the queen of Tuscan cuisine, perhaps even of all Italian meat dishes. In other words, it is certainly the bone, the Chianina beef and the height that must not fall below 4 fingers.

Another distinctive element, which not everyone is able to appreciate, it’s his cooking. In fact, the steak should be cooked in a way that maintains a rose brilliant in its interior.

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WINE IN FLORENCE: 5 BEST WINES

As we anticipated, Florence is also famous for its food and wine culture.

In particular, the vineyards and wineries that arise in its surroundings are deeply intertwined with the Florentine tradition.

The ancient bond does not depend only on the goodness of its grapes, but also on the profound financial support that this activity has always represented for the city and the region. Even today, Tuscan wine is among the most exported from Italy and appreciated all over the world.

Specifically, in the surroundings of Florence there are two DOCG (Chianti and classic Chianti), five DOC (the Bianco dell’Empolese, the Colli dell’Etruria Centrale, the Pomino, the Vinsanto del Chianti and the Vinsanto del Chianti Classico) and three IGT (Alta Valle della Greve, Central Tuscany, and Tuscany)

Now let’s see some more details.

CHIANTI CLASSICO

It is said that Chianti Classico has very ancient origins and dates back to the early Middle Ages.

In reality this type of wine, as we know it, was born around 1300 and is today produced by almost 400 wineries.

At the base of the Chianti Classico we find the Sangiovese grape, whose vines extend over an area of about 72,000 hectares between Florence and Siena.

It is a wine rich in organoleptic properties, with a sweet, dry and deep red colored taste.

Furthermore, the precious liquid is ably enriched with hints of wild berries.

WHITE OF EMPOLESE

Empolese White is one of the few really appreciated white wines produced in the region.

This particular quality of Trebbiano has a straw yellow color and has an aftertaste very similar to the Vin santo.

The grapes through which it is produced are decidedly later than those of red wines, but the distinctive taste and balanced chemical-physical characteristics of this white wine derive from the prolonged maturation on the plant.

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WHITE POMINO

Pomino Bianco is made from grapes found in vineyards located in the northeastern area of Tuscany, about 40 km north-east of Florence.

The vines that occupy the area were imported from France (specifically from Burgundy) in 1855. Precisely for this reason, the grape at the base of Pomino is mainly corresponding to the Chardonnay and Pinot Grigio typology.

The aroma of this wine, which is intense, bitter and ample depends in particular on the climate in the area. Furthermore, Pomino Bianco has a straw-white color, with greenish reflections, and delicate and pleasant smell.

THE HIGH VALLEY OF THE GREVE RED

Always produced in the province of Florence, the Alta Valle della Greve Rosso has a special coloring, ranging from violet to ruby.

The fruity aroma that distinguishes this particular wine is also perceptible by its fragrance. Moreover, its taste is fresh and balanced, rightly tannic.

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VINSANTO DEL CHIANTI

The Chianti Vinsanto is produced in the same area of origin as the Chianti region, through the use of two different qualities of grapes: the Tuscan Trebbiano and the Malvasia.

It is characterized by a dry, velvety flavor and pronounced roundness. Its color is straw yellow, tending to amber.

Moreover, for these properties, it can be perfectly combined with fruit and desserts

Wedding In Florence

Florence is frequently chosen to host weddings, probably because the city is considered among the most romantic in Italy and, perhaps, in the world.

Usually in the capital the celebration of the civil ceremony takes place in the Palazzo Vecchio, a symbol of the municipal power of the city. Inside the beautiful building, it is possible to choose, according to your needs, between the Sala Rossa, the Sala di Lorenzo and the Salone de ‘Cinquecento.

An outdoor alternative for your civil ceremony is the Rose Garden, an exceptionally beautiful park located on the hill of San Miniato.

As for the sacred rite, numerous splendid churches stand in Florence. Among the favorites for weddings, we find the Basilica of Santa Croce, the Basilica of Santo Spirito and the Basilica of San Miniato.

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How to get to Florence

Florence is well connected by various means of transport.

First of all, the Florence Amerigo Vespucci airport ensures that the city is connected not only to Italy but to the whole of Europe.

Secondly, the Tuscan capital is at the center of the state railway network. So its stations, Florence Santa Maria Novella and Florence Campo di Marte, are traveled by both regional trains and high-speed trains Freccia or Italo, through which it is possible to the other most important Italian cities directly and quickly.

Finally, Florence is also a fundamental node in the Italian motorway network. In particular, the A1 has four exits around the city and the A11 has been designed to facilitate the movement between Florence, Pisa, and Livorno.

It is possible to go to the Tuscan capital through the motorway network by car or by bus, such as Flixbus.

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Accommodation in Florence: the 5 best choices

One of the main sources of well-being for the Florentine economy is tourism. Precisely because of this awareness the city and its surroundings are well equipped and able to offer visitors many proposals for different accommodation, able to grasp the needs of each.

THE CASTLE OF VOLOGNANO

Among the soft hills on the outskirts of Florence we find the wonderful Castello di Volognano. An enchanting and deeply Renaissance structure, equipped with numerous comforts and pleasures, such as a swimming pool and an internal cellar.

A wonderful choice for your stay and a magical location for weddings. Indeed, the furnishings of the Castle blend modern and traditional design and in its elegant interior it is possible to participate in interesting tastings.

FLORENCE GOLDEN CAMPING

Florence Camping in Town allows you to camp more or less luxuriously right in the middle of the wonderful city. Furthermore, the property features a swimming pool, a barbeque area and organizes excursions and tours.

The campsite is located near the Ponte Vecchio, on the banks of the Arno, and allows you to choose between three different accommodations: the Superior Bungalow, the Chalet or the Piazzola.

PORTRAIT

The Portrait Firenze is elegant and modern hotel, whose furniture is mainly handmade, especially recommended for those traveling as a couple.

The suites it offers are equipped with every comfort and entertainment system, such as an iPad, a coffee machine and a flat-screen TV.

Furthermore, the Caffè dell’Oro bistro the restaurant is located inside, run by a Michelin-starred chef, who offers special and original dishes.

PLUS FLORENCE

Plus Florence is a hostel located near the Santa Maria Novella station.

Its dormitories are equipped with free WI FI and flat-screen TVs. Furthermore, staying in the structure allows access to a fitness area and, in winter, a wellness area, with a Turkish bath, sauna, and indoor pool.

THE NINE MUSE GUESTHOUSE

Le Nove Muse Guesthouse is a Bed & Breakfast with air-conditioned rooms and free Wi-Fi, in which there are only 4 rooms.

The property is near the Central Market and offers smart rooms with TV and private bathroom.

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How Far is Florence from Chianti

The capital of the Tuscan region is Florence. The distance between Florence to the Chianti region is similar to the distance from Tuscany to Chianti. Florence is 1 kilometer far from Tuscany.

Moreover, anyone can explore Chianti or Florence from both of places vice versa with a whole day trip. There are all mode of transport are available by Bus, Train and Car.

The distance between Florence to Chianti area is 35 Kilometers and if you go with the road to a specific Chianti cities then the minimum distance is 45.7 Kilometers. There are available train stations which goes to Chianti and also come back to Florence.

But the Train station is very far from many parts of Chianti as the towns and villages of Chianti is on the hillside and high up from train tracks.

It is best if you want to enjoy the countryside of Chianti from Florence especially the vineyards. You can see lots of vine fields and enjoy the views by the train journey.

If you consider the hour it changes according to which mode of transport you will choose. In generally for Chianti wine tour the drive time is 30 minutes. It is better to rent a car though there are lots of buses which go to Chianti on weekends.

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Florence to other Tuscany cities: distances

As the city is a popular base for holidays in Tuscany region the convenient is nearby airport and lots of stuffs to explore at a time.

Basically for adventurous trips the voyagers always look for day trips. For exploring medieval hill towns or coastal rides or countryside and any other famous city, there are some cities which are the best for a day trip from Florence.

Siena

The distances by car from Florence to Siena is 1 hour 10 minutes and the distance is 78.3 km by car. By the Bus the distance is more or less similar such as 1 hour 20 minutes and so on if you choose a different route.

The shorter way to reach Siena is by car and the longest one is the train, a journey which takes 1 hour and 45 minutes approximately.  

The city has many things to explore such as Piazza del Campo, Unmistakable shell shape, the Cathedral, Torre Del Mangia and so forth.

The city has medieval origins and it was known as the rival of Florence. If you prefer a relax journey by train you should know the train is 3 km away from the main city center of historic places in Siena. For better journey you can book taxi or enjoy the weather with a group walk.

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Val d’Orcia

Considering by car from Florence to Val d’Orcia the journey time is around 1 hour 50 minutes and the distance is 123.6 km by car.

By the Bus or Train, the distance is very far and divertive and maybe it can consume 4-5 hours in one. The better is to choose the car journey to Val d’Orcia.

The postcard image makes you explore the south of Tuscany. There are lots of places nearby which you can explore in a day trip such as hills and cypress-lined roads, vineyards as far as your eyes go.

The other places you can see which are Pienza, Montepulciano, Montalcino and Bagno Vignoni, mostly preferable bar car.

Arezzo & Cortona

There are 3 routes to go there from Florence. The shortest one is from via A1/E53 which takes almost 1 hour and 35 minutes and the bus and train journey are mixed with intransitively and it takes almost 2 hours. The distance in kilometers is 117.3 Km.

The best things to know about Arezzo is it was the birthplace of two famous artists named Giorgio Vasari and Piero della Francesca.

There are lots of arts of the two famous people and in the south of Arezzo you can find Cortana which is an old city.

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Pisa

Generally speaks in kilometers this place is the closest historic place from Florence almost 85.3 km and the car distance in time is 1 hour and 40 minutes if you choose the bus and train the time will be less than by car.

The best method of transport for visiting Pisa is to pick is a train which will take 1 hour.

Pisa is known for the famous for its Leaning Tower. There are also many places to see in Pisa such as Palazzo Blu or Keith Haring’s mural Tuttomondo known as a top place for art exhibitions.

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Lucca

Duration of going therefrom Florence is 1 hour 30 minutes by car and by bus it takes 1 hour 20 minutes and by train, it takes 1 hour 45 minutes. Comparing to explore Lucca, Bus journey is convenient.

The distance is 78.2 km and the journey will start from via A11 from Florence by car.

It is better to take the bus from Magellano Caciolle for the shortest trip. The city has Renaissance famous defense walls that are covered with assembled trees all in a line with a walking path and a bike-riding road.

Lucca is a place of gems with unique Piazza dell’Anfiteatro, Torre Guinigi and more than 100 Churches around there. The cathedral of San Martino and the Church of San Michele in Foro is the best of all which will blow your mind.

San Gimignano & Volterra

This place is near Siena with a little distance from Florence which is 58.6 km and the distance in time is 1 hour by car but if you choose bus or train the place to reach it will take 1 and a half-hour.

The city is known as a city of the 100 towers. It has beautiful medieval hill towns nearby Volterra. There are lots of ancient buildings and old streets.

This place in Etruscan time was situated in the heart of town near Piazza dei Priori with wonderful Palazzo dei Priori and palazzo Pretorio. The other place to see is Romanesque Cathedral and Roman amphitheater in Volterra.

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Monteriggioni

The distance is 62.3 km and duration by car is 1 hour. Considering the bus rides it takes 2 and a half hours as well.

The nearest train station is very far away from there. It is better to choose the tour by car. This place is another gem of the best-preserved medieval town in Italy.

Monteriggioni is used in Dante’s Divine Comedy. There are exterior defense walls and fourteen towers in Monteriggioni which make it special.

Where is FLorence

Florence in Tuscany (map of Tuscany and of Italy)

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

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 Fiorethe Brunelleschi Cathedralthe 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.

Where is Florence: Florence

Lucca

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 churchesThe 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!

Where is Florence: Lucca

Siena

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.

Where is Florence: Siena

Pisa

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.

Where is Florence: Pisa

Arezzo

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.

Where is Florence: Arezzo

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 planeThe 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!

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Tuscany Travel Guide

The hour in Tuscany now

Tuscany drive

Your Exclusive Travel Guide for Discovering Tuscany by Car

Tuscany It is the best scenic region of Italy. If someone thinks that only a single way from here to there then it will be very boring. There are different cities to have a tour but for traveling by car the best places are the countryside.

You may search for the best places to see and explore by car. There are some places which will make your car journey enjoyable.

Exploring Tuscany with the help of the best travel guide will be followed by below. 

Route: 1

Exploring Pienza by choosing the route from famous Val D’Orcia

Val d’Orcia valley is the best for seeing valleys and beautiful sights. The best routes are depending on the places you don’t miss for visit.

The best part to explore is to select and take the travel tour of the city for the specific route to see the Cypress Alley from choosing road from La Foce to Radifocani.

There you can see an “S” shape Cypress Valley. This is Number One on a postcard which comes from the region. The length and breadth of the valley are simply beautiful.

There are also two other ways which are the road from San Quirico D’Orcia to Bagno Vignoni and maybe another long way from Montalcino bypassing San Quirico D’Orcia then Pienza and finally to Montepulciano.

This is not a large area to explore but it is the quickest way that anyone can enjoy. Anyone can see the city center because this route is gone through in between the cities and it is photogenic too.

If you consider the places such as Pienza, Montalcino, Montepulciano, San Quirico D’Orcia, you should take a ride among these places and also enjoy the side roads which are not clean but you can enjoy everything of Tuscany there. Tuscan is full of tourists and a crowded area which is best worth to explore with these routes.

Tuscany drive-Val

Route: 2

Between the way of Siena and Casciano di Murlo

This is not that many popular roads for sightseeing and traveling. Hence, this road best for camping and personal adventures.

Prior to the journey through the forest, the car will moves slowly upward though the view is ever-changing. This is the ride for the people who loves hills and greenery a lot. You can also enjoy the tour by car by carrying some camping stuff with you. In a pause, camping is the best option to refresh while a long ride.

Outside you will see Cypresses, unlimited fields with no boundaries, beautiful vineyards maybe occasionally in the countryside of the Tuscan region. There is a small village which named as Radi, you will see the beautiful views of the village on the way to Murlo.

The village is very little in kilometers but scenic and photogenic views are loaded. For the people who want to enjoy these routes with Bikes, the most famous is Trail for having a glance at Murlo village too.

Generally is these beautiful villages no one resides but these places are best for adventures and also enjoy the tour with private vehicles. Camping le Soline is considered as best camping place in the leisure time of the tour from Siena to Murlo.

Tuscany drive-siena

Route: 3

Popular destinations to Siena and Asciano cities in the Crete Senesi/Crete Lunari region

The distance of this route is approximately 12 Miles inside the Tuscan region as it considered one of the most dangerous. While driving it is very common that you may lose your mind and may have less control over your accelerator for a quick drive. The view is so beautiful that you will become astonished looking around out the window.

Some very popular Tuscan landscapes are Cypress lanes and fogged and mist hills. While taking pictures you merely use any edits.

Eve of sunset or sunrise the best time when deem light of the sun comes out and the misty hills show its natural greenery. If you are thinking about to take photos without filters this is the best time to capture it.

During the summer heat of the sun is very strong so that you must go in before the sunset or sunrise which is the best period to explore. The landscape of Tuscan changes according to every season. In springs this place becomes green from the sunburned yellow of the summer.

The code of this route is SS438 which is not lengthy so it is permissible to press the brake of your car and enjoy the scenery around countryside.

Considering the map the route from Torre a Castello and Monteroni D’arbia it is possible to go and visit Asciano but the road is way much dirty and maybe it will not make you unlock your car seat to go around.

Another road is to depart from Monteroni which is usually covered with the dark road with tree shadows will not give you enough pleasant.

For visiting Pienza the roads to the highway are very comfortable to drive but not that much enjoyable. It is better to choose d’Asso to Pienza covered with hill and nice views will refill your tour e with joy.

Tuscany drive-pienza

Route: 4

Florence to Chianti in between Vineyards

Travelling by car is the best way of recreation from Florence to any places. But the best route from Florence to enjoy seeing the beautiful vineyards is to choose the only way to Chianti.

Take a turn from the main road of Florence and go way to Monteriggioni by the direction of Castelina where the roads are full with small villages.

The roads are windy and from the beginning of the journey roads are slightly steep and then it will take you to the middle of the vineyards.

The most interesting fact that you can take a break while your tour and taste the wines and oils from the local producers of the best wines. While visiting the village you can visit the small shops of wines and also talk with the local traders about the wines.

Authentic taste of wine and the best price is the valuable thing which you will enjoy while going to the trail. There are very famous vineyards in the route. One is Castello di Brolio and another one is Castello Ricasoli, worth visiting.

In this quick tour you will see wine and wine here and there. In near the village there are many beautiful and scenic places to have a walk. A very pleasure way from Florence to Chianti and most preferable way there.

Tuscany drive-Chianti

Route: 5

Scenic Argentario Seaside route from Panoramic

The exceptional part of the Tuscan travel guide is ride near the seaside of the Tyrrhenian and Ligurian coast which is different from the greenery of typical Tuscan postcards.

The most beautiful and exotic route is near the coast around Penisula of Argentino. Early visit to the small town of Porto Santo Stefano by following the Panoramico road which is a high hill.

Climbing up to the hills to some miles will give you the excellent view of the sea. The route is way to forest and a windy road which will reveal the scenic seaside after a while. 

Best thing of the visit if you got some time then you can get a beach view by going slight slop by mini trekking. This coast is the most charming seaside to visit in whole Tuscan region with a combination of small town with a pinch of wild greenery.

Tuscany drive-Coast

Volognano: The Best Accommodation for an Amazing Touring Experience

For having the best travel experience, a place to stay is mandatory in Tuscany. To get to the best lodging in Tuscany in the best price visit volognano.com.

Volognano has been working successfully for years in the tourism sector and offers prestigious and competitive accommodation. The residence is equipped with every comfort and the wine cellar inside allows you to be able to savor and fully experience the Tuscan tradition.

For more information please click here.

What time is it in Tuscany

The Hour in Tuscany Now

Tuscany is a popular region in Italy. In Europe the time of different countries is close to Greenwich Mean Time (GMT).

In winter period London is usually considered as GMT+0 but when the Daylight saving time starts in summertime the time changes to GMT+1 in London.

However, in Tuscany the time is GMT+1 which is Standard Time Zone during winter but in Daylight Saving Time it becomes GMT+2.

There different hours in Europe in different zone depending on the sunrise and sunset. Followed by Tuscany we will see how time differs in hours within different parts of the world.

When in New York its 8 AM in Tuscany is….

Tuscany is located in Central European Time Zone which is CET and New York is located at Eastern Standard Time Zone which is EST.

According to the Daylight Saving Time is not the same in Eastern Standard Time and Central European Time. In EST zone the DST changes from the 2nd Sunday of March to 1st Sunday of November every year. For having more daylight in summer during the evening, at this period GMT becomes GMT-4.

Tuscany is in CET zone, which changes for DST from Last Sunday of March to Last Sunday of October in every year and the GMT at this period changes to GMT+2 for having more daylight in summer during the evening.

According to EST zone, the GMT time in New York is GMT-5 which means if the time in New York is 8 am the time in Tuscany is 2 pm but it changes during the summertime.

8 am in New York is simply busy and people started there day with breakfast and they eat usually bacon with eggs, bread toast and bagels and coffee.

On the other hand, 2 pm in Tuscany is lunchtime, usually people go to grab a Lampredotto Sandwich but there are also lots of Tuscan lunch menu which people eats from 1 pm – 2 pm in-home or outside.

What time is it in Tuscany: lunch

When in New York its 4 PM in Tuscany is….

If consider the time in New York at 4 pm now so in Tuscany it will be 10 pm. During night time visiting Tuscany has a great fun in itself. The street lights enlighten the whole region.

People passes their night time with their friends or family talking and gossiping in the Bars with a glass of wine.

Whereas, in New York at 4 pm it is a time when people may take a break for coffee. Offices and shops are run typically during afternoon time because people are looking for the evening.

What time is it in Tuscany: night

When in London Its 8 AM in Tuscany is….

In London the time zone CET and the Greenwich Mean Time is GMT+0. The time of 8 am in London is the time of 9 am in Tuscany.

During this time, Tuscan people start their work and just had their breakfast on Bar with a croissant and cappuccino.

In London the time 8 am is the perfect time to have breakfast with fried eggs, toast bread, bacon and sausage etc.

Tuscany is the city of hills and greenery. The best gastronomic walk can be start from 9 am after having the breakfast. The busy streets with city transport makes you feel the real value of time and work.

What time is it in Tuscany: bar

When in London its 4 PM in Tuscany is….

4 pm is the time when the people of London takes a break for Tea. It’s the ideal time to take the tea and have some conversation with other people in a busy day.

The 4 pm in London is 5 pm in Tuscany. The time for taking Merenda which means maybe a coffee with a simple bread, focaccia, pastries or in summer it is very popular to have a Gelato in the afternoon. 

In Tuscany 5 pm is the time when people go for shopping, movies, and parks for a walk. Though 5 pm lots of museums are remained open, people can also visit there for recreation.

What time is it in Tuscany: walk

Legal hours in Tuscany

Legal hours indicates the Greenwich Mean Time of the world. Tuscany has the same time among all other regions in Italy which is GMT+1.

The last Sunday of March the time 2 am becomes to 3 am for Daylight Saving Mode and the Greenwich Mean Time becomes GMT+2 until last Sunday of October.

What time is it in Tuscany: clock

Moreover, the Last Sunday of October the time 3 am become 2 am and it runs again according to GMT+1 in all over Central European Time zone.

Unforgettable experiences Florence

Unforgettable Experiences in Florence Tuscany

Florence, the capital of the Tuscany region, is one of the historical and cultural significances in the whole world. In the past, Florence is a part of the Roman Empire but later separated and being developed into a thriving medieval sector as a community.

The development in different sectors of the city is an ongoing process, especially focusing on the Tourism sector which has become the most important part of the economy of Florence. The number of tourists every year in Florence is almost 10 million according to statista.com.

What to do: 10 things to see

Apart from Tourism and site visits there are lots of cool stuff to do as well. Below there is a brief description of the 10 best things to see. Let’s explore them.

1. Cathedral of Florence

The Duomo is known as the main heart of Florence. Duomo is the most celebrated cathedral in the whole world constructed in 1436. Though some part of Duomo was renovated until the 19th Century.

The location of the Cathedral is in the middle of the city and it has its boundaries in miles among all the other buildings.

The most scene artwork of the Cathedral is named as the Last judgement by Giorgio Vasari’s which is painted mostly by his students.

Furthermore, the interior inside the cathedral has many beautiful contrast, which speaks the grandeur and it has few interesting pieces as there is the clock above the entrance inside the church. The design of the clock is based in Ora Italica which shows 24th hours of the day and its still working.

2. Giotto’s Campanile

Lots of people think that Giotto’s Campanile has a connection with the Duomo but actually it has its own rights and it is separated from Duomo.

The external part of the tower featured with polychrome marble colored in green and pink. The Duomo is divided into five distinctions. The architecture is Gothic and one of the amazing masterpieces in the city. Apart from the decoration, there are 414 steps to climb in the tower which will take to have a full view of Florence and the Duomo..

The building is designed by the famous artist named Giotto. The construction was started 1334 to 1359. In 1343 Giotto died leaving the work incomplete and then the work was finished by Talenti by adding the last levels. There is plenty of sculptures, outstanding arts and excellent decorations inside the tower which really stands for an ultimate cornerstone in Renaissance art.

Unforgettable experiences Florence: giotto's campanile

3. Basilica of Santa Croce

It has been built at the same time when the construction of the Duomo was done. It is also designed as a frontal faced which entails pink, red and green marble polychrome panels which also has white stone contrasted all together.

To take center position and frames of the square exactly perfect it is better to sit in the Piazza di Santa Croce.

The Cathedral of Florence gear up the density of the Florence in size although the Basilica aside enriches the beauty inside.

Along with the beautiful exterior, the interior has the tombs of Galileo, Michelangelo and Machiavelli who are the famous Renaissance artists and scholars in the world.

Unforgettable experiences Florence: santa croce

4. Basilica of San Lorenzo

The Basilica of San Lorenzo was built under the design of the famous and powerful family of Medici who ruled Florence for a long time in the era of the Renaissance.

Basilica of San Lorenzo is not as big and gorgeous as the Duomo but this church is interesting to visit as it has a big dome the roof designed with terracotta tiles.

Church interior artwork is basically decorated in a gold and white ceiling gilds. A plethora of frescos and sculptures frame the beautiful dome with a mixed pattern of different colors.

Inside the Chapel there are graves buried of the full ruling Medici Family which is very impressive.

5. Piazza della Signoria

The Piazza of Signoria is also an unforgettable place to visit as like Piazza of Duomo as it contains the historical arts and classical buildings.

In the southern of Duomo this Piazza is located where anyone can get an easy access for being found it in the center. The square is located to the south of the Piazza del Duomo and is easily accessible due to its central location.

There is a huge clock tower and statues of David and Hercules and also Palazzo Vecchio which is the main attraction of the Piazza.

In the left side there is a wonderful fountain of Neptune and in the right there is Loggia of Lanzi where you can see some sculpture and containing Perseus, Menelaus and Hercules.

In conclusion, the Cosimo Medici which is a grand statue stands close to the fountain of Neptune.

6. Galleria dell’Accademia

It is close to Piazza del Duomo and the Basilica San Lorenzo. The Gallery of the Academy is a museum which is a simple building that can not be noticeable.

But it has many arts from Renaissance including the authentic Michelangelo’s David sculpture.

The building is divided into different halls where you can find the history of 14th and 15th century Florence.

Finally, an old and unique musical invention is also found in the museum.

7. Statue of David

One of the most known and famous sculptures in the world it is not famous for its genitals but also famous for its magnificent creature by artist Michelangelo.

David was the first king of Israel and the statue is renowned as its detailed human form of art. David statue is symbolized as depicts the biblical hero.

There are two statues in the Florence one is a copy which is found in the Palazzo Vecchio and the main one  stands in the Galleria dell’Accademia.

Unforgettable experiences Florence: david

8. Uffizi Palace and Gallery

This Gallery is near to the Piazza della Signoria a very well-known and famous art museum. Uffizi Palace is renowned as one of the most significant museums in the world.

The building has featured series of intricate columns and arches which are adorned with marble statues.

Many arts from Renaissance are collected inside the museum by renowned artists such as Botticelli, Da Vinci, Titian and Raphael.

The Baptism of Christ by Da Vinci, the Adoration of the Magi by Botticelli and the Sacrifice of Isaac by Caravaggio are inside in the Gallery as the collection of Renaissance art.

9. Palazzo Vecchio

It is an administrative building in Florence which was once a palace of the Signoria and a town hall.

It was constructed in 1299 by the same architects who built the Duomo and the church of Santa Croce. The front part of the building there are coasts of arms which represent families and individuals who are related to history.

There are a series of decorate rooms inside the palace one is Hercules Room and the other is the Room of Cybele.

10. Ponte Vecchio

It is an old bridge just made above the river Arno. This old bridge has many shops on the sides of the old bridge.

Taking a walk through the bridge looking at the fantastic structure and looking at the various shops and vendors you can search for jeweleries art dealers and souvenir shops.

At midnight, the bridge opens and gives beautiful views down the river Arno.

Besides, walking on the bridge you can also enjoy the design of the Ponte Vecchio by the Corridoio Vasariano to see the beautiful attachments.

Unforgettable experiences Florence: ponte vecchio

What to eat in Florence: the 3 top dishes

Many best foods will raise your hunger with appetite in Florence. Some foods are too much traditional which you can not be stayed away from. To know the Tuscan cuisine residing in Florence once in life is joyful. There are lots of dishes famous in Florence but the top three are specified below.

1. Bistecca alla Fiorentina

Florence’s most famous dish is Florentine Steak which is known as Bistecca alla Fiorentina. The weight of the t-bone steak is generally 1-4 kilos.

It grilled above the fire and the color of the steak looks pink and bloody inside. It is welmed with seasoning salt, pepper and a little bit of lemon juice squeezed and cooked above the roasted chestnuts for the delicious taste and mouth watering smokey flavor.

There is the traditional steak the way chef made it in the same way, modification on flavours may be not applied. The huge stake is better to share with someone.

There is an option to choose the steak as it can be displayed uncooked in front of the table and you can choose the size. The price varies with the kilos and it will be mentioned on the menu.

Unforgettable experiences Florence: bistecca

2. Lampredotto

Lampredotto is the most historical dish in Florence from the medieval period. It is actually a sandwich made with very thin pieces of tripe inside.

The intestines have been boiled in the broth then seasoned and served in the plate and also in the form of sandwiches. It’s a street food dish and some people love it and some do not.

It can be served with spicy red sauce or herbal green sauce or even with a gravy with a bread which is little bit wet named as bagnato around the streets of Florence.

3. Ribollita

It is usually a soup. It is a mix of different things inside which one the most traditional dish in Florence.

Basically it is a Tuscan Dish made with bread, tomatoes, various vegetables, herbs, spices, beans (cannelli) and seasonsing of the ingredients.

This dish is famous from the medieval age: people had in the housed and most of the comfort and common food in Florence.

The translation of Ribollita is Reheated and there is another dish as like the same ingredients used named as Pappa al Pomodoro but it’s less wet and served as cold and mashed the ingredients together.

What to know of Florence: the 5 top news regarding the history

Florence has many things to explore, to know and to enjoy. There are many things that have happened in the past which can’t be described in short but the top 5 news about Florence you can’t ignore. The history of Florence began to the early period, from the Medici to unification and the evolution of modern city. There are many exciting news happened in between those tenure.

1. Capital of Tuscany

Florence is known as the Capital of the Tuscan region. There may be a question arose why it became the capital of the region.

Florence or Firenze known in Italy conquered the Tuscany’s other places by wars and trade from the beginning of the 12th century to the 16th century.

The location of the city is spread around 230 km and it is the northwest side of Rome. The city is covered with beautiful hills, villas and orchards.

During the time of the 14th to the 16th century Florence gained prominence in trade and commerce.

2. Quarters of Florence

The city is traditionally divided into four quarters whereas three of them are located on the right-hand bank of the Arno, Santa Maria Novella, San Giovanni and the quarter of Santa Croce.

In the south there is only one quarter which is Santo Spirito.

The further division of each quarter is into four gonfalons. These gonfalons stated as the admin sectors of Florence and every people resident belongs to one of gonfalons.

3. Biggest Flood

One of the biggest climate crisis in Florence the great flood of Florence which would be recognized for years to decades as one of the worst natural catastrophes to the heart of the city of Renaissance.

Many lives were gone, lots of destroyed works and art disasters and even the famous Franciscan basilica which was built in 1296 was steeped in almost 3 meters of water after the Arno busted throughout from the riverbank.

Florence has had two disastrous floods both on November 4th. The first was in 1333 and then November 4th, 1966.

4. Marzocco

The Marzocco, a seated lion with a posture of resting on its paw is the emblem of Florence.

This name derived from the meaning of Mars, which was one of the prior and first symbols of Florentina and it was modified by the lion.

The main curious fact about this is that live lions were once kept inside the cages near Palazzo Comunale which is a street.

The street is named as Via dei Lioni until today because of the lions being kept behind it.

5. Unsalted Bread

There is a history behind why the bread of Tuscan is unsalted. Since from the 12th century the bread is traditionally made without salt.

During the period of rivalry with Pisa, there was a blocking of shipments of salt from the Pisans.

However, the Pisans thought that blocking of the shipment of salt would defeat Florentines the battle.

Instead of surrendering the Florentine people started making bread without the Salt just to let Pisans know that they would run their life without salt.

Unforgettable experiences Florence: bread

How to move on Florence

Florence is a small city where walking is the most preferable way of life. Walking by foot pleasures the pedestrians with the view of different historical places and sites. Although there are lots of transportable options which will reduce the walking distance and time.

1. Buses

The most known public transportation is Bus. The company which provides the bus service is named as ATAF. The bus service is all around the city center.

It also reaches the extensive areas such as hills, Scandicci, Campi and Fiesole.

Buying the bus tickets are very easy to get from any tabaccheria or from direct bus onboard. The cost is 1.50 euro and onboard its 2.50 euro.

2. Trams

Another popular and common way to move is Trams. There are 2 lines of trams which runs inside Florence.

Line T1 moves towards Villa Costanza stops near Castine Park. Line T2 moves from Unità to Florence Airport.

The tickets are the same as for the bus of ATAF for move around.

Unforgettable experiences Florence: tram

3. Bike Sharing

The popular transport in Florence nowadays is bake sharing by Mobike apps. The option to ride the bike you should have the app on your smartphone and unlock the bike near you.

After finishing the ride just leave the bike just in the place of the  bike rack and lock it back again.

Price is only 30-50 cents per half-hour. You can find the orange and gray colored bike in the city center or by searching on Mobike mobile app.

4.    Car Sharing

It is for the person who can drive and they can rent the cars for a few hours. You need to pay only the actual usage which is required in contrast with time and distance traveled.

Going a bit far from the city is the best option to take this cars because sometimes there may be to bus access to those places.

There are 4 car sharing options at cheap prices such as share’ngo, car2go, enjoy and adduma car.

5.    Taxis

Taxis are very easy to get and traditional transport all around the world. Florence has various taxi stands near different stations.

We will find some easy to get taxi points are the Santa Maria Novella train station, Stazione Leopolda, Piazzale Michelangelo and many other places all around the city.

Where to stay in Florence: Volognano

For having the best travel experience, a place to stay is mandatory in Tuscany. To get to the best lodging in Tuscany in the best price visit volognano.com.

Volognano has been working successfully for years in the tourism sector and offers prestigious and competitive accommodation. The residence is equipped with every comfort and the wine cellar inside allows you to be able to savor and fully experience the Tuscan tradition.

For more information please click here.

Copertina - DA VENEZIA ALLA TOSCANA

How far is Tuscany from Venice

Venice is characterized by an atypical retrò charm.

The city is the capital of Veneto, a region located in north-eastern Italy

The geology of the urban center is unique. In fact, Venice rises on a lagoon, generated by the convergence of the mouths of several rivers (Sile, Brenta, Adige to name the most important).

The numerous canals that wind through the city split the latter into 118 islets and make it largely pedestrianized.

Moreover, the characteristic conformation is due to the many picturesque bridges, the narrow streets and the gondolas (the well-known typical Venetian transport), which decorate and embellish Venice.

In addition to its unique territory, the city is famous for the many attractions that adorn it. Among them, noteworthy are the Palazzo Ducale, the Basilica of San Marco, the Correr Museum, the Gallerie dell’Accademia and the Ca ‘Rezzonico.

The curious city is famous, then, for its carnival. During this period it is possible to watch a parade of traditional Venetian masks and San Marco Square decorated.

Finally, Venice also owes its charm to two particular events that host:

  1. The Biennale, which aims to promote new artistic trends
  2. The Venice International Film Festival, which takes place annually.

Tuscany is a privileged tourist destination, thanks to its cultural, gastronomic and historical richness.

The possibilities that the region offers are endless.

For example, it is possible to discover Chianti, an area characterized by suggestive villages, incredible wine tastings and soft hills.

Or you can choose to visit the Maremma, which offers many different landscapes (islands, coasts, nature reserves, lagoons) and hosts unique places, such as the Tarot Garden or the Garden of Daniel Spoerri.

If you have already been enchanted by Venice, you must go to Livorno, in the neighborhood called La Venezia Nuova, which reflects both the urban landscape of the Venetian capital with its canals, its bridges and its elegant buildings.

Tuscany and Venice are two fascinating and unmissable places, which compete for beauty and suggestiveness of their territory.

Both points of interest inevitably attract tourists, who, by organizing a tour among them, will be able to better appreciate their value and their timeless heritage.

Specifically, the road distance between Venice and the main Tuscan cities is:

  • Siena = 322.03 km
  • Florence = 256.35 km
  • Lucca = 306.91 km
  • Grosseto = 390.66 km
  • Pisa = 335.16 km
  • Livorno 347.93 km
  • Arezzo = 330.46km
  • Massa = 348.60 km
Venice - Venice to Tuscany

Venice to Tuscany by train 

To move between the two places so enchanted and romantic you can opt for the train.

This efficient solution makes it possible to avoid any road congestion and the stress deriving from driving for the long journey.

Furthermore, if you find the right combination or offer, this means of transport can also be particularly economical.

FROM VENICE TO FLORENCE BY TRAIN

To get to Florence from Venice, the train is certainly the best choice, as well as being the fastest.

In fact, Trenitalia offers numerous solutions to move easily along this route, spending between 18 and 70 euros.

In particular, the state railway company offers a direct Freccia every hour, the journey of which lasts about 2 h 9 min.

Furthermore, Italo also offers its trains to move between Venice Santa Lucia and Florence Santa Maria Novella at a very low cost (between 18 and 30 euros). Their journey takes on average 2 h and 5 min and the route is available every two hours.

trains fo florence - Venice to Tuscany
florence - Venice to Tuscany

FROM VENICE TO LIVORNO BY TRAIN

Despite their praised resemblance, Venice and Livorno are not well connected to each other.

In fact, the stretch between the two maritime cities can take from 3 and a half hours to 5 and requires at least one change.

Furthermore, the amount needed to make this move ranges between 35 and 70 euros.

trains to livorno - Venice to Tuscany

FROM VENICE TO SIENA BY TRAIN

A speech similar to the previous one can also be made for the itinerary that goes from Venice Santa Lucia to Siena.

In this case the trip:

  •        require at least one change
  •        need time between 4 h and 7 h, 30 min
  •        have a total cost between 30 and 67 euros
trains to siena - Venice to Tuscany
siena - Venice to Tuscany

FROM VENICE TO PISA BY TRAIN

To move from Venice to Pisa via the Italian railway network, it is optimal to take a Frecciargento or Frecciarossa train to Florence Santa Maria Novella and then take advantage of a regional train.

In this way it will be possible to arrive in Pisa Centrale in 3 hours and 30 minutes, spending about 65 euros

trains to pisa - Venice to Tuscany

FROM VENICE TO LUCCA BY TRAIN

Although Lucca is the second Tuscan province due to its proximity to the Venetian capital, the connection between the two cities it is difficult.

In this case the most comfortable provides for the combination of a Freccia and a regional one. However, this solution has a high price (65 euros) and takes a good 4 hours.

If you want to save money, you can alternatively use more regional ones. In fact, making two changes and traveling for 5h and 40min, it is likely to spend only 25 euros.

trains to lucca - Venice to Tuscany
lucca - Venice to Tuscany

Venice to Tuscany by flight

The plane is a particularly safe and fast means of transport.

Despite this, it is not particularly recommended to use the services offered by the airlines to move between Venice and Tuscany.

In fact, the two airports of the region, Florence Peretola and Pisa, do not have direct connections with Marco Polo, the airport of the Venetian capital.

In both cases it is necessary to use two different Alitalia flights to stop at Rome Fiumicino, spend 120 euros and travel for 3 hours and 10 minutes.

Alternatively, you can combine several other airlines (Easyjet, Ryanair, Volotea) and travel the Venice-Pisa or Venice-Florence routes in just over 6 hours. In this event the airport will be in Monaco and the air ticket will cost between 30 and 60 euros.

Venice  to Tuscany by bus  

If you want to get out of your own schemes and make the same shift an experience, the bus is the best solution.

Lately, this means of transport is very fashionable, because it allows you to save money, plan trips at the last moment and approach destinations that are difficult to reach otherwise.

In this regard, FlixBus is a company that offers competitive low-cost transport services throughout Europe.

This enterprise provides few direct routes from Venice to Tuscany and allows getting only Siena, Florence and Barberino di Mugello.

Nevertheless, once you arrive in one of these Tuscan towns, it is possible to move easily throughout the region, taking advantage of the numerous other Flixbus bus stations.

Specifically, between 9 and 30 euros may is the fare to move directly between Venice and the Tuscan towns mentioned above.

While, as regards the duration of the journey, this in the case of the bus will vary greatly depending on the state of the traffic. In general, the Venice – Florence route includes between 3 hours and 30 minutes and 5 hours.

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Venice to Tuscany by car    

A final means of transport to be taken into consideration for moving from Venice to Tuscany is the car.

This is the most suitable solution for those who want to live for the day and freely decide how much time to spend on a visit and which places to be enchanted.

Traveling by car in Tuscany can mean enormously expanding your chances of exploring and discovering the many facets of the region, from its gastronomic tradition to its folkloristic villages.

However, as in the case of the bus, even in the car, one’s movements and times are at the mercy of traffic jams. Furthermore, abusing this medium can be a source of stress for drivers.

In general, the necessary travel times between Venice and the main Tuscan cities are:

  • for Siena = 3h 25 ‘
  • for Florence = 2h 50 ‘
  • Lucca = 3h 13 ‘
  • Grosseto = 4h 30 ‘
  • Pisa = 3h 30 ‘
  • Livorno 3h 40 ‘
  • Arezzo = 3h 30 ‘
  • Massa = 3h 40 ‘

Venice to Tuscany : the solutions of the travel agencies

If the trip happens on a special occasion or if you prefer to have your itinerary planned by someone who is particularly expert, you can contact the travel agencies.

In this event the latter will be concerned about the organization of the various trips and usually private buses will be used.

However, as you can see by turning a little on the net, agencies rarely propose itineraries that explore only two places. More often the route planned also includes part of Emilia-Romagna or Rome itself.

For example, ItalyXP proposes a tour that in just five days aims to explore Tuscany, Venice and Bologna, starting from Rome

The honeymoon tour proposed by Viaggi D’ambra is certainly more interesting and nice.

In this case the experience begins in Venice, the city of Love par excellence, moves towards the splendid Florence, then continues with a tour of the medieval villages and the surrounding countryside and, finally, ends in Rome, the eternal city .

tuscany landscape - venice to tuscany

Where to stay in the heart of Tuscany: the wonder of Volognano       

Florence is certainly a strategic point where to go after having been in Venice.

In fact, its centrality makes it possible to move easily towards the rest of the region.

Moreover, the Tuscan capital is one of the few cities that do not risk being silly and empty after having fallen in love with a unique and fascinating scenario like the one that Venice offers.

Just 16 km from Florence, in the heart of the Chianti Colli Fiorentini area, stands the enchanting Castello di Volognano. This place is to be explored and lives, starting from the medieval village developed on its margins.

The structure, equipped with numerous comforts and pleasures, is an excellent choice for your stay.

First of all, due to its proximity to Florence and its efficient transport services. Secondly, due to its atmosphere and its typical beauty of the Tuscan territory. Finally, if you were traveling on the occasion of a special circumstance, because it has inside a room suitable for organizing events obtained from the ancient cellars of the Castle.

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Discover the incredible points of interest of Tuscany

Talking interest in the wonderful locations that Tuscany proposes means going back to the roots of the Italian culture.

In fact, the ancient and rich region is home to heritages of different kinds, which together contribute to its enhancement.

Among the main Tuscan attractions, we can find verdant landscapes and bucolic hills. Numerous poets and artists have been inspired by these beautiful places, such as the Chianti countryside and the Val d’Orcia.

The region is home to multiple cities and villages still capable of preserving and expressing the Renaissance or the Medieval taste.

Moreover, these urban centers are embellished with wonderful monuments, such as the Torre del Mangia, majestic architectural works and artistic collections of rare beauty.

Finally, Tuscany has many places characterized by a strong gastronomic tradition:

We are talking about the famous Pici di Siena, the Lardo di Colonnata, the Zuppa di cacciucco livornese fish and, above all, the many types of wine produced here, from Brunello to Chianti Classico, famous and exported all over the world.

Below we propose some of the incredible points of interest that the main provinces of the region hold.

Tuscany - Tuscany points of interest

AREZZO

Arezzo has many references to the ancient peoples who occupied and founded it, namely the Etruscans and the Roman Empire.

The most important monument of the city is probably the Cathedral of Saints Donato and Pietro.

This Cathedral is a splendid example of Gothic architecture and houses work by artists of the caliber of Vasari and Piero della Francesca.

Cortona

Cortona is a town not to be missed situated in the Valdichiana, in the province of Arezzo.

The village appears perched on a hill and surrounded by a walled city of Roman origin. Thanks to its altitude it offers a splendid view of the Valdichiana and Lake Trasimeno

Inside Cortona presents clear references to the Etruscan civilization.

In particular, it contains the MAEC (Museum of the Etruscan Academy and the City of Cortona) and an Etruscan Archaeological Park.

Cortona - Tuscany points of interest

La verna

In the Casentino area, on the sunny Monte Penna, it is possible to visit La Verna, a Franciscan sanctuary.

It is said that St. Francis went to this particular and fascinating place of worship during is periods of hermitage and meditation. Furthermore, history has it that just inside this religious structure the saint received the famous stigmata.

The Verna is immersed in the Sacred Forests. These beautiful unexplored and untouched woods would seem capable of stimulating meditation and spirituality.

FLORENCE

Florence is an extraordinary city, a pearl in the Italian urban landscape.

The Tuscan capital is particularly loved by tourists. In fact, the entire city appears to be enveloped in a magnetic atmosphere and every corner of it seems to have a specific purpose.

Moreover, Florence hosts wonderful Renaissance monuments and priceless works of art.

Florence - Tuscany points of interest

Ponte Vecchio

The main symbol of the city of Florence is probably Ponte Vecchio.

This world-famous architectural work has very ancient origins. In particular, the design and construction of its current structure date back to 1345 and is due to Taddeo Gaddi.

Initially, the bridge had to present a tower in each of its four ends. However, to date only one is preserved, the Mannelli tower.

Furthermore, originally the bridge was used as a meat market and only later did it take on its current function, mainly housing jewelers and watchmakers.

Uffizi Gallery

A museum complex to say the least for art lovers is the Uffizi Gallery.

The Uffizi houses an endless collection of statues and priceless pictorial works, dating back to the period between the 13th century and the end of the Renaissance,

The hosted artists are numerous. Among the most famous are Botticelli, Leonardo da Vinci, Giotto, Michelangelo, Raphael, Titian, Caravaggio.

the annunciation - Tuscany points of interest

Boboli Gardens

The Boboli Gardens is an amazing park located near Palazzo Pitti. Its construction was commissioned by the de Medici and its completion occurred in 1766.

The area consists of 45,000 square meters of greenery and is decorated with numerous marble works, which make it a splendid open-air museum

In particular, we mention the Fountain of Neptune and the Forte Belvedere, situated the strong lookout.

Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore

The Duomo of Florence, or Basilica of Santa Maria del Fiore, is one of the largest churches in Italy.

This structure can be considered one of the main masterpieces of Italian Gothic and was completed in 1436 by Brunelleschi.

The exterior of the religious place is adorned through a mix of marbles, with different colors (verses, pinks, and whites).

Finally, UNESCO has recently declared the Duomo, the adjacent Baptistery and Giotto’s Campanile, a World Heritage Site.

cathedral-of-florence - Tuscany points of interest

Greve in chianti

Greve in Chianti is one of the most characteristic and evocative villages of the Chianti Valley.

Inside you can admire the Wine Museum and taste, in one of its many wineries, the Chianti Classico, one of the most important wine types in Italy produced through Sangiovese vines.

GROSSETO

In the heart of the Maremma we find Grosseto, a beautiful maritime city embellished with places like the Duomo and Piazza Dante Alighieri.

In its province, tourism is mainly at the seaside. The beaches located in the Argentario promontory, such as the Cannelle and Cala Del Gesso, are particularly spectacular and beautiful.

Grosseto - Tuscany points of interest

The Tarot Garden by Niki de Saint Phalle

Near Capalbio, in the southern part of Tuscany, it is possible to visit a special, truly unusual and enchanting space: the Tarot Garden.

Its conception is due to the revolutionary Niki de Saint de Phalle who, in the second half of the last century decided to enrich a green area with the 22 Major Arcana of the Tarot cards. Moreover, the artist’s particular choice was to decorate these imaginary figures through mosaics of brightly colored glass.

Roselle

Founded by the Etruscans, Roselle is an ancient town (founded around the 7th century BC) just eight kilometers from the city of Grosseto and now an archaeological area.

The possible archaeological route inside, between the amphitheater, domus and small temple of the Augustines Flamines, allows to better highlight the traces of the occupation of the area made by the Etruscans and then by the Romans.

Roselle - Tuscany points of interest

The garden of Daniel Spoerri in Seggiano

Between Monte Amiata and Montalcino it is possible to admire and discover a fairy-tale space: the Garden of Daniel Spoerri.

This park conceals beautiful examples of contemporary art chosen or designed by the Swiss artist Daniel Spoerri. The latter was inspired by the atmosphere of the area and decided to make it his center of research and creation.

Therefore, the bronze sculptures placed in green and wooded area appear in direct dialogue with the nature surrounding them.

The construction of the area began in the 1990s and now hosts 112 works by 55 different artists.

Cascate del Mulino

The town of Saturnia is home to the most renowned thermal spring in Tuscany.

In this area, it is possible to go to extra-luxury spas or to use water for free from the powerful beneficial action at the fascinating Cascate del Mulino.

Within these, the water flows and settles into a series of suggestive natural small pools with a clayey bottom.

Saturnia - Tuscany points of interest

LUCCA

Lucca is a wonderful city of art, located at the foot of the Apuan Alps.

This urban center allows you to make a real journey through time and explore different historical periods that the Italian peninsula has crossed.

In fact, inside there are, for example, traces of a Roman amphitheater and it is possible to admire numerous villas dating back to the 12th and 16th centuries, still in excellent condition.

Furthermore, the city is surrounded by massive walls, from which you can admire splendid views.

Among the most important monuments placed within it, we can mention San Michele in Foro, the Basilica of San Frediano, the Clock Tower and the Guinigi Tower.

Guinigi Tower

Located in the historic center of Lucca, the Guinigi Tower is 45 meters high and is a very special, unique place.

In fact, the building looks like a garden suspended in the sky, since, in its top, 7 lecci have been inserted, which rise on the surrounding landscape.

The tower dates back to the second half of the 14th century and was commissioned by the Guinigi family.

This ancient family wanted the roof garden to be their symbol of rebirth.

Lucca - Tuscany points of interest

San Micheal

There are many churches in the city of Lucca, so many that it is nicknamed the city of 100 churches. One of the most famous is certainly the majestic Church of San Michele in Foro.

Besides being so imposing, this Romanesque building is particularly ancient.

In fact, its construction was commissioned in 1070 by Pope Alexander II.

The high façade is enriched by numerous small columns. Instead, from its top stands a beautiful statue depicting the archangel Gabriel defeating the dragon.

PISA

In the north of Tuscany, in a flat area called Valdarno rises Pisa, the birthplace of Galileo Galilei. Its construction is due to the de Medici, who reclaimed the lagoon area.

Pisa is a cheerful city, suitable for nightlife, whose squares are often the realm of students from all over the nation, attracted by the famous Normale.

Pisa is famous throughout the world for Piazza dei Miracoli, a space that contains 3 spectacular monuments.

Pisa - Tuscany points of interest

Square of Miracles

A reason for recognizing the city all over the world, Piazza dei Miracoli includes more surprising monuments:

the Leaning Tower, the Cathedral of Santa Maria and the Baptistery.

Because of its beauty and its historical-cultural value, this area has recently been included in the UNESCO world heritage list.

Botanical Garden of Pisa

The Botanical garden of Pisa was conceived by the naturalist Ghini in 1543 and can be an interesting stop especially for those who travel with their families.

Located between Piazza dei Miracoli and Piazza dei Cavalieri, its area includes 3 hectares and conceals plants of all kinds (exotic, medicinal, aquatic …).

Furthermore, the garden contains secular trees, such as a Ginko biloba planted in the eighteenth century or an immense camphor tree from 1872.

Orto - Tuscany points of interest

Volterra

Volterra is a medieval hillside village enclosed by imposing thirteenth-century walls.

This charming town has its own characteristic charm, generated by the evident traces of its Etruscan and Roman past.

In addition, the village is home to several museums (Pinacoteca, the Museum of Sacred Art, or the Ecomuseum of Alabaster) which further embellish it, through the incredible masterpieces that are preserved there, such as the Deposition by Rosso Fiorentino.

SIENA

Siena is a beautiful medieval city that stands in the middle of an idyllic country landscape.

The urban center retains for the most part the same features it possessed in the 1300s, but, despite this crystallization, Siena is a lively and dynamic province.

The monuments that occupy its historic center date back to the Middle Ages. Among them, we point out the splendid Palazzo Comunale with the very high Torre del Mangia, the beautiful Piazza del Campo with its travertine and the well-known Duomo. 

Siena - Tuscany points of interest

Saint Gimignano

San Gimignano is probably the most famous village in Tuscany.

Perched among the Chianti hills, the charming town is protected by massive walls.

Inside it is possible to admire 13 towers – symbol of the village – of the 72 that were historically erected.

Towards the end of the last century, San Gimignano was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO as it is a magnificent example of architectural and landscape complex.

Montalcino

Visiting Montalcino is essential for wine lovers and for all those who wish to lose themselves in a glass of his precious Brunello, one of the most appreciated Italian wines in the world. The precious red liquid was born in 1888 and is obtained thanks to a Sangiovese variety.

The village is also art, culture and landscapes: for example, from the ramparts of the fortress built in its historic center in 1361 it is possible to admire Mount Amiata and the Crete Senesi.

Moreover, in its vicinity, the beautiful abbey of Sant’Animo is located.

Montalcino - Tuscany points of interest

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Tuscany in Italy

da milano alla toscana- copertina

How far is Tuscany from Milan

Milan is the chief town of Lombardy and is the king of northern Italy.

This city is famous all over the world for its ability to enhance fashion and design through trade shows, exhibitions and industry events.

This last aspect is particularly relevant for understanding the type of tourism that characterizes this modern Italian city.

Visitors expect Milan to be an evolved and frenetic city, in partial discontinuity with other important Italian cities and capable of entertaining, through surprising installations and events, such as the Triennale and La Scala theater.

However, this city is more than just liveliness, because inside it also contains spectacular monuments of great historical importance.

Among them, noteworthy are the Duomo and the Sforzesco Castle.

Moreover, Milan holds enchanting neighborhoods, where walking becomes an unforgettable experience.

In particular, Brera and Navigli are two very picturesque areas, above all thanks to the shops and the architectural works that adorn them.

On the other hand, Tuscany is famous for being a container of artistic works and evocative monuments, able to best represent the Italian historical and cultural heritage.

It is especially Pisa, Lucca, Siena and Florence that enclose real architectural and pictorial jewels, such as Piazza dei Miracoli, Botticelli’s Primavera or the Torre del Mangia.

This region is also a place of encounter and communion with nature, the most typical Mediterranean vegetation.

There are numerous natural parks and verdant hills, often occupied by vines or olive trees, which hosts and which allow it to offer panoramas of rare beauty.

The city of Milan and the Tuscany region are two very different places, but somehow complementary.

In fact, the two realities allow us to appreciate Italy at 360 °, from its strong historical roots to a recent and dynamic development.

The latter is still in progress and the Lombard capital is its maximum expression.

After visiting Milan, or after having landed there, it is, therefore, possible to amplify and improve one’s knowledge of Italian wonders by going to its most precious pearl, Tuscany.

Specifically, the distance between Milan and the main Tuscan cities is:

  • Siena = 378 km
  • Florence = 315 km
  • Lucca = 282 km
  • Grosseto = 430 km
  • Pisa = 378 km
  • Livorno – Milan = 300 km
  • Arezzo = 377 km
  • Mass = 241 km
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Milan to Tuscany by train

A clever and very useful way to get around Milan and the main cities of Tuscany is by train.

This particular vehicle allows you to avoid traffic and allows you to move ingeniously, comfortably and quickly.

Furthermore, Milan Central Station is very functional and is the second in Italy for daily passenger and train flows.

FROM MILAN TO FLORENCE BY TRAIN

Milan and Florence are two of the most important and renowned Italian cities. Tourists often choose both, together with Rome, as unmissable stops to visit during their peninsula tour.

Among the many, the best solution to move between the two cities, offered by Italian Railways, consists in the very frequent (about one every hour) and direct train Frecciarossa.

This allows you to cover the itinerary in less then 2 hours and costs 55 euros.

Departure ArrivalLenght Train Price
16:15
Milano
Centrale
18:00
Firenze
S. M. Novella
1h 45′ Frecciarossa 
9551
da  56,00 €
Solution 2



Departure ArrivalLenght Train Price
17:20
Milano
Centrale
19:00
Firenze
S. M. Novella
  1h 40′ Frecciarossa 
9555
da 56,00 €
Solution 3



Departure Arrival Lenght Train Price
17:20
Milano
Centrale
22:10
Firenze
S. M. Novella
  4h 50′ Regionale
Veloce 
2283
da 25,50 €


Change: 1  Train



Regionale 
11635

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FROM MILAN TO SIENA BY TRAIN

The discussion on the connection between Milan and Siena is different.

In fact, the two cities are very distant from each other and not efficiently connected.

All options to make this move involve at least one change (more frequently two).

The possible combinations between Regional, Arrows and Intercity are many and varied, so their prices range from 30 to 80 euros.

Finally, this itinerary usually requires 3h and 30 ‘of travel.

Departure Arrival Lenght Train Price
17:40
Milano
Centrale
23:14
Siena
  5h 34′ Intercity 599 da   46,00 €


Change: 1  Train



Regionale 
11783

Solution 2



Departure Arrival Lenght Train Price
18:05
Milano
Centrale
01:20
Siena
  7h 15′ Intercity 
679
da   47,40 €


Change: 2  Train



Regionale 
11740




Train



Autobus 
FI183

Solution 3



Departure Arrival Lenght Train Price
18:20
Milano
Centrale
21:35
Siena
  3h 15′ Frecciarossa
1000 9559
da   65,50 €


Change: 1  Train



Regionale 
6897

FROM MILAN TO PISA BY TRAIN

Milan has a complex connection also with Pisa.

As in the case of Siena, the two cities are very far apart, but in this case, there is some rare option of direct trains, Intercity or Frecciabianca, many hours away from each other.

The route can last from 3h 15 ‘to more than 5h.

In particular, about every hour there is the Frecciarossa + Regional combination which allows you to travel in the shortest time, but which is the most expensive (around 65 euros).

Instead, if you choose to travel longer, changing more Regional or Intercity, you can pay for this transfer between just 20 and 30 euros.

Departure Arrival Lenght Train Price
17:05
Milano
Centrale
21:38
Pisa
Centrale
  4h 33′ Regionale 
2119
da   23,60 €
Solution 2



Departure Arrival Lenght Train Price
17:20
Milano
Centrale
20:28
Pisa
Centrale
  3h 08′ Frecciarossa 
9555
da   64,70 €


Change: 1 Train



Regionale
Veloce 3149

Solution 3



Departure Arrival Lenght Train Price
18:05
Milano
Centrale
22:17
Pisa
Centrale
  4h 12′ Intercity 679 da   36,50 €
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FROM MILAN TO LUCCA BY TRAIN

Despite Lucca being among the Tuscan provinces closest to the Lombard capital, even between Milan and this city the rail link is difficult, but interesting.

To complete this route, it is better to choose the Frecciarossa + Regional option.

Despite the high price (63 euros), the combination is quite frequent (occurs slightly less than once every hour) and allows you to move between the two cities in just 3 hours.

In this way, it is possible to avoid the inconvenience of the 3 different changes and the 6 hours of travel foreseen by the other alternatives.

Departure Arrival Lenght Train Price
17:05
Milano
Centrale
22:27
Lucca
  5h 22′ Regionale 
2119
da   23,60 €


Change: 1  Train



Regionale 
3097

Solution 2



Departure Arrival Lenght Train Price
17:20
Milano
Centrale
20:29
Lucca
  3h 09′ Frecciarossa 
9555
da   63,90 €


Change: 1  Train



Regionale 
3086

Solution 3



Departure Arrival Lenght Train Price
18:05
Milano
Centrale
22:27
Lucca
  4h 22′ Intercity 679 da   36,60 €


Change: 1  Train



Regionale 
3097

Milan to Tuscany by flight

The plane is certainly a means of transport that rewards safety and speed, but not pockets.

From Milan Malpensa you can quickly reach the 2 Tuscan airports, located in the cities of Florence and Pisa.

Between Milan and the Tuscan capital the connection is offered by Alitalia.

Flights to Florence Peretola are numerous every day (around 4), they include a journey of 50 minutes and cost around 95 euros.

Also with regard to the connection with Pisa, the flight is managed by the Alitalia airline.

In this case, the airway appears very advantageous for those who have little time to devote to the otherwise arduous movement between the two cities.

In fact, the solutions offered by the airline are about 3 per day, the flight takes 55 minutes and the price at which it is possible to buy the ticket is 90 euros.

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Milan to Tuscany by bus

For those who want to save money, for those who love to travel in less conventional ways or for those who don’t want to plan, surely the bus is a profitable solution.

In fact, traveling by bus allows you to travel comfortably seated to destinations otherwise not reachable by train or plane and to enjoy the Tuscan landscape the most.

Secondly, choosing to use the buses allows you to buy the ticket at a very competitive price even at the last moment.

Finally, as anticipated, the tickets have a low price, between 10 and 25 euros.

However, if traffic is found, traveling by bus can turn into a trap.

In fact, the time needed to make the various movements between Milan and the various Tuscan cities are those of the street, which can vary a lot.

Flixbus is the main bus line that allows you to travel by bus in Italy.

In Tuscany, it presents a network of capillary lines and from the bus station of Milan it is possible to reach through direct connections:

  •          Pisa
  •           Viareggio
  •           Prato
  •           Barberino di Mugello
  •           Livorno
  •           Firenze
  •           Cecina
  •           San Vincenzo
  •           Poggibonsi
  •           Follonica
  •           Piombino
  •           Siena
  •           Bettole
  •           Orbetello

Milan to Tuscany by car

A final means of transport to be taken into consideration for moving from Milan to Tuscany is the car.

As in the case of the bus, even moving by car can lead to very variable timing depending on the state of the traffic.

However, the machine allows greater flexibility in the choice of roads and departure times.

The main strength of this means of transport lies in the resulting independence.

In particular, traveling by car in Tuscany can be an opportunity for those who love to plan their own stages independently and want to be able to improvise new ones, guided by personal taste.

In other words, the machine allows you to be captured and captivated by the evocative, most remote and unusual villages, far from the usual tourist destinations.

The cost of this means of transport depends on a multitude of factors.

Among all, it is necessary to take into consideration the petrol, the toll booths and, if necessary, the rental of the vehicle.

Milan to Tuscany: the solutions of the travel agencies

If you prefer to be helped in the organization of the move from Milan to Tuscany and in the planning of the latter’s visit you can rely on travel agencies.

There are many proposals on the web, so it is necessary to get information to find the one that best suits your needs and the aspect of the Tuscan heritage that you prefer to discover.

Most agencies do not exclusively deal with the Milan-Tuscany section, but offer interesting tours of the region and allow you to choose the city you prefer as a starting point. In this case, the move will be made thanks to a private bus provided by the organization.

For example, Miraga travels is a tour operator agency that offers the possibility to choose between 3 different itineraries to visit the beautiful region:

  1. Tour Mugello Ville e Castelli
  2. Weekend in Viareggio to experience the fun and magic of its Carnival
  3. Toscana Antichi Borghi

Instead, Job tour operator organizes 4 days of visit of the only enchanting Florence, with departure from Milan and movement carried out by train Frecciarossa.

Milan to tuscany - road

Where to stay in the heart of Tuscany: the wonder of Volognano

The place in the region where it is certainly the most convenient and interesting to stay is Florence and its surroundings.

In fact, reaching first the Tuscan capital from Milan allows you to spend little and make the trip quickly in this way it will then be possible to have more time to dedicate to the exploration of the amazing region.

Moreover, the Florentine area is advantageous to discover the rest of Tuscany, with which it is well connected, and to move to the nearby enchanting Val D’Elsa, Chianti and Casentinese.

The Castello di Volognano is located just 20 km from Florence. It represents the ideal stay for those who intend to fully enjoy his experience in Tuscany and to get the most out of the heritage it has to offer.

In fact, this privileged location is surrounded by rolling hills, which can be admired from a special panoramic terrace, and conceals elegant rooms furnished with period paintings and furniture, in Renaissance style.

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Capital of Tuscany

Why Florence is the capital and the most visited city of Tuscany

Florence is the capital city of the Italian region of Tuscany. It is the most populous and famous city in the region.

The city is famous for its history, indeed Florence was the centre of Medieval European trade and finance. It is also considered the birthplace of the Renaissance. Florence, form 1865 to 1871, was the capital city of the Italian Kingdom. It was the political, economic and social center of Italy.

Florence attracts many tourists every year and, in 1982, it was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.

It is famous around the world for its culture, art, architecture’s style, monuments, and food!

Florence is one of the top 51 fashion capitals in the world, it is also the national economic and industrial center.

It is a city surrounded by hills, nature, and rivers. Florence is a magical and romantic city where everything is possible.

If you are planning to visit Florence, don’t miss to taste all the traditional dishes: fiorentina beef, cantucci, ribollita and many others.

Tuscany is one of the best Italian region where is possible to taste amazing and incredible wines.

A map of Florence: the capital of Tuscany area

The most important monuments, galleries, and museums are located in the city center of Florence. To visit the city you can walk in the narrow streets and enjoy all the amazing history and architecture that surround this magical town.

Capital of Tuscany: map

A short history of the capital through the centuries

Florence was a small Roman settlement which was destroyed by Lucius Cornelius Sulla in 80 B.C. and then the city was rebuilt from Julio Caesar in 59 B.C. as a settlement for his veteran soldiers and its style was similar to an army camp. This settlement, thanks to its fertile valley with the river and the main route between Rome and the North became an important commercial center. At the beginning, it was called Florentia.

In the 4th century the Roman Empire split into two: East and West. The western Roman Empire, in the 5th century, were overthrew from the Germans, while the Eastern became the Byzantine Empire.

After a century, the Byzantine Empire tried to reconquer the Germanic empire and during their fight the city of Florence changed hands many and many times.

At the end of the 6th century, Florence was captured from the Lombards and in those years there was a long period of peace.

Day by day Florence grew up, and it became larger and richer.

From the 14th to 16th centuries Florence was politically, economically and culturally one of the most important cities, not only in Europe but in the world.

From 1434 to 1737, Florence continued to flourish under the rule of the Medici Family and after that, the city came under the Austrian rule.

In 1865 Florence was so important to become the capital of the Italian Kingdom, but then, in 1871, it was replaced by Rome.

During the Second World War all the bridges in Florence were destroyed, except Ponte Vecchio that it is still possible to visit and admire the view of the city from there.

Today Florence is famous around the world thanks to its art, culture, museums, sculptures and many other things that make the city magic and romantic.

What to see: 3 top monuments

There are too many things to visit in Florence: galleries, monuments, museums and of course restaurants and wineries.

Here you can find out top 3 monuments that absolutely you don’t have to miss when you visit Florence.

1.      The Uffizi Gallery

The Uffizi Gallery is a huge museum with masterpieces, paintings, and sculptures. All of them are displayed in chronological order.

Here are preserved paints made by Giotto and Cimabue, who left works with a gothic style. You can have a walk through history and Renaissance art. You will enjoy all the masterpieces made by Paolo Uccello, Masaccio, Piero della Francesca, Federico da Montefeltro, Botticelli, Michelangelo, Raffaello, Vasari and Leonardo Da Vinci.

Every single paint preserved in this museum will be breathtaking. When you visit the gallery take your time, walk slowly and enjoy one of the most famous and impressive museums of the world.

Capital of Tuscany: Uffizi Gallery

2.      The Duomo

The Duomo or Cathedral was built during the Renaissance period. It was designed by Filippo Brunelleschi and it has a Gothic style.

The cathedral was begun at the end of the 13th century and the dome part was added in the 15th century.

The exterior part of the cathedral is covered with pink, white and green marble. Inside the church, the most attractive part is the floor. It looks like a big mosaic carpet.

Another important part is the clock, it was designed in 1443 by Paolo Uccello and it still works.

Once you are inside the Duomo you should pay attention to all the frescos that decorate the church.

Capital of Tuscany: Duomo

3.      Ponte Vecchio

Ponte Vecchio, the old bridge is one of the most photographed bridges in Florence. It the past centuries it was considered the Vasari Corridor. It was a secret way that links Palazzo Vecchio to Pitti Palace.

Since the 13th century, on this bridge, there were many kinds of shops. In 1953 Ferdinand I decided that only jewelers be allowed to open their shops on the bridge.

At night the bridge becomes a romantic place where to have a walk and enjoy the view of Florence.

Capital of Tuscany: Ponte Vecchio

A perfect accommodation to visit the city and the area

A perfect accommodation to visit Florence is the Volognano Castel. The Castel is located into the Tuscan countryside, far from the crowd city center, and at the same time, near the main city of the region: Florence.

You can have the chance to stay in the heart of Chianti, leave close to the acres of vineyards and olive groves.

You will also, have the opportunity to taste traditional Tuscany dishes and take part in a wine tour.

Come to discover one of the most beautiful regions in Italy.

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