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Where the renaissance cradles david

Where the renaissance cradles david

Florence – “Firenze” in Italian - is a city with such a vast history that you’d expect it to be Texas-sized in area when it fact, it’s comfortably compact. The city’s most famous attractions are all within easy walking distance from the centrally located main train station, Santa Maria del Novella, named for the gothic church right across the piazza.

Hungry from your journey? You’re just steps away from fresh Tuscan food. From the piazza, turn left and walk 2 or 3 blocks to check out the Mercato Centrale. Delicate, handmade pastas, handpicked fruits and vegetables and more will have you wishing your hotel room had a kitchen.

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A few blocks northeast of the market, in the lively San Marco neighborhood, is the Accademia Gallery, home to the original Davidby Michelangelo. Nothing, and we mean nothing can prepare you for the omnipotent power this sculpture will have one you. Bring a tissue.

The art and beauty of Florence is around every narrow street and public square. You can’t help by be overpowered by the sheer magnitude. Like when you stumble upon the imposing Duomo by Brunelleschi. Stop and see the details, like the famed gilded doors by Ghirbreti that took over 20 years to complete.

For more gilded treasures, continue to the Ponte Vecchio where centuries-old storefronts glitter with gold. Even when a store is shut, the doors themselves glitter too. With golden trinkets in hand, you’ll need to carry them home in something stylish. Lorenzo Street alongside the Basilica San Lorenzo is home to an outdoor market, where stalls sell soft, sumptuous leather goods. And while you may be tempted to save your money for Ferragamo or Gucci, you’ll definitely get quality leather items here for a fraction of a designer bag.

Continue south from the Basilica towards the Arno River. On the river bank, spanning a couple of city blocks, is the Uffizi Gallery. Known the world over for its works by Leonardo daVinci, Botticelli, Giotto, Correggio, Michelangelo, the building itself is a de Medici marvel. It’s also conveniently located between two of the family’s palaces – the Palazzo Vecchio and the Palazzo Pitti.

As anywhere in Italy, don’t miss sampling the regional dishes, paired with a Tuscan wine at one of the city’s many enotecas. Savor gelato and dolce in between sightseeing. For the evening, pick an elegant restaurant in the Oltrarno area or someplace more lively off the Piazza del Repubblica.

Florence is really center boot To the north, Venice in two hours. Rome? About 90 minutes south, both on Le Frecce. And fashion capital Milan? Just one hour, 45 minutes. For a ride with a slower pace, take the train through the cypress trees of Tuscany. Visit Sienna and its beautiful square. Pisa’s Leaning Tower in just an hour. Toward the coastline, the Cinque Terre beckons with rugged, seaside beauty.

This is your renaissance. A chance to travel, eat and live like a local. What could be more bellissima?

The food in Florence is fresh and locally produced. Antipasto plates (before the meal) are the highlights, especially when served with a good Chianti (red Italian wine), and of course, pizza is served up in abundance as well.

Head towards Piazza Santo Spirito, where you can soak up the lively atmosphere of this corner of the city. The neighbourhood is packed with craft trades, and has a very authentic feel to it.

Florence Tourist Office
Via Alessandro Manzoni, 16 Florence
+39 055 23320

The city’s tourist office has a helpful personnel, insider information and tips as well as handy maps and brochures. The city’s tourist office also arranges tours and excursions and is a focal point for local accommodation.

Florence station(s)

Trains are convenient way to reach any town and city in Europe. All main towns have a railway station, while major cities have more than two railway stations. Nearly all railway stations are located in the city centre. Check our map to locate railway station(s) in Florence.

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    Florence to Venice | Helen g. | 2015/11/01
    "It is easy to buy tickets from the kiosks.. Trip was smooth and easy. Bathroom was clean. "

  • Great way to travel in Europe | Mew Yong t. | 2015/10/14
    "Comfortable seats, clean toilet and a great way to travel in Europe. Scenic view along the way, which made travelling enjoyable. Information is displayed at strategic spots so you can track your journey. Announcement is made at each station so you wont miss your destination. "

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    Train travel at its best | Robin c. | 2015/10/02
    "Train was on time. We easily found our booked seats which were very comfortable. The train was smart, clean, fast and absolutely punctual. On a month long holiday across 4 countries, this train trip was the best financial value of all our transport costs. "

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    Good buy | Jean Jia Yi y. | 2015/09/30
    "Recommend to book early for a comfortable ride "

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    Pleasant journey  | Attila Gyula k. | 2015/09/17
    "Clean, nice and comfortable train and seats "

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    Firenze to Venezia in two hour | Jan r. | 2015/09/16
    "There is no better way to get to Venezia from Firenze than the train. Only a few stops and very quick. Seats in business are spacious and comfortable and don't believe what you read about baggage size. There is plenty of baggage storage overhead and oversized bags slide conveniently between the seats so you don't even have to lift the heavy ones "

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    Fast and efficient | Katharine p. | 2015/09/05
    "I found the train trip to be well priced, fast and efficient. I particularly liked the service of a drink and biscuit! "

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    .VENEZIA S. LUCIA - ROMA TERMI | Roy c. | 2015/09/04
    "Limited choices/supply in food coach. "

  • Convenience | . | 2015/08/24
    "Excelent ! on time and extra comfortable value for money and time "

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    No address for train | Ege e. | 2015/08/20
    "It was very hard to find our train, since there was not a train that directly went to Firenze and there were two trains at 16.35. We tried to find the one which passes from Firenze and ended up in the wrong train. So in conclusion : There should me more information on the ticket ... Like the platform, or the terminal station... etc. However, an officer kindly changed our tickets and we had a very comfortable (and lucky) journey. "

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