Things to Do in Florence, Italy

Things to Do in Florence, Italy from North Carolina Lifestyle Blogger Adventures of Frugal Mom

One of the places I have always wanted to visit is Italy. This country is rich in history and culture. One of the cities on my must-see list is Florence. Did you knot that Florence is the capital of Italy’s Tuscany area and stands alongside the scenic banks of the Arno River, close to the Tyrrhenian and Adriatic Seas? Bustling with local industry, which includes arts and crafts, commerce and tourism; Florence is a particular historical location, steeped in heritage. And I love things that have a story behind because to me when there is a story behind something; it just makes it a 100xs better. 

How to Travel while in Florence

The Florence area features a well-structured public transport network, comprising of main railway lines, orange ATAF buses and local taxis that congregate at various taxi ranks and around the piazzas. Plus you can always find a cheap and grand taxi from the Florence airport.  Renting a car is one of the most popular ways to travel around the Tuscany area, and the A1 Motorway connects Florence to many major Italian cities, such as Bologna, Milan, Naples, and Rome. Also, the A11 Motorway links Florence to Lucca, Pisa and some coastal resorts.

What Businesses to Visit in Florence

With a thriving commercial city center and many businesses supporting the services and financial sector, Florence is a wealthy city. Nowadays, with tourism being an equally important industry in the town, many local crafts boost the economy, such as jewelry, leatherwork, and ceramics, together with hotels. Florence contains some notable, medium-sized companies, including engineering firms, publishing, and textile businesses. I don’t know about you, but I love visiting local businesses and supporting them. 

Where to Stay in Florence

Hotels in Florence are often fairly expensive throughout the year, and many are centrally located, although some popular cheaper alternatives are available. Accommodation during the peak season quickly becomes fully booked in the most popular hotels, and it can be advisable to book at least two weeks ahead, or if it is your dream vacation even earlier. If you decide to rent a car, ensure that the hotel has a car parking space available before booking. Hotels can be found all around the city center, in the green Viale dei Colli area, close to the Santa MAria Novella train station, alongside the Arno River and on the city outskirts.

What to See in Florence

Tourism in the Florence area is essential, and thousands of people choose to visit this part of Tuscany each year, to enjoy the scenic views, historic buildings, stunning architecture and famous works of art. Must-see attractions in Florence include some magnificent palaces, such as the Palazzo Vecchio, Palazzo Medici-Riccardi and Palazzo Strozzi. Other attractions include the Piazza del Signoria, the Teatro Comunale (theatre), the arched Ponte Vecchio bridge, the famous Campanile di Giotto and the world-famous Duomo / Santa MAria del Fiore also known as the ‘Cathedral of Florence.’

Top museums in Florence contain many important art exhibitions and outstanding exhibits. Worth a visit are the National Archeological Museum, the Uffizi Gallery and the Academy Gallery, amongst many others. Also, the Chianti area, which is situated between the city of Florence and nearby Siena, features one of Italy’s most stunning countryside landscapes and is also home to some famous vineyards.

So to say that Florence, Italy is on my must-see bucket list is an understatement. I can’t wait to go on my dream vacation there one day. 

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