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Florence City Guide

Nestled in the heart of the country, Florence is known to be the capital of the Tuscany region, and m is one of the most populated and wealthiest cities in the area. Declared to be a world heritage site in 1982 by UNESCO, the city attracts a lot of tourists every year due to its renaissance art and architecture. If you want to witness Italy at its best, make sure to visit this city for a timeless experience. 

Lake Florence       |        Image by Michelle Maria from Pixabay 
 

The city was seen to be the centre for medieval European trade and finance. Dating back to 1861 which marked the arrival of ‘Kingdom of Italy’ the city has expanded its wing of history throughout the world and is known for the rich history that it possesses. Due to the huge number of famous artists renowned for their art throughout the world, Florence is home to numerous museums and art galleries such as Uffizi Gallery, Palazzo Pitti. The city has impeccable art forms and numerous appreciable work in the architectural field, Florence has been declared to be one of the most alluring cities in the world by Forbes. 

 

Streets of Florence       |        Image by Michelle Maria from Pixabay 

If you’re a food lover, you just can’t get enough of the city as it will never disappoint you. Holding its head Hugh when it comes to the local dishes, the Italians culinary is irresistible and irreplaceable. Known to be surrounded with hills, wine lovers can satisfy their taste buds with the best and the oldest wine, this gourmet paradise will secure a place like none other. Some of the most famous dishes to have in the city are ribollita and panino. 

Best Time To Visit Florence 

If you are looking to witness the raw beauty of the magnificent city at its best, book your tickets between March and April when the soft sun rays fill your body with life while the cool breeze soothes your skin with its touch. Visiting the alluring city during September and October would be budget-friendly as the city does not face the tourist rush and most of the things such as accommodation, dining and adventure events are usually cheap. Avoid visiting during July and August which is seen to be the hottest months of the year.

 

Florence Taxi Transfers

Florence has a well maintained transport service, the compact city has been developed and now displays a broad array of options to all its visitors. Exploring Florence on foot is still the most opted option for all those who want to dive into the beauty of the city and explore every bit of it without spending on transportation at all. Fitness freaks can consider renting a bike and roaming around the city in the blink of an eye. Transfer service in Florence would include roaming around the city with the help of Busses, Trams, Bikes and private car hire. 

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Bus

Busses are used by the foreigners as well as the local crowd for roaming around the city. You can see either orange or purple, white coloured buses dominating the streets of Florence, a single ticket is valid for 90 minutes in total and can be bought from the vending machine or from the bus driver himself. One major drawback that travelling through these busses can cause is eating a lot of your time from schedule, diverted routes can often take more time than mentioned, leading to frustration. On the plus side, the tickets are only for 1.20 EUR which means you can go butter smooth on your wallet and squander around the city. 

 

Tram, Florence       |        Image by philip.mallis from flickr 
 

Trams are the best option if you want to travel like a backpacker and want to save time as well. There’s only one tram line, T1 which has approximately 14 stops in a way, connecting one part of the city to the entirely another part in a go. Trams are not only frequent and reliable but they are also the best way to reach Scandicci. A single ticket would cost the same as the bus only that it would save you from all the traffic. 

Taxi

Taxis are nothing less than paradise for all those who seek comfort. Imagine roaming around in your own way, beating the traffic and driving around in comfort with your private car hire in Florence. Rydeu provides the best Taxi service in Florence, so what are you waiting for? Select your favourite vehicle before someone else does. 

Florence Airport Transfers and Taxis

Florence airport transfers to the city centre can be done in various ways, Florence Peretola Airport is rather a small one in comparison to the flashier airports in the country. Hosting numerous domestic as well as international flights to bless the visitors with the scenic view of Florence city, there are only two ways to reach the heart of the city, one of it is bus and the other one is private transfers. 

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Bus

If you are planning to visit the city centre from the airport with the help of a bus, Volainbus bus service is the best option at the moment. The passengers can consider taking the busses from the station at the airport which will drop them off at the Santa Maria Novella train station. The busses run at an interval of 30 minutes and there’s no option for night service if you are landing into this alluring city past the sunlight. A single ticket can be bought at a price as cheap as 6 EUR and the journey lasts for approximately 24 minutes. Children below the age of 3 hold the liberty to travel for free, however, the fares are usually high due to the lack of options present to leave you at the city centre. 

The bus station is situated on the right side of the arrival hall, as soon as you exit from the airport. The passengers can choose to buy the tickets either directly from the bus driver or from the Giunti’s Bookstore. 

Unlike bus services, the travellers can enjoy the Florence airport private transfers even after the sun sets. The journey takes approximately 20-25 minutes and is available in a wide array of options, from luxurious business class travels to budget-friendly journeys for backpackers and solo travellers, we have it all. Book Florence airport transfers with Rydeu for a reminiscing and a relaxed trip.

While visiting Florence, we advise you to take a long getaway as it’s impossible to soak up everything that the magnificent city has to offer. From a bunch of churches lingering around the city, glorifying its image in world history or its small but eye-catching sights such as Ponte Vecchio and Brunelleschi's Dome. Although the list is never ending and no matter how much you think you have explored the city, it will come out and shock you with one more ecstatic place, top 5 places to explore in Florence according to Rydeu is listed below. 

Battistero di San Giovanni
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Battistero di San Giovanni


This 12th century magical baptistery is nothing less than a consummate price of an art from inside out. From the marble facades to the mosaics present in the inside of this Baptistery, everything is crafted so finely that it will blow your mind away. The bronze panels on the doors of the architecture was created by none other than Ghiberti and it is seen to be the finest Bronze work in the history of the world, which is why the gates are also referred to as ‘The gates of Paradise’.

 

Piazza Duomo
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Piazza Duomo and Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore. 

If you want to explore the greatest architectural, cultural as well as the historical pride of Italy without having to stroll around the city too much, this is the place that you need to visit. You can start your day out by visiting the beautiful Baptistery, then visit the alluring bell tower, the gigantic cathedral and its surprising museums. Roaming around these renowned places might make you witness the famous arts by some of our all time favourite artists such as Giotto, Michelangelo, Ghiberti and Brunelleschi. To admire the fine marble exteriors, start to walk around the square. The stainless glass work is to be observed keenly when you are done with the exterior beauty and ready to explore the interiors of the place. 

 

 

 

 

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