Florence is a capital of Tuscany region of Italy with a population of around 382 000 inhabitants. The city is famous for its history. It used to be a center of medieval European trade and finance and one of the wealthiest cities of that time. Florence is considered the birthplace of the Renaissance due to most beautifully preserved artistic treasures and architectural masterpieces of the past. Ancient streets are lined with elegant boutiques, amazing parks and street-side cafes where you can catch breathtaking views.
Florence is set in a valley on the banks of the Arno River surrounded by olive groves and vineyards. This is one of the best-known and best-loved cities of the world due to its amazing buildings, galleries filled with masterpieces and ancient churches. Historical part of the city is mostly contained in a small area, so many of the places to visit can be reached easily on foot. Florence’s sights attract millions of tourists each year.
Tourism is the most important of all industries in Florence. From April to October tourists flock to the Uffizi and Academia museums, the tickets for attending which are regularly sold out. Florence is believed to have the greatest concentration of art in the world (in proportion to its size). Cultural tourism is particularly strong in the city and Uffizi sell over 1.6 million tickets a year. The convention center facilities in Florence was restructured during the 1990s in order to host exhibitions, conferences, meetings, social forums, concerts and other events throughout the year.
Apart from cultural tourism, Florence is also the most important city in Tuscany region of Italy which is one of the best wine regions in the world. The area produces its amazing Chianti Classico wines made from Sangiovese grapes as well as more recently developed Supertuscan blends.
Location: Tuscany region
Nearby sights: Piazzale Michelangelo, Duomo – Cattedrale di Santa Maria del Fiore, Piazza della Signoria
How to get there: Take VolaInBus to the city centre
Nearby hotels: Portrait Firenze, Grand Amore Hotel and Spa, Hotel David