Florence

Churches in Florence to Put on your Must-See List

The visit to Florence is a must for anyone travelling to Italy. It is the capital of the Tuscany region and it was the cradle of the Renaissance in the second half of the 14th century. It was also the capital of the Kingdom of Italy at the end of the 19th century and the seat of the first national parliament. Its population is of about 400,000 inhabitants and it is one of the most popular destinations for the tourists who decide to visit Italy. Today, its historical city centre is a World Heritage Site by UNESCO and the place where some of the most important art museums can be found in Italy. It is the case of the Ufizzi Gallery, which holds paintings by Leonardo Da Vinci (‘Adoration of the Magi’), Sandro Botticelli (‘The Birth of Venus’) or Titian (‘Venus of Urbino’); the Gallery of the Academy, which holds the famous ‘David’ by Michelangelo as well as many palaces supported by the Medici dynasty. They were a rich family that ruled the city for more than three centuries and that were the greatest instigators of art during the Renaissance. Discover the magic in Florence’s streets and squares while you are accommodated in Villa Dievole, located 60 Km away from town. From there, you can travel to Florence and let yourself be amazed by its Gothic cathedral – one of the biggest churches of Christianity. The name of the temple is Saint Mary of the Flowers, although it is most known as the ‘Duomo’. It is easily recognised by its dome, which is 114 metres high and was built by Filippo Brunelleschi and also by its tower – the Campanile – which is 84 metres high. The other characteristic image of Florence is the Ponte Vecchio over the River Arno, a stone bridge with hanging houses where butchers and slaughtermen lived in the 15th and 16th centuries. Those places are now occupied by jewellers and goldsmiths. The Piazza della Signoria is also a place of pilgrimage for tourists visiting Florence. It is one of the most cheerful spots in town and where some of the most famous constructions in Florence can be found: the Palazzo Vecchio with its own copy of the ‘David’ by Michelangelo at the entrance, the Fountain of Neptune or the Tribunal of Merchandise. You can find tips and clues by the hand of Bodega Dievole so as not to miss anything in one of the most beautiful Italian cities, which is also the capital city of Tuscany and the border of the rich wine region of Chianti. You will know what to visit, where to be accommodated and, of course, where to taste the savoury Tuscan gastronomy accompanied by the famous Chianti wines.

Santa Croce - Churches in Florence

Churches in Florence to Put on your Must-See List

  There are so many churches in Florence, it’s hard to know which ones to visit! Here’s a mix of famous basilicas and more intimate churches we recommend for your next visit, with a bit of history and photos to tempt you. Churches in Florence: the most famous ones Santa Croce Several years ago, I […]
February 7, 2019
Il Duomo in Florence

12 Essential Points of Interest to Visit in Florence

Florence is full of must-see churches and museums; let’s look at the top Florence points of interest together to plan a great holiday in the Tuscan capital. Florence is one of the most famous Italian cities, recognized for its rich architecture and artistic legacy. It is the capital of the region of Tuscany in Italy, and was declared a UNESCO World Heritage […]
January 8, 2019

Winter in Tuscany: a wondrous region this time of year

Tuscany is graced with four proper seasons – a long spring, a hot summer, a welcome autumn and finally wintertime – a magical affair enjoyed very much by locals. As tour groups depart its cities, there is a serene glow over the region and especially over its cities. Galleries are not busy and some are […]
December 13, 2018
Offal in Tuscany: Not as awful as you think

Offal in Tuscany: Not as awful as you think

Do you think offal is awful? Tuscany has a long tradition of using these sometimes discarded animal parts in dishes you actually might find delicious! The offal has its origin in the San Lorenzo market, in the heart of Florence’s city center. There are butchers, greengrocers, bakers, fish sellers and tripe retailers. Here you can […]
November 9, 2018

Florence Museum News: New Additions for Italy Lovers!

If you love art and Italy, chances are you’ve made more than one trip to Florence. Maybe you’ve seen the most important museums and so think you’ve seen it all? But the museum and exhibition scene in Florence is constantly changing: we’ve collected Florence Museum news, openings & renovations you’ll want to check out. Florence […]
September 20, 2018

Visit Florence in 36 hours: tips from a super blogger

Exploring a city as small as Florence in 36 hours might seem like a total no-brainer but despite its small stature, there are plenty of treasures to discover in the capital of the Renaissance. Once you’re done spending a few nights in the Tuscan wine country, tasting wine and visiting charming hill-top villages, take at […]
August 28, 2018

When to Go to Florence: Average Weather Temperatures by Month

It might come as a surprise to many but the weather in Florence, Italy can vary quite wildly from month to month, especially during these past eleven years that I have called this place home. It might not be as temperate as other locations but do to its unique topography (a Renaissance city set in […]
March 6, 2018

13 Original Things to do in Tuscany

If Tuscany is on your wish list of places to see, it’s time to start planning! Between special events, new museums and the beauties Tuscany offers year round, fitting everything in requires more time than a vacation offers. To help you out, we’ve scoured the web for the best and coolest things to do in Tuscany […]
February 12, 2018

8 Florence Art experiences for 2018

Since producing the likes of Donatello, Brunelleschi and the oh-so famous Michelangelo, Florence’s art world has moved beyond Gothic spires and muscular marble men. At first glance, the city might seem cemented in its grandiose Renaissance past, but hidden behind palazzi and loggias you’ll find a world of Florence art experiences – spots and spectacles […]
January 9, 2018
Artisan Workshops in Florence

Artisan workshops in Florence you will love

Long before Florence became the birthplace of Renaissance grandeur, the city was thriving thanks to centuries of rich artisanal production. Florence and its products have since transformed – but these age-old crafts are here to stay. Wandering through Florence’s narrow streets you’ll find both traditional artisans and modern innovators coloring the city’s developing urban fabric. […]
December 26, 2017