Florence (Firenze), Tuscany, Italy
Destination creator (Voyajo Team)
Located in the province of Tuscany in central Italy, Florence is a widely popular city with domestic and international tourists alike. Close to two million tourists a year plan a trip to Florence, many taking in the city as a part of a wider Tuscan tour. Some arrive at Florence Airport, just outside the city, but due to its size, it’s more common for international visitors to land at one of Italy’s larger airports – including Galileo Galilei International Airport in Pisa, which is about 50 miles from Florence – and travel by road to the city.
Once in the city, visitors can marvel at the magnificent buildings and architecture on display, before indulging in something Florence does very well: art. Many consider Florence to be the World’s Art Capital, and you’ll find plenty of venues that support these claims. Dating back to 1581, the Uffizi is one of the oldest art galleries in the world. It’s also the city’s most popular destinations, thanks to its collection of iconic paintings and sculptures, which include Botticelli’s Venus.
Other popular art attractions that make their way on to many Florence trip plans include the National Museum of the Bargello, Pitti Palace, and the Accademia. Another of the city’s most favored landmarks is the Basilica of San Lorenzo, which as well as containing a number of sculptures by Michelangelo, also features a number of architectural elements designed by the Renaissance artist.
San Lorenzo is just one of the city’s popular religious landmarks, alongside the likes of Santa Croce and Santa Maria Novella. Such structures are a part of Florence’s historical center, which is considered a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Once you’ve had your fill of art and architecture, take a stroll along the Arno River or enjoy one of Florence’s many restaurants and cafés. Those staying in the Tuscan city for a few days might want to consider a trip a little further afield; the famed Leaning Tower of Pisa makes for an enjoyable day trip.
4th October 2012
Arrive in Florence @ 0800hrs for the day.
Return to the ship before 1900hrs.