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Florence, Italy, is a vacation destination for many because of the many interesting things to see and do. Rental apartments, villas, and houses are a great choice for your next trip to the Tuscany region. These properties have many great amenities and perks such as air conditioning, internet access, cable television, and non-smoking facilities.
Florence is known for its many art galleries and its superb art collections. One cannot possibly see all of the museums on one trip, but a few stand out above the others and should be seen. Housed in a former jail, the Bargello Museum is known for its incredible sculptures. It includes some Michelangelo sculptures that are not well known and many other pieces from the Renaissance era. Sculptures from other eras are also in this lesser-known museum that sees smaller crowds than most. On the other hand, those who prefer to view paintings will enjoy the Uffizi Gallery, which contains many world-class Italian paintings. One room, for example, contains only Botticelli paintings and other rooms feature other artists. Plan ahead when vesting any art galleries because many have long lines to get in. You can often purchase tickets ahead of time to avoid the lines.
Shopping in the leather markets of Florence is not to be missed, even if you are not generally a shopper. The leather goods are incredible works of art made by local artisans. There are several outdoor leather markets all within walking distance of each other. In addition, while you are shopping, you are sure to need a snack. The gelato in Florence is something that should not be missed. In fact, you should probably partake in this traditional Italian dessert several times during your visit to Italy. You will not be disappointed by the gelato quality and flavor choices if you visit the Florence Gelateria, but there are many other shops offering similar fare.
The Cattedrale di Santa Maria del Fiore (known simply as the Duomo) is the religious center of Florence. Located in the Piazza del Duomo, this church is recognizable by its large dome and red tiled cupola. Climbing to the top of the dome, via stairs, enables visitors to get an amazing view of the city. The Basilica di Santa Croce is similar to the Duomo in its Gothic style. It has a great deal more artwork inside, however, including gorgeous frescoes by Giotto. In addition, many famous Italians are buried at the Basilica di Santa Croce, including Michelangelo, Machiavelli, and Galileo.
The weather in Florence varies by season. Winters encompass the months of December, January, and February when high temperatures are in the 30s. Spring comes by March with the blooming of the azaleas and temperatures in the 60s and 70s. Summertime temperatures can be quite hot and very humid with high temperatures in the upper 80s in July, August and September. Additionally, late August and September tend to be quite rainy. October is more moderate with pleasant temperatures in the 60s and little rain. March and October are among the best times to visit Florence for pleasant weather.
Florence is connected to the rest of Italy and Europe via motorways for passenger cars and buses. In addition, Florence is on the line of the Italian Railway Network. This rail line connects Florence to many other cities and, by high speed rail, makes Florence only a little over an hour from Rome. Those who fly into Florence can use its Vespucci Airport. Rental cars can be obtained at the airport for travel around the city. Via any mode of transportation, you will be glad to visit Florence.