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Florence, Italy: A Masterpiece of Wine and Art

Florence, Italy, is a museum of a city with centuries of history, spectacular architecture and an abundance of priceless art masterpieces. The works of Leonardo da Vinci and Michelangelo define the city and set an environment of elegance. The lush, pastoral Tuscan countryside is a pleasure to explore by car, train or bicycle. You’ll enjoy amenities such as air conditioning, internet access and a washing machine in your vacation house, apartment or villa.

Museums, Art and Churches

The sightseeing options for art, architecture and museums are a primary reason for visiting the Florence area. The Uffizi Gallery is a magnificent destination with an awe-inspiring collection of art by masters such as Titian, da Vinci, Michelangelo, Raphael and Rembrandt. The Galleria dell'Accademia is home to Michelangelo's wildly famous sculpture known as the David. This iconic white marble statue was created between 1501 and 1504, and it is a symbol of beauty and strength that is known worldwide.

Churches

Churches and cathedrals are a destination throughout the Florence area and the Italian countryside for their glorious, historic architecture. The Duomo is the famous cathedral with the large red cupola in the heart of Florence. As the center icon that defines the city, it is always easy to locate the Duomo and find your way through the city using its beautiful dome as a guide. Many churches charge admission to tourists and have conservative dress code requirements to enter these religious places of worship. Santa Croce is another famous church, which contains the remains of the artist Michelangelo and astronomer Galileo Galilei.

Tuscany

The Florence area is surrounded by the region of Tuscany, and the gorgeous countryside features small villages and fields of grapes with vintners making wine at some of the finest wineries in the world. This charming area is associated with romance, and it is a charming tourist destination to explore at your leisure. Chianti wine is from Tuscany, and the Chianti region offers wineries, lush green hills and an Italian countryside experience. Chianti is just a 30-minute drive from Florence and is a wonderful area for a relaxing visit to Italy.

Fine Cuisine

Italy is known for its cultural cuisine, which is enjoyed worldwide. Pasta, seafood, bread and wine are on every table in Italy. Every street corner in the cities and villages has a trattoria with wonderful local foods. You’ll also find pizza and icy gelato at sidewalk food carts. Good food is ubiquitous in Italy, and you will enjoy many memorable meals during your time in the Florence area.

Olives

Italy is home to many olive groves that can be seen throughout Tuscany and the Florence area. Olives are an important part of Italian cuisine, and Italy is one of the world’s top producers and exporters of olive oil. These distinctive trees with narrow, silvery leaves are a beautiful complement to the rows of grapevines across the Tuscan landscape.

Weather

A four-season climate defines Florence, with hot, steamy summers and cold winters that can occasionally bring snow and ice. The best times to visit are generally during the spring and fall, although Florence is beautiful any time of the year. Preparing for both the possibility of heat and rain is wise to ensure that you have comfortable clothing during your stay.

How to Get There

Florence is home to an airport, with two more airports in Pisa and Bologna offering additional options for air travel. Shuttles bring passengers from the airports to the city, with a public bus system serving the urban streets. Train travel is easily available throughout Europe and is an excellent mode of transportation in Italy. A private or rental car will allow you to explore the countryside at your own pace if you are prepared to drive on the right side of the road.

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