Florence, small and immense and at the same time, is an open air museum grown more beautiful over the centuries; a treasure chest enclosed by ancient walls that safeguard grandiose masterworks of art and architecture so close that you can almost touch them.
From its magnificent position, the city sits at the feet of the Appennine Mountains in a valley that opens into the Arno Plain. Its buildings and monuments tell stories of art, war and life. Its streets, today crowded with tourists, are the same ones through which Michelangelo, Dante , Leonardo da Vinci, and many other of the most illustrious minds of all time, threaded their way.
Florence is a city rich in places to discover but its dimensions are actually quite small. Florence is nearly always very busy, and in the summer months it is very hot and humid. My advice is to take things slowly, and not try to do too much. That way it will be much more enjoyable than racing around trying to see everything in just a few hours.
If time is short, plan ahead your excursion: 3 or 4 hours can be enough to give you an idea about city’s marvels: all you need to know is that the places most visited are concentrated around the area between the station, Santa Croce and the Arno river.
Museum lovers should know that:
It’s absolutely indispensable to remember that nearly all the museums in Florence, as in the rest of Italy, are CLOSED ON MONDAYS! Visiting hours are often quite different and The lines to get in are as endless as the ones for the Galleria dell’Accademia, which contains Michelangelo’s David or Uffizi Gallery : it is very much worth the extra few euros to book an entry ticket in advance if you want to avoid standing long hours in line
All of Florence’s state museums are managed by the same association. It’s possible to reserve your tickets online at : http://www.florence-museum.com/