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Florence

Those who come to Italy for at least a week or two cannot miss a visit to this city that houses art treasures that are among the most important in the world.

There are many things to see in Florence so I can give you details on how to make this excursion and see the most important things, and above all not waste time in endless queues or looking for parking.

First of all I suggest you take the train to find yourself comfortably in the city center and walk around, because it’s wonderful to even just walking through the streets of central Florence.

I suggest you get up at dawn and drive to the station of Faenza (about 35 min from the B&B the Artist’s Villa), where you can park for free. From there you can take the small train that crosses the woods of the Apennines and in 1 hour and 40 minutes takes you to the central station of Santa Maria Novella for just 9 Euros!

From here you can start the walking tour of the city that will touch the Church of Santa Maria Novella, the Duomo (Santa Maria del Fiore with the dome of Brunelleschi, Giotto’s bell tower, and the Baptistery with the bronze portal of Ghiberti), via dei Calzaiuoli, Piazza della Signoria housing Palazzo Vecchio, the Loggia dei Lanzi, and the Fountain of Neptune.

On the side of the square is the Uffizi Gallery. If you would like to pay a visit to the museums (in particular the Uffizi Gallery and/or the Accademia Gallery), I recommend you book in advance online.

At a short distance you can then reach the Lungarno and Ponte Vecchio with its ancient Goldsmith shops and from there the Oltrarno with Palazzo Pitti and the Boboli Gardens, where you can relax among statues, fountains, and ponds.

If you want to enjoy a suggestive view of the center of Florence you can take a bus and reach the nearby Piazzale Michelangelo and the Abbey of San Miniato al Monte.

On the way back I suggest you stop at the Church of Santa Croce and, if you want to see the real statue of David and other incredible sculptures by Michelangelo, visit the Accademia Gallery.

A bit tiring as an excursion perhaps, but it’s worth it. Florence and its treasures are waiting for you!