Florence is a city rich in countless artistic beauties. Just considering the historical centre alone, churches, museums, galleries and palaces, each one a fine example of a definite architectural style, can be admired.
The following are some of the monuments to be seen in the historical heart of the city: the Cathedral, Santa Maria Novella, the Medici's Chapels, the Academy, Santa Croce, Palazzo Vecchio (the Old Town Hall), the Uffizi Museum, the Old Bridge, 'Pitti' Palace and the imposing Boboli Gardens, a classical example of ‘Italian-style garden’.
On the outskirts of Florence there are further examples of Tuscany's beauty, with Fiesole's stylish hills or the countryside covered in vineyards and olive trees, where farmers grow local produce sold in various markets in Florence and the outskirts.
Only 5 kilometres from Florence the Certosa, an old convent founded in 1340, made up of various chapels, cloisters and large halls still containing old paintings dated from that century can be visited.
Florence keeps its old traditions even in the most modern of fields, such as fashion; young people from all over the world come to Florence to study the techniques for processing leather or the High-fashion creations of world-wide known stylists.
For antique's lovers:
- the market in Ciompi square every Friday, Saturday and Sunday
- the market at the "Cascine" on Tuesdays.
How to reach Florence
- by car (A11 Highway). There are various car parks in the outskirts of the city.In the centre it's quite easy to get around on foot or by bus.
- by train (Santa Maria Novella train station is right in the heart of the city).
- by bus (the "APT" (Local Tourist Office) in Marina di Massa will be able to give you all the information you might require).