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Cradle of the Renaissance and of tourist masses that flock here to feast on world-class art, Florence is magnetic, romantic and busy.

Cradle of the Renaissance and of tourist masses that flock here to feast on world-class art, Florence  is magnetic, romantic and busy. 

Population: 370.092

Florence's museums, palaces, and churches house some of the greatest artistic treasures in the world. The most popular and important sites in Florence include the Cathedral, the Baptistery, the Uffizi, the Bargello, and the Accademia.

The churches of Santa Maria Novella and Santa Croce are veritable art galleries, and the library of San Lorenzo is a magnificent exhibition of Michelangelo's architectural genius.

Wander some of the oldest streets in the city until you reach the Arno River, cross the Ponte Vecchio, and experience the "newest" area of Florence, the Oltrarno. Be sure to set aside time to see the vast and varied art collection housed in the Pitti Palace.

Its urban fabric has hardly changed since the Renaissance, its narrow streets evoke a thousand tales, and its food and wine are so wonderful the tag 'Fiorentina' has become an international label of quality assurance.

Source: http://www.visitflorence.com/

Weather in Florence is generally pretty. The warmest months are generally July and August with an average temperature of 25°C (77°F) , while June and September are both nice with warm weather without it being too hot.

The coldest months are December and January at 6°C (43°F) , with January being a bit cooler. The wettest month is November on average but October, December, March and April also generally have a good amount of rain.  The best month to swim in the sea is in August when the average sea temperature is 24°C (75°F).

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Public transportation in Florence is widely used. City buses (orange buses, but the newer models are a deep purple and white color) are run by ATAF and LI-NEA. Ordinary (a single use 90 minute ticket) and multiple-ride tickets (four 90 minute rides on one single ticket) can be purchased from authorized sales points.

There are bus routes all over the city, running frequently and cheaply, even up to Fiesole and Settignano, and you must purchase your ticket in advance. you can buy as many tickets in advance as you want, even 3-hour tickets and 1-day tickets, but remember to stamp it as you get on, in case an inspector checks en route.

One-way Ticket (Local Transport):  1.20 €  

Monthly Pass (Regular Price):  35.00 € 

Santa Maria del Fiore: Dominating the panoramic view of Florence is the Santa Maria del Fiore, the domed cathedral that is often called the Duomo. Known today as the world’s largest masonry dome, this majestic cathedral features 600 years worth of stunning architecture and art works.

Ponte Vecchio: Spanning the Arno River, the Ponte Vecchio is one of Florence’s oldest and most photographed bridges. Noted for its three segmented arches, The bridge’s most striking feature is the line of high-end jewelry shops flanking along each of its edges. 

Uffizi Gallery: Regarded today as one of the world’s greatest art museums, the Uffizi Gallery is located off the Piazza della Signoria.

Piazza della Signoria: Serving over the centuries as an important center for politics and the site of several historic episodes. Is a beautiful square where the tourists can visit remarkable places like the Palazzo Vecchio, the Uffizi Museum, the Palazzo Uguccioni, the Loggia de Lanzi and the nearby Ponte Vecchio bridge.

This town square is also a treasure trove of notable sculptures such as Michelangelo’s Statue of David, the Fountain of Neptune, Hercules and Cacus as well as Perseus with the Head of Medusa.

Source: http://www.touropia.com/

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