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Florence at a Glance

From its precious artwork, to its famous domed skyline, Florence is a romantic's as well as an art-lover's city.

To enjoy Florence at its most enchanting, visit in springtime before it gets hot and crowded. Climb along the steep roads that follow the old city's walls. From viewpoints above the city, look out at its surrounding olive orchards and fruit trees down to the dome city below.

When you are tired of the steep hills and the dappled sunlight, walk back down into town and begin to take in Florence's impressive display of Renaissance art and architecture. Visit Michelangelo's David or enjoy a public courtyard full of reproductions of famous statues. Immerse yourself in the opulent world of the Medici's by getting a tour through their summer palace. Climb to the top of the Duomo church's famous dome.

When you are tired, there are many wonderful places to take a break. Get gelato at an artisinal stand. Experience Italian fine dining, or eat at one of the tiny little shops who's line's scroll out the door for hours at noon. Where ever you are in Florence, enjoy it.

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May - September
Low Season
October - April
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      Getting There
      Major Airports
      • Major Airport Aeroporto di Firenze-Peretola

      Passport / Visa Requirements

      American, Canadian and European Union citizens do not need a visa to enter Italy if they intend to stay there for less than three months. All travelers must carry a valid passport which could be subject to inspection at any time. American citizens can find out more information by using the U.S State Department website.

      Getting Around
      Public Transportation
      • Railroad Firenze Santa Maria Novella Station
      • Bus ATAF Buses
      Need to Know

      Severe Weather Florence can be hotter in summer than surrounding areas due to a lack of wind. Winters are cool, wet and very mild.

      Safety Concerns Pickpockets are a concern. Carry limited amounts of cash and nothing valuable. Consider a travel belt for your valuables. When using a car, don't store valuables inside and take steps to reduce its attractiveness to thieves.

      Health Concerns Florence has clean water and good public health.