Arguably one of the main cultural capitals in Europe, Florence offers an immeasurable collection of museums and art galleries, wonderful architecture and breathtaking landscapes all around it, not to mention an incredible culinary tradition. However, in order to enjoy a trip to Florence properly, it is necessary to choose the right area to base yourself. And it is not an easy task, since the possibilities are countless.
Piazza San Marco
Piazza San Marco is one of the most loved locations and it is also a perfect starting location for your visit in Florence. Its main attraction is the Church of San Marco, featuring a facade that was built in the 17th century and some artistically powerful interiors. In addition, Piazza San Marco is also very close to the Duomo and to many of the Florence’s art galleries. Therefore, if your interest lies in art, culture and history, renting a hotel room near Piazza San Marco could be the best choice.
The neighbourhood of Ponte Vecchio is located around the bridge that connects the northern and the southern part of Florence. Its main highlight is the Museo Galileo, one of the few museums whose focus is more on science history rather than art history. Visitors are attracted every year by the wonders and the instruments developed by Galileo and it is not rare to encounter scientists from all around the world inside the museum. However, this neighbourhood is also full of lively streets where street artists showcase their work, traditional trattorieto enjoy local food and souvenir shops. If you are planning on staying in Florence just for 1 or 2 days, Ponte Vecchio is simply perfect.
Especially in the summer, Florence can get really warm and chaotic. If you are looking for a restorative and relaxing vacation, it is probably best to go for a tuscany estate on the hills around it. Here you will see among the most evocative landscapes of the whole country and you will get the chance to walk around and explore the nature that this region has to offer. You will also live an authentic experience, especially if you will get the chance to socialise with people from the small villages and try local wines and food.
Santa Maria Novella
Located at the north of Arno, the river that crosses Florence, the Santa Maria Novella area hosts many of the city’s landmarks. First of all, the Basilica of Santa Novella and the Basilica of Santa Croce, which is impressive construction absolutely worth a visit for their architectural excellence? Secondly, a special mention to the CappelleMedicee, a mausoleum that houses the graves of the Medici family, a highly influential family that ruled Florence from the XV to the XVIII century. Finally, the Santa Maria Novella Pharmacy is truly worth a visit. This particular place is 600 years old and is still functioning nowadays. However, its opening times are unpredictable. It is up to you to take your chance and hope you are able to actually visit it.