Florence is the capital of the region and the province of Tuscany. The city was an important place in the history of Italy and even the world. Florence is situated on the River Arna at the foot of the Apennines. The city experienced the greatest economic boom between the 15th and 17th centuries. The greatest artists, painters and sculptors of the Renaissance, including Leonardo da Vinci and Michelangelo.
Florence is one of the favorite cities of tourists. Due to the large number of monuments of architecture and art, the town is visited every year by millions of painting and sculpture enthusiasts , as well as by vacationers.
Florence has a very rich history, it was founded in the 1st century BC. The city owes its name to Julius Caesar , who in 59 BC established it as a colony for ex-soldiers and called it Florentina.
The city flourished most during the reign of the Medici . The present shape and appearance of Florence was most influenced by the flooding caused by the Arno River in 1966. Unfortunately, many monuments were destroyed then.
The charm of Florentine monuments
When going to Florence, especially in summer, you should take into account the crowds of tourists and the heat. No wonder, because in the capital of Tuscany we will find, among others the most famous museum in the world, that is Galleria degli Uffizzi. A monument worth seeing in Florence is also the Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore , famous for the largest brick dome in the world (its construction took about 150 years). It is from there that you can admire the amazing panorama of Florence. It is also worth seeing Giotto's Bell Tower, as well as the Baptistery , which is one of the oldest buildings in the city.
Following the street Borgo San Lorenzo, you will find one of the largest churches in Florence - the Basilica of San Lorenzo , which is the eternal resting place of members of the Medici family. On the other hand, in the former monastery of San Marco (now a museum), you can admire 15th-century frescoes. Literature lovers should also visit Casa di Dante. It is a medieval building where the author of "The Divine Comedy" was probably born.
When looking for a rest, it is worth visiting the Giardino delle Rose rose garden, from which you can admire the panorama of the city, and at the same time see many species of beautiful flowers. A characteristic place of the city is also the oldest Florentine bridge from the fourteenth century - Ponte Vecchio , where today there are many small shops (including gold jewelry). It is also worth taking a stroll through the numerous charming streets of Florence, which can immediately charm the visitor.
The flavors of Florence
If you want to reach Florence, you can choose to travel by plane ( Amerigo Vespucci international airport is about 15 minutes from the city center) or by car (use the highway or expressway). However, when visiting the city, it is better to give up the car, because car traffic in the center is limited, and only its residents can enter the historical part.
Florentine cuisine is primarily delicious bread, olive oil, fresh legumes, meat, fish and cheese. The city center is full of pubs and restaurants, offering the popular Tuscan soup called ribiolita , as well as the Bisteccia di Fiorentina beef steak , and the famous regional wine. It is worth trying pizza, pasta dishes or regional vegetables. For dessert, you should also try delicious ice cream and caffè latte or traditional espresso or macchiato.
When visiting Florence, you can choose to stay in the city itself - then you can choose from a number of hotels, apartments and guesthouses. However, when looking for a charming, quiet corner close to the Tuscan capital, it is worth choosing the Norcenni Girasole Club camping, which is located between Florence and Siena.
Situated on the slopes of the Chianti hills, this resort allows those staying at the Norcenni Girasole Club to enjoy a spectacular panoramic view of the charming surroundings. The campsite has a water park with water slides and 4 swimming pools.
Horse lovers can take advantage of a riding school , while enthusiasts of more lazy holidays can use the wellness center with a sauna. The resort has a pizzeria, restaurant, soundproofed disco , and a play center with mini-quad track and trampolines.
On the campground you can rent a comfortable room, apartment, bungalow or a comfortable cottage . Attractions provided by the Norcenni Girasole Club resort can be an interesting complement to the charms of Florence and will allow you to relax well, even after a day of intensive sightseeing.
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