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Tour of Florence, Italy

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The historic centre of Florence attracts millions of tourists each year. It was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1982. Florence is said to be second only to Milan for shopping with some highly rated restaurants, including one named Semolina, co-owned by Lorenzo Amoruso, the former Florence, Rangers and Blackburn footballer.

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Flights take about 2 hours 40 minutes between UK Airports and Pisa International Galileo Galilei Airport. This airport is also the main airport for Florence.

Ryanair provide regular flights between Pisa International Galileo Galilei Airport and UK Airports such as: London/Stanstead .
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British Airways, easyjet and Jet2.com also provide flights to Pisa International Galileo Galilei Airport. For information on what UK Airports they fly from, or International Airlines, visit: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Galileo_Galilei_International_Airport.

Pisa International Galileo Galilei Airport is situated about 2 miles south of Pisa and about 50 miles west of Florence. Taxi Information.

By Bus, the coach transfer service managed by Terravison, travels between Pisa International Airport to Florence S.M. Novella Bus/Train station, about 5 Euro each way. Florence Bus/Train Station Map.

Trains run from the railway station next to the terminal, with services to Pisa Centrale, and Florence (Firenze SMN) via Pisa Centrale. Google Map.

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The Basilica di Santa Maria del Fiore is the most notable building in the Florence skyline, it is the cathedral church (Duomo) of Florence.

Building began in 1296 to the designs of Arnolfo di Cambio in the Gothic Style.The cathedral was completed in 1436.

The exterior is covered with marble panels in various shades of green and red, bordered by white.

Situated a few blocks southeast of the train station.

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The Cathedral Square of Florence, behind the cathedral, is the centre of the city, a favourite meeting place.

Most of the main attractions in Florence are situated within a short walk of this square.

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The Basilica di San Lorenzo is one of the largest churches in Florence. It is situated in the city’s main market district, just north of the Cathedral Square.

The Basilica is the burial place of members of the Medici family from the 1400s - 1700s. This is one of a few churches that are said to be the oldest in Florence, being consecrated in 393.

The church complex also houses the Old Sacristy by Brunelleschi; the Laurentian Library by Michelangelo; the New Sacristy based on Michelangelo's designs; and the Medici Chapels by Matteo Nigetti.

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The Accademia dell'Arte del Disegno ("Academy of the Art of Drawing") is an art academy in Florence, founded in 1561. Situated a short distance northeast of the Cathedral Square.

The Gallery of the Accademia di Belle Arti has housed the original David by Michelangelo since 1873. The sculpture is said to have been taken to the Accademia for conservation. Its previous location was outside at the Piazza della Signoria.

Many people state that if you visit Florence, you cannot, under any circumstances, fail to see this statue.

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The Bargello, also known as the Bargello Palace or Palazzo del Popolo (Palace of the People) is a former barracks and prison, now used as an art museum, situated a short distance south of the Cathedral Square.

The museum houses works by Michelangelo, such as his Bacchus, Pitti Tondo (or Madonna and Child), Brutus, and David-Apollo.

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Palazzo Vecchio, the Town Hall of Florence, is situated a few blocks south of the Bargello.

This Romanesque, castellated fortress-palace is one of the most impressive town halls in Italy.

The town Hall overlooks the Piazza della Signoria square, that has a copy of Michelangelo's David statue.

The Gallery of Statues is situated in the adjacent building named Loggia dei Lanzi.

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The Uffizi Gallery is one of the oldest and top art museums in the world. It is housed in the Palazzo degli Uffizi, a palace in Florence next to the Town Hall, as seen in the distance in the photo.

Building of the palace begun in 1560 to the designs of Giorgio Vasari for Cosimo I. The building housed offices for the Florentine magistrates, as i the name, uffizi translares as offices.

The Uffizi is said to be one of the most popular tourist attractions in Florence. In high season, visitors are advised to reserve a ticket.

The Ponte Vecchio is a Medieval bridge crossing the Arno River, in the centre of Florence. The bridge still has shops on it, something that was once popular.

Butchers often had shops on the bridges so it was an easy way dispose of the waste, into the river.

The shops now are mainly jewelers, art dealers and souvenir shops.

Situated a short distance south of the Uffizi Gallery.

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The Palazzo Pitti is a vast palace in Florence, situated on the south side of the River Arno, a short distance from the Ponte Vecchio bridge.

The earliest parts of the present palazzo dates from 1458. This was built as the town residence of Luca Pitti, a rich Florentine banker.

The palace was bought by the Medici family in 1539, who were wealthy bankers that became the Grand Duchy's of Tuscany.

The palazzo is now the largest museum complex in Florence.

The Boboli Gardens are situated behind the Pitti Palace. The gardens have a number of sculptures dating from the sixteenth - eighteenth centuries.

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San Gimignano is a small city in the countryside of the Chianti region that can be visited on a full day private trip from Florence.

You will be accompanied by your own private guide on this luxury private tour. San Gimignano is a small city situated on top of a hill, famous for its towers and frescoes.

Situated about 37 miles southwest of Florence.

This tour also visits Siena as seen below.

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Siena is also included in the day tour to San Gimignano.

The guided tour of this medieval city allows you to view the interior of the Cathedral, with the Piccolomini Library, and the Opera Metropolitana Museum.

The tour also visits the Piazza del Campo, one of the most scenic squares in Europe, overlooked by the impressive Town Hall.

The return journey to Florence visits the old medieval village of Monteriggioni, with its walls still intact to this day.

Siena is situated about 42 miles south of Florence.

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Cinque Terre

Cinque Terre is said to be the prettiest coastal villages in Italy. They can be visited from Florence on a small group tour.

You may have heard of the five famous fishing ports of the Cinque Terre, or seen photos of them. This tour allows you to visit the area that has to be seen to be believed.

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For more tours of Florence or to places such as Vienna and Pisa, visit the website: www.viator.com/Florence.

Cinque Terre is situated about 110 miles northwest of Florence.

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For more information on Florence, visit: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Florence.

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