The Metropolitan City of Florence is situated inland on northern Italy’s Appenine Peninsula, centrally located between the Tyrrhenean and Adriatic within the greater Mediterranean Sea. An UNESCO World Heritage site, the historic center of this regional Tuscan capital, flanking the Arno River, was the birthplace of the Renaissance movement to revive the classic models for art, literature, and civics.
- Regional Capital of the Tuscany
- Currency — Euro
- Languages — Italian (some English used)
- Walking is the best form of transport in the historic center of this compact city
- Vespas and bicycles are popular forms of transportation beyond the historic center; otherwise buses are also available.
- Florence is ranked a very safe city, but be aware of pickpockets, particularly in crowded tourist areas
- TrenItalia‘s high-speed FRECCE trains from Firenze Santa Maria Novella take just under 1-1/2 hours to Rome and Milan, with service to all other major cities, like Venice. I found this Walks of Italy rail GUIDE to be very helpful.
- TrainLine rail app is a good resource for making reservations
- Rail Europe is also a great source for making necessary train reservations—more travel information can be found in my post on an earlier trip: Northwestern Europe
- Our Eurail passes covered our train travel between cities and villages within our selected countries on the continent
- Although we walked, local bus transport is available throughout Florence—Visit Florence provides good information
Today the jewelry and souvenir shops lining the Ponte Vecchio—in medieval stalls once occupied by tanners, farmers, and butchers—are closed until further notice. For several…