Over five million international visitors arrive in Florence (Firenze in Italian) each year. Over 90% of these tourists stop by for only a day. Most of the rest stay less than four nights. But it is the wise traveler who spends a week or more, setting up a home base in a Florentine apartment and exploring the city and the surrounding countryside at their leisure.
Tour Italy from Florence
To tour Italy from Florence make a lot of sense. The center of the Chianti Classico wine region is thirty minutes southwest of the historic center of Florence. By bus or train Siena, Pisa, Lucca, and even, Cinque Terre, can be reached within an hour or two.
For more far-flung destinations, Florence, with its central location, provides a smart staging...
I want to share a few places I went shopping, eating, strolling and various other observations while I was in Florence, April 27 - May4th, 2013. I updated these notes after I returned to Florence in 2015.
Getting a taxi at the airport in Florence was easy. Once you exit the main front doors (follow signs to Taxi’s) turn to the right and walk to the end of the sidewalk and you will see where all the taxi’s queue up. Stand in line, wait your turn and it goes very smoothly. In my case, there were 2 of us, each with a VERY HEAVY SUITCASE, also a carry-on (stuffed to the gills) and personal item (purse...also stuffed to the gills). The rate to the center of Florence is €20,00 plus €1,00 per suitcase. I think it’s a bit...