Florence

Magical, magnetic and magnificent: a cultural heavyweight

One of the world’s true cultural, artistic and architectural gems, Florence is utterly breathtaking. The birthplace of the Renaissance, the Tuscan capital is responsible for some of history’s greatest artworks (from Michelangelo’s ‘David’ to da Vinci’s ‘Mona Lisa’), its most significant academic leaps forward (from Galileo’s geocentric view to Machiavelli’s political ideas), its most awe-inspiring architecture (from the brick-domed Duomo to the shop-laden Ponte Vecchio) and its most important institutions (from banking to classical opera), so you’ll uncover eye-catching culture on every corner.

But despite this rich heritage, Florence isn’t just living in the past. While visitors have been rediscovering its glorious history since the 19th century, the city has slowly moved on from the days of the Medici to forge a new and thoroughly modern identity. In the 21st century, Florence is renowned as one of the great fashion capitals - the spiritual home of the Italian school of design - and is also now world-famous for its arthouse cinema, contemporary haute cuisine and booming economics industry.

It’s this intoxicating blend of the old and the new - where stunning 16th century palazzos sit alongside fashionable sushi restaurants; where an evening at the Italian Opera is followed by an all-night club; where celebrated frescoes meet chic fashion - that makes Florence a truly great city. More than just a one-stop Renaissance shop, Florence is somewhere you’ll want to come back to time and time again.

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Quick facts

  • Inhabitants in Italy:
    ca 60,500,500
  • Inhabitants in Florence:
    ca 370,000
  • Official language
    Italian
  • Currency
    Euro
  • Time zone
    UTC+1
  • Emergency number
    113
  • Constitution
    Republic
  • Country phone code
    +39
  • Country code
    IT, ITA
  • Local transportation
    It is easy to get around on foot. Other options include local buses and taxis.