Duomo & Campanile di Giotto

Piazza Signoria

Piazza Santa Maria Novella

View from Piazzale Michelangelo

Basilica di Santa Croce

San Lorenzo Market

Basilica di San Lorenzo

Ponte Vecchio

Cappelle Medicee

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About Florence

Florence is one of the most beautiful cities in the world. The cities overwhelming history has left magnificent buildings, engineering masterpieces and artworks that belong to all of us. The entire historical centre has been jealously preserved over the centuries and is listed in the UNESCO, world Heritage Programme.

Your time, your curiosity and your passion will help you to discover all the magic of Florence.

We have listed the websites of the various museums and monuments to enable you to plan your visit.

Enjoy Florence!


Getting to Florence

You can get to Florence by taking either plane, train or driving.

- By plane: the airport “Amerigo Vespucci” www.aeroporto.firenze.it is only a 20 minute taxi ride to the centre. Pisa airport “Galileo Galilei” is just 1 hour by train from Florence railway station “Santa Maria Novella” (S.M.N.). There is also the bus shuttle service between Florence and Pisa Airport: www.terravision.com

– By train: the main train station is Santa Maria Novella (S.M.N.), right in the centre of Florence. The second station is Campo di Marte just 10 minute by taxi from the centre or 20 min. by bus. Train website: www.trenitalia.com.

- By car: coming from north or south you reach Florence with the autostrada/highway A1. Coming from the west coast there is the autostrada/highway A11 or the FI-PI-LI (Firenze – Pisa – Livorno) toll free. Coming from Siena there is the autostrada/highway Siena – Firenze (toll free).


Getting around Florence

Florence is a relatevly small city with a population of just 400.000 people. The historical centre is almost completely pedonalized and car access is strictly limited. Traffic cameras control all the entries to the historical centre. All cars without the correct permits will be fined: tourists are allowed to reach their Hotels in the historical centre to offload their luggage. The number plate must be registered with the authorities within two hours of your entry in the historical centre: usually this is done by the Hotel or the garage. The car must be parked in a garage or outside the historical centre. There is no free parking.

Museums


Churches


Monuments & Buildings

For more information, visit www.polomuseale.firenze.it and www.firenze-online.com.

Shopping

Florence isn’t only museums and churches, it is also a fantastic place to shop. Luxury outlets, beautiful shops, prestigeous boutiques, artisans, antiques, jewellery, food markets etc. can keep you busy for days. Have a look: www.visitflorence.it , www.themall.it, www.prada.com (store locator).

Tuscany

Florence is the capital of Tuscany, a magical land full of art, history, cultura, nature.

Visit the cultural cities of Siena, San Gimignano, Pienza, Volterra, Lucca, Pisa, Certaldo, Arezzo.

Explore the Chianti countryside, the Val d’Orcia, the Crete Senesi, the Mugello, the Alpes with the marble caves, the coast line and the tuscan islands.

Enjoy getting lost in the tracks that lead to the old medieval towns and taste some of the best food and wine in the world.

Florence and Tuscany are waiting for you!

Florence in 1 day (by foot)

Starting from Piazza del Duomo

8,00 am

Head in the direction of Piazza San Lorenzo and behind the San Lorenzo Church you will find the entrance to the Medici Chapels. Start your visit here.

9,15 am

Continue by visiting the San Lorenzo Church.

9,45 am

Now head toward Galleria dell'Accademia, which is on via Ricasoli, and visit the museum with the reservation made with the staff of Hotel Perseo.

11,00 am

Return to Piazza Duomo and visit the Basilica di Santa Maria del Fiore (the Duomo opens at 10,00 a.m.) and if you are not worried about climbing a few stairs, go to the top of the Dome or the Giotto's belltower. Quick visit of the Baptistery.

1,00 pm

Go now toward the Central Food Market, it closes at 2,00 p.m., where you can get a sandwich or have lunch in a typical trattoria near by.

2,30 pm

Return to the hotel Perseo for a quick siesta.

3,30 pm

From Piazza Duomo, take via Roma and head toward Piazza della Repubblica, the original historical centre of Florence. Keep going straight ahead and you will find the Loggia del Mercato Nuovo with the typical market, and the Porcellino (the wild boar statue of Porcellino) which brings you a good luck.

4,30 pm

Piazza della Signoria e Loggia dé Lanzi. You can also visit Palazzo Vecchio which doesn't need reservation.

6,00 pm

From the Piazzale degli Uffizi,you reach the riverfront, the Lungarno, and turn to the right toward Ponte Vecchio, the Old Bridge. Cross the Old Bridge toward Piazza Pitti and Palazzo Pitti.

6,45 pm

Take the Sdrucciolo dé Pitti and head toward Piazza Santo Spirito. A quick visit and now you are ready to get back: take Via Maggio, cross Santa Trinita Bridge and you are in via Tornabuoni, one of the most elegant street of Florence. Go back to the Hotel Perseo and. get ready for dinner and a good gelato after dinner.

Florence in 2 days (by foot)

Starting from Piazza del Duomo.

8,15 am

First day - Head in the direction of Piazza San Lorenzo and start your day with a visit at the Medici Chapels behind the San Lorenzo Church.

9,30 am

Continue your visit at the Basilica of San Lorenzo.

10,00 am

Return to Piazza del Duomo and visit the Basilica of Santa Maria del Fiore (the Duomo opens at 10,00) and if you are not worried about climbing a few stairs, go to the top of the Dome or the Giotto's Belltower. Visit the Baptistery.

12,30 am

Go, now, toward the Central food Market, (it closess at 2,00 p.m.) where you can enjoy a sandwich or have lunch in a typical local trattoria.

2,00 pm

Back to the Hotel Perseo to rest your feet.

3,00 pm

You are ready now to head toward the Galleria dell'Accademia, with the reservation already made with the staff of Hotel Perseo.

4,30 pm

From the Galleria dell'Accademia go ahead and see Piazza San Marco. Then to the right toward Piazza Santissima Annunziata and after take Via dei Servi toward the Piazza Duomo.

5,45 pm

Enter into the characteristic San Lorenzo Market (the leather market) for some shopping and souvenirs.

7,00 pm

Go back to the Hotel Perseo and, after a good shower, you are ready for dinner (ask suggestions to the staff) and a delicious gelato after dinner. End first day.

8,15 am

Second day - Head toward Piazza della Repubblica, the original historical center of Florence. Keep going ahead and you will see the Loggia del Mercato Nuovo, with the characteristic market and the Porcellino (the wild boar statue of Porcellino) which brings you a good luck.

9,15 am

Piazza della Signoria, Loggia dè Lanzi and visit the Galleria degli Uffizi, with a useful reservation to avoid the line, made with the staff of the Hotel Perseo.

12,15 am

From the Piazzale of the Uffizi reach the riverfront, the Lungarno, and turn to the right toward Ponte Vecchio, the Old Bridge, cross the Old Bridge toward Piazza Pitti and Palazzo Pitti. Take the Sdrucciolo dè Pitti toward Piazza Santo Spirito and have a beautiful lunch in a typical local trattoria.

2,15 pm

From Piazza Santo Spirito go toward the Bridge Santa Trinita, straight ahead there is via dei Tornabuoni, the most elegant street in Florence, and go back to the Hotel Perseo for a little siesta, to rest your feet.

3,30

You are ready now to head toward Piazza Santa Croce and visit the Basilica of Santa Croce.

5,00 pm

Go now toward the bridge Ponte alle Grazie, cross and head toward the Porta San Miniato. Take Via del Monte alle Croci and after a short climb you will reach the famous Piazzale Michelangelo, with the stunning view of the city.

7,00 pm

It's time, now, to return, even with the bus, to the Hotel Perseo, to get ready for a relaxing dinner and a beautiful evening in the florentine atmosphere.

Florence in 3 days (by foot)

Starting from Piazza del Duomo

8,00 am

First day - Head in the direction of Piazza San Lorenzo and behind the San Lorenzo Church you will find the entrance to the Medici Chapels. Start your visit here.

9,15 am

Continue by visiting the San Lorenzo Church.

9,45 am

Now head toward Galleria dell'Accademia, which is on via Ricasoli, and visit the museum with the reservation made with the staff of Hotel Perseo.

1,00 pm

Go now toward the Central Food Market, it closes at 2,00 p.m., where you can get a sandwich or have lunch in a typical trattoria near by.

2,30 pm

Return to the Hotel Perseo for a quick siesta and rest your feet.

3,30 pm

From Piazza Duomo, take via Roma and head toward Piazza della Repubblica, the original historical centre of Florence. Keep going straight ahead and you will find the Loggia del Mercato Nuovo with the typical market, and the Porcellino (the wild boar statue of Porcellino) which brings you a good luck.

4,30 pm

Piazza della Signoria e Loggia dé Lanzi. You can also visit Palazzo Vecchio which doesn't need reservation.

6,00 pm

From the Piazzale degli Uffizi,you reach the riverfront, the Lungarno, and turn to the right toward Ponte Vecchio, the Old Bridge. Cross the Old Bridge toward Piazza Pitti and Palazzo Pitti.

6,45 pm

Take the Sdrucciolo dé Pitti and head toward Piazza Santo Spirito. A quick visit and now you are ready to come back: take Via Maggio, cross Santa Trinita Bridge and you are in via Tornabuoni, one of the most elegant street of Florence. Go back to the Hotel Perseo and. get ready for dinner and a good gelato after dinner. End first day.

8,15 am

Second day - Take via Martelli, go toward Piazza San Marco and visit the Museum of San Marco.

9,30 am

Go back toward Piazza della Signoria and visit the Galleria degli Uffizi with the useful reservation made with the staff of the Hotel Perseo.

12,30 am

From Piazza della Signoria go and visit the Palazzo Davanzati and Palazzo Strozzi. Get lost in the historical centre and find a nice place for lunch.

2,15 pm

Back to the Hotel Perseo to rest.

3,30 pm

You are ready now to head toward Piazza Santa Croce and visit the Basilica of Santa Croce.

5,30 pm

Go now toward the bridge Ponte alle Grazie, cross and head toward the Porta San Miniato. Take Via del Monte alle Croci and after a short climb you will reach the famous Piazzale Michelangelo, with the stunning view of the city.

7,00 pm

It's time, now, to return, even with the bus, to the Hotel Perseo, to get ready for a relaxing dinner and a beautiful evening in the florentine atmosphere. End second day.

8,30 am

Third day - Go and visit the Museo dell'Opera del Duomo.

9,45 am

Visit now the Museo del Bargello.

11,45 am

Go now toward the Old Bridge (il Ponte Vecchio) and head toward the Piazza Pitti. You will find the entrance to the wonderful Boboli Gardens.

1,30 pm

Find a nice place for lunch and go back to the Hotel Perseo for a relaxing pause.

3,30 pm

In the afternoon you can choose to visit the wonderful collection of Palazzo Pitti or the Basilica of Santa Maria Novella or the Casa Buonarroti (Michelangelo's house) or the Museo Galileo. Some of you may also prefer to spend some time free shopping and wandering aimlessly through the historical center.

7,30 pm

Go back to Hotel Perseo and after a good shower you are ready for a beautiful dinner recomanded by the staff at reception.

Florence in 4 days

(by foot + Tuscany Tour)

If you stay 4 days, we suggest to spend 3 days in Florence, as suggested previously, and one day have a tour to Siena and San Gimignano or Pisa and Lucca, or Pienza and Montalcino.

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