This is the 4th blog on the series of the best place to travel in Europe. In the previous three blogs, we discussed Paris, London, and Rome. In this blog we will discuss Florence and some of the beautiful places worth visiting in Rome.
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According to the World Report travel rankings, Florence is the fourth best place to travel in Europe. Italy is also the fourth best place to travel. If you want to go with your family on a winter vacation, it is the #4 place to visit in Europe. When it comes to the world’s best place to visit, it comes in at #24. If you want to go on your honeymoon, then it is the best place to visit in the whole of Europe. It is the second cheapest place in the whole of Europe for a honeymoon. These rankings are made by experts on the basis of user experience.
The best months for visiting Rome are from May to September. During these months, you can enjoy open-air dining, art festivals, and sunshine, but sometimes the weather can be hot and you will need an air-conditioned room, which may be expensive because of high demand. If you are an introverted person and don’t enjoy crowds, then you can visit in the winter. There are fewer tourists because the weather is cold. You will also get hotel rooms at a cheap price in the winter months.
Here are some tips and advice to save money for new tourists who are visiting Florence for the first time. You should book a hotel on the outskirts where you can have a beautiful view of the Tuscan hills. It is advisable to buy a Firenzecard which roughly costs 85 euros, which is 95 dollars. The validity of the Firenze card is 72 hours. The benefit of buying the card is that you will visit the best tourist attractions in Florence. If you opt to visit those places individually, then it will cost you more.
It is advisable not to buy food from tourist attractions as it is overpriced. You can visit Mercato Centrale Firenze, where you can find good food at a reasonable price. There are safety issues in Florence, such as pick-pocketing. Beware of them, especially at the train station and bus station. Similarly, there will be some people who will try to forcefully sell their things and demand money to keep a distance from such people and politely move away from such people. Similarly, accept nothing from strangers if they even offer it for free. It is advisable to explore Florence on foot. Don’t rent a car as the area is congested.
The currency used in Italy is the euro, not the dollar, and the language spoken is Italian. It is advisable to learn a few basic phrases in the language that you will use more often. If you are a US citizen, you will need a passport with at least 6 months remaining. Visa is not required for US citizens unless the plan is to stay for more than 90 days. Below is a list of not all but some of the best place to travel in Florence.
- Piazza della Signoria
- Duomo (Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore)
- Piazzale Michelangelo
- Museo dell’Opera del Duomo
- Uffizi Gallery (Galleria degli Uffizi)
- Mercato Centrale Firenze
- Baptistry (Battistero)
- Piazzo Santo Spirito
- Galleria dell Accademia
- Palazzo Pitti
- Basilica di Santa Croce
- Giotto’s Bell Tower (Campanile di Giotto)
- Ponte Vecchio
- Boboli Gardens (Giardino di Boboli)
- Bargello National Museum
- Palazzo Strozzi
- Museo di San Marco
Piazza della Signoria
The first and best place to travel to Florence is Piazza della Signoria. This is a museum that was designed in the 14th century by an architect named Orcagna. There are many beautiful sculptures in the museum which attract the attention of tourists. You can spend 1-2 good hours roaming around and seeing the beauty of the museum. You can visit a café nearby and grab a cup of tea or coffee if you feel exhausted and tired and come back after energizing yourself.
According to the user reviews, it is a must-visit place if you are in Florence. You have a great chance of seeing beautiful, eye-catching sculptures and ancient masterpieces. If you don’t like crowds, visit in the evening. You will find fewer crowds in the evening.
Duomo ( Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore)
The Duomo is a famous cathedral in Florence. It is also a symbolic piece of attraction in Florence and also one of the best place to travel in Florence. The construction of the church started in 1296 and it was completed in 1436. The visiting times of the church are from 10 am to 4:30 pm. The ticket price for visiting and exploring Duomo is 18 euros. If you are planning to climb to the top, then it is advisable to go early in the morning to beat the crowd, as it gets very crowded as the day progresses.
Piazzale Michelangelo is the best viewpoint in Florence. This is also one of the best place to travel to in Florence. If you are visiting it for the first time, then you will enjoy it. You can reach the top of the viewpoint on foot by using stairs. Going to the top might test you as the stairs are intimidating, but if you reach the top, then you will forget all the energy and effort you used in reaching the top, and you will cherish every moment. You can also buy drinks. There are many food stalls from where u can eat something and re-energize yourself.
You also watch the sunset from the top. There are also some beautiful flower gardens from where you can see hundreds of varieties of different flower species. If you want to avoid the crowd, try to visit it in the morning.