Las VegasNo one can deny: Florence is a mecca for art lovers. In this wonderful city came into the Renaissance and Florence managed to preserve its remains. In the heart of beautiful Tuscany, Florence is framed by gently rolling hills and bathed in a special light that could not fail to inspire their children more creative.

For three centuries, thirteenth to the sixteenth century, this city not only eclipsed Rome but also the whole of Europe, with its artistic influence, political and economic.

Florence, Firenze in Italian, was founded by the Romans in the first century BC, but the city began to develop in the late eleventh century under the authority of the Countess Matilda. From the twelfth century, the city began its rise through trade of silk and wool, mainly because the influx of bankers. In 1282, the Republic was established.

At the beginning of the fourteenth century the city, inhabited by more than 100,000 souls, knew the ravages of the Black Death of 1347 that decimated the city taking the lives of half the population, in that year, a powerful banking family took the power of the Republic, were the famous Medici. With them, Florence met his prime and became the economic and cultural square largest West.

This family held power for 300 years, earning the envy of other families. Art lovers, the Medici of Florence were able to provide many monuments and were patrons of numerous painters who gave birth to the important movement called Renaissance.

In the sixteenth century, Florence became the capital of the Grand Duchy of Tuscany, Cosimo I de 'Medici was the first Grand Duke of the region. A period of decline ending in 1865 when the city became the capital of the Kingdom of Italy, a designation that is held until 1870, when the site becomes occupied by Rome.
Unfortunately, Florence suffered heavy bombing during the Second World War was miraculously reached the Ponte Vecchio, and in 1966 the city suffered the worst floods in its history, which damaged numerous artworks.

Visiting this beautiful city is very simple, we close all means of transport.

Florence airport "Amerigo Vespucci" or "Peretola" or "Aeroporto di Firenze" is a small airport to arriving domestic flights from Rome and international flights from some important cities, although there are few direct flights, most have scale Rome.

The airport "Galileo Galilei" Pisa city, also in the Tuscan region and near Florence, has a greater influx of flights.

Florence airport is located on the outskirts of town but a bus service make the journey to the city center in less than 30 minutes or to the train station in about 15 minutes.

There are also private transportation services at a slightly higher cost, but faster.

Also you can get to Florence, from across Europe with rail service. High speed trains reach the city of Milan and then there transfer to Florence every hour.

If we want to get to Florence directly with an added charm, we can do in the legendary "Orient-Express" also will cost more than the airplane ... other possibilities of "charm" are overnight trains also go directly to the city.

Reaching for the route is an economical alternative, many bus companies link to the city of Florence and can purchase tickets at any terminal.

But if you prefer to make the trip by car, all highways leading to the border regardless Florence by that we enter Italy.

With respect to housing, Florence offers all categories of hotels, all offers apartments, hostels, villas, but also offers the possibility of staying in convents or monasteries (unpretentious but very clean and fairly inexpensive) or less pretentious pension Hotels and more accessible.

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