Florence was the hub of finance and trade in the region, and was ruled by the vicious Medici banking family. For a short period of five years from, 1865 – 1870, it was the capital of the Kingdom of Italy.
Today, Florence is one of the most popular cities in Italy for tourists to visit. Every year, millions of visitors come to see the art and history of Florence. The city has been given the honorable designation as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1982, because of its rich culture and historic importance.
Florence is fairly easy to navigate, as the majority of the Florence sightseeing is done off of two main streets, Via dei Calzaioli and Via Roma. Going on a classic Florence walking tour is a great way to see the city with a guide.
When planning your trip to Florence, make sure to wear comfortable shoes, dress appropriately for entering churches (show no shoulders, no knees), and be prepared for the crowds and heat in the summer.
The lines at Florence’s most popular museums, the Uffizi and Galleria Accademia, can be quite long. We recommend the no-line Uffizi Gallery tickets, or reserve Accademia Gallery tickets, if you plan on visiting on your own.
One of the best ways to see Florence’s museums is with a guided tour of the Uffizi Museum, or a guided tour of the Accademia Gallery. Both tours get you in without standing in line, and offer audio guides and English-speaking tour guides, who show you around. We think this option is a better choice for visitors with time constraints.