The capital of region of Tuscany, Florence is one of the most famous historical cities in Italy. Known as the birthplace of the renaissance period, Florence has massive influence over the Italian cultural and commercial economies. The city is best known for examples of medieval architecture like The Duomo, the Fountain of Neptune at the Piazza della Signoria and Palazzo Vecchio, which is also the Florentine Town Hall. Florence has been the residence of a number of famous people including Michelangelo Buonarroti, Leonardo da Vinci, Galileo Galilei, Salvatore Ferragamo, Guccio Gucci and Florence Nightingale. The city is also home to ACF Fiorentina, one of the top football teams in the country.
Florence has a massive tourism based economy that has led to a number of small and medium sized businesses taking up serviced office spaces and executive suites. There are people from all sorts of professions, such as fashion and clothing designers, lawyers, architects, jewellery designers, theatre companies, leather and glass workers, art-reproduction specialists and antique dealers. Florence also has a massive wine-growing region.
Entertainment And Dining Out
Florence is the heart of Italy’s entertainment scene with historical places like Teatro Comunale and Teatro Verdi providing opera performances from legends of the genre. Modern music fans can head to places like Cielo or Cienfuegos to enjoy live-bands while Cinema Odeon is a popular hangout for moviegoers. Like all big cities, Florence has a huge number of eateries serving local and international cuisine. The combination of Italian food and wine is best savoured at All’Antico Vinaio while Panino Afrodisiaco is also considered a fantastic place. There are a lot of special dessert-eateries such as Gelateria Santa Trinita and Le Bottegge di Leonardo, both serving traditional and contemporary Italian gelato.
Florence has a wide network of bus routes that connect every part of this massive city. Tickets are available at almost all bars, tobacconists, and newsstands for the buses. Firenze Santa Maria Novella is the main railway station for the city with over 59 million commuters passing through each year. Firenze Rifredi and Firenze Campo di Marte railway stations are also options for the railway network. Amerigo Vespucci is the city’s main airport and one of the two big landing areas in Tuscany.