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Our guide to Florence and the coast by our Florence local expert -
Our guide to Ponte Vecchio by our Florence local expert - Ponte Vecchio, the Florence Old Bridge is a symbol of the city of Florence and one of the most famous bridges in the world. It is also the main destination if you want to buy jewels in gold as it hosts mainly jewellery shops.
Our guide to Regional Overview by our Florence local expert - The historical part of Florence is best done walking around to discover all the hidden traits and treasures that the medieval and renaissance periods have left us. One of the best ways to admire the beauty of this city at its best is to be seen from Hotel terraces! Check out how the light plays with the red roofs and how the Cathedral and its Brunelleschi's Dome dominate the city dotted with medieval towers.
Our guide to San Giovanni District by our Florence local expert - San Giovanni District is the historical heart of Florence where the marvelous Florence Cathedral stands. The San Giovanni square takes its name from the Baptistery facing the Florence Cathedral. Many streets connect San Giovanni Square to the majority of the other main squares in town and can be reached by the SMN Railway Station in less than 10 minutes walk. The square has points of interest anywhere you turn:
Our guide to San Lorenzo District by our Florence local expert - San Lorenzo, for Florentines, is synonymous of 'market'. This is actually the biggest open -air market in town and quite crowded all day long with tourists shopping leather items or souvenirs and locals going grocery shopping at the central food market. Obviously the name 'San Lorenzo' comes from the beautiful Basilica of San Lorenzo, with its humble facade and staircase.
Our guide to San Niccolo' District by our Florence local expert - The San Niccolo' area is located in the part of town that runs along the left bank of the river Arno, at the feet of San Miniato and Arcetri hills. The area goes from Ponte Vecchio to San Niccolo' Tower along the Arno river and overlooked by the green hill where the Piazzale Michelangelo, San Miniato al Monte Abbey and Villa Bardini are located. You can see the beauty of this hill from the river banks opposite the San Niccolo' area. The San Niccolo' Tower is located in Piazza Poggi, it was actually one of the gates of the old town walls built in 1324. The Tower has been recently renovated and is opened to the public to enjoy its amazing view, it can be visited with a guide (30 minutes tour) and the ticket is only 3,00 Euro (the tower is open only in Spring and Summer).
Our guide to Santa Croce District by our Florence local expert - Santa Croce district is located all around the Santa Croce square, in the south-east of the historic center of Florence. The main monument of this area is certainly the Basilica of Santa Croce with its marble facade overlooking the rectangular shape square of Santa Croce. The Basilica is a fascinating church both for its architectural beauty and for all the illustrious Florentine artists and personalities that are buried there: Nicolo' Machiavelli, Vittorio Alfieri, Galileo Galilei and Michelangelo among the most famous names.
Our guide to Santa Maria Novella District by our Florence local expert - The district of Santa Maria Novella is located in the north-west side of the historic center of Florence, and it is named after the Basilica of Santa Maria Novella and its charming square. The Basilica, of Dominican Order, was completed in the year 1360. Inside can be admired frescos of Botticelli, Masaccio, Ghirlandaio, Vasari and many other architectural works of Brunelleschi, Giambologna and Buontalenti. The Romanesque-Gothic facade was built in different phases and finished by Leon Battista Alberti around the year 1470.
Our guide to Santo Spirito District by our Florence local expert - The neighborhood of Santo Spirito is located in the south-west part of the city and has its center in Piazza Santo Spirito facing the beautiful Basilica of Santo Spirito. The Square is often used for events and street markets, meeting place of artists, from painters to musicians, with lively bars and art exhibitions.
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