Rediscover romance with an apartment in Florence
When it comes to holidays in Italy, Florence – or Firenze, to give its Italian name - is a popular destination. Arriving here, it doesn’t take too long to see why. It’s a playground for those who like their history and art, with lots of museums, and churches -like The Duomo Cathedral - to keep you entertained. Don’t worry if history is not your thing; just walk around the city to find yourself taken
in by its prettiness. Rent one of the many Florence apartments and spend a few days in the city. And of course, for the fashionistas amongst you, the shopping has to be mentioned! Shop around the boutiques, antiques stores and food markets before heading back to your apartment in Florence with all your goodies.
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Florence Apartments in Oltrarno
Florence is such a romantic and traditional city with so many things to see and do, especially in Oltrarno an artisan zone with a proud working class background. The area is perfect if you want to get away from all the hustle and bustle and live like a local in an authentic neighbourhood. Fancy a taster of some Florentine culture; then why not discover some of the wonderful churches present in the region. See one of the oldest churches in Florence by visiting San Miniato al Monte which dates back to the 11th century or the Santa Maria del Carmine which was almost destroyed by fire but survived complete with a wide array of frescoes. The peaceful setting of Oltrarno is ideal for a short stay in Florence with the Giardino Bardini the go to place for horticulturists as well as to catch a glimpse of some stunning views of the city from truly idyllic surroundings. Speaking of fascinating views, Piazzale Michelangelo is a magnificent spot to see some extraordinary vistas while sipping a coffee in one of the many pretty outdoor cafés. Rent an apartment in Oltrarno and you will be able to experience a tranquil and cultural holiday in Italy.
The beautiful San Marco
Architecture enthusiasts and art experts alike will feel right at home in Florence especially with gems such as the religious complex of San Marco. This former church and convent is now a museum which is home to a vast selection of amazing exhibits and artefacts. The complex has played host to number of famous figures throughout the years most famously the painter Fra´Angelico. Observe the intricate frescoes that make up some of the exceptional interiors of the museums created by the legend himself. The museum also contains a number of divine paintings including ´Crucifixion’ and ´The Annunciation´ as well a beautiful fresco by Ghirlandaio entitled ´The Last Supper´. Don´t forget to visit the library in San Marco built by Michelozzo to witness an extensive collection of manuscripts. For an educational break then a Florence apartment near San Marco is perfect.
Apartment in Florence – The Duomo
You can´t visit Florence without the seeing the famous Duomo which towers over the city below. The beautiful cathedral was designed by Filippo Brunelleschi in honour of Santa Maria del Fiore on the grounds of the former 7th century Church of Santa Reparata. The feature which stands out from the impressive structure is the great Renaissance dome which was constructed without scaffolding. To get the best views of the dome´s interior you must climb its 463 steps to get a closer look, but well worth it once up close and personal. The area around the Piazzo Del Duomo is filled with beautiful buildings like the Baptistery of St. John and Giotto´s Bell Tower to name just a few sights to see along your way. However, for art lovers a trip to Galleria dell'Accademia is a must to see some outstanding art works which include a collection of Renaissance paintings and the world famous Michelangelo´s ´David. Rent an apartment near The Duomo and you will be able to experience all this and much, much more.
Florence Vacation Rentals in Santa Croce
Santa Croce is a great neighbourhood to rent an apartment in Florence if you are looking for a blend of modern and traditional elements of Florentine culture. Follow the winding roads of the area to see shops providing authentic leather and craft goods mixed in between the up-market bars and trendy clubs. Tourists and locals both love the area with many festivals and concerts occurring each year. If nightlife is the main attraction then Santa Croce is the spot to visit as it is by far the most visited area for it.
For a touch of culture take a trip to see the church the area is named after. Santa Croce church is an astounding building with many fabulous frescoes by amazing artists such as Gaddi and Giotto. It´s hard to believe that all of this could have been lost forever in a devastating flood that hit the church in 1966. You can even see the tide plate which demonstrates the height that the flood reached on the walls and pillars. Nearby you can also visit the oldest library in Florence; Biblioteca Nazionale Centrale. This incredible library was created by Antonio Magliabechi as a private collection but since 1714 has been property of the city. Although greatly damaged in the flood the library still remains, however restoration is still taking place to bring the collection back to its former glory.
Florence Accommodation in Figline Valdarno
An idyllic break away from the tourist hubs can be achieved in the rustic town of Figline Valdarno. Nestled at the foot of Mount Chianti this ancient village has links to Roman times as well as being an archaeological site with many fossils being discovered in the area. This agricultural village brings something different to a short break in Italy and is the perfect setting to discover the lovely surroundings and history of the area. Walk leisurely alongside the medieval walls that give the zone a unique touch. Discover a typical Tuscan market square by visiting the stunning Piazza Marsilio Ficino. The tranquil nature and vibe of the neighbourhood is a huge plus and if you want to explore some of the city centre then you are only a short train journey away.
Campo di Marte
Sports fanatics will want to stay in this neighbourhood as it is the area that the major sports centres in Florence call home. Originally built in the 19th century as the training grounds for the Tuscan army, it was eventually converted in the 1930s to the main sports centre of the city. Football fans will want to see the grounds of ACF Fiorentina at Stadio Artemio Franchi. Officially built in 1930 this magnificent structure can hold over 47000 fans! However if you want a break from all the sport on offer then there are others things to see and sample such as gelato. Badiani Gelateria is renowned in the area for their fabulous gelatos. Although expensive it is worth it to try the treat that has been made in the area since 1979. An apartment in Campo di Marte is a great choice for anyone looking to experience a taster of Florentine sport, culture and gastronomy.
For a taster of great military architecture rent an apartment near Fortezza da Basso. The base is a great example of Renaissance architecture and is also the setting of the Florence Exhibition Centre since 1967. Although the fort is only open for conferences, it is a wonderful place to travel and also a great area to base your own holiday from due to its central location.
Wine connoisseurs will feel at home in Florence as the city is a great place to sample the fine Chianti wine of Tuscany. Whether you want to try it in one of the many traditional bars or enjoy with a beautiful meal, Chianti is a must when in Tuscany. Rent an apartment in Florence and you might even be able to go and see the Chianti grapes growing in one of the amazing vineyards of the Tuscan region.
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