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Choose from our carefully selected small hotels, independent B&Bs and family run guest houses in Florence. Our aim is to really enhance your visit to this wonderful city. You'll have a better experience when the place you stay is comfortable, well located, and run by lovely hosts who'll take care of you, helping and advising on travel and local attractions. You may be a visitor but you will feel at home.

If there are no available rooms at present or if you simply can't find what you are looking for, it may be worth visiting the website later on, since rooms generally become available around 2-3 months in advance. Alternatively, try visiting our sister website, UniversityRooms.

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excellent accueil.disponibilité des agents à la réception pour renseigner au mieux .pas de surprise par rapport à l'appartement.propre et correctement équipé climatisé et très proche de l arrêt e buss pour le centre ville'10 mns de bus).Nous reviendrions dans cette résidence si nous retournions en Toscane.seul bémol un peu bruyant .
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Alloggi conformi alla descrizione, personale cortese.
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Florence Visitor information

Florence/

Florence is an Italian city of nearly 400,000 inhabitans and capital of the province and the Region of Tuscany. It is the eighth Italian city in terms of population and the first of the region to be capital of Italy from 1865 to 1871, after the unification of the country in 1861. As an important university centre and a UNESCO World Heritage Site, it is considered the birthplace of the Renaissance, as well as renowned as one of the most beautiful cities in the world, thanks to its numerous monuments and museums. Florence is recognized as a city of Art, with a priceless heritage of architecture, paintings, sculptures, historical and scientific memories. The heart of Florence is Piazza della Signoria, with the majestic Palazzo Vecchio, the Loggia dei Lanzi and the nearby Uffizi Gallery, one of the most renowned art museums in the world. The Duomo is accompanied by Giotto’s Campanile, one of the most beautiful belltowers in Italy.

The locals have a love-hate relationship with the Arno river, which has brought both the benefits of the trade and the disasters of the floods. Among the bridges, which cross the river, the Ponte Vecchio is unique, with the characteristic jewelery shops in the little houses built upon it. Crossed by the noble Vasari Corridor, it is the only bridge, which survived the Second Warld War. Florentines boast of possessing the best artistic works of beauty, both female (Botticelli’s Venus) and male (Michelangelo’s David). There are also many literary cues in the city: from the districts of the tower houses, where the plaques commemorate the verses that these places inspired in Dante Alighieri, to the serenity of the Medici villas, where the Neo-Platonic Academy of Lorenzo il Magnifico often met, to the theatres at the Pergola and the Boboli Garden where the melodramas which lead to the grand opera were acted out. The Florentine Dialect is the language that gave birth to the modern Italian, chosen especially for the cultural prestige that it carried at that time. Florentine was actually the language used by Francesco Petrarca and Giovanni Boccaccio, considered two of the greatest Italian writers of all time, as well as the great poet Dante Alighieri, who wrote the Divine Commedy in the Florentine Dialect.

Getting to Florence

The city is served by two motorways, A1 Autostrada del Sole, direct connection with the nord (Bologna node), to the south of Tuscany and Rome, and A11, Firenze-Mare, connection with the Tuscan cities of Prato, Lucca, Pisa, Viareggio and the cost of Versilia. Trenitalia is the railway operator in Florence. The city has two main stations, as well as the TAV Firenze Belfiore station. Among the available train lines there are Bologna-Firenze (high speed) and Firenze-Roma (direct). The city of Florence is served by Amerigo Vespucci Airport, in the Peretola district, which offers national and European connections using mainly national companies, and it is well linked to the city centre. There are more links with the major port of Tuscany, Galileo Galilei Airport in Pisa.

History 

Florence History

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The known history of Florence begins around 59 BC, with the founding of a village for Roman veterans. The city went through periods of Byzantine, Ostrogothic, Lombard and Frankish rule. From the 10th century, the city grew and in 1115 became an indipendent town. The internal political conflict did not prevent the city from growing and becoming one of the most powerfull and prosperous in Europe. The city eventually came under the rule of the Albizi family (1382-1434). Starting from 1437 and for several centuries after that, the Medici gathered at court the best artists, writers, humanists and philosophers of the time: among others, Michelangelo, Pico della Mirandola, Verrocchio, Michelozzo, Angelo Poliziano, Antonio Pollaiolo, Sandro Botticelli, Galileo Galilei, Filippo Brunelleschi and Leonardo da Vinci. Florence soon became very rich and the florin was soon the strongest and the most traded currency in Europe.

During the 15th century, Florence alone had an income higher then the whole of England, thanks to the industries and the big banks, of which there were roughly eighty, between headquarters and branches. Another important character was Niccolò Macchiavelli, whose prescriptions for Florence government were often read as legitimisation of the torture and political abuse. In 1527, the Florentines brought back the Medici – who were brought back to the power by the Spanish in the 1512 – and re-established a Republic. During the centuries, Florence reigned over all of Tuscany, with the exception of the Republic of Lucca, which remained indipendent and sovereign until the 18th century (with the arrival of Napoleon Bonaparte in Italy). The termination of the Medici dynasty and the succession in 1737 of Francesco Stefano, Duke of Lorena and husband of Maria Teresa of Austria, brought about the inclusion of Tuscany in the territories of Hasburg's influence sphere. The reign of the Austrian dynasty ended first by the hand of France and then definitevely in 1859, when Tuscany became part of the Kingdom of Sardinia, just before it became the Kingdom of Italy in 1861. In 1865, Florence took the place of Turin as the capital of Italy, as requested by Napoleon III, until this office was transerred to Rome 5 years later, when the Papal City became itself a part of the kingdom.

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