Florence, the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance, is a magical city in which to immerse yourself in the culture, scenery and history of the beautiful Italian region of Tuscany. The importance of Florence in the history of Europe dates back to the first century B.C. Over the years Florence has played a large part in the development of European architecture, language and opera. Florence has been classed as one of the most beautiful cities in the world so staying in a lovely old town apartment really is a first choice for people visiting the city. You might prefer to stay in accommodation along the River Arno which runs through the very heart of the city or escape to a Tuscan villa overlooking the city. If you prefer to stay in an apartment in the city center, there are many things to see and do just on your doorstep. Visit the impressive 'Duomo' Cathedral which dominates the skyline with its Brunelleschi dome or wander the medieval cobbled streets to find the many museums, palaces and churches housing some of the most impressive art work in the world.
Your Own Apartment in FlorenceThe historic center of Florence, which became an UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1982, attracts millions of tourists a year so renting your own apartment in the old town is a great way to live like a local. Florence is a compact city where most tourist attractions are located in the old town area . Therefore it is certainly better to get accommodation in the center. Whether you prefer a cozy studio next to the Ponte Vecchio, an authentic Florentine flat in Oltr'Arno or a modern luxury apartment in the Santa Croce area, you can find a great selection of accommodation in Florence. Shopping lovers can rent an apartment or bed and breakfast near the superb shopping streets of Via Tornabuoni and Via del Parione where the top designer brands have stores. If you prefer more of a rural experience, renting villas in the Florentine hills is a great way to get the best of both worlds. You can easily get to the main tourists attractions in the city but also escape to the tranquility of the beautiful Italian countryside. A short distance from the city, you can take a walk up to the 11th century church of San Miniato al Monte for a breath-taking panoramic view of Florence then return to your villa to watch the sun set over the city.
- Julius Caesar founded Florence as a retreat for his troops in 59 BC
- In 1339 Florence became the first European city with paved streets.
- Florence Nightingale, was born here and was therefore named after the city.
- Dante Aligheri, a native Florentine, is credited with creating the standard Italian language that the entire country uses to this day.