All you need to know about Florence

Florence is the capital and largest city in the Italian region of Tuscany. Florence is famous for being the birthplace of the Renaissance, with the city formerly housing Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo, and Raphael. Florence is renowned for its Renaissance architecture, with the Duomo Cathedral an iconic sight. The Galleria dell’Accademia displays the world famous David sculpture, crafted by Michelangelo. The ‘Birth of Venus’ and ‘Annunciation’ by Botticelli and Da Vinci respectively are also displayed in Florence. In 1982, the Historic Centre of Florence was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Historically, Florence was a hub for medieval European trade and was founded by Julius Caesar in 59BC. Florence became established as a political, cultural and financial centre and was one of the wealthiest cities of the medieval period. It held an enormous influence in Italy, Europe and even globally. Today, Florence has a stronghold in Italian fashion, being ranked in the world’s top 15 fashion capitals. The local economy is largely based around tourism, with Florence receiving around 16 million visitors annually. Manufacturing and commerce are also principal to the economy. 

WHAT DO I NEED TO KNOW ABOUT STAYING IN FLORENCE?

Having booked your SilverDoor serviced apartment, it is time to prepare for your business trip to Florence. We have put together some essential information to help prepare you for your stay in the Italian city.

Transport in Florence

Florence is served by Aeroporto di Firenze-Peretola which is located in northwest Florence, 4km from the city. The tram is the quickest and most efficient method of transport from the airport to Florence, with a single journey to Santa Maria Novella station costing €1.50 each way and taking 15 minutes. When travelling in Florence, the easiest method is by foot with the city being relatively compact. Buses and taxis are also a viable option for travel from the airport and travel around Florence.

Weather in Florence

Florence has a humid subtropical climate with the city experiencing gloriously hot summers and cool winters. With Florence being inland, the city encounters much hotter temperatures than Italian coastal cities. In winter, the temperatures drops in Florence with the city prone to having cool, wet weather. Spring and autumn are transitional seasons in Tuscany, with mild weather combining with rain showers.

Sights in Florence

Having already touched upon the stunning Duomo Cathedral and Galleria dell’Accademia as two of the most impressive attractions in the city, we proceed to identify some of the other key sights in Florence. The Uffizi Gallery displays some of the finest Renaissance masterpieces and cannot be missed. The Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore is a stunning medieval cathedral with a distinct red dome. Ponte Vecchio, a medieval stone bridge with boutique jewellers, Palazzo Vecchio a fortified 13th century palace, and the Basilica of Santa Croce are well worth visiting, as is a stroll through the Boboli Gardens.

INTERESTING FACTS ABOUT FLORENCE

-          -   Florence served as the capital of the Kingdom of Italy from 1865 until 1970, before it was succeeded by Rome.

-          -   The famous explorer Amerigo Vespucci, of whom America is named, was born in Florence in 1454.

-          -   Duomo Cathedral is the world’s third largest, behind only St Peter’s Basilica in Rome and St Paul’s Cathedral in London.

-          -   The Ponte Vecchio was the only bridge in Florence to survive the Second World War. Rumour has it that Hitler spared it for its beauty.

-          -   Florence is the birthplace of gelato and the piano! It was also the first city in the world to have paved streets.

-          -   The most famous nurse in the world, Florence Nightingale, was named after and born in the Tuscan city.  

WHAT IS A SERVICED APARTMENT?

Our serviced apartments are modern, spacious and established around the needs of business travellers. Our fully furnished corporate accommodation offers a place for comfort and relaxation and is situated in central Florence. Our apartments provide a unique flexibility that is rarely an option when staying in a hotel. Primarily, our guests can decide how regular they would like their housekeeping service. This flexibility can help guests feel right at home in Florence, thanks to having fewer intrusions. Secondly, our Florence serviced apartments are equipped with cooking facilities which gives our clients the option of dining in one of the many great Florence restaurants and cooking at home. This flexibility for home cooking can often make serviced apartments more affordable than hotels. Finally, the average one bedroom serviced apartment in Florence is roughly twice the size of a standard hotel room. This extra space not only gives our clients more room to kick back and relax in the evening, but also allows the option of entertaining guests and conducting business meetings. 

WHY CHOOSE A SERVICED APARTMENT IN FLORENCE WITH SILVERDOOR?

Booking a SilverDoor serviced apartment in Florence can be highly advantageous for business travellers. With over 20 years in the corporate accommodation industry, at SilverDoor we are best placed to organise your stay in Tuscany. We understand that every corporate client has differing needs, which is why our expert booking agents do their utmost to match the perfect apartment for each enquiry. With strong industry skill, our booking agents strive to ensure that every client is entirely satisfied with the level of customer service throughout the booking process and the quality of their accommodation. Having a vast knowledge of our corporate apartment providers in Florence, we aim to offer the very best in the city. We are regularly look to expand our portfolio of top quality accommodation in the city, underlining our dedication and commitment to offering the best serviced apartments in Florence.