HOLIDAYS IN FLORENCE
A wonderful experience in one of the most beautiful cities in the world
Traveling opens our mind, expands our horizons, improves our mood and our self-esteem, enriches our culture, our personality, and our intelligence.
Taking a trip to Florence is always exciting. Florence is a destination not to be missed, especially if you are passionate about Italian art and culture.
If the passion for Italian art and culture is combined with the passion or usefulness of learning and speaking the Italian language, it becomes a perfect journey for your holidays in Florence.
Florence, the capital of the Renaissance
Florence is known all over the world as the city of art, the capital of the Renaissance and one of the most important centers of literary and scientific culture.
Florence has one of the world’s largest historic centers, which has such a huge number of monuments and works of art that you have the feeling you will never finish visiting and getting to know it.
The city of Florence
It is the capital city of Tuscany. It is located in the north-central part of Italy, between Rome and Milan. It is crossed by the Arno river and it is surrounded north and east by the mountain chain of the Apennines, south by the gentle Chianti hill (the famous wine production area) and west by the Valdarno plain.
The city has about 500.000 citizens, but if you also consider the people living in the various towns of the metropolitan area (Fiesole, Bagno a Ripoli, Scandicci, Calenzano, Campi Bisenzio, Sesto Fiorentino), the tourists who visit every year (about 6.000.000), the Italian students who study at universities and at various other schools (about 40.000), the foreign students (about 20.000), the commuters (about 30.000) and the domiciled immigrants (about 50.000), more than one million people “live” in the city every day.
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When to travel to Florence
When is the best time to make a study trip to Florence?
Any time of the year is good for traveling to Florence but if you have the freedom to decide, it is appropriate describing some differences.
During the high season periods of tourists (from April to October) the climate is milder so visiting Florence is more pleasant, but the large presence of tourists involves some difficulties: very crowded places, queues in front of museums and monuments, more high prices.
During the other periods and during the low season, the climate can be cold and rainy (from November to March) or very hot (July and August) but the smaller presence of tourists leads to less confusion, few queues in front of the museums, more economic prices.
In our Italian school, the largest number of foreign students is from June to October, while from November to February the situation is more quiet.
Duration of holidays in Florence
How much time to spend on vacation in Florence?
It is difficult to give a precise answer to the question how much time to stay on holiday in Florence. It depends on the availability of time and the needs of each one. Stays vary from one week to one year.
If you are in Florence to learn Italian, it depends on your starting level and what you want to achieve.
If you are in Florence especially to visit the city, it may take just one week to visit the most important artistic and architectural sites in Florence.
For those who are passionate about Italian art and culture it takes two or more weeks.
For those wishing to visit other places in Tuscany (Siena, Pisa, Lucca, S.Gimignano, etc.) and want to do other experiences, stays of 4 or more weeks are preferable.
For those who decide to live a complete experience to explore the various aspects of Italian culture and visit other places in Italy, stays can last from 4 to 12 months.
How long before you need to book a trip to Florence
It is wise and convenient to book well in advance.
To avoid possible unforeseen events, if you decide to book a trip in high season, it is always best to book as early as possible, while in low season there is no hurry. On average, however, it is preferable to book between 5 and 2 months before arrival.
How to reach Florence
By plane: from Europe to the airports of Florence, Pisa, or Bologna. From other continents to the airports of Rome or Milan.
Florence: the Peretola (Amerigo Vespucci) airport is small but very efficient. It is about 5 Km. from the historic center of Florence. To reach the center of Florence you can take the tram that goes to the central railway station (about 20 minutes) or the taxi.
Pisa: from the Galileo Galilei airport you can take the bus to Florence (about 1 hour) or reach Pisa station by bus (about 5 minutes) or taxi and then go by train to Florence (about 50 minutes).
Bologna: from Guglielmo Marconi airport you have to reach the central station of Bologna (about 25 minutes) and then go by train to Florence (about 40 minutes).
Rome: from the Fiumicino (Leonardo Da Vinci) airport you have to take the train to the central railway station Roma Termini (about 30 minutes) and then the train to Florence (about 1 hour and 40 minutes).
Milan: from the Malpensa airport there are buses which take you to the central railway station of Milan (about 1 hour). Then you have to take the train to Florence (about 1 hour and 40 minutes).
By train: from the main European and Italian railway stations to the central railway station Firenze Santa Maria Novella.
By bus: there are many bus lines which take you from the main European cities directly to Florence. The most famous are Eurolines and Flixbus.
By car: from the Italian motorways (“autostrade”) to the exit of Firenze Nord (from Bologna), to the exit of Firenze Mare (from Pisa), to the exit of Firenze Sud or Firenze Impruneta (from Rome).
Distances from Florence
Siena 70 Km. – Lucca 75 Km. – Arezzo 80 Km. – Pisa 90 Km. – Viareggio 100 Km. – Orbetello 200 Km. – Bologna 110 Km. – Perugia 160 Km. – Rimini 230 km. – Venice 270 Km. – Rome 280 Km. – Milan 300 Km.
Weather in Florence
December, January, February: 0/10° C variable and cloudy – March: 10/20° C variable, windy and rainy – April, May: 15/25° C sunny and mild – June, July, August: 20/35° C sunny and humid – September, October: 15/25° C sunny, windy and mild – November: 10/20° C rainy