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The fabulous city of Florence is one the world’s most loved centers for art, history and style. It also stands at the heart of the beautiful and fascinating Tuscany district of Italy. So if you have a rental car, Florence Airport can be the gateway to the treasures of the city itself and the wonderful surrounding area.
We’re well placed to help you collect a hire car. You’ll find we’ve got a very convenient rental pick up point at Florence Airport. And whether you are collecting a car or dropping one off, we’re close to the main road routes and Florence itself is just a few minutes’ drive away.
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Florence is a treasure trove of Renaissance art and medieval history that spreads across the Arno River, up into the palaces and gardens of the surrounding hills. You can get to the city easily from the airport and tour outlying areas if you have a hire car.
The A11 motorway runs right by the airport access road, so you’ll be able to join the local road network quickly. If you head straight for the city you will arrive on the northwest side. Most of the main sights are on this north side of the river, within a ring created by the SS67. If you need to move around the city quickly, that can act as a bypass for the busy streets of the historical center.
Follow the A11 away from Florence and you’ll whizz to the east, towards the spa town of Montecatini Therme and the beautiful walled city of Lucca. You’ve also got easy access to the A1 motorway, the main spine road through Italy. This loops closely around the west side of Florence. Take it north for Bologna and Modena, south for Arezzo and Rome.
There’s a motorway south from Florence to Siena but you may consider the alternative route, the SR222, the ‘Chianti Road’. This twisting road is part of the historic Mille Miglia road race route and passes through lovely hills covered with vines.
Yet traffic in and around Florence is generally well behaved. The rules of the road are the same as the rest of the country and similar to the rest of southern Europe. The motorway speed limit is 80mph and the limit is 68mph on dual carriageways. In built-up areas, the limit is 31mph.
Florence Airport is the gateway to two of Europe’s great visitor attractions, the wonderful city of Florence and the beautiful region of Tuscany.
Artistic and architectural delights
Florence was once the capital of its own city-state and is packed with some of the most important art and monuments from that era. You’ll find major galleries and famous Renaissance masterpieces but also amazing paintings hidden in the chapel of a backstreet church. There’s history and culture around every corner in the center of Florence.
The highlights include Michelangelo’s statue of David in the Accademia Museum and the Giotto frescoes in Santa Croce church. Visit the Piazza del Duomo for the impressive Duomo Cathedral. The view from the top of the dome is spectacular.
Designer brands and local delicacies
Whether you’re in Florence for work or pleasure, you’ll find that the city’s popularity has helped create a major center for shopping in Italy. This is the home of Gucci and the first thing you’ll spot is a collection of high-end luxury good shops and fashion boutiques.
Then you’ll be able to browse all the jewelry and gold sellers in small street stalls. In the smaller streets are the independent traders with specialties like marbled paper, beautiful leatherwork and artistic antiques. They make Florence a great city to browse, particularly among the smartly dressed pre-dinner crowds of the nightly ‘passeggiata’.
Look out too for some classic ice cream shops. And Florence has acquired a name for food too, so expect to find some stylish modern restaurants.
Exploring the best of Tuscany
The hills around the city are dominated by the palaces and gardens of the rich families of the past. If you have a rental car you can tour these areas, stopping to catch amazing views down over the city too. Perhaps the best village for this is Fiesole. It’s just to the north of Florence and has a good collection of ancient landmarks of its own, including a medieval cathedral, bishop’s palace, and convent.
Exploring the rolling hills of Tuscany is a great experience in its own right and it’s even better if you discover one of the amazing towns and cities nearby. You’ll spot San Gimignano long before you reach it – thanks to the strange collection of high stone towers built by local medieval families trying to out-do each other.
Pisa is famous for its Leaning Tower but also offers the atmosphere of a lively university city and plenty of Renaissance sights. Nearby, the old walled town of Lucca has an intact medieval center that has been declared a World Heritage Site.
The best day trip from Florence is perhaps the drive down to Siena to the south. The wonderful old part of the town is yet another World Heritage Site, with medieval buildings made of brick around an oval piazza. This tiny area is the venue of the famous Palio horse race.