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If you are into the arts, wine or fashion, Florence needs to be part of your travel plans on your next trip to Italy. Regarded as one of the most beautiful cities in the world, Florence is considered the "cradle of the Renaissance" (la culla del Rinascimento) for its historical buildings, monuments and churches. In fact, in 2010, the city was ranked by Travel and Leisure Magazine readers as their third-favourite tourist destination in the world.

The capital city of the province of Florence and of the Tuscany region, Florence has close to 400,000 residents, and more than 1.5 million residents if you include the entire metropolitan area, creating a rich and vibrant place to visit. You can make your trip to Florence worry-free by investing in dependable travel insurance, so you can get travel assistance at any point during your trip.  

Travel tips for Florence

Internationally recognized for its Renaissance art and architecture, Florence is the place of origin of the Renaissance movement, a major reason why it attracts millions of tourists every year. The city is also located in one of the best wine-growing regions in the world, the Chianti region, home to Sangiovese grapes, making it a perfect stop for wine lovers.

Some of the city’s main tourist attractions include Santa Maria del Fiore, Ponte Vecchio, Uffizi Gallery, Accademia Gallery, Piazza della Signoria, Palazzo Vecchio, Basilica di San Lorenzo and Piazzale Michelangelo. It’s important to note that tickets to the Uffizi and Accademia galleries and other popular tourist sights sell out quickly, so it is important to book tickets ahead of time and plan your visit. Expect large groups at most tourist spots.

Aside from monuments, Florence has major squares (piazze) and streets filled with sidewalk bistros and outdoor cafes, where arts, writers and residents congregate to enjoy food and drink.

The city is known for its hot and humid summers, with the average temperature reaching more than 30°C in July and August. Like other regions of Italy, the best time to visit is early spring and fall, when the temperatures are more comfortable and there are fewer tourists.

Travel insurance for Florence

Travel insurance for your trip to Florence is just as important as travel insurance for any other city in the world. Simply knowing that you have coverage for emergency medical care, lost baggage, trip delays and access to travel assistance will help you relax and focus on enjoying your stay in Italy. Contact Blue Cross for a no obligation travel insurance quote today!