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Timetable bus from and to Florence, Pise, Lucca, Carrara (Stop-bus for hotel Belvedere is“Principe di Piemonte”.
Visit Cinqueterre ( 32 Km from Viareggio)with boat to Viareggio (in summer) or to La Spezia (annuale)
From the Etruscans to the Romans to the Renaissance, Tuscany is possibly the greatest repository of art in the world, from extraordinary paintings and sculpture to frescoes and architectural masterpieces.
Visitors to Tuscany come for many reasons. Many come in search of fine art, others to explore theextraordinary countryside. Gourmets and wine buffs descend on Tuscany to enjoy the simple yet wonderful cuisine and wine. Walkers enjoy themountain paths, cyclists the rolling hills, summer vacationers the sea coast and islands. Students come to learn the beautiful Italian language and culture.
There is a lot to see and do in Tuscany, the difficulty is really where to start. Certainly most should start with Florence, then continue on to Siena and Pisa. The roll call of città di arte, cities of art, is daunting: Arezzo, Cortona, San Gimignano and Lucca are all striking. The more you come to know the region, the more extraordinary Tuscany appears. Enjoy your visit!
Viareggio beyond to being a city of sea, has privileges close of being to all the art cities.
The first time anyone goes somewhere new, the most enjoyable part of being in a new place is going out and SEEING the sights, be they places, buildings, monuments, squares, bridges,museums with art and sculptures, churches...? Yes, churches! Especially in Italy, where many pieces of art were commissioned to adorn a chapel or altar and churches merit visits for their works of art as well as architecture.
So we have deemed it most appropriate to separate and dedicate this section to the many "things to see" in Tuscany from the “Things to do”". Here you will find more detailed information on the places we recommend you visit during your vacation in Tuscany and the reasons why we recommend a visit. This section is still growing so come back soon to view more recommendations. Tuscany houses many museums with masterpieces by the greatest artists of all time, from Leonardo da Vinci and Michelangelo, to Botticelli, Giotto and Donatello. Depending on your interests in history, art or sculpture - Tuscany has it all, spanning across time, styles and periods. Below, a list of the top museums in Tuscany that you should not miss!
How to get to Florence
85 km from Viareggio
Florence is well-connected with the rest of Italy and with Viareggio, and is easy to get to by bus or train or your car. In hotel you can ask timetable for train or bus. The A11 motorway (from Viareggio) and the Florence-Pisa-Livorno (FI-PI-LI) dual carriageway link the city with the west (Tyrrhenian Sea) coast.
It is important to know that Florence’s main historic center is relatively small so that it is easy to move around on foot. Using a car around Florence is not advisable, as there is little parking, many streets are pedestrian only and streets are often one-ways. A fleet of small electric buses also provide links between main key areas in the center.
Make sure to ask for a map of Florence at one of the five tourist information offices so you can plan your movements around the city. Many hotels also offer publications with their own maps, in case you can’t get to the tourist offices right away.
Monuments, Palaces and Piazzas to see in Florence
Florence is considered by many to be an open-air museum. If you are interested in architecture, for example, you don’t need to visit any museums: many of the palaces and squares are masterpieces of their own.
Designed by Michelozzo, Andrea di Cambio and Brunelleschi, among many others, many of the great palaces and piazzas in Florence are spectacular to behold. The main squares often display statues by Giambologna or Michelangelo. Ponte Vecchio, Old Bridge, is a treasure to admire.
Piazza della Signoria
The Piazza della Signoria has been the center of political life in Florence since the 14th century. It was the scene of great triumphs, such as the return of the Medici in 1530 as well as theBonfire of the Vanities instigated by Savonarola, who was then himself burned at the stake here in 1498 after he was denounced by the Inquisition as a heretic. A marble circle inscription remembers the location where he was burned.
The sculptures in Piazza della Signoria bristle with political connotations , many of which are fiercely contradictory. The David (the original is in the Galleria Accademia) byMichelangelo was placed outside the Palazzo Vecchio as a symbol of the Republic’s defiance of the tyrannical Medici. The Nettuno (1575) by Ammannati celebrates the Medici’s maritime ambitions and Giambologna’s equestrian statue of Duke Cosimo I (1595) is an elegant portrait of the man who brought all of Tuscany under Medici military rule.
The graceful Loggia dei Lanzi, which functions as an open-air sculpture gallery, was designed byOrcagna in 1376. Its curved arches foretell Renaissance classicism. The statue of Perseoholding Medusa’s head, by Cellini (1554), is a stark reminder of what happened to those who crossed the Medici, and along with Giambologna’s Rape of the Sabines, are two of many statues found under the arches of the Loggia dei Lanzi.
Right behind the Loggia dei Lanzi is the Galleria degli Uffizi, also known as the Uffizzi Gallery, Italy’s top art museum.
Florence, at the heart of the Italian Rennaisance, might seem like an open air museum to most visitors. The piazzas and buildings themselves are a testament of the history of architecture and of past eras. Florence’s cathedral, churches and many palaces were designed, built and decorated by many of the most illustrious of artists of the time, from Brunelleschi toMichelangelo, and can be admired freely from the outside. But in order to see another side of Florence, the side the contains most of its treasures, you need to go indoors and visit at least one or two museums while you are here. There you will find the paintings, sculptures and frescoes imagined and created by the greatest minds of all time.
History of Uffizi
The Uffizi is the most important and visited museum in Florence. The Uffizi palace was designed and begun in 1560 by the architect Giorgio Vasari in the period when Cosimo de’ Medici, first Grand Duke of Tuscany, was bureaucratically consolidating his recent takeover of power. Built in the shape of a horseshoe extending from Piazza della Signoria to the Arno River and linked by a bridge over the street with Palazzo Vecchio, the Uffizi were intended to house the administrative offices (uffizi) of the Grand Duchy. From the beginning, however, the Medici set aside a few rooms on the third floor to house the finest works of their collections. The Gallery was subsequently enriched by various members of the Medici family. Two centuries later, in 1737, the palace and their collection were left to the city by Anna Maria Luisa, the last Medici heir, and today houses one of the world’s great art galleries.
In its 45 rooms, the Uffizi houses not only the best of Florentine paintings from the 14th and 15th centuries, but masterpieces from other parts of Italy as well as four centuries’ worth of works from leading artists in Germany, Spain and Holland. Apart from paintings, the Uffizi exhibits ancient Roman and 16th century sculpture in its frescoed corridors.
Serious art lovers should visit the Uffizi at least twice. The museum is organized in chronological order from the 13th to the 18th centuries. Your first visit should cover Rooms 1-28, dedicated to the Florentine Renaissance (home to the most famous paintings). A second visit could deal with Rooms 29-45, devoted to the High Renaissance and Mannerism in Florence, with works that end in the 18th century.
Visitors to the Uffizi may also visit the famous Vasari Corridor linking Palazzo Vecchio and theUffizi to the Pitti Palace on the other side of the Arno. Over 1 km long, the passage way was commissioned in 1565 by Cosimo I to celebrate the marriage of his son Francesco to Joanna of Austria and was completed in only 6 months. The private corridor enabled the Medici to move freely between the seat of government and their private residence without having an escort and without walking among the commoners on the street. Apart from the delightful views of the city through the corridor’s circular windows, its entire length contains a selection of 17th and 18thcentury paintings, including a unique self-portrait collection of painters. A visit to the corridor has to be booked in advance as only small groups are allowed, accompanied by a guide; for information and bookings, contact Firenze Musei at +39-055-265-4321.
Open all of the time, along the pedestrian zone south of Piazza della Repubblica towards Palazzo Pitti
Built very close to the Roman crossing, the Old Bridge was until 1218 the only bridge across the Arno in Florence. The current bridge was rebuilt after a flood in 1345. During World War II it was the only bridge across the Arno that the fleeing Germans did not destroy. Instead they blocked access by demolishing the medieval buildings on each side. On November 4, 1966, the bridge miraculously withstood the tremendous weight of water and silt when the Arno once again burst its banks.
When the Medici moved from Palazzo Vecchio to Palazzo Pitti, they decided they needed a connecting route from the Uffizi to the Palazzo Pitti on the other side of the Arno that would enable them to keep out of contact with the people they ruled. The result was the Corridoio Vasariano, built in 1565 by Vasari and which runs above the little goldsmiths’ shops on the Ponte Vecchio.
There have been stores on the Ponte Vecchio since the 13th century. Initially, there were all types of shops, including butchers and fishmongers and later tanners, whose industrial waste caused a pretty rank stench. In 1593, Ferdinand I decreed that only goldsmiths and jewellers be allowed to have their stores on the bridge. Cellini, a 16th century goldsmith, is honoured with a bust on the bridge. By night, the wooden shutters of the shops make them look like suitcases and wooden chests, making it a very suggestive route to take along an evening passeggiata, or stroll.
The "Duomo": Florence’s cathedral
Open 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Thursdays: 10:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Saturdays: 10:00 a.m. – 4:45 p.m.
Sundays and religious holidays: 1:30 – 4:45 p.m.
1st Saturday of the month: 10:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
January 1, Easter and Christmas: 3:30 – 4:45 p.m.
Closed January 6
Florence’s cathedral stands tall over the city. The church of Santa Maria del Fiore, the cathedral or duomo, of Florence is a vast Gothic structure built on the site of the 7th century church of Santa Reparata, the remains of which can be seen in the crypt. The cathedral was begun at the end of the 13th century in the Gothic style by Arnolfo di Cambio, and the dome, which dominates the exterior, was added in the 15th century. The church was then consecrated and "completed" although the façade was only half finished (it was redone and completed in the 19th century). The exterior is covered in a decorative mix of pink, white and green marble. The interior, by contrast, is pretty stark and plain. Inside, the clock above the entrance was designed in 1443 by Paolo Uccello in accordance with the ora italica, where the 24th hour of the day ended at sunset.
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Italy, like every other country has laws and regulations that must be followed. We want to make you aware of some of the basics. Here is a list of general information that will come in handy as you travel around Tuscany, and the rest of the Italy.
Travel in tuscany in may, september or october if possible. Usually the summers in Tuscany are without rain and very hot, especially in the valleys. July and August in Tuscany will be hot, sometimes stiflingly so, thanks to the afa and humidity levels that can make Florence and the major cities of Tuscany veritable hothouses. November sees night-time temperatures really begin to drop with crisp autumn days to accompany the main olive harvest throughout Tuscany. Spring (april and may) and autumn (october and november) might be rainy but there are still dry, sunny days. There are little differences between the regions, though. Tuscany is a land full of things to do, see and discover: art, culture, museums and also nature, landscapes, culinary and oenological tradition, fashion, handicrafts and much, much more besides You should spent your first time exploring enchanting stone-walled towns with their Piazzas, their Duomos and their wonderful culture. For you first time in tuscany you should visit: Florence Siena Lucca Arezzo Pisa Cortona and San Gimignano, Versilia and Viareggio. these cities of art are definitely worth seeing. From Florence the magnificent to tiny Montepulciano, there are dozens of Tuscan towns you’ll want to visit. The chianti area with its hilltowns Montalcino, Pienza, Castelnuovo, Pienza, and Monticchiello are all quaint, wonderful places to explore (65 km to Viareggio). Finally the very attractive coast charming little towns, mountaign with natural parks and Elba’s island (60 km to Viareggio)
Travel in tuscany in may, september or october if possible.
Usually the summers in Tuscany are without rain and very hot, especially in the valleys. July and August in Tuscany will be hot, sometimes stiflingly so, thanks to the afa and humidity levels that can make Florence and the major cities of Tuscany veritable hothouses.
November sees night-time temperatures really begin to drop with crisp autumn days to accompany the main olive harvest throughout Tuscany.
Spring (april and may) and autumn (october and november) might be rainy but there are still dry, sunny days.
There are little differences between the regions, though.
Tuscany is a land full of things to do, see and discover: art, culture, museums and also nature, landscapes, culinary and oenological tradition, fashion, handicrafts and much, much more besides
You should spent your first time exploring enchanting stone-walled towns with their Piazzas, their Duomos and their wonderful culture.
For you first time in tuscany you should visit: Florence Siena Lucca Arezzo Pisa Cortona and San Gimignano, Versilia and Viareggio. these cities of art are definitely worth seeing.
From Florence the magnificent to tiny Montepulciano, there are dozens of Tuscan towns you’ll want to visit. The chianti area with its hilltowns Montalcino, Pienza, Castelnuovo, Pienza, and Monticchiello are all quaint, wonderful places to explore (65 km to Viareggio).
Finally the very attractive coast charming little towns, mountaign with natural parks and Elba’s island (60 km to Viareggio)
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