Florence is one of the most famous cities in the world, and for a reason! It is the capital city of the region known as Tuscany, situated in north – western Italy. The city is renowned for its significant history during medieval times, where it played a vital part in European trade and finance. By attracting millions of tourists from around the world annually, this resulted in being declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1982. The city of Florence flourished during the Renaissance Period of the 15th and 16th centuries. It is where the remarkable artist Leonardo da Vinci hailed from. The most iconic landmark in Florence is the Duomo. The towering cathedral overlooks the span of this astonishing city. Another well-known landmark is the statue of David which was sculpted by the acclaimed artist Michelangelo. For any fashionistas out there, Florence is one of the main hubs of Italian fashion. It is currently ranked in the top 51 fashion capitals of the world. Cruise passengers can take advantage of these tourist sites as part of an on shore excursion.
Princess Cruises often offer regular sailings from Barcelona to the wonderful city of Venice, Italy, with Florence being a stopover along this panoramic Mediterranean route. A cruise stopping in Florence also often stops at spectacular destinations such as Toulon, Naples, and Mykonos.
Climate & Getting Around
Florence has a humid subtropical climate but also has hints of a Mediterranean climate. It has warm summers, with temperatures averaging 30 degrees. During the winter months Florence gets some rainfall and also some cases of snow. Cruise passengers can take full advantage of this wonderful weather to relax on the top deck under the Mediterranean sun. Getting around Florence has never been easier. There are multitudes of hop-on hop-off buses throughout the city, as well as the city bus system. We recommend cruise passengers to take a stroll through the cobbled streets as each one is steeped in a wealth of history. In the evening times it is possible to take advantage of the many taxi services available. Regional buses are also available for anyone looking to venture outside of Florence.
Florence is the capital city of the Italian region of Tuscany.