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HI Fiona, we would like to pick up a hire car at Florence train station that would fit 4 people plus luggage, Mondeo wagon would do....pick up on 4 July and ideally drop off in Venice on 19 July...so it's a long hire. What can you do? I'm 61. Tony

Hi Tony, sounds like a great trip. I can see we have a Ford Mondeo estate or similar that should suit you needs.

Florence Car Hire - Did You Know?

  • Florence is also known by its Italian name Firenze.
  • It’s the capital and biggest city in Tuscany.
  • The city is renowned as the birthplace of the Renaissance.
  • For 5 years from 1865 it was the capital of Italy.
  • Florence is the last completely preserved Renaissance city in Europe.
  • Florence is the 8th biggest city in Italy behind Bologna and Genoa respectively.

Florence Mini Guide

Florence is so well known and loved and there is so much to see that you can return many times and still not see it all. Tourists flock to his famous city throughout the year to see the city's world class art and brilliant architecture, Florence being the home of Michelangelo and the Medici. See the largest collection of artistic treasures anywhere in Europe by visiting Florence. This fantastic city is so steeped in culture it is likened to an outdoor art museum.

The most iconic landmark in the city is called the Duomo which is open to the public to view. The red tiled Dome dominates the skyline of Florence along with the marble facade of pink, white and green takes you to an almost make believe world.

Florence Duomo

Building began in 1296 by Arnolfo di Cambio and it is the world's 4th biggest cathedral. It took 150 years to complete so has the influence of several different architects. The oldest part of the cathedral is called the Canon's Door (Porta dei Canonici) which is what you enter  to climb up into the dome. There are 463 steps up to the dome which did not have any supporting frame used when it was being constructed. It's found in the Piazza del Duomo and many guide books would have you believe this is the only sqauer worth seeing. Of almost equal note is the Piazza dellla Signoria with the Palazzo Vecchio overlooking it menacingly.

Florence Canons Door (Porta dei Canonici)

Florence offers a huge choice of cuisine including the local well known dish called bistecca alla fiorentina which is a huge piece of prime steak and of course the classic wine called Chianti.

In the summer, live open air concerts are a frequent event at the Piazza Santa Spirito where many of the residents of Florence frequent during the hot summer evenings.

As it is a tourist city you will find lots of tourist type shops offering traditional souvenirs but there are also quality goods and fine leathers that can be bought along with a wide choice of bookshops.

There are lots of designer clothes shops mainly on the Via de Tornabuoni and the Via della Vigna Nuova, and there are also designer outlet centres which sell the previous year's collections.

Florence Via de Tornabuoni

Latest Update from Florence:

25/04/12 - You'll have just missed this year's 'Explosion of the Cart' festival which takes place at Easter each year. A cart is pulled around the city and it explodes in the Piazza del Duomo. This is just one of the many vibrant and unusual celebrations in Florence each year.

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Florence is arguably the most beautiful and romantic city in the world, birthplace of the Italian Renaissance and home to some of the greatest works of art.

The old city is perfect for exploring on foot but hiring a car is essential in summer as it’s a hot walk getting between the sights. The sights are far too many to mention in this small piece but of note has to be the Duomo, the Uffizi and the Statue of David by Michelangelo. If you can tear yourself away from the city, it’s also the capital of stunning Tuscany.

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