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The cradle of the Renaissance and one of Italy's most visited cities, Firenze (or Florence) is packed to the rafters with must-see landmarks and magnificent monuments. The capital of the Tuscany region is bursting at the seams with palaces, churches and galleries, ensuring there's no shortage of things to see for those visiting the city on a cultural getaway. Bought a ticket and now catching the train to Florence? Firenze Santa Maria Novella, the city's main train station, is located right in the heart of the urban centre, offering essential connections to destinations across the Tuscan area, via regional and direct trains, and the whole Italy, via the famous Frecce, the Trenitalia high-speed, and the rail services on important national routes operated by Italo. The train to Florence from nearby Bologna takes as little as 35 minutes, the journey time from Pisa is 48 minutes, while connections from Milan (Milano Centrale train station) take 1h40mins, and from Rome (Roma Termini train station) 1h30mins. Besides Firenze Santa Maria Novella, the city presents also another major train station, Firenze Campo di Marte.

Visiting Florence

A trip to Florence is like a travel back in time. Bus services are available across the whole city but, to experience the real beauty and fully explore the Tuscan capital, the best way is to simply walk and wander.

Once passengers have hopped off the train in Florence, the first port of call should be the Piazza del Duomo. This historic cathedral square is just a 10-minute walk from the main station, providing visitors the chance to take in some of the most mesmerising sights the city has to offer. There's plenty of architectural delights to enjoy here, including the iconic red dome of Cattedrale di Santa Maria del Fiore. The bell tower of the Duomo and the Battistero di San Giovanni are other must-visit landmarks in this area (within a 1-minute walk from each other). Once tourists have enjoyed some sightseeing in this part of Florence, they should take a short 7-minute walk south to the Piazza della Signoria, which is the city's social hub, boasting yet more incredible buildings. Marvel at the town hall with its characteristic tower, the Torre di Arnolfo, before enjoying a bite to eat at one of many of the bistros in the area. For tourists after yet more cultural attractions, the Galleria degli Uffizi is just a stone's throw (or 3-minute walk) away and hosts the largest collection of Italian art in the world, with masterpieces from the likes of Caravaggio, Leonardo da Vinci and Raphael. Heading east from here for 7 minutes, visitors will come upon the Basilica di Santa Croce, one of the finest examples of Italian Gothic architecture in the city and country at large. This breath-taking building is a treasure trove of Italian heritage and is worth a visit, especially for history buffs. Finally, visitors can cross the river and settle at Ponte Vecchio for a first-rate vantage point to watch a spectacular sunset over the city, thus enjoying a real 'golden hour'.

Very well connected to the other Tuscan urban centres, a day trip to Pisa, Siena or Arezzo is made possible thanks to frequent regional services, affordable train tickets and quick journeys (travelling from Firenze to Arezzo takes in fact as little as 33 minutes, 49 minutes to Pisa, while the journey from Firenze to Siena is 1h27mins).

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