Just a stone's throw from Barco Reale is the world-famous city of Florence: loved for its rich history, great museums, and beautiful architecture.
When in Italy you have to try and visit Florence at least for one day. The history of Florence truly starts to form 59 BC, as Julius Ceasar established the city for his veteran soldiers. From the late Middle Ages up until the Renaissance Florence was acclaimed to be one of the most important cultural, politcal, economical, and artistical cities in Europe.
Florentine money even financed the development of industry throughout Europe during the late Middle Ages. Nowadays Florence is actually one of the few cities in the world whose entire historical center is recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The historical center of Florence is also often referred to as an “open-air museum” - as art, architecture, and the surrounding landscapes live together in perfect harmony out in the streets for the public to see. There are too many museums, churches, and squares to visit in one day, but you can give it a good try by following our tips on what to do when in Florence for one day. Supporto per screen reader attivato. When in Italy you have to try and visit Florence at least for one day. The history of Florence truly starts to form 59 BC, as Julius Ceasar established the city for his veteran soldiers. From the late Middle Ages up until the Renaissance Florence was acclaimed to be one of the most important cultural, politcal, economical, and artistical cities in Europe.
Like said before, there are plenty of things to see and do when visiting Florence. To keep it short we recommend a couple of must-sees that you cannot miss out on. First of all, we recommend you to visit the third largest church in the world: the Piazza del Duomo - in english known as the Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore Cathedral. The Piazza del Duomo is located in the heart of Florence's historic centre. It is one of the most visited places in the world, but please don't be scared by the hurdle of tourists - you really cannot miss out on a visit to the Cathedral of Santa Maria. You can even go all the way to the top of the "Cupola del Brunelleschi", allowing you to admire and enjoy a panoramic view over Florence and beyond, but be sure to order your tickets to do so well in advance.
Another must see is the Uffizi Gallery, one of the best museums in the world because of the large collection of Renaissance masterpieces such as the Birth of Venus by Botticelli. Be sure to arrive early and have tickets for the museum in advance, to avoid long waiting lines. Right after visiting the Uffizi Gallery we advise you to walk towards Ponte Vecchio, in english known as the “Old Bridge”. Ponte Vecchio used to be occopied by butchers, but now hosts antique jewellery shops, art dealers, and souvenir vendors. This bridge makes for a fun last stop in Florence due to its particular use and structure, being very narrow and completely filled with tiny little shops.
Camping Barco Reale is very near to Florence, which allows you to quickly get to this city by train or car. We highly recommend you to take the train instead of going by car - as in all metropolitan cities you may find difficulties finding parking for your car. If you choose to go by car please ask for all info at our reception. For those wanting to go by train, you can use our free shuttle service to go to Pistoia Train Station from where you can take the train to Florence. Otherwise you can go to Pistoia with your own car and park your car there to then take the train to Florence.