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The underground path in Fortezza Basso

To see the city of Florence by its towers

Every summer, since June 24, a lot of Florence towers will be open for visits: Torre San Niccolò, Torre della Zecca and Porta Romana. In the summer 2018 two more extraordinary places are going to open their doors: Fortezza San Giovanni or Fortezza da Basso and Fortezza San Giorgio.

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#EnjoyRespectFirenze campaign is on in the city

All visitors of the city of Florence are encouraged to love and respect it. The Florence Experience is something unique and unforgettable.

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Trekking across Tuscany to discover Etruscans sites

Hiking across Tuscany to discover Etruscan sites

FLORENCE, ITALY – Slow-tourism is what inspires the many trekking tours that stretch across the Region. For this reason Florence TV, the institutional TV of the Florence metropolitan area, shoot a video with suggestions and information.

Toscana Terra Etrusca is a 90 km route that runs through the Tuscan colourful countryside, woods, olive fields and vineyards. A panoramic walk that invigorates body and soul while promoting the discovery of Etruscan ancient sites.

Funded by the Tuscany Region, Toscana Terra Etrusca is a special pedestrian itinerary set up by the Metropolitan City of Florence as part of the Tuscan Hiking Network R.E.T

The trail starts from the via Francigena, between Fucecchio and San Miniato and follows the typical scenic routes, through olive fields, vineyards, and the dry-stone walls scattered along the Tuscan hills. Passing through Cerreto Guidi and Vinci, hikers will be able to reach the Archaeological Area of Pietramarina, the fortified ruins of an ancient religious site.

Not to be missed is the13 km path from Capraia leading to Limite, where the Etruscan settlement on the hills of Montereggi will offer a breathtaking panoramic view of the Arno Valley. Also on this trail is Tomba dell’ uovo in Pulignano, an Etruscan tomb which was discovered in 2002.

Continuing along this path, the tour crosses over the area of Prato, leading to the necropolis of Prato Rosello, the Archaeological Museum of Artimino, and the Etruscan tumulus of Boschetti and Montefortini in Comeana.

The next destination is Signa where we recommend a visit to the Aquarium inside the Museum of Straw. Moreover, a bike trail along the River Arno is accessible from Parco dei Renai. From the station of San Donnino, in Campi Bisenzio, the route detours to Rocca Strozzi where an archaeological museum is due to be opened. The trail then continues to the archaeological site of Gonfienti in Prato, which is renown to be the legendary Etruscan City of Camars.

Back on the banks of the River Arno, the bike trail will run to Parco delle Cascine, where the National Archeological Museum was inaugurated in 1871. The trail stretches as far as Fiesole, Here the Archeological Museum located by the Roman Theatre will enthral visitors with its historical atmosphere.

Bad weather leaves beaches empty

Tourists grow in Tuscany, even in bad weather

Tuscany is confirmed as a popular destination for tourists from all over the world, even in bad weather.

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Here is the Oltrarno map edited by Airbnb hosts

The Oltrarno map edited by Airbnb hosts: four thematic itineraries on crafts and culture dedicated to those who want to know the city beyond the historical center.

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The new tram station at the Careggi hospital

Florence unveils new tram line (Drone video)

FLORENCE, ITALY – The city of Florence unveiled a new tram line from the central rail station to the Careggi Hospital. The first line was opened in 2010 to link the central station with the neighboring comune of Scandicci. The two lines are now a unique link from Scandicci to Careggi.

“It’s an unforgettable day,” said Mayor Dario Nardella, who said it had set a record in being built in under four years. Thousands of people attended the inauguration.

The Florence tramway network is an important part of the public transport network of Florence, Italy. It consists of one operational light rail line; a new line is currently under construction to link the city center with the airport. Some moths in late, it scheduled to open to the end of 2018.

The current network operator is GEST (Gestione Servizio tramviario), a public company owned by ATAF (49%) and RATPdev (51%), subsidiary of the French RATP.

Snow in Florence on March 1, 2018

Florence and Tuscany woke up with snow

FLORENCE, ITALY – Fresh snowfalls early on Thursday March 1st, 2018 hit northern and central Italy, causing further disruption, especially for transport.

Cities registering the most snow on Thursday morning included Turin, Cuneo, Bologna, Parma and Reggio Emilia, as well as in Milan, Florence and Genoa, among others.

In Florence, where around 2 centimeters fell, schools were given a snow day. There was even heavier snowfall across other parts of Tuscany, where the region’s rolling hills and even the beaches of its north-west coast were covered.

The A1 motorway between between Arezzo and Chiusi was closed on Thursday morning because of the icy conditions, but reopened around an hour later.

The worst disruption was to the rail network, with half of all regional trains cancelled in Piedmont, Veneto, Emilia Romagna, Liguria and Tuscany. Four other regions – Lombardy, Friuli Venezia Giulia, Le Marche and Lazio – had only 70 percent of services, and the Milan-Rome-Naples high-speed line was running at 80 percent.

On Friday March 2 the situation is expected to return completely normal, even if the severe temperatures will continue for some days.

The blanked Cupolone in Florence
The whitened Cupolone in Florence (photo: Elisabetta Boni)
Tram is part of public transportation in Florence

A new video guide to Florence by tram

FLORENCE, ITALY – In the late 2018, three tramway lines will be in operation in Florence linking the airport, the hospital, the central railway station and the main tourist attractions. Here a new video guide to Florence by tram.

So, during the course of the year evrey resident and visitor will be able to move across the entire city thanks to three lines of the tramway system: Line 1, which has been running since 2010, is a very popular means of transportation with around 14 million passengers using it every year. Line 2 and Line 3 will open in 2018.

Snow in Mugello

Tuscany braces for bitter weather

Tuscany is about to experience its coldest weather since 2012.

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Bikesharing in Florence

Hong Kong bikesharing firm quits Florence, Italy

Hong Kong-based bikesharing Gobee bike has decided to quit Italy after suffering too many cases of vandalism.

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