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Meet Florence

Florence, or “Firenze,” in its native Italian, is the historic heartbeat of Tuscany. Known for famous art and sunwashed streets, millions flock to Florence each year.

to soak up Some of the world’s most famous Italian art lives in Florence at the Academia Gallery, such as Michaleango’s “Statue of David.” The name Florence is associated with Renaissance art, golden Tuscan hills, and world famous Italian cuisine. Florence is a popular tourist destination, with many flocking to the Tuscan capital each year to gaze upon some of the world’s greatest art works at the Accademia Gallery and the Uffizi Gallery. Florence is rich in history and culture. The ancient streets are the oldest in Europe and the city center itself is a UNESCO World Heritage Sight. Florence is an incredibly diverse Italian city, thanks in large part to the universities and colleges that call the art hub home. Florence city center revolves around the Duomo, or Santa Maria del Fiore. The ancient cathedral is an icon amongst the Florentine skyline, and stands today as an architectural wonder with the largest masonry dome in the world. The population of Florence in 2019 was just over 700,000. While the city itself is a maze of cobbled streets and stone buildings, it doesn’t take long once you leave the city to be in Tuscany’s golden wine country.

Where to live in Florence

Most visitors are drawn to Florence’s bustling city center where Arno river winds straight through town. But this bustling area becomes crammed with tourists in the Summertime and people who live near the city center will find it loud and crowded. To have a more peaceful way of life, consider looking beyond the heart of Florence in some of the smaller neighborhoods that live off the well-trodden path of visitors. Beyond Florence’s city walls are residential areas that feel charming and quaint.

Best Neighborhoods in Florence

Choosing the best neighborhood in Florence depends on what you like in a neighborhood. Certain areas are well known for bars and nightclubs frequented by university students. Others are beloved for artisanal shopping, homemade gelato, and shady squares filled with outdoor cafes. Choose a neighborhood based on what you’d like in walking distance, like eats or hipster restaurants.

Amazing Apartments, Coliving Spaces and More

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Quick Facts About Florence

Tourists tend to view Florence as one big museum--which isn’t altogether untrue. However, Florence has a hearty young population and new hip restaurants, locally owned business, and eclectic bars make this city both ancient and contemporary.
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Work in Florence

The hospitality industry is obviously huge in Florence and if you are bilingual you may easily snag a seasonal server job. Many jobs for foreigners and expats are contract positions. Freelancing can be challenging and a headache when it comes to getting paid. Foreigners may find luck procuring jobs in marketing, or teaching at international universities. Keep in mind, Florence isn’t a cheap city due to the tourist activity. Or, if you’re already a digital nomad you can simply take your work with you to Florence!

How good is Florence for Digital Nomads or Remote Work

Remote work is changing how the global workspace operates. In a trend that is showing no signs of slowing down, remote work is rapidly on the increase all around the world—especially in a place like Florence. And about 25% of remote workers describe themselves as digital nomads—those who like to travel or stay in cities around the world while they work. So, how good is Florence for both of these growing movements?

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Food and Drink in Florence

Italy, and Florence by extension, is a world-renown food destination. Florence boasts a few Michelin starred restaurants, but it’s easy to find a delicious meal at a local trattoria too. Steer clear of touristy city centers unless you enjoy over-paying. Tuscan cuisine is defined by roasted meats, fresh vegetables, and the local truffle. Expect menu items to change at restaurants as it is considered a crime to cook fare that is out of season. Located in the heart of Italy’s wine country, it is not hard to find a good glass of wine in Florence. Chianti is considered a reliable table wine. Try a Bolgheri super-Tuscan for a rich and bold glass of red. Enjoy Italy’s tradition of aperitivo, or happy hour. Stop in a bar with some friends, order a drink, and receive free light bites as you sit and imbibe. Popular local drinks include the Aperol spritz, vermouth, negroni, or amaro. Sample the best of Tuscany by stopping in Mercado Centrale. The food hall is the perfect place to try many different local dishes while enjoying the company of locals.

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Top 6 Things To Do in Florence

Don’t leave Florence without spending a few days perusing the art galleries filled with Renaissance works. People come from all over the world to see it. Buy tickets in advance and, if you can, visit the galleries in the off-season. Stroll Florence’s old streets and shop at the many artisan boutiques. Leather belts, handmade paper, hand-cobbled shoes, and hand-bound books are just a few types of wares you can acquire. Florence still honors the “trade,” form of learning and you will often find generations of men and women practicing crafts that have been passed down for centuries. Enjoy Florence’s many ancient churches and cathedrals, which are seemingly on every corner. Stroll along the Arno in the Summertime and enjoy the leisurely pace of Italians taking it slow. The Boboli Gardens offers a green respite for peaceful walks or an afternoon picnic. When the city center becomes too hectic, simply head out of town into Tuscany’s breathtaking countryside. Sunsets here illuminate rolling hills of vineyards and crops with a golden light unlike any other in the world.

Basilica of Santa Maria Novella

Piazza di Santa Maria Novella, 18, Firenze

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David by Michelangelo

Via Ricasoli, 60, Firenze

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Abbazia di San Miniato al Monte

Via delle Porte Sante, 34, Firenze

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Loggia dei Lanzi

Piazza della Signoria, Firenze

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The Baptistery of St. John

Piazza San Giovanni, Firenze

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Giardino Bardini

Costa S. Giorgio, 2, Firenze

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